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We have learned a lot from Cyclone Gabrielle, and developed good policies and guidelines as a result, but some aspects of the Building Act still need to change to put them into practice, says University of Auckland Associate Professor Martin Brook One year on from the devastating Auckland Anniversary storm and Cyclone Gabrielle, many stories of misery and financial disasters have emerged. Continue →
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A Capital Homes build at Paerata Rise has taken first place at the 2023 Registered Master Builders Awards, while five other build partners on the South Auckland development placed within the top 100 Out of nearly 300 entries across nine regions across the country, this is the most build partners placing this high amidst any other developments in the nation. Continue →
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While the new government puts the brakes on light rail in Auckland, Sydney is steaming ahead with its new 24-kilometre metro line and is making plans for extra stations to encourage tens of thousands of new houses Contruction of the Sydney Metro West started in 2020 and when completed in 2032 it will connect Greater Parramatta and the Sydney CBD. Continue →
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Though National u-turned on its bipartisan agreement with Labour on the Medium Density Residential Standards (MDRS), there is a way it can be salvaged whilst winning the ACT Party’s support in the process, writes Yes In Our Backyards co-author Marko Garlick National’s alternative policy, a ‘30 years of growth’ housing target, is ambitious but has already been criticised as hard to define and police, and would likely take years to implement. Continue →
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While the New Zealand housing crisis is not over and higher interest rates are leading to lower house sales and new consents, a positive story is emerging in the burgeoning Build to Rent sector, Better things are possible’s Malcolm McCracken writes The Ministry of Housing and Urban Development defines Build to Rent housing as “a type of medium to high-density residential development, specifically built to provide long-term rental housing.” While student accommodation meets many of those characteristics, it is a separate category, and a key distinction is the length of stay that is possible. Continue →
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A 0.75% tax on urban residential land as proposed by the Opportunities Party (TOP) to help fund income tax relief could come with the added benefit of helping solve New Zealand’s housing shortage The value of land is collectively and publicly created, Strong Towns’ Rick Rybeck writes. Continue →
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Following an extended period of elevated development activity across New Zealand, Colliers expects new building construction to fall to its lowest levels since the Global Financial Crisis within the next 12 months A confluence of mounting challenges has resulted in a marked slowdown in development activity over recent months. Continue →
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Kāinga Ora could take control of the planning and development for several suburbs along the yet-to-be-built Auckland Light Rail corridor, undermining Auckland Council’s local authority Senior Labour ministers have directed Kāinga Ora – Homes and Communities to assess the potential establishment of the Auckland Light Rail project as a Specified Development Project (SDP). Continue →
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As part of its Housing Action Plan 2023-2025, Wellington City Council is taking several measures to support better housing outcomes in the city, including partnering with private building owners and developers There’s no denying that the housing crisis is the biggest issue facing Wellington, says Councillor Tamatha Paul, Chair of the Council’s Kōrau Tūāpapa Environment and Infrastructure Committee.  Continue →
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Though National’s decision to somewhat back down on the Medium Density Residential Standards (MDRS) comes as a disappointment, there are some good new policies in this plan, Better things are possible author Malcolm McCracken writes An 8 storey, mixed-use development in Greenlane, Auckland with a small supermarket on the ground floor, shows exactly the sort of development we should be encouraging around our rapid transit stations. Continue →
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As more and more student flats are taken off the market in Auckland’s university precinct, a $250 million facility will provide a new accommodation model that could be rolled out nationwide The opening of New Zealand’s largest student accommodation facility is set to boost the infrastructure of the country’s tertiary education sector. Continue →
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The average cost of building a home in New Zealand’s main centres increased by 11.3% last year, but QV CostBuilder data indicates the rate of increase is now slowing In QV CostBuilder’s price update in December, more than 51,500 rates were updated, resulting in an 11.3% yearly increase in the cost to build a standard three-bedroom home. Continue →
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The Government has introduced two of the three bills meant to replace and simplify the Resource Management Act, but skeptics are not sure what it will do for the housing crisis The development community remains in the dark as to how the new system will be governed, funded, or practically implemented by those at the coalface, says Property Council New Zealand chief executive Leonie Freeman. Continue →
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A new investment partnership aims to build up to 100 new houses in Te Taitokerau, Associate Minister of Housing (Māori Housing) Peeni Henare says The Government is working with Te Pouahi o Te Taitokerau (a collective of Northland based Māori housing service providers and supported by Northland iwi, hapū and Ahu Whenua Trusts) to fund a prototype delivery model that will see 80-100 affordable rental homes and up to 110 infrastructure sites by 30 June 2025. Continue →
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Further innovation is needed in the construction industry to meet both shorter and longer-term housing requirements, says Autodesk Construction Solutions Industry Strategist Sumit Oberoi The New Zealand Government’s Bill to increase housing supply, and the introduction of the National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD) in July 2020, are important measures to address the country’s housing shortage over the longer term. Continue →
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