In today's email we take a deeper look at the Hobsonville housing development,which is the model for the government's planned house building programme.
Can any Government really build thousands of quality houses in Auckland quickly at a price first home buyers can afford to buy? Bernard Hickey looks at whether the Hobsonville Point project has already done it, and whether the model can be replicated across Auckland, either by the current National Government, or on an even larger scale by a Labour-Green Government.
The competing bids for votes over Auckland's housing shortage are now clear: Labour wants to build 50,000 affordable houses over the next decade and the Government is planning to build around 7,200. Bernard Hickey looks through the details of the Government's plans and compares them with Labour's policy.
Social Housing Minister Amy Adams has announced the Government's plan to mostly use Housing New Zealand Corp to build a net 25,936 new houses in Auckland over the next decade, including 20,671 affordable homes to be sold on to private buyers. The rest would be retained as social houses owned by Housing New Zealand.