NZ Urban Development News - 21 August


Hi *|FNAME|*, Please find below Urban Development News from the media from the week of 21 August 2018.

New infrastructure entity to help drive economic growth and wellbeing

A new independent entity will be established so New Zealand gets the quality infrastructure investment it needs to improve long-term economic performance and social wellbeing, Infrastructure Minister Shane Jones has announced on 17th August.

Speaking at the annual Building Nations Symposium in Auckland, Shane Jones said the new entity would provide greater certainty to the industry and better advice to Ministers to ensure adequate, long-term planning and investment happens.

“When we first came into Government, it quickly became clear that we’re facing a major infrastructure deficit with no plan to tackle it. We’ve struggled to get a clear picture from officials of its scale, when it would hit us the worst and in which sectors.

“Treasury is currently unable to properly quantify the value of the deficit we’re facing – it doesn’t hold accurate or up-to-date information about all infrastructure projects across all sectors and advises that agencies themselves may not necessarily know the extent of their future capital needs.

Majority of 'affordable' apartments in Wellington's Newtown sell off plans

A housing development in Wellington offers no parking yet the majority of the 56 "affordable" two-bed apartments have been sold off the plans.

Developers Craig and Greg Walton were granted resource consent for six, four-storey buildings in the suburb of Newtown, which sits on the city fringe.

Agent Alen Moshi​ said 'The Village' would offer much-needed affordable first-home options for Wellingtonians.

Green light for big state housing development in Porirua's Cannons Creek

Construction of a new state housing area, featuring landscaped sections and balconies, is due to begin in Porirua early next year.

Porirua City Council has granted Housing New Zealand resource consent to develop 53 two-storey dwellings, ranging in size between one and five bedrooms, in eastern Porirua’s Castor Loop area.

Last year, church and community members protested the empty Housing NZ land at Cannons Creek, which had been unused since 27 ageing and earthquake-prone units were demolished in 2007 and 2008. More were pulled down in nearby Hazard Grove and Esk Place in 2015.


New interactive data puts Auckland in a new light

Auckland Tourism, Events and Economic Development (ATEED) is launching the second edition of the Auckland Index and Auckland Growth Monitor – a suite of complementary digital data tools that offer a wealth of information on the economy’s shape and future direction.

The 2018 Auckland Index is an interactive, data-driven look into what makes our economy tick and is updated quarterly. The Index – first launched in October 2017 – is complemented by The Auckland Growth Monitor, a digital magazine-style report (PDF) produced annually.

There are now 99 interactive graphs available on the index, nearly double that of the original, while the growth monitor complements the index by providing commentary on some of the trends and potential economic implications behind the data.

Take a journey on the future City Rail Link

You can now take a virtual journey through the forthcoming new City Rail Link (CRL) underground train stations.

CRL has just released new designs for the stations and created virtual flythroughs so you can get a feel for what it will be like going through the new stations and their environment.

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