Hi *|FNAME|*, Please find below Urban Development News from the media from the week of 25 September 2018.
Major infrastructure funding for Auckland’s northwest
Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff today confirmed $339.2 million of 10-year interest-free loans to Auckland Council to support major infrastructure projects in Redhills and Whenuapai in Auckland’s northwest.
The loans from the $1 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) will enable the building of around 7000 houses to help tackle the housing crisis.
The infrastructure that will be built with this funding will support new housing and includes wastewater mains and pump stations, stormwater management and arterial roading, including bus and cycle lanes.
The proposed developments at Redhills and Whenuapai are part of a wider programme of development in Auckland’s northwest.
Government asked to support building 'eco-city' and use KiwiBuild funds for capital's housing solution
A plan to build an "eco-city" in a Northern suburb of Wellington is part of a civic wishlist submitted to the Government.
Documents released under the Official Information Act (OIA) reveal Wellington City Council asked the Government to partner on building 10,000 dwellings in the Lincolnshire Farm/Grenada North/Grenada area.
"The council would like to explore the Government's interest in a development partnership leveraging the Petone-Grenada Link road project …"
Housing NZ’s new social objectives to provide decent housing, be a fair and compassionate landlord and to help sustain tenancies will be enshrined in legislation, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford has announced.
The organisation will also no longer be required to return a surplus to the Government.
“Housing NZ is a very different organisation under the helm of chief executive Andrew McKenzie and under our Government,” Phil Twyford says.