NZ Urban Development News - 26 June


Hi *|FNAME|*, Please find below Urban Development News from the media from the week of 26 June 2018.

Housing: Auckland getting 23,600 new residences on state-owned land

State house owner and manager Housing New Zealand Corporation is working with businesses to develop 23,600 new Auckland residences on state-owned land, of which 11,000 will be new state houses and the rest affordable and free-market places.

In the most radical transformation of the city's state housing, HNZC's Auckland Housing Programme which began in June 2016 is a 10-year joint initiative between the state house provider and a subsidiary of HNZC - HLC (Homes. Land. Community.), a spokesperson for HNZC said.

Big projects are in high-needs areas of Northcote, Avondale, Mt Roskill and Mangere.

HLC was previously called the Hobsonville Land Company and is headed by Chris Aiken, whose work developing 4500 new residences for about 11,000 people Hobsonville has been lauded by Housing Minister Phil Twyford as a the best example of how state land can be used in new ways successfully to increase the city's housing supply.

Hobsonville Point proposed 15-level apartment block


Hobsonville Point on Auckland's north-western outskirts could go high-rise if an application to build a 15-level block on the waterfront overlooking the wharf and ferry terminal is allowed.

Auckland Council has notified Marlborough Precinct Holdings' application to build the block on the site near the Royal New Zealand Air Force base at Whenuapai.

The block exceeds the 16m maximum height for the site by 40.8m, according to a report prepared for the council. That means the block could be about 13 storeys above the maximum height limit.

The Airfields at Hobsonville Point receives 6 Homestar accreditation

The first homes awarded a 6 Homestar rating using a bespoke checklist will soon be built at Hobsonville Point.

The homes are being developed by Avanda Group, and their design has received the quality-assurance mark from the New Zealand Green Building Council (NZGBC) which certifies their healthiness and sustainability. The mark ensures good energy efficiency, ventilation, moisture control and insulation.

The city's redevelopment agency Panuku Development Auckland is committed to ensuring a minimum of 6 Homestar-rated homes across all its development locations including Hobsonville Point. To help reach this goal, a customised checklist was created in collaboration with the NZGBC and other Auckland Council organisations.

Proposals for KiwiBuild off-site factories to be sought

The Government will invite companies to express their interest in setting up or expanding off-site manufacturing factories to make KiwiBuild homes, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford announced today.

“Cabinet has decided the Government will seek interest from both local and overseas companies to come forward with their plans,” Phil Twyford says.

“One of the challenges for KiwiBuild is there isn’t the scale and capacity in the construction sector to build the number of houses New Zealand needs.

Your chance to help plan Warkworth's expansion

The council is keen to hear the community’s ideas on how land use and infrastructure might be laid out surrounding Warkworth. 

All parties with an interest in the town’s future can attend a community workshop and help create a map to develop areas for homes, businesses, parks, and their supporting infrastructure.

They will be held at Warkworth Town Hall, 21 Neville St, on Thursday 28 June 6pm–9pm and Saturday 30 June, 9am–12pm.

Critical report of Wellington social housing says it could generate $160 million shortfall

A Wellington social housing review has found properties are not affordable for many tenants and are not financially sustainable, with a "graph of doom" predicting a $160 million shortfall.

The independent review examined the Wellington City Council business unit responsible for providing and managing the capital's social housing portfolio, which is made up of 3400 tenants living in 2090 housing units.

The 100-page "state of nation" review asks "critical" questions about issues such as the financing of city housing, cost effectiveness, investments, the council's definition of being a social housing landlord, the purpose of social housing, the level of discounting, rental incomes and accountability.

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