NZ Urban Development News - 26 Oct


Hi *|FNAME|*, Please find below Urban Development News from the media from the week of 26 October 2017

Phil Twyford reveals $2b KiwiBuild housing scheme


The just-announced Housing Minister told the Herald how labour, skills and land shortages in the over-stretched, under-delivering, under-resourced high-priced housing market were planned to be resolved by his regime which will change immigration laws and form public private partnerships with business like Fletcher Residential and Mike Greer Homes.

In the coming three years, KiwiBuild aims to gradually ramp up to 10,000/year high-quality affordable new residences for first-home buyers, half in Auckland, to build 100,000 residences in a decade.

An artist's impression of the new retail village to go in at the Todd Property development.
New $70m seaside village and $20m road for north Auckland

Tauranga shopping mall Bayfair has confirmed its long-rumoured expansion, revealing plans for a $100 million upgrade including 50 new shops and a seven-screen cinema complex.

Developers are building a new $70 million seaside village in north Auckland - and a $20m road to connect it.
Developer Todd Property has been building at Long Bay in north Auckland since 2010, and on Thursday, announced plans for the "heart of the community" - about 28 businesses including restaurants, supermarket and retail.
The developer was also partnering with Auckland Transport to build a road to feed into the popular Long Bay Regional Park as part of the development.

Perry Group has applied for special housing areas for its proposed Te Awa Lakes development in the Horotiu area (file photo).
Six fast-track housing areas pitched to Hamilton City Council

Six spots have been suggested for fast-track housing developments in Hamilton.
The six could provide more than 2000 new homes.
They include the former Porter Group site, an old sand quarry, and a patch of empty land between the edge of Melville and an industrial site.


How seven of our cities have grown over time

New Zealand is now 88% urban, having moved from about 60% rural a century ago.
In fact, we have one of the most urbanised concentrations on the planet. 68%+ of our total population lives in just 18 main urban centres, and 60%+ live in the seven centres of 100,000 or more (and that now counts Napier/Hastings as one of them with less than eight kilometres now separating them - 20kms centre-to-centre).
As the main centres have grown, many smaller ones have shrunk.
One way to assess this growth (and "sprawl") is to visualise it over time.
Study reveals why you should live closer to work


An additional 20 minutes commuting per day is equivalent to a 19 per cent pay cut when it comes to measuring job satisfaction, a study has found.
Researches examined the impacts of commuting to work on the well-being of more than 26,000 employees in England over a five-year period.
They found that every extra minute of commuting time reduces both job and leisure time satisfaction, increases strain and worsens mental health, according to Daily Mail.

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