No way to keep people out of Auckland – Key
Auckland is a magnet for migration, Prime Minister John Key says, and there’s nothing we can do to convince people not to move here.
Mr Key was in Auckland last week and the contentious Unitary Plan – the new planning book for Auckland’s intensification – was the hot topic.
Addressing a group of businessmen, Mr Key said Auckland’s dramatic growth in the next 20 to 30 years was a certainty.
He says people in smaller towns and cities often ask why he doesn’t force people out of Auckland to get areas that have the space and infrastructure growing again.
Mr Key says, while the idea has merit, it’s not something that could be achieved easily.
‘‘The reality is even Wellington is dying and we don’t know how to turn it around. All you have there is government, Victoria University and Weta Workshop.
‘‘Auckland is a magnet for internal migration for its opportunities and when you look at external migration, those from overseas are going to move to where their friends and family are, and that’s Auckland.’’
But Mr Key voiced his concerns that the planned intensification of Auckland would be slowed down by time-consuming consenting processes.
‘‘We are not of the view that growth in Auckland should come from subdivisions, but typically it’s much harder to get intensification through,’’ he says.
‘‘Whether you like the plan or not it won’t matter because you won’t get anything built in the near future.
‘‘What needs to happen is for things to be sped up, but how do you do that?’’