No way to keep peo­ple out of Auck­land – Key

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By MARNIE HAL­LA­HAN

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?’’

John Key

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