Hopes high for SHAs

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Central Leader - - FRONT PAGE - By LAUREN PRI­EST­LEY

CHANGE is on the way for some state house ten­ants in cen­tral Auck­land.

Patches of land have been ear­marked for fast-tracked res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ments in the lat­est batch of spe­cial hous­ing ar­eas (SHAs) an­nounced on May 7.

The green light ar­eas in­clude Hous­ing New Zealand (HNZ) sites in Mt Al­bert, Mt Roskill, Grey Lynn, One Tree Hill, Water­view and One­hunga.

HNZ is as­sess­ing each property fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment and has started dis­cus­sions about re­de­vel­op­ing its sites in Water­view and Asquith Av­enue in Mt Al­bert.

If the plan is to do-up age­ing HNZ stock then it’s a good one, Al­bert-Eden Lo­cal Board chair­man Peter Haynes says. ‘‘I have high hopes. ‘‘The stuff that they’re do­ing to­day is just as good if not bet­ter than what you would ex­pect from a pri­vate sec­tor de­vel­oper.’’

One light on the hori­zon is the pos­si­ble HNZ re­de­vel­op­ment in Water­view, he says.

In the long-run it could mean com­mu­nity fa­cil­i­ties in an area where there are al­most none, he says.

‘‘At the mo­ment there’s just a pri­mary school and a hall. We’re hop­ing that as part of any large-scale de­vel­op­ment we can se­cure some more fa­cil­i­ties in Water­view. It’s rea­son­able to ex­pect.’’

An One­hunga site in­cluded on the list is home to the 40-unit HNZ pen­sioner com­plex Gar­side Vil­lage, in Jordan Ave.

Maun­gakiekie-Ta­maki Lo­cal Board chair­man Si­mon Ran­dall says any in­ten­si­fi­ca­tion should be in­te­grated with the area’s pub­lic trans­port.

‘‘At the mo­ment it means noth­ing for the pen­sioner vil­lage but what po­ten­tially is pro­posed by HNZ could have an im­pact.

‘‘We will be ad­vo­cat­ing quite strongly for streets like Jordan Ave.’’

HNZ spokes­woman Bry­ony Hil­less says the or­gan­i­sa­tion will re­de­velop its Asquith Av­enue, Mt Al­bert site.

‘‘It is an ideal lo­ca­tion to re­de­velop and pro­vide warm, dry and fit-for-pur­pose hous­ing for our ten­ants that is also de­signed to meld into the cur­rent char­ac­ter of the com­mu­nity.’’

The lat­est batch of spe­cial hous­ing ar­eas brings the to­tal to 63 across Auck­land which will re­sult in 33,500 new homes. Re­source and build­ing con­sents could be made as early as June.

Hous­ing Min­is­ter Dr Nick Smith says the project is go­ing well with the first homes ready for Auck­lan­ders to move into by the end of the year.

‘‘We are on track to achieve our first-year tar­get of 9000.’’

But Gen­er­a­tion Zero spokesman Sud­hvir Singh says the 41 new SHAs don’t go far enough.

A lot of the sec­tions up for grabs have been des­ig­nated for the outer lim­its of Auck­land, mean­ing in­creased trans­port and in­fra­struc­ture costs, he says.

‘‘We still think there has been a missed op­por­tu­nity here.

‘‘There’s still a huge amount of ur­ban sprawl.’’

The next set of SHAs planned for Au­gust.

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