Mt Roskill hous­ing shake-up on cards


Up to 700 Auck­land state houses will be re­placed with about 2000 new homes, Mt Roskill MP Michael Wood says.

The Labour MP said a ma­jor hous­ing re­de­vel­op­ment was be­ing planned for Mt Roskill and the community was be­ing kept in the dark about it.

The pro­posed re­de­vel­op­ment was in the area di­rectly south of Mt Roskill cone be­tween Do­min­ion Rd and May Rd, he said.

In Fe­bru­ary Prime Min­is­ter Bill English said there was ‘‘plenty of scope’’ for medi­um­den­sity de­vel­op­ments on Hous­ing NZ (HNZ) land in ar­eas like Mt Roskill.

The de­vel­oper would be the Hob­sonville Land Com­pany (HLC), a wholly owned sub­sidiary of Hous­ing New Zealand, which was also re­spon­si­ble for the Hob­sonville Point devel­op­ment in west Auck­land, Wood said.

HLC chief ex­ec­u­tive Chris Aiken said it had been asked by Hous­ing New Zealand to in­ves­ti­gate a re­de­vel­op­ment in the Akarana area of Mt Roskill.

HLC had spo­ken with the Lo­cal Board, schools, po­lice and community groups in the area, he said.

‘‘We take a community based ap­proach to devel­op­ment and as our plans evolve we will con­tinue to en­gage with stake­hold­ers in the area.’’ Aiken said.

How­ever, such a project was not yet ap­proved so he was un­able to con­firm how many houses would be re­placed and built.

Wood said he had ob­tained in­for­ma­tion that sug­gested be­tween 500 to 700 houses would be re­placed with about 2000 new dwellings.

It is not clear whether new dwellings would be state houses, pri­vate homes or mixed.

Wood said he was not op­posed to devel­op­ment but HNZ and HLC had made min­i­mal ef­fort to com­mu­ni­cate with the community, he said.

Wood said he was told by the Gov­ern­ment that pub­lic con­sul­ta­tion would hap­pen af­ter re­source con­sent had been filed.

‘‘They’re ac­tu­ally en­tirely chang­ing this community and to only then talk to that community af­ter you’ve de­vel­oped their plans is wrong.’’

So­cial Hous­ing Min­is­ter Amy Adams said HNZ en­gaged with com­mu­ni­ties re­gard­ing de­vel­op­ments.

Michael Wood is host­ing a community meet­ing on the is­sue on March 30 in the May Road School hall.

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