New builds not recorded
Affordable housing numbers Auckland are not being recorded.
Building and Construction Minister Nick Smith told RNZ it was not his job to monitor how many new builds in the city met the affordable threshold and it had never been a key focus for the Government.
Auckland Council also ducked questions about how authorities could confirm whether property developers were meeting their obligations under the Housing Accord.
Under the accord, which was approved in September 2013, 10 per cent of new homes in special housing areas had to be affordable housing in that could be purchased by a first home buyer on a modest income.
Yet the council told RNZ it had no mechanism for checking whether that was actually the case.
Developers have to make a statutory declaration when they sell a house that meets the criteria, but it is incumbent on the developers to supply those declarations, rather than the council signing them off.
Auckland Council told RNZ its responsibility was to issue building consents rather than monitor affordable housing.
The accord should have resulted in 5000 affordable homes being built in Auckland, but neither the council nor the Government were able to confirm that figure.
Construction is approaching record levels in Auckland, with consents issued for 10,379 new houses in the last year.