New builds not recorded

Central Leader - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - CRAIG HOYLE

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.

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