State houses set for mil­lion-dol­lar ar­eas

North Shore Times - - FOCUS ON EDUCATION - DENISE PIPER

Some of the mil­lion-dol­lar sub­urbs on the North Shore are set to get more state houses, as part of the Govern­ment’s re­sponse to the city’s hous­ing cri­sis.

Hous­ing New Zealand is set to build 34,000 houses over the next 10 years in its Auck­land Hous­ing Pro­gramme.

As part of this pro­gramme, 190 new so­cial houses and 54 mar­ket­priced houses are planned for the North Shore in the next three years, gen­eral man­ager of as­set de­vel­op­ment Pa­trick Dougherty said.

Taka­puna is set to get 25 so­cial houses and 54 mar­ket houses in the pro­gramme.

The av­er­age sale price of a three-bed­room house in Taka­puna is $1.34m, ac­cord­ing to Bar­foot & Thomp­son’s June sub­urb re­port.

Other ar­eas set to get so­cial houses in­clude Beach Haven (56 houses), Birk­dale (55), To­tara Vale (18) and Sun­nynook (6), al­though Dougherty said the fi­nal num­bers could change as de­vel­op­ment in­ves­ti­ga­tions are done.

These houses are ad­di­tional to the 1200 houses planned for North­cote, set to be built over the next six years. A third of these will be so­cial houses, a third sold on the open mar­ket and a third ‘‘af­ford­able’’ at un­der $650,000.

Dougherty said stage one of the North­cote de­vel­op­ment, where 20 ex­ist­ing homes are be­ing re­placed with 59 new homes, is set to be fin­ished in Oc­to­ber.

While the hous­ing de­velop- ment is good, there is con­cern about what hap­pens to the fam­i­lies cur­rently liv­ing in the state houses about to be re­placed, Labour’s North­cote can­di­date Shanan Hal­bert said.

Many of these fam­i­lies faced mov­ing out of the North Shore, with no guar­an­tee they would be moved back into the area, he said.

‘‘They’ve had to re­lo­cate fam­i­lies out west, for ex­am­ple, with no com­mit­ment to come back to the North Shore com­mu­nity and it’s quite in­ter­gen­er­a­tional there.

‘‘One of the orig­i­nal com­mit­ments of the Govern­ment was to en­sure that these com­mu­ni­ties weren’t bro­ken up but they’ve back-tracked on that,’’ Hal­bert said.

Hous­ing New Zealand has a process for ten­ants who need to re­lo­cate due to de­vel­op­ment, in­clud­ing ask­ing them where they would like to live, how many bed­rooms they need and any spe­cific hous­ing needs, Dougherty said.

DENISE PIPER/ FAIRFAX NZ

The build­ing of new state houses could mean ex­ist­ing ten­ants have to leave the North Shore.

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