Pres­sure on cour­ses

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An economist has sug­gested houses should be built on golf cour­ses owned by the Auck­land City Coun­cil. Shamubeel Eaqub has mooted the idea in a book he pub­lished re­cently.

“In Auck­land, the coun­cil owns some­thing like thir­teen golf cour­ses. And we have to ask some very hard ques­tions on what is the value of that land, and is it be­ing put to the best use?” he said.

“It doesn’t mean we need to raze the whole thing and build all over it but if we put hous­ing in it, around it, through it, it might be that we’re able to use our land much bet­ter.

“The re­al­ity is we’re not us­ing our land to the best ad­van­tage in hav­ing open green spa­ces for pony clubs and for golf cour­ses.”

Eaqub’s idea may be un­pop­u­lar but it’s not new news. There are al­ready talks about re­de­vel­op­ing coun­cil-owned Cham­ber­lain Park golf course to in­clude a broader range of recre­ation uses, in­clud­ing play­ing fields.

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