Space invaders: Where
John Anthony and Rob Stock search Auckland for some surprising building plots.
AUCKLAND is facing a land supply shortage. Or is it?
Colliers said this week Auckland was at risk of failing to meet targets for house building largely due to a land shortage – but a lot of land within the city limits is underused by comparison to other major cities around the world.
University of Auckland urban planner Lee Beattie said underutilised land would eventually give way to development.
‘‘It comes to a point that it becomes worth so much that you can’t afford not to develop it,’’ Beattie said.
So where are these hidden building plots? Aucklanders are spoilt for golfing choice with 39 courses, 14 of which are Auckland Council-owned. Figures from 2012 show Auckland had more golf courses per capita than Melbourne, Sydney, Perth, Zurich, Melbourne and Vancouver but only 4 per cent of Auckland’s population are registered golfers and between 1998 and 2014 adult participation fell 8 per cent.. In his 2016 election campaign Auckland Mayor Phil Goff was open about his desire to sell land occupied by Auckland golf courses, pointing to Remuera Golf Course as a prime example of land that could be put to better use.
Just last month a 2.8 hectare block previously leased by Auckland Council to Remuera Golf Club was listed for sale by council-controlled organisation Panuku to make way for up to 100 houses.
NZ Golf said it strongly advocated for the retention of as much of Auckland’s golfing footprint as possible and it was lobbying Auckland Council to increase its investment to get more golf facilities developed. Car dealerships often cluster together, but along a roughly 1.5 kilometre stretch of Great North Rd, just minutes from trendy Karangahape and Ponsonby roads, sit about a dozen car dealerships. Popping up around them are brand-new apartments, with $1 million price tags, selling out before the paint barely has time to dry. Colliers spokesman Alan