Every Aucklander knows we have a housing crisis but just when we thought it couldn’t get any worse comes the news that the average Auckland house price rose by 13.1% to $652,129 in the 12 months to August this year.
This is a now a tragedy for families and the Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan the Mayor Len Brown wants to push through at an extraordinary council meeting today will do nothing to ease the problem.
Auckland families want affordable homes to buy and affordable homes to rent but neither is possible anywhere in Auckland today.
And the Mayor’s housing accord with the government will not address this crisis either because the 39,000 homes they intend to build in the next three years will be unaffordable for the big majority of Aucklanders.
The Council must directly intervene in the market on behalf of families.
Minto for Mayor would build 20,000 affordable council rental homes to address the sharpest point in the crisis with other plans to promote home ownership opportunities for every New Zealand family.
Without intervention in the market Auckland will become the world’s most liveable city – but only for wealthy landlords and property investors.