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Speaker: Crowding and displacement in Auckland

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  • Moz,

    That is a really unfortunate juxtaposition, the two issues look bad when put together. Most blatantly, kicking one woman out of a three bedroom house so that a family of 12 can move into it, instead of the three bedroom house they have now, makes no sense. But that's not immediately obvious.

    If the government was proposing to build more appropriate houses instead it would make a certain amount of sense. "move away for a year while we build a 1-bedroom unit here" would be fine. But they're not even doing that, they're just going to keep knocking them down and selling them off so they can build fewer houses somewhere else.

    I presume the rules are also structured so that if an unemployed state housing tenant moves from a high-employment region (where the houses are now) to a low-employment region (where the new state houses are) they lose their benefits? That's how they do it in Oz.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1229 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to Moz,

    If the government was proposing to build more appropriate houses instead it would make a certain amount of sense. “move away for a year while we build a 1-bedroom unit here” would be fine. But they’re not even doing that, they’re just going to keep knocking them down and selling them off so they can build fewer houses somewhere else.

    I know the level of trust about the future is not high amongst Greys’ Ave HNZ tenants soon to be moved out for renovations.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22817 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha,

    Doesn't this govt also have an explicit target of no more than 15% of residents of any place being state tenants? That means removing many from current enclaves.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19705 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Moz,

    a high-employment region (where the houses are now) to a low-employment region (where the new state houses are)

    other way around in our case, I believe - need more houses in Auckland, fewer in job-poor provincial towns.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19705 posts Report Reply

  • Ian Dalziel,

    Laissez-faire, Lessee fear...
    Privatise the suburbs !!
    - as the Government moves to distance itself from social housing, could 'the Sir Owen Glen Innes District for Lessee Mortals' be just over the horizon?

    Christchurch • Since Dec 2006 • 7939 posts Report Reply

  • Brent Jackson,

    HNZ does seem to be making moves to turn at least some of their 3-brm houses into 5-brm ones by adding 2 attachment bedrooms to the back door.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 615 posts Report Reply

  • Moz, in reply to Sacha,

    need more houses in Auckland, fewer in job-poor provincial towns.

    yes, but I thought the official plan was to remove state houses from where they're more valuable in favour of building a few where're they're lower value. Which I assumed meant in the job-poor areas with low land prices (because no-one wants to live there). But if it's other, also accessible, parts of Auckland that is good news.

    Brett, adding bedrooms is excellent news.

    Sydney, West Island • Since Nov 2006 • 1229 posts Report Reply

  • Kumara Republic,

    All roads, I suspect, lead back to the housing bubble and those who've wilfully cartelised it.

    The southernmost capital … • Since Nov 2006 • 5429 posts Report Reply

  • Swan,

    "All roads, I suspect, lead back to the housing bubble and those who've wilfully cartelised it."

    Agreed. Roger Blakeley being the ring leader of course.

    Birkenhead • Since Feb 2011 • 86 posts Report Reply

  • Sacha, in reply to Swan,

    it's our financial system's overseers over many years who are responsible for the housing bubble, not council planners. But carry on the supply-side nonsense if it brings you comfort.

    Ak • Since May 2008 • 19705 posts Report Reply

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