Government can make a difference in housing, for good or for ill

Government can make a difference in housing, for good or for ill
Get the housing settings right and growth can flourish. (Image: Getty)
Dileepa Fonseka
National's leader Christopher Luxon talks a lot about getting the settings right and allowing growth to flourish, and in no area is this more demonstrably correct than housing. With the stroke of council and ministerial pens, Forma managing director Wilson Quinn was able to increase the number of apartments in his planned Wellington development by 30%.It was going to be built anyway, but only to nine levels. Changes made by the Wellington City Council to its district plan allowed him to extend that to 12.“This has just made it a...

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