Opinion

Auckland: Housing crisis or no housing crisis — that is the question

Cameron Bagrie
Fri, 26 Feb 2021

Things could get interesting for the construction sector in Auckland in 2022 if borders are still closed.
Cameron Bagrie
Fri, 26 Feb 2021
Could we end up building too many houses in Auckland?That seems like blasphemy amid all the calls of severe housing shortages. A housing shortage is different from a shortage of affordable houses though. The latter is not going away soon.     Here are some numbers to think about on the former.Auckland's resident population has increased by 600,000 between 1996 and 2020. Over that period, 213,000 new dwelling units were consented. That is a ratio of 2.8 and the highest across New Zealand. That is too high, hence the legacy of...

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