Auckland Council has totally failed at it’s job for the last 20 years (previously 7 councils). They have strangled supply. They have ramped up costs. They have stopped many developments in their tracks – often after a great deal of money has been spent by the prospective developer.
And what is the result? Surprise, surprise, a housing shortage.
And the National government, has basically stood by and tinkered a little bit. And kind of hoped the problem would go away.
But it hasn’t.
So what do we have now? 2 things. Firstly an infrastructure loan facility of $1b and secondly, and comically, some ‘pop up’ houses. Sigh.
So firstly we have an infrastructure loan facility for fast growing cities (they mean Auckland, but for some reason don’t like to lay the blame all at Auckland’s doorstep) so that they can borrow off of the government to do what they always used to do, but seems now can’t do, i.e. put in infrastructure so that developers can subdivide land and build houses.
This is a) A tiny amount of money and b) Auckland council wouldn’t need it if they hadn’t pissed away sooooo much money on stupid shit. Sorry to be blunt, but that’s basically it. They’ve spent and spent and spent, incurred a lot of debt, and now they can’t perform their mandated functions such as providing infrastructure. They’re like a teenager who spent all their money on booze and now want their parents to give them petrol money so they can get to work/school/uni/tech.
And then secondly, we have Paula Bennett wanting to create some pop up houses. Why? Because this issue is starting to hurt the government. They’ve tinkered around for the last 7 years or so and tut tutted while the situation gets worse. And of course, they’ve watched immigration levels get to +70,000 people per annum – which all governments like because it stimulates the economy.
But the situation is now undeniable. We are damn short of houses in Auckland and when it comes to allowing the creation of more housing units, the council has been dragging it’s feet the whole time.
So what to do? Well some quick fixes apparently! Nothing that will solve the long term problem, just some things that will say “We take this issue seriously” Try to keep a straight face when reading that 🙂
You know what they need to do? You really want to know?
The answer is: THEY JUST NEED TO GET THE FUCK OUT OF THE WAY AND LET THE PRIVATE SECTOR BUILD HOUSES!!!
Simple. Costs the taxpayer and ratepayer nothing. No risks either. Just let developers and builders get on with the job and the situation would be resolved pronto.
Sadly I don’t see this happening in the near future.
Instead we’ll get some shanty towns for the poor people, and a loan to the poor council.