Strong reaction prompts Auckland plan re-think

  By: ONE News reporter Nicole Bremner Published: One News – tvnz.co.nz A strong reaction from residents in Auckland’s coastal communities has forced mayor Len Brown to re-think the grand strategy for the city’s future development. Brown has used a ceremony in Long Bay, where he turned the soil for a new housing project, to.. read more →

Mayor defends Auckland housing plan

  Written by: Dan Satherley Published: 3News Critics are questioning whether a deal struck between Auckland Mayor Len Brown and the Government will really solve the city’s housing crisis. Under the deal, existing consent restrictions can be overridden for housing development in some areas. It’s hoped the plan will see 39,000 homes built in the.. read more →

Housing plan ‘a weak compromise’

  Written by: Brian Rudman Photo by: Paul Estcourt Published: The New Zealand Herald – 13 May 2013 Housing Minister Nick Smith’s boast that his new housing accord with the Auckland Council “is good news for Auckland families wanting access to more affordable houses to buy and rent,” is at best, wishful thinking. If he.. read more →

Janet McAllister: Our heritage is going, going, gone

  Photo by: Dean Purcell Published: The New Zealand Herald – 11 May 2013 Heritage hero Allan Matson hasn’t read the heritage policy statements in the draft Unitary Plan. This is a surprise. When I ask him to comment on them, the tireless thorn in the side of soulless developers says he’ll have to call.. read more →

Auckland housing: 39,000 new homes in three years

  Photo by: Dean Purcell Published: The New Zealand Herald – 10 May 2013 Auckland Mayor Len Brown and the Government have struck a deal that will enable 39,000 new houses to be built in the next three years. The Auckland Housing Accord has been agreed to today by Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and.. read more →

300 Residents Attend Public Meeting On Auckland Unitary Plan

  Press Release: New Zealand National Party Published: scoop.co.nz – 09 May 2013 read more →

Youth and Auckland’s future

  By Richard Hills Published: Auckland Now – North Shore Times read more →

Many comments on unitary plan

  Published: Auckland Now – Rodney Times Feedback is pouring in on Auckland’s draft unitary plan which proposes Auckland’s future. So it was appropriate chef and Helensville identity Pete Brennan should wheel in the massive plan documentation “pig in a barrow” style at a Helensville public meeting attended by more than 300 people at the.. read more →

Transforming Auckland: Plan holds no fear for city chiefs

  Written by: Bernard Orsman Photo by: Doug Sherring Published: The New Zealand Herald – 07 May 2013 Councillors on large spreads are unaffected by rezoning scheme to fit in a million more people. Auckland councillors are relatively unaffected by a new way of life that includes high-rise apartments and intensification for many of the.. read more →

David Gibbs: The Big Squeeze – we can all fit if sections are smaller

  Written by: David Gibbs Photo by: Janna Dixon Published: The New Zealand Herald – 07 May 2013 Auckland’s population in 2031 is projected to be almost double what it is today. Based on this, it is not a question of if Auckland should intensify: we clearly must. However, we do need to ensure the.. read more →

Youth want a say on the Unitary Plan

  By: Annabel Reid | New Zealand News Mayor of Auckland, Len Brown, is trumpeting youth involvement in the Unitary Plan process, but youth themselves are reading the situation very differently. Mayor Brown says he is delighted with the level and quality of input young Aucklanders are providing towards the draft Unitary Plan. But Manurewa.. read more →

North Shore, Howick residents ‘soulless, geriatric time bombs’

  By: Newstalk ZB staff | New Zealand News A young Auckland Council member is refusing to back down from his support of a blog describing residents of Milford, Orewa, Howick and Browns Bay as soulless, geriatric time bombs. Councillor for Albany, Michael Goudie, has raised hackles after endorsing the blog containing vitriolic attacks on.. read more →

Elderly ask for fair go

  Written by: Liz Willis Published: Auckland Now – North Shore Times read more →

Plan rattles residents

  Written by: Joe Dawson Published: Auckland Now – Central Leader James Willoughby says his street and many others in Onehunga are fine just the way they are and don’t need to have high density housing added to turn them into a community. The Grotto St resident says he is among many in his neighbourhood.. read more →

Intensification fears galvanise residents

  Written by: Jess Lee Published: Auckland Now – Auckland City Harbour News The prospect of solid walls of “high-rise” developments alienating the Herne Bay community from its waterfront will be top of the agenda at a public meeting hosted by the Herne Bay Residents’ Association next week. Herne Bay Residents Association spokeswoman Julia Cahill.. read more →