Mark Thomas - New Mayor for Auckland

Newstalk ZB: Auckland needs to use own backyard to address housing shortage

Newstalk ZB has covered my response to Auckland’s housing crisis here.

I said council needs to do a much better job with the hundreds of millions of dollars worth of property it owns. For example, council vacated its former head office in the Civic building at Aotea Square in central Auckland two years ago and yet its future remains undecided.

This was following the decision being announced in June 2012.

Council has had nearly four years to make a decision on this building and none has yet been made.

There are other examples of vacant buildings around the region and also, as the article mentions, other land we own which we are not moving quickly enough developing into housing.

My growth plans will deal to these problems.


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