Monday 12 June 2017
Taskforce Report recommends major changes to housing
The Auckland Mayoral Housing Taskforce today released its report to the Mayor, outlining major changes needed to address
the city’s serious housing shortage.
The Taskforce was set up by Mayor Phil Goff early this year with a Terms of Reference asking it to identify barriers and
constraints to building new homes in Auckland at a speed and scale needed to meet the demand caused by population
The Taskforce membership brought together developers, builders, bankers, economists, architects and central and local
Mayor Phil Goff welcomed the Report.
“This Report sets out strategic changes needed to address Auckland’s housing crisis.
“It is important for central and local government and the industry to analyse and respond to the Report’s
recommendations. Auckland has become unaffordable for first home buyers and renters.
“Unless we address these problems, housing shortage and unaffordability in Auckland will not only continue to cause
serious social pressures, but will also hold back Auckland’s and New Zealand’s economic growth,” he said.
The Report makes recommendations in three key areas:
• developing at scale which includes building through the dips;
• unlocking the availability of land with appropriate zoning and infrastructure; and
• enabling efficiency and innovation in consenting and risk management.
“Firstly, the Report says that unless we can provide greater continuity and certainty in building work, the industry
will not scale up sufficiently and we will continue to build fewer houses than needed.”
It recommends a deliberate policy to build through the economic dips.
“In a small country like New Zealand, central government has in the past played a key role in this and today still needs
to,” the Mayor said.
“It also recommends ways to tackle skills shortages that create constraints and cost pressures.
“Secondly, the Report emphasises the constraints created by shortage of funding to invest in the infrastructure needed
for development to occur.
“The Auckland Unitary Plan has freed up land by zoning it for development. However, for development to take place
roading, water and community facilities need to be provided in order for the build to occur.”
The Report addresses the role that the Housing Infrastructure Fund must play in allowing this to happen in Auckland and
recommends the broadening of revenue sources for Council including road pricing and devolution of funds from central
“It promotes the potential to use other sources of funding such as targeted rates on those realising windfall profits
from rezoning and new infrastructure so they contribute to the cost of that infrastructure.
“It raises concerns that changes in lending policies from banks and regulatory agencies could start to act as a drag on
“Thirdly, the Report makes a series of recommendations on consenting and risk management to facilitate housing being put
“It recommends a warranty and insurance scheme to give assurance to consumers and to allow Council to be more supportive
of innovation in building methods.
“It calls for the Consenting Made Easy process being trialled by Council to be fully implemented, and also says the
Building Code and other legislation such as the Unit Titles Act requires an update.
“Also noted in the Report is the advantage of innovation such as prefabrication to improve the speed and quality of
construction and lowering costs.
“It points a way forward to better tackle the problem of housing shortage and affordability which Aucklanders and New
Zealanders have signalled are major problems calling for new approaches.
“This Report reflects the consensus findings of a cross-section of individuals representing groups across the housing
industry. It deserves the close attention of central and local government,” Mayor Phil Goff said.
The Housing Taskforce Report is attached. Also available here