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Housing affordability in New Zealand has been a problem for many years and across successive
governments. Recently, the National government announced a plan to tackle the issue. Of course,
there is no simple solution. In March 2011, the government commissioned an in-depth inquiry into
housing affordability by the Productivity Commission. It repor ted that housing costs were a reflection
of five significant factors; land supply, infrastructure, building materials costs, building sector productivity,
and compliance costs. The government is addressing all of these with a number of impor tant actions
• Negotiating an Auckland Housing Accord that will see 39,000 new homes consented over the
following three years, far more than the current average of 3,600 each year.
• Streamlining the Resource Management Act to reduce red tape around building new houses.
• Introducing six-month consenting limits for medium-sized projects.
• Holding an inquiry into the cost of building materials.
• Reining in development contributions and compliance costs.
• Investing in skills to boost the productivity of the constr uction sector.
• Saving an average family with a $300,000 mor tgage $230 a week by keeping interest rates low.
All of these changes will manifest themselves in the coming months and years and will hopefully have
a measurable impact in the near future. I am pleased to be suppor ting the government's work in this
Over recent months, I have been contacted by a number of people hoping to buy a home in Tamaki.
They know that the communities in this electorate are great places to live, work, and raise a family,
but they have expressed frustration over the cost of housing here. I understand their disappointment,
but also feel that a degree of realism is required when looking to enter the housing market. No
government could ever make ever y house affordable to ever y home-buyer. Anyone promising simple
solutions and fantastical results should be viewed with a degree of suspicion. Tamaki is rarely the first
rung on the proper ty ladder. It is a location in high demand and consequently a place of higher prices.
Our beautiful communities are vibrant, with a strong sense of belonging. It is no wonder that many
people seek to live here.
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Diwali fest brightens city
Festival fun: Enjoy Indian
food, dance and music at
next month's Diwali festival.
Everyone is invited to experience
the sights, sounds and tastes of
India during the annual Auckland
Diwali Festival on October 19 and
20 in Aotea Square and Queen St.
The event runs from noon to
9pm and is the region's largest
free multicultural vegetarian fes-
It is supported by Suburban
Newspapers, publisher of the East
& Bays Courier, and is run by
Auckland Tourism, Events and
Economic Development (ATEED).
ATEED destination and mar-
keting general manager Rachael
Carroll says this year's event will
stimulate the senses.
We're infusing more street
theatre and surprise events than
ever before to inject even more
spontaneity into what is already
an exciting event,'' she says.
This is an amazing opportunity
for people of all ethnic back-
grounds to embrace a traditional
Indian festival which has become
an iconic event for our city.''
The festival will see Aotea
Square and Queen St transformed
into an Indian bazaar, with more
than 50 food and craft stalls offer-
ing delicious vegetarian cuisine
and Indian sweets, as well as a
colourful array of clothing, jewel-
lery, henna, handicrafts and art.
A live performance stage will
showcase a mix of traditional and
contemporary dance from local
and international artists and
there will be the hotly contested
Radio Tarana Bollywood dance
Other festival highlights will
include the Rangoli craft work-
shop where children can create
Indian artworks and classical
music workshops for people to
have a go at playing traditional
Indian instruments. The event
will end with a fireworks display.
Go to aucklandnz.com/diwali for
to front up
A public meeting
organised by the
Campaign for Bet-
ter Transport will
be held on Sept-
ember 11, 6.45pm at
Ellen Melville Hall,
Freyberg Place in
Contenders for the
Len Brown, John
Palino, John Minto
and Uesifili Unasa
will be at the meet-
ing to put forward
their vision for
transport in Auck-
land. There will be
an opportunity for
to ask questions. All
Ethereal event on the agenda
A Fey Fair will be held at Orakei Community Cen-
tre, September 14, 10.30am till 3.30pm. Divine guid-
ance, healing, psychics, channelers and mediums.
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