There is considerable moaning from the left about the lack of affordable housing.
As I have noted many times house are affordable even in Auckland. In fact there are so many that people are forced to sell them, and if they were truly unaffordable then none would sell, but sell they do.
At Â 20, Stacey Knuth of Whanganui has achieved what few young Kiwis her age can still do – buy a house.
She bought a state house in Gonville, a suburb which according to September quarter housing figures has the third-cheapest housing in the country.
A far cry from Parnell or Ponsonby, a house in Gonville had a median sales price of $110,000.
And it’s in close proximity to the country’s cheapest suburb, Castlecliff, where houses this quarter went for a median $88,000.
But Gonville has another distinction. It tied with Wellington’s Brooklyn for the quarter’s highest jump in house sales, up 145 per cent on the same period last year, due in part to a clutch of state houses on the market.
Whanganui has become a bit of a poster child for declining provincial towns, but to Knuth, who is locally born and bred, Gonville is a great place to live.
“I’ve been living here for about two months now and it’s really nice, it’s a good little four-bedroom home . . . It’s a good little neighbourhood, I’ve had no trouble.
“There’s no houses in front of me and no houses out back so on a clear day you can see the mountain straight out the front and then out back you can see the sea.”