Len’s vision for Papakura?

Len Brown’s vision for Papakura? Is this affordable housing Labour style?

Images of Hong Kong ‘living cubicles’ that look just like Borg cubes.



Earlier this year the Hong Kong-based Society for Community Organisation (SoCO) highlighted the plight of the city’s most under-privileged people, increasing numbers of whom are being forced to live in almost inconceivably small spaces.

In districts including Sham Shui Po, Yau Tsim Mong, and Kowloon City, families, elderly people and the unemployed are crammed into living quarters that are barely bigger than a toilet cubicle in some cases.

The combination of Hong Kong’s huge population and sky-high rents – around HKD$90 (£8) per square foot a month – has led to a housing shortage that is affecting hundreds of thousands of the city’s poorest people, SoCo said.

Len Brown’s unitary plan will be the unravelling of him as people realise that this is the kind of thing he is planning for everywhere but for the land around his house.



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  • Bit close to home Cam?

    It is for me living 100 metres away from the Papakura Metropolitan Zone and having the potential of having an 18 storey tower staring down at you.

    Question is though, if I can make a submission on this – can you?

    • Steve R

      Yes you can. And should

  • J.M

    Bit of an exaggeration there chap? Still nothing wrong with apartment living, did it for many years when I was overseas.

    • Steve R

      Yes but folks in papakura are going to turn them into slums. This hasn’t worked in England it will be the finish of our great city.

    • LabTested

      I have a apartment on Europe & Auckland. They are worlds apart in concept. In Europe you can live in an apartment, solid construction, storage for winter gear etc. In Auckland they are poorly designed, appear cheaply built & really just a place to sleep rather than live.

      • Mr_Blobby

        You forgot leak like a sieve and if housing corp own property in the complex feral scum hanging around.

    • Gazzaw

      Sure you did J.M. Complete with 24/7 security,aircon, maybe a pool and a gym. Even if they were basic at least you had decent neighbours. How about sharing your Auckland highrise with a few floors leased out to Housing NZ or to the DHB for halfway houses. Nothing like a few puddles of piss, some vomit and used condoms in the lobby & the lifts to prove that not everyone is equal.

    • axeman
  • GregM

    Imagine being the meter reader in that lot.

  • tarkwin

    You might be able to see Len’s lifestyle block from the 18th floor on a clear day.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Aucklanders are happy with Lentils Brown and Labour. So he will win easily in October election. Where is the candidate to stand against him?

    • Steve R

      I will. My policy’s are.
      A complete dumping of the saying ” worlds most livable city ” let some other city go bankrupt for that
      I’d make sure we only spent the money we have and not borrow for my pipe dreams.

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        Lentils is planning mono rail, high rise apartments – bro your city will be the Shanghai of the South Pacific, what else you want?

        • AnonWgtn

          Whern in Shaghai a few years ago a great number of high rise apartment blocks had been built and finished in Pudong.
          They were all empty, as infighting was going one between the political powers that be as to whom they should they be allocated.
          Should they be sold or rented out was the argument ?

      • Bafacu

        You’ve got my vote!

      • Mr_Blobby

        You get my vote to. “Worlds most livable” = “Worlds most expensive”

        Councils by law should not be able to borrow money, limit rates increases to inflation and have to have a balanced budget.

        Similar for Governments balancing the budget should be the mantra of all political parties.

        • Steve R

          I agree . It doesn’t take much looking around to find cities out there on the verge of bankruptcy . There are also a large amount of cities that have to borrow money just to meet their interest payments on the money they have borrowed so far .

          Id love to have a run at the mayoralty but to be honest Ive a bank balance of a weeks wages , and no idea how to be political with others . however i don’t borrow money each year to balance my bank account and if I cant afford something I don’t get it .,

          Hell actually maybe Im better qualified that Len Brown . lol

        • sheppy

          and they should be prevented from increasing the rates by stealth – waste water charge anyone?

  • Dave

    I believe the photo is wrong. This is not representative of Lens vision, the one he had in mind does not have the Green and Red balconies, its all going to be one shade of grey, unless he has been to the Optometrist lately.

    • Tom

      And they’ll all be out of line of sight of his house on the lifestyle block…

  • AnonWgtn

    In China those apartments have to be allocated by the local (Political) Cadre head, in conjunction wiith your employer.

    If you are not liked you do not get one, but you can try and buy the decision maker.
    You never own them.

    • LabTested

      Things have changed. In China you can own an apartment. Even foreigners can. Wealthy Chinese even own a few.

  • unitedtribes

    I wonder which one is Cactus Kate’s

  • cows4me

    What’s your guy’s slogan up there, is it something like “Auckland the world’s most liveable city”, ha ha you guys crack me up.

  • Catweasel321

    “Stategic use of question mark protects article from charges of propaganda”
    Inside “bonus boobs”

  • Catweasel321

    “Nats panic and turn up vitriol as feel Auckland slipping away”

    Inside “Bonus boobs”

  • TomTom

    Auckland could never approach the density of Asian cities, there’s just no way. However, a lot of people, particularly younger people, want cheap apartments in the centre of the city, not shitty houses out in the boondocks. And you lot are all raging against letting people having the choice of where they want to live. Not very libertarian, eh?