Affordable housing fails in the cheap back blocks of Nelson

MARION VAN DIJK/FAIRFAX NZ via Stuff

MARION VAN DIJK/FAIRFAX NZ via Stuff

If they can’t get affordable housing going in the middle of nowhere, how does the Green led Labour party stand a chance?

The Motueka couple who thought they were making headway with their fight to prove affordable housing options existed, will now pull down their illegal dwellings to avoid “being made criminals”.

Jan-Albert Droppers and Irma Jager have had charges brought against them by the Tasman District Council for breaches of the Resource Management Act and failing to comply with the Building Act, following their alleged failure to comply with last year’s Environment Court order around illegal dwellings on the property.

They have been summonsed to appear in the Nelson District Court on May 29 on two charges each, in relation to two dwellings – a yurt and a strawbale cottage, which are deemed to be illegal dwellings on their West Bank Rd property WantooWantoo.

Sure, like the little pigs, you can make a house out of cloth and a house out of straw, but that’s not the point.  The housing affordability needs to be achievable within the current building standards and legislative framework.

Are the Green-led Labour party going to be changing the law to get their 100,000 houses built in ten years?

The only way they will be able to make their targets is to have high rise, high density housing, of the type Len Brown is trying to ram down Auckland’s throat.


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