Is this what Len Brown wants for his 39,000 new houses?

This could be what Len Brown is trying to build in the next three years:


The photographer comments:

A few years ago when I was working as a helicopter pilot for a local radio station, we were required to fly around all of Mexico City chasing news and traffic. I remember flying up to the highway that connects Mexico City with the neighboring state of Puebla, and on my way back this housing complex that seemed to go on forever caught my attention. I decided to circle around to observe from up close what I later found out was the recently built San Buenaventura complex, which is located in Ixtapaluca, on the eastern outskirts of Mexico City.

The exceptional afternoon sun reflecting those thousands of recently painted small homes just looked so beautiful, and the lower I flew the better the angle, so I just got out my camera, opened the sliding window on my Bell helicopter, and snapped a couple of shots. —Oscar Ruiz


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  • kehua

    “ and there all made out of ticky tacky, little boxes on the hillside……….“

  • unitedtribes

    Not hard to see were the Pinko’s live

  • Steve (North Shore)

    Hobson Point?

  • johnbronkhorst

    SO…Which one is lennie going to live in???? Oh none of them, just hoping we will!!!

  • Tigger NZ

    Not a fair comparison. Read up on Mexico City’s housing problems – some of the worst in the world.

  • Ian

    He’s thinking of all the non-ratepayers that would inhabit these. They will be a source of Labour votes.

  • If they go ahead with units like this they will need MORGAN cats to fit in.

  • philbest

    That’s a PHOTOGRAPH, not a computer generated image of the intended results of an urban central plan like Len Brown’s one?????? Horrors…..

  • Ronnie Chow

    Nothing to be scared of , guys , we’re all the same species , with the same requirements .

  • cows4me

    What are the square boxes on top of the houses for?

    • AnonWgtn


  • justin

    Reality check is that if we want to keep growing auckland the rate we are is that this sort of housing is way way more affordable than what we have now. The mortgages are crippling generations of NZers.
    It is a simple reality that NZers are not able to afford a house in Auckland.

  • thehawkreturns

    YES! This is a real photograph. Of Stonefields.
    Or as locals call it, “Coro in the quarry”.

  • Patrick

    Pull up a Google Street view – San Buenaventura Housing Complex, which is located on the eastern
    outskirts of Mexico City, more precisely in Ixtapaluca, State of
    Mexico. 19°18.323’N 98°51.322’W.

    Plug in the coordinates & check it out. the bars on the windows, graffiti & unkempt properties. Then imagine similar in Auckland, just imagine.

    • Travis Poulson

      You can pretty much look at any street in that area, lovely place:

      • Travis Poulson

        gets better too

        • Patrick

          Not my cup of tea. Each to their own I guess.

          • Travis Poulson

            And that’s some of the nicer parts

    • SnapElection

      Why imagine when you can visit?