Why ‘affordable housing’ won’t work

Unless you create ghettos where ONLY affordable homes can be built and maintained and artificially restrict the prices on those houses they simply won’t work.

Then there is the NIMBY factor.

As sure as night follows day – the NIMBYs are already preparing to spike plans to increase housing supply in Auckland. 

Some groups, such as the Orakei Local Board, are planning meetings to understand the effects of special housing areas on their communities, including the impact on residents bordering affordable areas.

Upper Harbour and Hibiscus & Bays Local Board member Lisa Whyte said building more homes in special housing areas was a huge threat to attractive communities.

If they’re preparing to protest against 10% affordable housing – I’d hate to think how they’d react to Labour’s plans to build low cost, high density slums.


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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