Auckland Council writes Herald on Sunday articles

The issue of Auckland land supply has raised a lot of criticism in the property industry. Only this weekend did the Council top thug Roger Blakeley attempt to point the finger at the market and past Councils for the problem.

We constantly read news stories that are actually spin from Councils and Auckland Council is a master of spinning tall tales.

But part of the problem is that the MSM regurgitates whatever it hears from these lying officials.

On Sunday former director of Harrison and Grierson – Jon Maplesden (now a consultant who represents a large swathe of land developers) came out with a solid sledge at the Herald on Sunday – who had previously reported about the progress that Auckland Council were making on the Housing Accord.

As always the MSM are lazy with their reporting  ​and the Herald on Sunday is no better than the rest of them, writing that there were now 45,000 sections ready to go.

Maplesden wrote back and it couldn’t be more accurate:

​Show me the houses

Speaking as an expert in land development, who has spent a lifetime consulting on the subject, l would be interested to know where your information on unbuilt houses came from (New homes to bust land hoarders, November 30). I do not believe “45,000 sections in Auckland are sitting there ready to go, with all the connections to water, power and roads – but no houses”.  

I am aware of press releases by council and Finance Minister Nick Smith, but they are not substantiated by fact or common sense. The average cost to develop a section, including the raw land, is at least $400,000. That payment is required before a new title can be obtained. I have never heard of any developer then holding completed sections in the hope of capital gain. The usual approach is to seek pre-sales (off the plan), or sales as early as possible to minimise financial exposure.

– Jon Maplesden, Director, Land Solutions, Manukau

It no longer amazes me that the MSM are so absent minded.

It doesn’t take a rocket scientist and two hours driving around Auckland to work out that these sections don’t exist. They are a fiction of someone’s imagination.

​A proper journalist would see the story in exposing the lies but not the MSM – they would rather copy and paste someone else’s work to print. ​

So where did the Herald on Sunday get this nonsense from?

Aggh Auckland Council…The ivory tower of lies and half truths of course.​


– Herald on Sunday

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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.

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