One-trick pony Len Brown makes Auckland least livable while wasting time on his train set

Mayor Len Brown

Mayor Len Brown

Auckland as the Most Livable City is nothing but platitude as it slides backwards as one of the least affordable places to live.

Auckland has once again been named one of the most unaffordable housing markets in the world.

The 11th annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey classified Auckland as the ninth least affordable major city in the world.

Auckland is the 14th least affordable city out of all 378 surveyed.

Auckland has been rated as “severely unaffordable” in all 11 surveys.

Take a bow Len.  Awesome job.  Apart from penny pinching your rate payers and reducing basic council services while pushing rates up to unsustainable levels, you also have made it one of the least affordable places to live in the whole world.   

Auckland mayor Len Brown told TV 3 this morning that progress was being made to improve housing affordability in New Zealand’s largest city.

Auckland Council had worked closely with central government to put in place the framework and remove “red tape”, making it easier for Aucklanders to build houses, Brown said.

In November, 967 new building consents for Auckland were issued, including 442 apartments, Brown said, adding that this was the highest number of new consents issued in one month.

“We’re seeing real progress with a big bow wave here.”

Brown told TV 3 more affordable housing was being snatched up by Kiwis for between $200,000 and $500,000.

Largely this marked a shift towards apartments and townhouses, he said.

“Auckland is really coming of age as a city that’s building choice for its community.”

Waffle waffle waffle.  Len’s so fond of explaining away his failure to deliver.  His standard technique include:  1)  it’s central government’s fault  2) I’ve been working hard, but the results are still to come,  3) the report is wrong, actually, there are lots of affordable houses available.


– Laura Walters, Stuff


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