Paula Bennett is planning a second refugee centre in Mangere – for New Zealanders

Paula Bennett wants to build a slum emergency housing…in South Auckland.

A “pop-up” housing park of 100 or so prefabs for temporary use could be established in South Auckland by next autumn, says Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett.

It would house present state tenants whose property was being redeveloped and others in urgent need of housing.

She told the Herald on Sunday she was thinking of about 100-150 houses for the first and she had identified three sites in South Auckland that could take that number.

But “temporary” housing has yet to be defined and she was looking at several options.

“Some of the modular housing is just outstanding – for like 20 years,” she said.  

The Government has been under pressure on housing. Te Puea Marae in Mangere has been shelter for more than 50 people and last month hundreds slept the night in cars as a protest in support of homeless families.

Prime Minister John Key used the term pop-ups to describe the housing proposal when he appeared on The Nation yesterday.

Such pop-ups could be built on land that was ear-marked for future schools or transport.

The state could either own or lease the housing for emergency housing and those needed to be rehoused during Housing New Zealand rebuilds.

The barrier at present was settling Auckland Council’s density rules.

Everything was on hold until the Unitary Plan went through next month.

“To make it fiscally attractive, you’d need to know how many you could put on a site, at what density levels and it hasn’t gone through Cabinet yet.”

If they are waiting for Auckland Council to get their shit together it might be some time, but autumn next year seems a long time. Surely, if there really is a crisis, something could be done sooner rather than later.

Then again, it is Paula Bennett we are talking about.


– NZ Herald

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