Matthew Hooton crunches some numbers to show Twyford’s KiwiSlum is bullshit

Matthew Hooton says on Facebook:

Ok, I think I have all this right. Pretty sure that, at best, Phil Twford’s new suburb will have a population density at least three times and probably six times that of Hobsonsville Point – and will be more like Mumbai. Have I made any mistakes?

Labour scoffed at Hobsonville Point and now they are going to build KiwiSlum on Mt Albert with a much higher density.

What Twyford hasn’t factored in is that the storm water and sewerage systems in that area are joined and need urgent remedial work, and that will cost hundreds of millions of dollars. On top of that it will take ten years to complete. Current systems can’t cope with this many dwellings and that is why Unitec couldn’t find a buyer or developer for their plans. Luckily for them along came a desperate and stupid Phil Twyford.



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