3 Apr 2016

Urban density – a panel discussion

From Sunday Morning, 7:10 am on 3 April 2016
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Sky Tower. Auckland CBD

Photo: RNZ / Diego Opatowski

Auckland's population is set to grow by 1 million in the next 25 years. Will the city have to "get a bit ugly" to cater for new homes, as Bill English suggested? What is wrong with a little urban sprawl, anyway, if you provide the amenities?

Proponents say increased urban density is important for a booming city like Auckland, while detractors argue this type of housing will have a negative impact on communities.

Wallace Chapman tackles the subject with RNZ Auckland correspondent Todd Niall, Auckland's deputy mayor Penny Hulse and Bill McKay, senior lecturer at the School of Architecture, Auckland University.