11 Apr 2015

Deputy mayor calls for Auckland housing accord

7:33 pm on 11 April 2015

Auckland's deputy mayor says she wants a cross-party accord on how to deal with the region's housing crisis.

Penny Hulse said the Housing Accord signed by the Government and Auckland Council in 2013 had only partly succeeded.

Ms Hulse said the accord had dramatically reduced consent times for developments in special housing areas, from years down to months.

But she said it had failed to solve the problem of how to fund the developments, boost the construction workforce, or help people buy the houses.

Ms Hulse said there were good ideas across the political spectrum and it was time for a multi-party approach.

She said she would discuss that possibility when she and Mayor Len Brown meet with the Housing Minister, Nick Smith, and the Social Housing Minister, Paula Bennett, next week.