9 Nov 2020

Episode 4: Is Growth a Problem? - House Talk

From House Talk, 6:00 am on 9 November 2020

Series Classification: G (General Audiences)

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Queenstown became famous pre-Covid for having a lot of poor-quality housing. House Talk looks at the issue of growth and asks if we need to move away from our obsession with expansion.​

In Queenstown, pre-Covid, the business community was fond of saying “You can’t stop growth.”  But growth was causing problems with overcrowded and expensive houses as well as strained infrastructure and social stress.

Covid-19, at least in the short term, has stopped growth, offering a good opportunity to ask the question as to whether population growth is something positive – or negative.

Will Queenstown, and the rest of New Zealand, bounce back – or bounce forward?  The answer could lie with the hundreds of thousands of New Zealanders returning home from a life overseas.

Jewell Cassells, Queenstown Design Consultant

Jewell Cassells, Queenstown Design Consultant Photo: Crux Ltd

Jim Boult, Mayor of Queenstown Lakes District Council

Jim Boult, Mayor of Queenstown Lakes District Council Photo: Crux Ltd

Robyn Francis, Happiness House, Social Services Charity

Robyn Francis, Happiness House, Social Services Charity Photo: Crux Ltd

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