Series Classification: G (General Audiences)
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 if population growth is 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.
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