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The latest sale price in one of Queenstown's special housing areas, created to increase the affordability of homes, was $890,000.
Nelson City Council has approved seven more special housing areas, with the potential to add more than 300 new housing units to the city.
Brett Paterson, 32, who grew up in the resort town, is among those who have tried but failed to buy a section as prices spiral out of reach. Audio
The Building and Housing Minister has been challenged on his statement that housing affordability is "in the eye of the beholder".
The Building Minister says affordability is "headed in the right direction" despite the council's inability to give exact figures. Audio
A community housing provider says it's disappointing that the Housing Accord has delivered so few houses and ever fewer affordable ones for a city in crisis. Audio
Thirteen Special Housing Areas in Auckland have been scrapped because their owners have failed to make any move to develop them.
Parliament's question time has been cancelled for the first time in eight years because of urgency, as MPs continue to debate new housing legislation. Audio
Parliament has gone into urgency to pass legislation allowing Special Housing Areas to be created for another three years.
The government has approved three new Special Housing Areas in Nelson, in a bid to free up more land for housing.
The Auckland Unitary Plan will be crucial in the creation of affordable housing in the city, Housing Minister Nick Smith says. Video, Audio
Would-be buyers are struggling to find affordable homes in Auckland's Special Housing Areas - and so did Checkpoint. Video
An Auckland mother says she has given up trying to buy a home in the city, despite increasing her budget from $550,000 to $750,000. Video, Audio
Property developers wanting land designated as special housing areas could lead to a tsunami of property hitting the Nelson market, a local councillor says.
More time might be given for landowners in Auckland to build on Special Housing Areas. Audio
Auckland Council and the government have announced the latest batch of Special Housing Areas which they hope will ease the city's housing shortage.
People opposing a housing development next to an historic reserve in Mangere say they are fighting an unfair battle with a property giant. Fletcher Residential wants to build up to...
The first attempt at fast-tracking new housing in Queenstown has gained interim approval.
A major housing development planned for Wellington is being criticised by a community housing organisation as unaffordable for people on a regular income.
Labour says the Government is trying to avoid its obligation to invest in infrastructure to service its Special Housing Areas and instead wants to dump massive costs on Auckland ratepayers. Audio