Coalition for More Homes Launches

 

Coalition for More Homes Launches

1st August 2016

 

The Coalition for More Homes launches today calling on Auckland Council to vote to pass the Unitary Plan.

The Coalition is a diverse group of housing stakeholders coming together under one banner to send a clear message that the Auckland Council need to pass the unitary plan for the good of Auckland's future, including

  • Generation Zero

  • Greater Auckland

  • Community of Refuge Trust

  • The Salvation Army

  • Shamubeel Eaqub

  • Unitec Institute of Technology

  • Urban Auckland

  • The Morgan Foundation

  • Ockham Residential

  • Property Council of New Zealand

  • Habitat for Humanity

  • Jasmax

  • Monte Cecilia Housing Trust

  • Bays Community Housing Trust

  • Crosson Architects

 

The Coalition is publishing the following open letter to Auckland Council and calling on other groups and individuals to join their call for the Unitary Plan to be passed.

 

To the Governing Body of Auckland Council,


Mayor Len Brown, Councillor Penny Hulse, Councillor Arthur Anae, Councillor Bill Cashmore, Councillor Linda Cooper, Councillor Alf Filipaina, Councillor Calum Penrose, Councillor Cameron Brewer, Councillor Cathy Casey, Councillor Ross Clow, Councillor Chris Darby, Councillor Chris, Fletcher, Councillor Mike Lee, Councillor Dick Quax, Councillor Sharon Stewart, Councillor John Walker, Councillor Wayne Walker, Councillor John Watson, Councillor George Wood


Everyone deserves a safe, healthy, and affordable place to live. But housing options in Auckland are becoming too scarce and too expensive. Auckland is in the midst of a housing crisis. The median income to median house price ratio has now exceeded a ratio of 1:9 making it one of the most expensive cities in the world. Rents have been increasing seven times faster than the rate of inflation.


Across the board, everyone is forced to spend too much on housing. It doesn’t have to be this way. Auckland’s culture and quality of life is being threatened by the high cost of housing. There is a growing divide between homeowners and those now locked out of the housing market. Unless we do something, we will lose our teachers, our new residents and our young people. Even middle-income families will be forced out, except for those lucky enough to already own their own home. These are just some of the many reasons we need to solve the city’s housing crisis.


The immediate cause of the problem is straightforward: we are not building enough housing to meet the demand. One reason for this is that former council planning rules unduly restrict housing development and a mix of housing types in places where people want to live.


On 20th of July, the Independent Hearings Panel issued their findings on the Unitary Plan. These recommendations include a range of strategies to allow for more housing across the City. The Unitary Plan is not the only action that is needed from Auckland Council and the Government to address the housing crisis – but it is an urgent first step.


The Unitary Planning process, including the Independent Hearing Panel review, has taken four years. The time for deliberating is over, the process has been followed, it’s time to get on with it. That is why the following signatories are calling on you to vote to pass the Unitary Plan as received from the Independent Hearings Panel and make it operative in August 2016.


Yours sincerely,


The Coalition for More Homes

 

ENDS.

 

More information

www.coalitionformorehomes.org.nz

 

Contact

For general enquires contact info@coalitionformorehomes.org.nz

For specific enquires of each organisation:

  • Generation Zero - Leroy Beckett, 02102375131, leroy@generationzero.org.nz

  • Greater Auckland - Patrick Reynolds, 0274722388, patrick@patrickreynolds.co.nz

  • Community of Refuge Trust - Peter Jeffries, 096019350, peterj@cort.org.nz

  • The Salvation Army, Campbell Roberts, 027 450 6944, campbell_roberts@nzf.salvationarmy.org

  • Shamubeel Eaqub, shamubeel.eaqub@gmail.com

  • The Morgan Foundation, Geoff Simmons, 021 241 9251, geoff@morganfoundation.org.nz

  • Ockham Residential, Helen O'Sullivan, 021 994 626, Helen@ockham.co.nz

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  • commented 2016-08-07 20:03:18 +1200
    Good on you for standing up for your generation. But a great pity that your recommendation is a blanket approval of panel recommendations, including where they overrule environment court decisions. Sustainable housing is important but so is sustainable living, and that includes respect for non human native species and their habitats. You missed a great opportunity to work for a triple bottom line by taking a more complex position.