Duncan Garner: Brand new, 4-bedrooms, Auckland – $447k. Why didn’t David Cunliffe come here?
I’ve been out to Waimahia Inlet housing project in Weymouth; 282 houses which are regarded as affordable Auckland houses.
And the truth is this is affordable, because developers and their need for hefty margins and profits aren’t involved. That’s the difference.
Houses start at $322k for two bedrooms, up to $515k for five bedrooms. It’s set on 16 hectares of former Crown land – houses with a view too. It is what’s called ‘social housing’.
What that means is a number of agencies have come together to provide the houses; Government, iwi and other community housing trusts. It’s a not-for-profit organisation, but this is not state housing: it’s social housing.