As noted in Open mike this morning, ominous words for Auckland:
Minister gives Brown a hurry up on plan
Housing Minister Nick Smith has told Auckland Mayor Len Brown to get a move on with the Unitary Plan so more houses can be built in Auckland.
His message comes as the Government and councils appear to be on a collision course on tackling issues of housing supply and affordability after councils rejected a law change which gave ministers power to override council plans. …
The minister has warned that Aucklanders may need to sacrifice quality for affordability. Quality is a core principle of the Unitary Plan. [My emphasis]
Now isn’t that brazen, after some of the criticisms that the Nats sprayed at KiwiBuild. Hands up all you Aucklanders who are keen to sacrifice quality? Slums for all?