“I commend the work of the Tauranga City Council in advancing these Special Housing Areas and supporting the efforts of the Government to address housing issues in their communities. There is growing evidence that the housing pressures affecting Auckland are spreading to centres like Tauranga and Hamilton, and we need to free up land to bring new supply on-stream,” Dr Smith says.
“The Housing Accord is one part of the Government’s programme of work to address housing supply and affordability in Tauranga and in other regions across New Zealand. We are freeing up land supply, reining in development contributions, cutting compliance costs and investing in skills and productivity in the construction sector.
“Our HomeStart scheme, which provides grants of up to $20,000 towards the purchase of a first home, came into effect on 1 April this year and is expected to help 90,000 people over the next five years – including 3500 in Tauranga.
“The next key step in our programme is the second phase of Resource Management Act reforms to address the long-term issues affecting housing supply and affordability.”