The Government has announced a number of measures to improve housing affordability in New Zealand.  We know our housing market is not as efficient as it could be – housing costs are too high, and there isn’t enough land available for residential purposes.  This all places pressure on social housing and the available rental market.

In Southland, affordability isn’t as much of a problem as elsewhere, but our Government is also working on resource management reform to reduce the costs, uncertainties, and delays which are frustrating the development of more residential areas.

We are speeding up the process for consents.  We will also consider a zoning presumption that all land is zoned for housing unless specifically excluded.  Over time, we are confident the housing market can include, rather than exclude, more Kiwis who aspire to home ownership.