Dense cities replacing quarter-acre Kiwi dream

  • 13/01/2018
Auckland city.
Auckland city. Photo credit: Getty

New data shows the Kiwi dream of home ownership may need reimagining.

The number of new dwellings in the city hit a 15-year high in November, driven by apartments, townhouses and flats.

Mieke Welvaert from Infometrics says the traditional house on a quarter-acre section is a thing of the past.

"We are starting to build up, especially in those places where space is expensive - and Auckland is highly emblematic of that."

The rise in Auckland helped lift the national total of new homes consented to a 13-year high.

Mr Welvaert expects Auckland will look a lot more like London in the not too distant future.

"There's been a definite trend, particularly in Auckland. I think with the new Government rule changes, there will be even more of a push towards denser dwelling types."

Consents for houses fell compared to November 2016.