18 houses for first home buyers

18 houses for first home buyers

First-home buyers have only been able to get their hands on 18 affordable houses across all of the Auckland Special Housing Areas.

New data released to Labour from Auckland Council shows while 1029 "affordable units" have been consented for special housing areas across Auckland, just 18 have been built and sold to first-home buyers.

There are 154 special housing areas across Auckland - meaning 151 of them have failed to produce a single house that's gone to a first home buyer.

Labour leader Andrew Little blindsided the Government with the data during question time at Parliament today.

"After three years what's the minimum number of affordable houses in Auckland's Special housing Areas sold to first home buyers that would be acceptable to him?"

The Prime Minister didn't have data to answer the question.

And it gets worse.

In the development that's been trumpeted as the benchmark for affordable housing development, Hobsonville Point, only four affordable houses have gone to first home buyers.

There were seven sold to first home buyers at the Great North Road site and seven at the Mt Eden site.

Mr Little says that the provision of 18 houses is "woefully poor."

"John Key promised the Auckland Housing Accord would deliver urgently needed affordable housing," he said. "Three years later, would-be first-home buyers are still waiting while the Kiwi dream of owning your own place gets further and further out of reach."

About 1400 homes have been built across Auckland's special housing areas.

As a requirement of gaining Special Housing Area and fast tracked consenting under the special housing accord developers must either:

The "relative affordable" homes must be sold to first-home buyers.

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