'Fantastic outcome': Mt Roskill to get 10,000 new homes, Housing Minister reveals

A central Auckland suburb is set to get a huge influx of new houses in the next 15 years, the Housing Minister has revealed.

Phil Twyford says "around 10,000 new homes" will be constructed in Mt Roskill, and will be linked to other Auckland communities by light rail.

The announcement comes just two months after it was revealed south Auckland suburb Māngere is set to get 10,000 houses of its own.

"Not only will this redevelopment provide families in Mt Roskill with high-quality new, homes, it'll provide the infrastructure to cope with growth," Mr Twyford says.

"This redevelopment will include more than 2400 modest, affordable KiwiBuild homes for first-home buyers, around 3000 market homes and more than 3000 new state homes."

An artist's impression of the Mt Roskill homes.
An artist's impression of the Mt Roskill homes. Photo credit: Supplied

Construction of new homes has already begun in the southern part of Mt Roskill, but a new stage of building in mid-2019 will see more than 450 new homes built.

"The 2400 KiwiBuild homes and thousands of affordable market homes being built will give many in the community a real shot at owning their own home," Mr Twyford adds.

"With access to rapid transport and new warm, dry homes for families, the redevelopment is a fantastic outcome for the Roskill community."

An artist's impression of light rail in Mt Roskill.
An artist's impression of light rail in Mt Roskill. Photo credit: Supplied

National spokesperson for housing and urban development Judith Collins says while she welcomes Mr Twyford as "a convert to the Tamaki Redevelopment model", he has simply stolen the Opposition's policy "to look like he is doing something".

"The Auckland Housing Programme and the Crown Building Project were National initiatives aimed at increasing the supply of housing. Our housing policies were supporting the building of 30,000 homes a year as part of the most significant residential boom in New Zealand's history.

"Instead of another photo opportunity at something that would have happened anyway, the minister needs to get on with the job of reforming the Resource Management Act so more housing developments can get underway."

Those interested in the new housing development can track its progress here.