Auckland Mayor Phil Goff and Finance Minister Steven Joyce announced that 10,500 new homes will be built n Whenuapai and Redhills thanks to $300 million of new infrastructure investment.
The new funding will be provided through the Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) and will support the development of transport, wastewater and stormwater projects. Auckland Council regards it as a high priority.in Auckland’s northwest. “This funding will fast track priority infrastructure projects, turning zoned land into 10,500 new homes, and creating new Auckland communities.”, says Mayor Phil Goff.
Auckland Council and the government will work together with Housing Infrastructure Fund to start addressing Auckland’s serious housing issues in order to boost New Zealand’s economy and benefit its citizens. “Over the last several months, I’ve met with the prime minister and other ministers to discuss the HIF. I am pleased that Auckland Council has been able to work with government to ensure the government’s wider funding package for infrastructure aligns with Auckland Council’s financial constraints,” says the Mayor,
$300 million investment will not only improve wastewater and stormwater systems but transportation network as well. Some of those improvements include an extension to Fred Taylor Drive and Northside Drive, an update and realignment of Trig Road and a new bridge crossing to the West Harbour ferry terminal. “Not only are we accelerating housing delivery, we are creating new centres for employment and increased accessibility across the Auckland region with improvements to Auckland’s transport system.”
More investment is needed for Auckland’s fast-paced growth
However, more investment is needed, says Mayor Phil Groff. $300 million in new infrastructure will absolutely be of great help to Auckland’s development, but there is still a need for billions of dollars to keep up with the city’s unprecedented growth.”The HIF package will help significantly, but with ongoing growth and the pressing need for matching infrastructure, we will need to continue to work together to increase and bring forward investment to tackle Auckland’s housing shortage and growing congestion,” says Mayor Goff.
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