In June 2019, we hosted over 400 international guests to celebrate the very best of the Strata industry at the SCA Conference, Gala and Awards. Congratulations to all the winners!
The Conference and awards celebrate and recogonise outstanding achievements and comradery in the Sector and we are so proud to be involved.
In all her wisdom, Professor Google tells us that over the last decade, New Zealand’s population has grown by more than half a million people, half of which were during the last three years.
Between 2010 and 2017, Statistics New Zealand estimates that Auckland’s population grew by over 15 percent. At the same time, new home construction could not keep up.
The Nationwide Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment figures released to the Herald show there is a shortage of 71,194 houses – 44,738 are needed in Auckland alone. The next biggest housing shortfall is in greater Wellington with a shortage of 9312 properties.
The swelling population and housing shortage have been directly targeted by the Auckland Unitary Plan (UP), (this allowed for many more apartments, townhouses, and other attached dwellings than under the old zoning regulations) & the controversial KiwiBuild initiative.
In 2010, 84 percent of all new dwellings consented were stand-alone homes. Even though this is a historically high figure, it shows where Auckland was pre-amalgamation. By 2016, stand-alone houses accounted for 55-60 percent of all dwellings consented. In the past 12 months, this figure has shrunk to about 47 percent.
In the 28 years for which there is data, the percentage had never previously been under 50 percent. All of this tells us that, at the very least, the UP has enabled the trend towards multi-unit development that started around 2014 to continue and even accelerate.
The mix of dwelling type has also changed significantly, with a trend towards mixed use developments, greenstar & more dynamic communities, but also due to changing patterns in demand.
Consents for new dwellings in New Zealand are the highest they’ve been for 14 years and are approaching the highest ever.
Recently I met with Patrick Dougherty from Housing New Zealand and Leonie Freeman CEO of the Property Council to discuss synergies between the various entities in addressing key factors facing both the wider Housing and Property sectors and the fundamental Strata component with in with very positive results.
Hosting some of the best in the business internationally in Auckland at the Annual SCA Conference was truly an honor and privilege, and through our powers combined, we will continue to champion change, education, advocacy, improvement, performance, professional development and ‘Collaborative Communities’
“Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success.” – Henry Ford