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New housing to be fast tracked By Dave Crampton
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WAY FORWARD: Housing Minister Nick Smith and Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown signing the housing accord last week in Churton Park. PHOTO SUPPLIED.
Construction of thousands of new homes will be fast tracked after a Wellington Housing Accord was signed at a Churton Park construction site last week. Wellington Mayor Celia Wade-Brown and Housing Minister Nick Smith signed the Accord last Tuesday, which sets a target of 7000 homes in five years. Under the Accord, the council would be given powers to "streamline and speed up" development regulations, Dr Smith said in a statement. The new rules will see Special Housing Areas identified where resource consents and District Plan changes can be fast-tracked to enable more homes, including
affordable ones to be built. Proposed areas for development include Churton Park, Kilbirnie, and Johnsonville, and include infill housing and apartment-style homes. Ms Wade-Brown says increasing the supply of good quality housing will give people more choice and make sure homes more accessible across a range of different price points. The joint announcement was also welcomed by Ohariu MP Peter Dunne. “We are constantly hearing about the housing pressures in Auckland and Christchurch but Wellington’s housing market is also significantly overheated. "I am very optimistic that the proposed, new housing areas in Churton Park and Johnsonville
will be approved and offer relief to these rapidly growing areas.” But Johnsonville Community Association President Graeme Sawyer says the Accord won’t achieve anything significant, as land is too expensive in Wellington. “Who in their right mind would want to buy a new shoebox with no yard in a suburb like Johnsonville in which to raise their family when you could buy a three bedroom house with a big back yard in Porirua or the Hutt Valley for less money and better amenities?” Last month the average sale price in the northern suburbs was $551,000 - higher than central and southern suburbs and the Hutt Valley.
Sacrifice for a friend Continued from page 1 Khandallah School managed to raise over $22,000 last count, over double what it expected to raise. Stylists from Mane Salon in Mt Cook generously donated their time and skills to chop and shave the volunteers hair, and all the long hair chopped is being donated to be used in wigs for cancer and alopecia sufferers. Event co-ordinator and participant Michelle Soper says the school community has had parents and children affected by cancer recently. “It is something I wanted to do and we have been overwhelmed by the response of the children – everyone was enthusiastic.” “Many families in our school community have experienced the impact of cancer on their friends or loved ones, and have given very generously.
Child Cancer Foundation Central Region Fundraising coordinator Scott Lancaster says he has never seen a head shave event at such a grand scale before. “It is an amazing achievement, especially to raise that amount of money.” Scott says the mission of the Child Cancer Foundation is to ensure no one walks the cancer journey alone. “Three children a week are diagnosed with cancer a week. “It is a huge hit on families.” The Child Cancer Foundation aims to reduce the impact of cancer by offering support services 365 days of the year, ensuring children and their families are supported, informed and well cared for at every stage of their journey. Acting Principal Warwick Austin is extremely proud of those who took part in the Funrazor.
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