housing

Kingston fronts up

Kingston residents are gearing up for a fight over proposed access to a new mega-subdivision. Hundreds of people have signed a petition opposing the use of Kent Street as the accessway to the Kingston Village Limited development. Resource consent's been lodged...

School housing hint

The first official hint about a housing project on the former site of Queenstown's high school's been dropped. Land Information NZ tells SceneGorge Road/Fryer Street will be used for "state housing". Deputy Crown property boss Jerome Sheppard says: "The property transferred...

KiwiBuild hint

Queenstown and Cromwell may be in line for KiwiBuild developments, hot on the heels of an announcement that hundreds of affordable homes are planned for Wanaka. Housing Minister Phil Twyford has taken to Twitter to hint there might be something...

$24m housing loan

A $24 million interest-free loan for infrastructure enabling new housing at Ladies Mile will make a "significant difference" to Queenstown's housing shortage, Mayor Jim Boult says. Mr Boult said yesterday's announcement by Housing Minister Phil Twyford was "another excellent move...

The Block QT

Queenstowners are taking matters into their own hands to beat the sky-high housing market. A group of house hunters plans to build a 'co-op urban village' – mimicking successful similar schemes in Australia and Germany. The concept takes profit-hungry building developers...
Frankton residents are mobilising at the eleventh hour against a 227-apartment development – which includes affordable housing. Site works for the Remarkables Park Apartments started in April and construction is expected to be completed late next year. Developer New Ground Capital...
Many blows have been traded over who's to blame for housing unaffordability in New Zealand. I've seen some ill-informed debate about this. The recent documentary Who Owns NZ Now, which screened last week, was no exception. It carried a strong political bias...
Doubling government grants to first-home buyers has drawn a tepid response from Queenstown-Lakes Mayor Jim Boult, who believes his council needs to step in to help solve the resort’s housing crisis. Yesterday, the National Party announced its HomeStart grants would...

Lakeview sale looms

Despite facing a mounting housing crisis, Queenstown's council looks set to sell a prime piece of land near the resort's CBD. In a report to tomorrow's full council meeting, the council's strategic projects boss Paul Speedy recommends the council agree to...
Queenstown council bosses want the resort's tree-lined entrance to be opened up for potential development. In a report to Thursday's full council meeting, planning bosses Tony Avery and Blair Devlin -- who previously ran secret meetings promoting a potential carve-up...
The buzz words for the Queenstown property market, according to an annual report launched on Friday, are "cyclical peak". Colliers International's market review and outlook for Queenstown, Wanaka and Dunedin sets the local property clock at the "peak" of 12 o'clock. Rather...
A warning from a prominent former councillor is being recalled as Queenstown's council considers high-density housing by the Ladies Mile entrance to the resort. Ex-Queenstown councillor Stuart Maclean remembers the words of then-planning chairman, the late Harry Caldwell, when he joined...
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