Not that much land actually
With Labour’s state housing program receiving much attention today (for mainly the right reasons) and National’s eight years of doing nothing is receiving all the wrong attention Newshub trotted out a Tweet stating how much land 100,000 homes under Labour’s Kiwi-Build would need:
That measurement is a tad useless so I converted back to the universal metric of hectares.
This is what we get:
- A rugby field is 7000m2 or 0.7ha
- 2,410 fields is 1,687ha
- In Auckland:
- CBD 350ha
- Transform Manukau 600ha (potential 15,000 homes)
- Wesley College Special Housing Area 384ha yielding 4,500 homes
- Manukau Special Housing Area 90ha yielding 900 homes
- Total: 1,424ha
So 260ha short which is two thirds of a Wesley College SHA to bring up your 2,410 rugby fields.
Given Council is putting aside 11,000ha for 160,000 homes in Greenfield areas (let alone Brownfield intensification) Labour’s Kiwi-Build would only take up only 15% of what Council is putting aside in the Greenfields. Don’t forget Transform Manukau (so Brownfield) is 600ha on its own and can yield and optimum density 15,000 houses (that includes apartments).
In reality Labour are only scratching the surface with Kiwi-Build. Which is more than National playing Chicken Little 57 times over.