John Tookey


PHOTO: AUT’s head of Built Environment John Tookey

Auckland’s newly re-elected mayor Phil Goff last week said the city was starting to catch up with its housing supply shortfall with its record-breaking number of dwelling consents in the past year.

But, an expert says housing and infrastructure development will always be a matter of catch-up.

AUT’s head of Built Environment John Tookey told TVNZ 1’s Breakfast this morning there was no such thing as a silver bullet to solve the country’s lack of housing and infrastructure.

“You can never have too much of it,” Mr Tookey said of infrastructure. “It’s difficult to get ahead of the problem.”

In the Auckland Council’s latest release of housing information, it showed an all-time record of 14,634 dwelling consents in the year to September.



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