2014 Housing exchange workshops

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In late October 2014, Beacon (in conjunction with MBIE) facilitated two workshops in Christchurch with the aim of sharing learning from and with Auckland on the challenges of delivering quality, affordable housing to meet market demand.


Council workshop

The first workshop was for council officers.  Ree Anderson and Allan MacGregor from Auckland Council’s Housing Project Office shared the Auckland experience of the last twelve months, the establishment of the Project Office, and the adoption of over 80 Special Housing Areas to deliver housing more cost effectively at a faster pace.  Ree and Allan shared valuable learning from developing the Auckland Unitary Plan and the Auckland Housing Action Plan.

Ockham development at EllerslieThis was then augmented by experience from Hobsonville Land Company, with Katja Lietz presenting the placemaking approach and rapid scale up in delivery of medium density housing which is making Hobsonville one of the most sought after housing developments in Auckland.  Mark Todd from Ockham Developments presented recent inner city apartment developments and provided useful insight into how denser developments are providing better quality living environments and greater proportion of greenspace on site through clever design and common parking areas.

Ellerslie development by Ockham


Presentations are available below.


Industry workshop

The industry workshop was attended by over 60 investors, builders, developers, planners, architects and designers, educators and researchers.  Alan Bywater and Tony Moore provided the context and the challenge for Christchurch (2024 and what is the housing legacy we have left for Christchurch).  Katja and Mark again shared their organisations’ experiences in delivering medium density and apartment living in Auckland.  Participants were organised in professional groups and asked to respond to questions: What are the actions we need to take now?  What are the deals we can do now to deliver better quality and more affordable housing?

Notes on the feedback are available below

Thanks to Boffa Miskell for sponsoring the industry breakfast session

Logo, Boffa Miskell