The quest to create affordable housing in New Zealand is an interminable dilemma. But as Dan Heyworth writes, the issue comes from the old British feudal land system on which ours is based.
Recently I was involved in a project that responded to government calls to use off-site manufacturing to bring affordability to the housing sector. Three years and a substantial amount of taxpayer and private dollars later, the initiative appears to have fizzled. It may well be that Wellington has finally come to the conclusion that you can’t use innovation to beat what is a fundamental structural problem with our housing market.