National Party-aligned Auckland Future mayoral candidate Vic Crone is proposing measures to help solve the city’s housing shortage that target unoccupied properties. Buildings sitting empty for more than six months may be in line for rates increases of up to fifty percent.
“While we don’t have a good picture of the numbers, I’m hearing loud and clear there’s a problem and strong anecdotal evidence right across Auckland, including in Special Housing Areas.”
Baches were not the primary target, but those that were not being used would be included in the rates policy in order to tackle the “serious situation” on housing.
“What we’re trying to do is use every single lever that we can to get as many homes and as much land available so that people can get access to homes in Auckland,” Ms Crone told Morning Report.
I have no idea of how the Auckland Mayoralty race is going. Obviously Goff is the presumptive favourite. Maybe he’s out there doing amazing grass-roots retail politics stuff? Yet Crone seems to be running what looks like a traditional media based campaign, and Goff isn’t.
From what we saw of Goff during his tenure as Labour leader he is an incredibly conservative, risk-averse politician. It would be completely characteristic for him to decide to run a ‘small target’ campaign, on the grounds that he is ahead in the polls, and then let his lead steadily ebb and chip away from a refusal to do any actual campaigning.