How many houses have been built in Auckland in the last two years of govt?

Rex Landy made this Official Information request to Minister for Building and Housing

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From: Rex Landy

Dear Minister for Building and Housing,

How many houses have been built in Auckland in the last two years? Social, private, government. The total please.

Yours faithfully,

Rex Landy

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From: N Smith

On behalf of the Hon Dr Nick Smith MP, thank you for your email. Our
office receives hundreds of emails each week on Environment, Building and
Construction and Nelson issues.

 

We do our best to give each the attention they deserve.

 

Your email will be considered by the Minister and a response sent as soon
as possible.

 

Kind regards

 

Office of Hon Dr Nick Smith

 

Hon Dr Nick Smith

MP for Nelson

Minister for the Environment

Minister for Building and Construction

   

 

Private Bag 18041 | Parliament Buildings | Wellington 6160 | New Zealand

 

 

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From: Joe Harbridge

Dear Rex,

Thank you for your request to Hon Dr Nick Smith, Minister for Building and Construction, below. Your request has been placed before the Minister for his consideration. Your request was received in this office on 20 December 2016 and will be responded to under the provisions of the Official Information Act.

You have requested information on the number of houses built in Auckland in the last two years, social, private and government.

I have considered your request and, under section 14(b)(i) and (ii) of the Official Information Act, decided to transfer part of your request regarding social and government houses to Hon Amy Adams, Minister of Social Housing, for response.

Information regarding private houses, if any, will be provided by this office.

Please note that due to the holiday period, the 20 working day timeframe will be due on 8 February 2017.

Kind regards,

Joe

Joe Harbridge |Private Secretary – Building and Construction | Office of the Hon Dr Nick Smith
Minister for Building and Housing | Office 5.3L, Executive Wing, Parliament Buildings, Wellington

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From: Joe Harbridge


Attachment Response from Hon Dr Nick Smith.pdf
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Dear Rex,

Please find attached a response to your request before from Hon Dr Nick Smith, Minister for Building and Construction.

Kind regards,

Joe

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From: Rex Landy

Dear Joe Harbridge,

With respect, housing consents ARE NOT BUILT HOUSES. Please do not give me any more flim-flam about how close the consents given correlate to houses built; I'd like the actual number OF HOUSES BUILT. NOT CONSENTS. I hope this is clearer for you to understand as I am not asking about consents. People do not live in consents, do they, Joe?

I also note that my deadline was 8 February 2017. You are two weeks late in your reply yet there is no apology for your tardiness. I find this disappointing that you cannot seem to answer a request correctly within the timeframe, and fail to apologise for such laxity. Could you please answer the question I raised without referring to consents? They are NOT HOUSES, ready to live in.

Yours sincerely,

Rex Landy

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From: Joe Harbridge

Hi,

I am on leave, returning Monday 27 February 2017, and will not be checking
my email.

For urgent enquiries, please contact Erin Hill
([email address])

Kind regards,

Joe

 

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From: Joe Harbridge

Dear Rex,

Further to your email, as stated in the Minister’s response, this office does not hold the information you have requested (i.e. an accurate record of how many private homes have been built in Auckland over the last two years).

As the Minister suggested in his response, you may wish to contact the Auckland Council to see what information it holds on the number of private dwellings completed. Councils issue Code Compliance Certificates for completed homes, so the Council may be able to provide information you are interested in. However, this will not necessarily be an accurate record of how many private homes have been built over the last two years either as it is possible for residences to be occupied for some period, even years, before Code Compliance Certificates are finally issued.

Advice from officials is that over the long run, new dwelling consents are a fairly accurate indicator of additional dwellings in Auckland.

Finally, I would like to apologise for the lateness in the response to your request. We take our obligations under the legislation seriously and endeavour to do our best to respond in the timeframes required.

Kind regards,

Joe

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David Johnston left an annotation ()

I think you're being quite rude and unprofessional here.

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Rex Landy left an annotation ()

David, call someone who cares. Building consents ARE NOT houses, and I will tell them so.

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