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Insights papers and reports

Our Insights papers are occasional papers with topical commentary on the Auckland economy and in-depth analysis, often focusing on land and housing.

​Zoning reform in Auckland – emerging literature

A look at the growing body of literature evaluating Auckland’s experience with upzoning and its valuable insights for policy making and wider discussion.

​How Aucklanders use and value council amenities

How do Aucklanders value the services we provide and how does that inform how we provide those services- especially in such financially-constrained times?

​Does the Rural Urban Boundary impose a price premium on land inside it?

Keeping or removing the boundary is fundamental to Auckland’s future shape, infrastructure needs, transport patterns and community outcomes.

​The expensive price of cheap decisions

We are under pressure to keep rates low - this creates difficulty when decisions made decades, or even a century ago, are still having negative impacts today.

​What's so special about character?

The premium for properties in special character areas has been falling, and the premium for being upzoned has been increasing.

​The Brownfield Bounce

Brownfield land seems to be making a comeback as a response to Unitary Plan upzoning, with huge growth in brownfield consents.

​Location, location, location size and quality

Many things affect property values in more or less obvious ways and there are interesting implications for local and central government policy.

​How the Unitary Plan adds value to properties

Does upzoning – the council policy allowing more development on the same land – increase the value of properties?

​How should we fund our greenfield infrastructure

Infrastructure is expensive. Should those who benefit most from this new greenfield infrastructure pay for the bulk of it?

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