Skip to main content
Auckland Council The Auckland Plan

Direction 2: Accelerate the construction of homes that meet Aucklanders’ changing needs and preferences

​Auckland must make a significant change in its ability to meet housing demand. Our population is increasing at a fast rate, and our housing needs will continue to change.

There are currently about 540,000 dwellings in Auckland. These are made up of stand-alone houses, terraced housing and an increasing number of apartments. Around three quarters of our housing stock is stand-alone dwellings, dispersed throughout Auckland.

At today's rates of population growth and household occupancy, Auckland will likely require another 320,000 dwellings to be built by 2050.

Current levels of construction fall well below demand and a substantial change in how new housing is delivered is needed. This is particularly important given that much of what is currently built is at the higher priced end of the market.

 Photograph of the Rose Garden apartment blocks under construction from above.

Not only do we need more good quality housing to be built, we must also ensure that a range of housing types and sizes are built across the region.

We need to build more apartments, including for individuals and large families, and townhouses, of different sizes and at different price points. Other examples could include intergenerational, papakāinga-style, and communal, or co-housing.

This will reflect the fact that Aucklanders' lifestyles and housing preferences are changing. For example, there has been positive take-up of terraced housing and apartments that are close to transport corridors and nodes in recent years.

Our housing must also be well-designed and constructed and delivered at affordable prices. This includes homes and developments that are accessible for older people and people with disabilities.

Delivering the number of well-constructed and affordable homes that Aucklanders need is a significant challenge and can only be overcome through concerted effort.

Local and central government, the development, design and construction industries, and the financial sector, need to work together to find smart and practical ways to remove barriers and bottlenecks.

Related information