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"Housing We'd Choose" report

The release of the "Housing We'd Choose" report was released on 10 July 2015

  • 10 July 2015
  • Author: David Gibbs
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"Housing We'd Choose" report

"The snippet below gives a flavour of what the report is about. The fourth bullet point is very interesting, being that, faced with the normal trade-offs people have to make, 48% of people are happy with more dense typologies.

"I think this report could end up being quite important in the debate about intensification/ compact city." David Gibbs, NZIA UIG Chair, UDF National Committee Member.

The report can be downloaded from the Auckland Council website here.

4.1 Key findings

  • Almost half of the respondents (47%), when faced with a set of housing options that they could afford, chose a final housing option that was within the location that they had initially preferred. The match between initial preference and final choice is strongest for Sector 2 (Auckland Isthmus), Sector 3 (North Shore Coastal) and Sector 7 (East Auckland).
  • There was a difference in final location choice according to whether people were buying or renting. Buyers selected final housing options across all eight sectors while 75% of renters made a final choice in three sectors: North Shore Coastal, South Auckland and Auckland Isthmus.
  • The choice of housing types strongly favoured medium (61%) and large (26%) sized dwellings as defined by bedroom number, with renters showing more acceptance of medium sized dwellings.
  • Detached dwellings were the final choice of just over half (52%) of all respondents. This preference was similar for both buyers (54%) and renters (50%). Interestingly, the choice experiment shows that there is also a strong preference for other typologies, with 25% of respondents picking an attached dwelling (joined unit), 15% selecting low rise apartments and 8% selecting high rise apartments.
  • Just over half (51%) stated that their final housing option reflected the actual housing choice they would make, if they ‘planned to move tomorrow’, while almost one in five (19%) selected ‘don’t know’. A smaller but nonetheless significant proportion indicated that the final option did not meet their housing preferences (30%).
  • In general, following the choice exercise, respondents reported that dwelling value and house type were of more importance in their decision-making process than was location or dwelling features. 



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