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Phil Twyford, Minister for Housing, Urban Development and Transport, described a clear vision for the future of New Zealand’s cities at the Urbanism New Zealand Conference on 16 May 2018 in Wellington.
After stating that New Zealand is an urban nation, Minister Twyford recognised that the country has never truly embraced urbanity. He noted the increasing struggles with homelessness, cold damp homes, traffic gridlock, unaffordable housing, social isolation, and crumbling infrastructure “reflect our collective failure to understand how cities work and invest in their success”.