Affordability of housing in Auckland – who will teach our children? A discussion paper

Penelope Tuatagaloa
Auckland Council, Research and Evaluation Unit RIMU
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Housing is critical to social and health outcomes of all Aucklanders, and plays an important role in facilitating the efficient operation of the labour market. The Auckland Mayoral Housing Taskforce report states that ‘improving housing affordability and choice would make Auckland more attractive to the workers and businesses needed to make New Zealand's biggest city more productive, vibrant and wealthier in the long run’ (Auckland Mayoral Housing Taskforce, 2017). This reinforces the Mayor’s vision for Auckland ‘to be a world-class city. A place where talent wants to live’. In addition, Auckland’s housing issues continue to feature prominently in the media and in research reports. Housing affordability in particular has been a topic of growing concern for government, policy makers, community groups and businesses.

Auckland faces a housing crisis and disparities in housing affordability and housing quality which need to be addressed (Auckland Council, 2012a; Auckland Council, 2012b see also Auckland Council, 2017), in order that Auckland remains a liveable and economically productive city (Reid, 2017). Auckland Council has a role in Auckland’s housing system, through its various functions as facilitator, planning authority, service provider, regulator and advocate. Understanding the dynamics of housing in facilitating the efficient operation of the labour market is crucial in order to effectively advocate for positive change and set relevant policy.

This discussion paper examines the issue of affordability (owning and renting) in relation to Auckland’s housing market; how this impacts on teachers and other workers in Auckland; and how the housing crisis is moving the debate beyond home ownership.


Auckland Council discussion paper DP2017/002

Auckland Council’s Research and Evaluation Unit discussion papers are intended to generate and contribute to discussion on topical issues related to Auckland. They represent the views of the author and not necessarily those of Auckland Council.

Last updated: 2017-10-17