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Thehomepage.nz is a philanthropic and independent initiative with the sole purpose of solving Auckland’s housing crisis. This is the brainchild of Leonie Freeman, one of New Zealand’s most aspirational business women.
Leonie is a leader who commands an unusual breadth of insight into the New Zealand property sector, having held top positions on both sides of the private and public divide.
In 1996, she created the concept of what is now realestate.co.nz. The venture was originally known as RealENZ.co.nz. It was one of the first major commercial websites launched in New Zealand.
Her next project involved the purchase of a small run-down residential property management business. Leonie totally transformed ‘Interactive’ before selling it nine years ago.
After a well-earned break, Leonie focused on a contribution in the public sector. Leonie was the strategic property advisor in the setup of the new Auckland Council and acted as project director for a complex Council development project.
An 18 month stint as the General Manager of Development for Housing New Zealand broadened her social housing experience and at the request of the Minister of Finance, she led a strategic review of the Social Housing Programme last Christmas.
In 2011, Leonie was appointed to the board of the listed company – Goodman Property Trust.
Leonie is also a member of Global Women, a collaboration of New Zealand’s most influential leaders.
“Never believe that a few caring people can’t change the world. For, indeed, that’s all who ever have.”
The various mechanisms to communicate with industry stakeholders and the wider Auckland community about what is happening, progress being made, and ensure there is a better understanding of the various opportunities for solutions. This includes the print media, radio, internet, social media, TV, seminars and key communications from Auckland Council and the Government.
This covers the range of infrastructure and key amenities including water/sewer, roading, transport, schools and other key amenities as well as how do we fund it?
Reporting on what’s being delivered into the Auckland market, type, price range and location
Size, quality and type of development projects
Understanding the different types, quality, size, and scale of developments including proportion of affordable and social. Divided into size – small scale (< 50 houses), medium (50 – 500), large scale (>500), as well as type – including land subdivider, medium density townhouses and high density apartments gain further momentum.
Understanding the delivery programmes and pipeline for the Private Sector development companies, construction companies and builders, current blockages and what is required to gain further momentum.
NOT FOR PROFIT
Understanding the delivery programmes and pipeline for the Community Housing Providers and others such as the Housing Foundation, current blockages and what is required to gain further momentum.
Understanding the delivery programmes and pipeline for the Private sector development companies, construction companies and builders, current blockages and what is required to gain further momentum.
DEVELOPMENT – IWI
Understanding the delivery programmes and pipeline for Iwi groups, current blockages and what is required to gain further momentum.
INDUSTRY CAPACITY AND CAPABILITY
Understanding the industry capacity and capability to ensure there is sufficient skilled resources including developers, construction companies, skilled workers, consultants and social sector support services staff.
Partnering Models with Private Sector
Understanding the range of options of partnering models between the public and private sector in order to gain further momentum.
Understanding the issues of risk for housing delivery to enable opportunities for mitigation in order to gain further momentum.
Including how much is available, location of available, scale and size, the stage of being “developable” and land-banking.
Understanding perspectives of individual neighbourhoods on issues such as intensification, typology and provision of transport and other infrastructure and amenities.
Understanding the perspectives of Aucklanders as a whole, including issues such as intensification, type of housing, impact on their neighbourhoods, who pays for infrastructure including transport, sustainable growth and prioritisation.
GOVERNMENT PLANS AND POLICY
The Governments plan regarding housing including housing affordability, requirements for social housing as well as emergency/temporary housing. Taxation policies as well as the strategy for the government’s own land holdings.
The big picture strategic plan for Auckland of Auckland Council including future demand projects and its own strategy for its own land.
COUNCIL – UNITARY PLAN
Understanding the implications of the Unitary Plan, and the Special Housing Areas.
COUNCIL – CONSENTING
Understanding the Council regulatory process from Master Planning, Resource Consents, Building Consents and Code of Compliance.
This includes the development contributions, infrastructure contributions, and how and where the funds are spent.
Options, policies, measurements from within New Zealand and overseas.
The various pieces of legislation which impact including Resource Management Act, Building Act, Residential Tenancies Act and the Social Housing Reform Programme.
Supply vs Demand
Including supply and demand drivers, population numbers, home ownership levels, age of population, immigration and migration, demographics.
This includes interest rates, income levels, economic confidence, overseas economic indicators.
COSTS OF CONSTRUCTION
This includes all the costs of development including construction costs, professional fees, development and infrastructure contributions. This is also about the supply of materials.
Understanding the drivers in the rental market including the number of rental properties – both private investors and social housing rentals, as well as rental prices and vacancy levels.
What is happening with house prices, in Auckland, elsewhere in New Zealand and overseas.
Understanding the bank lending policies and the finance lending options for purchasers and developers. Identification of its impact on both the ability to buy a house, and from a developer perspective to fund a development.
Identifying the impact of these across a range of industries and professions.
PROPERTY MARKET AND CYCLE
Understanding where in the cycle the housing market is at, what are the expectations of developers, and what is the impact on risk and future supply.
This includes home owners, investors, public sector and non-government housing providers who purchase houses.
The important issue is to understand the different requirements of each group.
This includes private market tenants and social housing occupiers and their key requirements.
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