It is disappointing, though no surprise, that after two years the Government’s “housing accord” with the Auckland Council has produced just 102 houses (of which it knows) in areas designated for faster building consents. When the accord was signed in October 2013, Auckland needed 39,000 houses in three years. This is the rate of building that will be needed to accommodate the region’s projected population increase over the next 25 years.

At least 25,000 new houses should be built or nearing completion by now if the three-year target is to be met. The tally of 102 known to the council is pitiful.

This looks misleading. I presume there have been other houses built in Auckland other than the 102 produced by the accord. Later in the editorial:

The routine consent procedures appear to be doing better than the accord. At least 19,900 new sections and building consents have been issued across the region since October 2013, not many of them inside any of the 95 special housing areas marked for rapid consent. To qualify for the fast track, projects had to include a proportion of “affordable” houses, which means priced no higher than 75 per cent of the median house price in Auckland.

But 102 is still a pitiful number.

But it is no surprise because the housing shortage in Auckland is not caused only by slow council consent procedures. The Productivity Commission has found a raft of other contributing problems, including the scale and capacity of the building industry in New Zealand.

The council also points to the fact that when it does issue consents, there is no guarantee a house will be built. In fact, 2027 consents have been issued under the accord’s fast track and only 102 are known to have come to fruition so far.

Housing is still major problem in Auckland. The housing accord was an unsuccessful attempt to do something about it. A flop.