Thinking about the logics of affordable new build delivery

Kay Saville-Smith

Abstract – Tuhinga Whakarāpopoto

New Zealand faces three conundrums in relation to its housing stock and the new builds which replenish it. The first is persistent under-supply of housing both in the aggregate and, more particularly, housing affordable to people and households on lower and middle incomes. The second, is misalignment between the new built stock typology and functionality in relation to the needs of New Zealand’s population now and into the future. The third is a seemingly obstinate seam of poor quality builds, builds subject to major performance problems or uncompleted builds which have negative impacts on buyers. Anxieties around each of those problems have been expressed in the political arena, by the building industry, by community organisations, and by ordinary individuals and households.

Other reports associated with this research

Saville-Smith, K. (2017). Investing in affordable homes. Build 163, December 2017/January 2018, pp 56-58. Wellington: BRANZ.

Articles associated with this research – Karere Tūhono

Case Study: Investing in affordable homes

Originally published in Build magazine, issue 163, December 2017.

02 December 2017: While central and local government are encouraging new builds and the release of land for residential purposes, high numbers of residential new builds are not affordable housing for those with limited resources. >> Read More

Keywords – Kupu Hāngai

Housing, house prices, urban development, new builds, housing affordability

Fields of Research – Āpure Rangahau

Housing supply


Date – Te Wā Whakarewa



Type – Te Auaha


Citation – Kupu Hautoa

Saville-Smith, K. (2017). Thinking about the logics of affordable new build delivery: Some preliminary thoughts on the structural position of different types of new-builders. Report for Building Better Homes, Towns and Cities SRA: The Architecture of Decision-Making, June 2017. Wellington: BBHTC.