Albany ward, like much of Auckland, is growing.

Residents in the well-to-do ward, which stretches east of State Highway 1 from Waiwera south to Campbells Bay and then west to Whenuapai and Hobsonville - where thousands of new homes are being built as part of the new Hobsonville Pt community - are used to change.

But that change comes with worries: for the environment and the infrastructure already stretched by Auckland's housing boom.

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As Albany man David Fryer told the Herald, apartment blocks are going up "like billy-o", but adequate infrastructure wasn't following.

Sitting councillors John Watson and Wayne Walker, both seeking re-election, and their main Auckland Future ticket challengers, former professional rugby league coach Graham Lowe and Upper Harbour Local Board chairwoman Lisa Whyte, all flagged managing growth as a priority. Penlink - a proposed road linking State Highway 1 to the Whangaparaoa Peninsula - was also seen as vital.

"There's big pressure on infrastructure, transport, wastewater," Walker said.

"Putting all that together in an integrated way and finding the money for it is a critical issue. It's not so obvious now, but it will be in the future."

The two remaining candidates are John Bensch and Alezix Heneti, who is also a mayoral candidate and is proposing a "Kiwi Disneyland" to bring jobs and visitors.

Campbells Bay Community Association co-chairman Max Thomson said residents feared green space would be swallowed up by housing. "It's the fear that in developing more dense housing they take away green space to do it, when the requirement for dense housing is that you need more green space."

But those struggling to buy are desperate to see more housing.

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Albany father-of-two Aws Alani said council consents took too long and held up development. Alani, who wants to buy a home for his family, said more small houses or apartments were needed.

"There should be more apartments. A lot of people would love to own a smaller house, especially first-home buyers."