The Government has unveiled plans for a massive housing redevelopment in Mt Roskill of 10,000 new homes over 15 years, including 2400 Kiwibuild homes.
The houses will be linked to the planned light rail line, Housing and urban Development Minister Phil Twyford announced this afternoon.
He said the Mt Roskill Development would be over 143ha and would be similar in scale to the Mangere Development.
"Not only will this redevelopment provide families in Mt Roskill with high-quality new, homes, it'll provide the infrastructure to cope with growth and connect with the planned light rail line.
"This redevelopment will include more than 2,400 modest, affordable KiwiBuild homes for first-home buyers, around 3,000 market homes, and more than 3,000 new state homes."
Building in Roskill South had already started. Under stage one, 80 new state homes would be built, with the first ready to move into next year.
"Stage two will begin mid-2019 and will see 90 worn-out state homes replaced with around 300 new homes, including around 95 KiwiBuild homes, around 60 state houses and market homes.
"The Roskill South part of the redevelopment will be finished in the next six years, with 302 new state homes and 578 affordable market homes being built. "
Twyford acknowledged Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, local MP Michael Wood and the Puketāpapa Local Board, saying their leadership had ensured that community aspirations had helped to shape the Mt Roskill Development.
"The Mt Roskill Development is a great example of how local and central Government are working together to improve neighbourhoods throughout Auckland," Twyford said.
"The 2,400 KiwiBuild homes and thousands of affordable market homes being built will give many in the community a real shot at owning their own home.
"With access to rapid transport and new warm, dry homes for families, the redevelopment is a fantastic outcome for the Roskill community."
Deputy director of Greater Auckland Patrick Reynolds said the urban advocacy group supported the plans.
"They're basically replacing one house with four. It's adding gentle, suburban-level density to existing urban land that's already served by open space and water and roading," he said.
"This has to be the model. State houses built fifty, sixty, seventy years ago are all really tired and inefficiently occupying big sites. This is much, much better than building [new developments] out in the countryside…this is much more efficient and cost effective," he said.
Reynolds believed the light rail being proposed from central Auckland to Mt Roskill would work to serve the increased population's transport needs, provided buses fed into the main line.