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Written by Denise Didsbury, Whangarei Leader   
Tuesday, 21 August 2007

Whangarei MP Phil Heatley says rules need to be relaxed to allow more subdivision and building despite a report saying there is an over-supply of sections in the district.

Mr Heatley says measures need to be taken to increase house affordability - which is dropping.

Freeing up more land for housing and improving the Resource Management Act and Building Act processes will help affordability, he says.

The Whangarei District Council's first state of the environment report, which looks at development trends, shows there is an over-supply of sections compared to demand.

Without any more subdivision, there are enough sections in the district to support another 30,000 residents - far outstripping growth projections.

State of the environment co-ordinator Andrew Lucas says development in Whangarei has been high over the last five years.

Hot spots include Bream Bay - especially One Tree Point - Tutukaka, Maungatapere, Waikaraka and Parua Bay, he says.

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