You are using an older browser version. Please use a supported version for the best MSN experience.

Housing bill passes first reading

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 13/12/2016

© Hannah Peters/Getty Images Legislation changing the designation of Auckland's Point England Reserve so the land can be used for housing has passed its first reading in parliament.

The plan is to build 300 homes on 12ha of the 48ha reserve.

Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith says the land that will be designated for housing is being used for grazing.

"This is about replacing the cows with homes and enhancing the balance of the reserve with improved recreational and cultural facilities," he said.

The development is a joint venture between the government, the Tamaki Redevelopment Company and Ngati Paoa.

The bill passed its first reading unanimously.

image beaconimage beaconimage beacon