New Zealand cities should go up rather than out, Federated Farmers’ chief executive Conor English says:
Manhattan-type cities that accommodate more people and stop urban sprawl is New Zealand’s farming leader’s latest vision for a prosperous economy.
Federated Farmers chief executive Conor English says New Zealand needs to lose its small-country mindset and get smart about growth.
That included “taking the lid off our cities”.
“Human capability is critical to all parts of our community and economy. In most parts of New Zealand, except Auckland, the population is flat or in decline. There are not enough people to produce the exports, provide the services, pay the taxes and build a future at first-world income levels. We simply need more people.”
Auckland needed to stop building out and start building up. . .
I was in Auckland three times this month.
Each trip required the long, slow journey from the airport to the central city and back.
It’s such a waste of time and fuel.
Could going up rather than out help solve the city’s transport problems and would Aucklanders want to live in high-rise apartments rather than houses with sections?