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Chief Economist 27 Jun 2024

Census confirms Auckland’s striking shift in new housing

Auckland Council’s Chief Economist provides new visual data based on Census 2023 that paints a vivid picture of Auckland tackling its housing needs - 64,800 new homes since 2018

Housing 4 Apr 2024

Auckland upzoning sparks more homes and improved affordability

Chief Economist Gary Blick talks about the Auckland Unitary Plan and how upzoning for greater housing capacity sees significant positive outcomes, such as substantially more new homes and improved affordability

City Centre Waterfront 13 Feb 2024

GDP and employment data shows city centre outpacing NZ for second consecutive year

For the second year in a row, Auckland’s high-achieving city centre has outpaced New Zealand in both GDP and employment growth.

Midtown 16 Sep 2022

‘It will feel like a new city’ - how midtown will transform the city centre

Aucklanders, prepare yourselves: When the regeneration of midtown in the city centre is complete, there’s a good chance you’ll hardly recognise this part of Tāmaki Makaurau.

Chief Economist 4 Apr 2022

The art and science of managing society’s resources well

This quarter’s edition of the Auckland Economic Quarterly looks at how cities create value and explores how well we might be fulfilling our potential in Auckland.

Development 23 Mar 2022

There’s more than one way to intensify Auckland

With huge population growth forecast for Auckland in the coming decades, it’s time for the city to build infrastructure to match. But how do we create this new infrastructure on top of what’s already here?

Chief Economist 8 Mar 2022

34 per cent increase in Auckland property values

Auckland Council’s latest property valuations show significant movements across the region, with an average value increase of 34 per cent.

Chief Economist 1 Mar 2022

New watch-captain for Auckland’s economy

Auckland Council’s new Chief Economist, Gary Blick, and his team are working on some fresh economic insights for Auckland as we near the end of the first quarter of 2022.