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About twice as many houses were being built in New Zealand as in Australia, said Mr. James Fletcher, chairman of directors of Fletcher Holdings, Limited, in speaking yesterday of his observations in the course of a five weeks' business tour of New South Wales, Victoria and South Australia. Compared with New South Wales, the Dominion had ten times as many houses in construction, said Mr. Fletcher.

Costs were lower for houses in Australia than in New Zealand, but the standard of house was higher in this country. The Australian house had only one hot water tap in it, whereas complete hot water circulation was provided in the New Zealand State house. The South Australian kitchen had only two fitments —a sink bench with sink and a gas or electric stove. Not even a shelf, let alone a cupboard was provided. No wardrobes were provided in the bedrooms which .were reduced to the absolute minimum in general finish. Apart from light points, there was only one electric point in the whole house, compared with four in the New Zealand State house.

A grave protiiem In Australia, said Mr. Fletcher, was the lack of materials. This would seriously affect house-building for the next two years. As a result of the war a large number of factory buildings of all types had been established in the various States. There could be ho doubt that these factories, representing the last word in industrial planning, would place Australia in the forefront as a manufacturing country after the war.

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HOME BUILDING, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 179, 31 July 1945

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HOME BUILDING Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 179, 31 July 1945

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