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Criticism of the State housing scheme proposed for the Tamaki district was expressed in a statement made yesterday by the Mayor, Mr. Allum. The provision of homes to meet to-day's pressing need could best be achieved by filling up the vacant lots existing in the developed parts of-the Auckland metropolitan area, he said.

He understood there were 10,000 vacant sections suitable for dwellings and that at relatively little cost services could be provided to other areas for an additional 15,000 sections. While it was common knowledge that rural land could be purchased by the acre at a price much less than what had to be paid for urban land of the same area, it was not always realised that the cost of subdividing rural land to make it suitable for hor/.es and of providing amenities was so great that the resultant cost of the building sections was as much as for those in areas already developed.

"To succeed, the Tamaki proposal must be developed substantially and any partial development of a minor character would prove unsatisfactory both to the residents and to those who sought to serve them," said the Mayor. "There can be no progress if no chances are taken and the council is always justified in assuming a reasonable risk. It is estimated, however, that the cost to the council alone of servicing the proposed Tamaki area would be substantially over £500,000."

The question was ausing the City Council considerable anxiety because, while it did not wish to discourage any movement designed to house the people, it was reluctant to become involved in considerable expenditure which could be avoided if Auckland were permitted to develop in a normal way, added Mr. Allum.



Negotiations between the City Council and the Government regarding the proposed Tamaki State housing suburb were expected to be completed this year and the State Housing Department would probably begin construction operations early in 1940, said Mr. Takle, chairman of the council's town planning committee, this morning.

At present, he added, the Department wanted his committee to agree to the subdivision before the minimum conditions laid down by the council had been fulfilled. One of the main points upon which discussion was at present proceeding was the question of the alignment of the main roads. The council also considered the Department should treat the scheme as a whole, and not sectionally with the various local bodies concerned.

Although nothing was as yet finalised, said Mr. Takle, agreement had been reached on the provision of reserves and open spaces in the new housing block. The council would gain about 250 acres and the Government had agreed to do certain grading and rough laying-out work on these areas. This decision would affect all future subdivisions in which the State had a hand. The development of the area indicated the importance of the electrification of the suburban railway system, with the provision of a central station in the city, said Mr. Takle.

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TAMAKI SUBURB, Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945

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TAMAKI SUBURB Auckland Star, Volume LXXVI, Issue 182, 3 August 1945

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