Skip to content.
Updated at 6:04 am on 26 January 2013
Auckland Council is disputing the Prime Minister's view that it may be partly to blame for a shortage and high cost of housing in the city.
John Key said on Friday more land needs to be freed up for building but developers were waiting up to 18 months for resource consents and council charges were too high.
Mr Key did not specifically criticise Auckland, but his comments echo those directed at Auckland recently by Finance Minister Bill English.
Auckland deputy mayor Penny Hulse said 95% of the 11,000 consent applications to the council last year were processed within 20 days.
She said some large and complex developments involving public notification, appeals and court hearings can get delayed but waits of six - 18 months are rare.
The council said enough residential land is currently zoned for 15,000 new houses, ready for developers to begin work on.
Copyright © 2013, Radio New Zealand
Audio is categorised based on the frequency of the programme it was heard in. Click on the headings below to access the programmes. For the most recently published audio, go to the latest audio page.
Streams are in Windows Media format. Mac and Linux users may need to install additional software. Get help with audio
A selection of music interviews, reviews, videos, concerts, sessions, and performances.
Downloads and podcasts are available for selected programmes. Our podcast page has a complete list of feeds.
Help on using online audio: formats, software, podcasts, downloading, and troubleshooting.