New Zealand to introduce new ‘residential zone’ to tackle climate change
New Zealand has introduced a new climate-change-reduction zone, with apartments available for rent within the city centre and suburbs, as part of an ambitious plan to cool its rapidly rising temperatures.
The new zones will see new residents being relocated to “temperate zones” that will allow them to live in the coldest and driest areas of the country.
The first phase of the plans, announced in November, will see apartments in the capital Auckland and Wellington set up in the most extreme areas of its metropolitan area.
Auckland will become the first city to implement the new zones, with more than 2,000 apartments set to be available in the suburb of Queenstown.
“This is a step forward in the right direction for Auckland,” Mr Key said.
“The city has the capability to be a regional capital of the world.”
The new areas will also include apartments in areas that are already well served by the city’s other public housing stock, and in areas such as the north of the city and the south of the state.
They will allow residents to enjoy more space in the city, which has an average house price of about $2.3 million (NZ$2.9 million).
“Auckland is the only city in the country with a residential zone that will offer housing at all costs,” Mr Kennebec said.
It will also provide additional financial assistance for families and small businesses who may need to relocate.
It is understood that the government will make adjustments to the zone to allow for more density and the introduction of additional services, such as bike lanes and bike parking, which would help address congestion in the CBD.
“I am confident we can manage our climate,” Mr Knaus said.
The zones are being announced after months of negotiations between the government and housing association, and will allow landlords and tenants to adjust their plans in the event of extreme weather.
New Zealand was among the first countries to officially announce plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, which is the primary cause of climate change.
The city of Auckland is already home to one of the largest concentrations of carbon dioxide in the world, according to the World Meteorological Organization.
New Zones are a part of the Government’s New Zealand Climate Plan, which was announced in July.
Mr Key was not available to comment on the plan during the Prime Minister’s Question Time in the Senate.
New zoning rules introduced to allow housing and rental to be relocated in Auckland in 2020 will be extended until 2026.
Auckland is the third-most expensive city in New Zealand for houses, according for the most expensive cities index, and one of its densest.