There haven’t been many properties for sale around here for a while now, and those that have come up seem to have mainly sold pretty quickly and at robust prices. That observation is confirmed by an article in the Horowhenua Chronicle:
Median house sale prices in [Horowhenua] have hit the half a million dollar mark for the first time ever, on the back of a nationwide property price explosion.
More properties were selling more quickly and for huge prices, with real estate bosses citing a lack of housing stock as a significant factor — the market simply can’t meet the demand. …
Norwell said the Horowhenua District reached a record median house price in December 2020 of $525,000, a figure that was up 36.4 per cent from the same time last year where the median sale price was $385,000.
“Sales volumes for the district also increased 61.9 per cent year-on-year from 42 properties sold in December 2019 to 68 properties sold in December 2020,” she said.
Homes were not sitting on the shelf for long. The time it took to sell a property in Horowhenua decreased from 31 days in December 2019 to 24 days in December 2020.
Ōtaki’s new woman in Parliament, Terisa Ngobi, is still buzzing from her shock victory on election night, which has set a few precedents.
She said she believes she is “the first Pasifika person, and of course the first Pasifika woman, and the first person/woman of colour to represent Ōtaki in Wellington”. …
Big issues for her over the coming years are the expressway and the Capital Connection.
“I have travelled to and from Wellington for 16 years. I have used the train a lot and driven the road. I know how bad the road is and the train service should be much more frequent.
“I am really excited that the Provincial Growth Fund had brought a lot of green jobs to our areas.”
She said she is keen to explore more environmentally positive initiatives.
“We must protect the environment and there are a few good initiatives in our electorate happening, such as one that is looking at ways to recycle plastics.”
Other issues that have her attention are housing, jobs, and healthcare, especially outpatient care, and the electrification of the rail track all the way to Palmerston North. …
She is Levin-born and bred and simply loves living here. And it is her passion for her town, her district and its possibilities that drive her to improve on what we have. She’s planning to regularly inform her electorate about what is going on, including via columns in the Horowhenua Chronicle.
The population growth rate in Horowhenua will continue to outpace the rest of New Zealand for the next decade, a review of the Horowhenua Socio-Economic Projections has found. …
The review predicts 2.6% growth every year between now and 2029 compared to 1.2% growth nationally. From 2029 to 2039, the predicted growth is 2.8%. Horowhenua Mayor Bernie Wanden said population growth in Horowhenua outstripped the national growth rate for four years in a row, and it will continue to do so for the rest of the 2020s.
“By 2041, more than 62,000 people will live in Horowhenua – that’s larger than Whanganui and slightly less than live in Kāpiti now,” he said.
“The new expressways to the south have led to Horowhenua being named as a growth area by the Greater Wellington Region. …
Chief Executive David Clapperton said … We estimate that we need to double the annual build rate to 560 homes every year for the next 20 years.”
At its meeting of 14 October, Horowhenua District Council adopted this population growth assumption as the basis for planning its Long Term Plan 2021-2041. …
Group Manager Customer and Strategy David McCorkindale said … “We do not want to end up like growth cities that suffer from congestion, infrastructure issues, overcrowded classrooms and GP waiting rooms,”
Of course, we already suffer from congestion on SH1 and those who use the town water supply in Levin and elsewhere already endure restrictions every summer.