Housing Minister Megan Woods has announced a new bill to force councils to allow more dense housing, Stuff reveals. The money will pay for the extra 1260 homes, which are in addition to 2,500 homes already being supported by Government funding in Mt Roskill, Mangere, Tāmaki, Oranga and Northcote. Auckland has an estimated housing shortage of more than 25,000 homes and replacing ageing pipes and improving roading was “essential to future-proof and grow these communities”, she said. “We’re stepping in with funding for these areas to fix decades of under-investment in infrastructure.”