Nearly one in four of Auckland’s historic villas and bungalows could be rezoned for high density housing under draft plans released by Auckland Council today, NZ Herald reveals. Between 4000 and 5000 of the 21,000 homes with heritage values in Special Character Areas could be demolished for apartments and high-density housing. The council’s chief of strategy Megan Tyler said the council is trying to balance new directions by the Government for intensification against people’s desire to keep the city’s special character and values.