The NZ Transport Agency has told Labour MP Carmel Sepuloni it has already sold 14 houses that were bought from Housing NZ for $5 million and have been sold to private buyers for $6.9 million.
It has earmarked a further 17 state houses – valued at $6.6 million – for sale in parts of Waterview and Mt Albert.
The Transport Agency bought the houses when it planned to build most of the new motorway – linking the airport with the northwestern motorway – in an open-air trench. A late decision to build an extended tunnel instead – and other design changes – meant the houses were spared.
But a Housing NZ spokesman said the corporation did not want them back because it had plans to redevelop more intensive new housing in four special housing areas elsewhere in Waterview.
The homes are also being offered to iwi under the Tamaki Collective settlement. Ngati Whatua Whai Rawa chief executive Rob Hutchison said his iwi had not bought any yet but was interested in any state properties that came up for sale in Auckland.