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Auckland houses are less affordable than those in all but three other cities from eight countries surveyed for the 2021 Demographia international housing affordability report.
It’s now more affordable to buy a house in San Francisco or London than in Auckland. A new report has ranked the Super City as the fourth least affordable housing market in the world.
The 2021 annual Demographia international housing affordability report, which is a scaled down version of previous years’ reports, looks at housing affordability in Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, Ireland, New Zealand, Singapore, UK and the US.
It ranks 92 major housing markets – with populations of more than one million – in eight countries based on the median multiple, which measures median house price divided by gross median household income.
According to the report, Auckland now has a “median multiple” of 10.0. That’s up from 8.6 last year when it was the equal sixth most unaffordable market with Toronto, and from 6.4 in 2010, just a decade ago.
Regions with house prices more than three times the median regional income are considered unaffordable, so Auckland’s median multiple makes it severely unaffordable.
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Here's an important Covid-19 update:
Georgia Forrester and George Block
A Kmart and a vape store in Auckland are the latest locations linked to the movements of a person who has tested positive for Covid-19.
The owner of the vape store, Dark Vapes, in East Tamaki, said the closure of his shop on Wednesday for deep cleaning, followed by his mandatory self-isolation, would be tough for his small business.
Three new community cases of Covid-19 in south Auckland were announced on Tuesday.
The first was a student at Papatoetoe High School, which the Ministry of Health announced earlier in the day. Two other cases – the student’s siblings, who are a teenager and an infant – were confirmed on Tuesday evening.
Kmart in Botany, in east Auckland, and Dark Vapes are among the places of interest visited by one of the cases, with further locations expected to be released on Wednesday.
The teenager reported as a new case on Tuesday night works at Kmart Botany.
They were at work on Friday, February 19 and Saturday, February 20, between 3.30pm and 10.30pm.
The store was closed on Tuesday night, and a thorough sanitisation of the store was being carried out, a Kmart spokesperson said.
Thirty-one Kmart staff have been identified as close contacts and are self-isolating, the ministry said.
Any members of the public who visited Kmart Botany at the times the student was working is considered a casual plus contact, and must self-isolate at home immediately.
Casual plus contacts are those who would have been considered casual contacts, but have been upgraded due to the risk of the more transmissible strains of the virus.
“If you are a casual plus contact, you are advised to immediately isolate at home and call Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice on isolation time frames and testing requirements,” the ministry said.
One of the two high school students announced as new cases on Tuesday also twice visited Dark Vapes in East Tamaki, on Friday and Saturday.
The owner, who did not want to be named, said the store would be closed on Wednesday for deep cleaning, and he would isolate at home for 14-days, as per Ministry of Health advice.
“It's going to be tough for the business.”
He said the store would be able to reopen after cleaning as another staff member was available to help run it.
The owner did not know the identity of the case who visited.
A Ministry of Health spokeswoman said she was not sure which of the cases visited the store.
The visits to the vape store took place on Friday, February 19 between 2.30pm and 4pm, and also Saturday, February 20, between 7pm and 8.30pm.
People who visited the store during these times are considered to be casual-plus contacts.
More locations are expected to be released by the ministry on its website.
Here's a vital Covid-19 update: A person who works at KFC in Botany Downs is the latest community case of Covid-19 in Auckland.
The community case, announced today, is a household contact of the cases announced on Tuesday.
Three new community cases were announced on Tuesday, connected to a south Auckland family who had previously tested positive for the virus.
The Ministry of Health said the new case, Case L, works at KFC in Botany Downs, which is now considered a new location of interest.
They last worked there between Monday, February 22 at 3.30pm and 12.30am on Tuesday, February 23.
The ministry said 11 KFC staff who worked at the same time as the case were considered close plus contacts.
They should get a test on Saturday and are required to isolate for 14 days, along with their household contacts.
People who entered the store, on Ti Rakau Dr, between 3.30pm on Monday and 12.30am on Tuesday are considered close contacts and should isolate at home until March 8.
The ministry said these people should also get tested on Saturday and then again at day 12.
People who went through the drive-through between 3.30pm on Monday and 12.30pm on Tuesday are considered casual plus contacts and should isolate at home until a negative day five test comes back.
These people should also get a test on Saturday and remain isolated until they get their test results back.
All contacts should call Healthline, the ministry said.
Two new locations of interest connected to one of the cases were released by the ministry on Thursday night.
Both on Great South Rd in Papatoetoe, the two new locations are Choice Food Bar and Li’l Abners Takeaway.
Viyush Grover, manager at Choice Food Bar, said the shop would be undergoing a deep clean “for sure”.
The owner of Li’l Abners said three workers were self-isolating, but it was otherwise open for business.
On Thursday it was also revealed a private house viewing was held at the home of cases I, J and K, on Saturday, February 20, before they tested positive.
The viewing lasted half an hour, and was attended by three people.
Kmart Botany and Dark Vapes in East Tāmaki have previously been announced as locations of interest, with one of the cases working at Kmart.
Customers at Kmart – at least 1236 people – and those at Dark Vapes had been reclassified as close contacts, while staff at both stores were now regarded as ‘close plus’ contacts.
The new cases sparked the reclosure of Papatoetoe High School, requiring all students and staff be retested, and forcing all households connected to the school into a lockdown of sorts.
As of Thursday morning, 1100 students and staff had been tested.