Housing affordability continues to present a key challenge in New Zealand, where we face some of the world’s most unaffordable housing. This issue is exacerbated by an inconsistent regulatory system across New Zealand that can increase the costs of home construction.  Recognising that many dwellings have a section that could be utilised, the previous Government introduced building consent exemptions for certain building work under 30 square metres.  However, the same resource consent restrictions still apply.