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Suburbs jam-packed with “shoe box” houses are becoming the new way of living in New Zealand but a new report has warned while townhouses are helping Kiwis get into a home, there are significant downsides. 

The Salvation Army State of Our Communities 2022 report found the townhouse takeover brings problems with transport issues, overcrowding and gangs. 

It also found housing intensification is putting a strain on infrastructure and building houses not fit for the community.

The report uses the west Auckland suburb of Westgate as an example, where building consents have increased by 400 percent over the past decade and almost three-quarters of these consents were for townhouses.

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