Gated communities are a relatively new phenomenon in NZ and they are springing up all over the place. I just read a very interesting article called 'Elite Estates: NZ's Booming Gated Community Trend'. Subtitle is 'My Home, My Fortress: Does the booming trend towards gated communities really lower the risk of burglaries and vandalism? And what are these exclusive enclaves doing to the New Zealand way of life?'
I thought this was interesting:
The city has changed its rules for communities of any size over 10 units, effectively requiring permeability of developers, who must build their roads to city standard.
It has not outlawed gated communities, but it will refuse consent for them if they block links between one part of the city and another.