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Cut the monkey business Phil Heatley

Cut the monkey business Phil Heatley

National MP Phil Heatley's sad attempts to undermine the government's action plan for affordable housing are just another example of National's cynical efforts to disguise its own lack of policy, says Housing Minister Maryan Street.

Mr Heatley has tried to claim that an Auckland Regional Council list of some public land holdings in Auckland released to Housing New Zealand Corporation in 2006 proves that a "scant amount of work" has be done on plans to free up more land for affordable housing development, Maryan Street said.

"He has tried to claim that the inclusion of land such as the Auckland zoo on the list proves the plan is "thin", at the same time implying the government might use land such as this for housing."

"Mr Heatley should sit down, do his own homework and actually read the Prime Minister's speech. He'd then discover the government is about to embark on a review of public land, not that it had already done so - a fundamental difference."


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