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Come on Phil, do your homework first!

Hon Maryan Street
Minister for Housing

21 May, 2008 Media Statement

Come on Phil, do your homework first!

National housing spokesman Phil Heatley has got so many of his facts wrong on the government’s shared equity scheme it’s embarrassing, says Housing Minister Maryan Street.

“It’s even more embarrassing in light of the fact he doesn’t appear busy working on any National Party housing policy – because there doesn’t appear to be any, despite early promises by his colleague Bob Clarkson it would be unveiled well before now.

“Mr Heatley today suggested there would be hardly any homes in Nelson eligible to meet the terms of the shared equity scheme, which aims to help up to 700 modest-income households into their first home,” Maryan Street said.

“He only needs to look at the Nelson property pages to find himself proved wrong, or he could have read the New Zealand Herald report on the scheme which identified 60 eligible homes after one webpage search.

“Mr Heatley claimed last week that the government had failed to answer key questions about the scheme, including how it would address capital gains issues and who would benefit when home improvements were made.

“Both of these questions were clearly answered in the material I released to the public on the day,” she said.

“Perhaps Mr Heatley would like to confirm whether or not National would keep the scheme, especially in light of the positive reception the scheme has had? And while he is clarifying this, perhaps he could try to give the public an indication of what National’s housing policy is. Does it support affordable housing initiatives?

“Will National continue to build up the state housing stock to replace the 13,000 it sold off in its last term in office? Listening to Mr Heatley’s concerns about overcrowded state houses in the House today, I would assume his party plans to emulate Labour and increase the number of state houses. But is the caring rhetoric going to be matched by policy? “


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