Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Key exposed for ignorance on affordable housing


Key exposed for ignorance on affordable housing

John Key’s claim that Labour cannot build affordable homes in Auckland is in tatters after it was revealed that his own Government is already planning to build four-bedroom homes on prime land for less than $485,000.

“Mr Key is so focused on writing off the Opposition that he is completely ignorant of his own policy.

“The Government’s Hobsonville development, trumpeted by John Key just months ago, will build affordable houses between 60m2 and 300m2. These range from one bedroom units to four bedroom properties at a cost of $485,000 or less. And this is on prime land!

“Yet when asked about it in Parliament today, John Key initially drew a blank, then accused Labour of repeating its own policy.

“He claimed at for $400,000 National was building one-bedroom studio or a two to three bedroom terraced house. But National’s proposal at Hobsonville Point is much more than this. It includes four-bedroom houses for less than $485,000.

“When it dawned on him that he might have missed something about his own policy he tried to laugh it off by saying that if Labour was so sure affordable houses were being built then ‘there is no housing problem’.

“The Prime Minister is so focused on telling New Zealanders what can’t be done that he has forgotten what he himself has promised.

“This morning he was calling KiwiBuild a ‘pipedream’. But this afternoon’s performance leaves New Zealanders under no illusion about who’s in a haze.

“Labour will put 100,000 Kiwi families into their first homes. We’ll build a mix of stand-alone homes, apartments and terraced houses. By building in bulk, we can bring construction costs down significantly. That’s a saving that will benefit Kiwis desperate to buy their own home.

“John Key has been called out on his own figures.

“Labour can and will get 100,000 Kiwis into their first homes in the next 10 years, National is just miffed it didn’t roll out the idea first,” Annette King said.

ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Overseas Investment: Auditor-General To Examine OIO

The Auditor-General is to examine how the Overseas Investment Office collects and manages information following a request from the parliament's finance and expenditure committee. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Bill English Living In Denial

The working poor have been a direct byproduct of the economic policies in vogue for the past 30 years or more, all over the Western world... That anger was evident in the Brexit vote, and it underlies the support for Donald Trump in the United States. More>>

ALSO:

Final Reading Of Parental Leave Bill: Families With New Babies Victims Of Veto

“For the first time ever, a Bill will have a third reading debate and no vote will be taken at the end because the National Government has used its veto – an extreme measure against families,” says the Bill’s sponsor, Labour MP Sue Moroney. More>>

ALSO:

Water, Pests, Erosion...: Commissioner Releases Mixed Report Card On Environment

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment has released a mixed report card in her assessment of the state of New Zealand’s environment. “We are lucky to live in an exceptionally beautiful country, but we have some big issues to face up to” said Dr Jan Wright. More>>

ALSO:

Education: Private Schools Beneficiaries Of Extra Cash

“Not only did this year’s Budget freeze operational funding for state schools, but 86 per cent of secondary school principals say they don’t get enough funding, and the demand for school donations from parents is rising at 10 times the rate of inflation... Now we’ve got Hekia Parata proposing more cash for private schools." More>>

ALSO:

Shop Hours Bill Second Reading: Government Blocks Easter Trading Petition

The union representing retail workers is warning that the Government is out of touch with working people after passing the second reading of the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill, a law handing local authorities the power to permit trading on Easter Sunday. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news