Parliament

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

Max Rashbrooke: On How To Make Government
More Open

It’s true that New Zealand scores well on many international rankings of openness... Those findings are all important, and welcome. But we cannot ignore the fact that there are still serious problems.

For a start, those international surveys, while often complimentary, have also pinpointed major weaknesses: political donations are badly regulated, for instance, and appointments to government boards frequently go to those with strong political connections. More>>

 
 

In Court: Hamilton Student's Lawsuit Over Climate Change Policy

A law student from Hamilton is preparing to challenge the Government in the High Court on Monday over what she says is a “failure” to properly address climate change. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Fallout From The Barclay Tape

This is hardly a case of cleaning out your desk and being turfed out onto the pavement. As others have pointed out, the disgraced Clutha-Southland MP will remain on the public payroll for three months until the election, and for three months afterwards. More>>

ALSO:

Visions: National Party Conference

National Party leader Bill English today outlined his vision to take New Zealand into the 2020s and his key priorities for the next Parliamentary term – including further raising incomes and reducing taxes. More>>

ALSO:

Ombudsman: Canterbury Schools Reorganisation Mishandled

An investigation into the Canterbury schools reorganisation after the February 2011 earthquakes has found significant gaps and flaws in the Ministry’s engagement and communications with schools and communities. More>>

ALSO:

Law Commission: Contempt Report "Protects Right To Fair Trial"

The proposed Act limits what news media representatives and bloggers can report on court proceedings, but it also makes clearer than the current law where the line is between contempt and freedom of expression. More>>

ALSO:

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election
 
 
 
  • PublicAddress
  • Pundit
  • Kiwiblog