National In Disarray On Auckland Housing
12 March 2013
National In Disarray On
The Government needs to
sort out its conflicting agendas on Auckland’s housing
crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil
“Housing Minister Nick Smith was caught
on the back foot in Parliament today after Labour queried
the mixed messages National has been sending.
“Nick Smith has already been accused of having a rush
of blood to the head after launching a scathing attack on
Auckland Council saying it was “killing the dreams of Aucklanders”
, and threatening to legislate to override the Council
to free up greenfields land for housing.
in contradiction to Amy Adams who recently knocked back Auckland Council’s
request to give its unitary plan legal effect later this
year, rolling out a raft of housing affordability measures,
including freeing up greenfields land six times the size of
“In Parliament today Nick Smith failed to
clarify why he is threatening to override Auckland Council
and demolish the urban limits supposedly to free up more
land for housing, while Amy Adams is preventing the Council
from bringing in greenfields land until 2016.
Smith’s threat to legislate to get rid of Auckland’s
Metropolitan Urban Limits is not only a nonsense, it
actually allows for massive urban sprawl.
title may give the appearance he is doing something about
Auckland’s housing affordability crisis. In reality he is
just up to his old tricks: blaming councils, and tinkering
with the RMA.
“The Government needs to get its act
together. Waxing lyrical about ‘working with the Auckland
Council’ is an insult to Aucklanders’ intelligence.
“The Government’s policy on housing is in disarray.
Either Cabinet should reconsider its decision on
Auckland’s unitary plan, allowing it to take effect later
this year - as Mayor Len Brown has asked - or Nick Smith
should retract his wild-eyed threats,” Phil Twyford
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