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

 


One year since accord and not one house built

Phil
TWYFORD
Housing spokesperson

29 May 2014 MEDIA STATEMENT
One year since accord and not one house built

It has been one year since Nick Smith announced his housing accord to much fanfare but not one house has been built in the Special Housing Areas and all he has is lines on maps, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says.

“Last year Nick Smith promised 39,000 homes over three years with 9000 in the first year. But not one house has yet been built, despite a lack of ambition in the target.

“And now Nick Smith is trying to row back even from that target by saying it ‘will be a bit of a stretch’.

“The Auckland accord is National’s flagship housing policy. It is pretty much all they’ve got. And now it is looking decidedly shakey.

“Nick Smith needs to get some houses built. He is doing nothing to dampen down the demand side of the housing crisis and he’s all talk on the supply side. Meanwhile house prices keep rising and first home buyers are shut out of the market.

“The housing accord lasts only three years. It’s one year down with two to go and he is 9000 homes behind. Nick Smith needs to hurry up. He may have to start building them himself.

“While National trumpets the accord as their solution to Auckland’s housing woes, a closer look at the numbers shows it lacks ambition. It sets a target of 9000 consents in year one, but the market produced more than that in the previous year. On the Minister’s own numbers, the Special Housing Areas will only deliver 5850 consents over three years, when Auckland needs 39,000.

“National constantly tries to claim it is fixing the housing crisis by building houses. All they are doing is issuing consents. Aucklanders trying to buy a first home can’t live in a consent.

“Only Labour can fix the housing crisis. A Labour-led government will manage migration at stable levels, reform monetary policy to reduce interest rates, curb rising house prices by clamping down on overseas speculators and taxing capital gains, and build 100,000 affordable houses,” Phil Twyford says.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Flyover Over: NZTA Not Appealing Flyover Decision

The NZ Transport Agency has decided not to appeal the High Court’s Basin Bridge decision, and says the High Court’s findings provide valuable clarity to help guide the development of future infrastructure projects throughout the country. More>>

ALSO:

Developing Crown Land: Government, Auckland Iwi Reach Agreement

The government has reached agreement with Ngati Whatua and other Auckland iwi over developing 500 hectares of excess land in Auckland for private housing which had been under High Court challenge. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On Maurice Williamson

Maurice Williamson seems to have been granted an annual licence to embarrass the National Party, and its that time of year again. Also as per usual, Williamson’s recent exercise in sexism and homophobia has passed by with barely a murmur from his leader. More>>

ALSO:

Green Climate Plan: Shaw Launches 40% Emission Cut Target

Green Party co-leader James Shaw has announced an emissions target initiative for 40% reduction by 2030. He said agriculture has to long been used as a reason for inaction, a roadblock to action... He proposed a tax of 8 cents per kilo of milk. More>>

ALSO:


Images & Video: Four Alternative Flags For Referendum

Flag Consideration Panel chair, Professor John Burrows, said the Panel’s decision had been guided first and foremost by the results of its engagement programme across a range of communities where thousands of Kiwis shared what was special about New Zealand, as well as the Panel’s own selection criteria. More>>

ALSO:

Transport Report: LGNZ Calls For Proactive Approach To Mobilise Regions

LGNZ has today released Mobilising the Regions, its major transport study, which highlights the economic and social impact of strategic transport decisions nationally and in the regions, and the direct link between regional development, national prosperity, social well-being and cohesiveness. More>>

ALSO:

Transport: New Rules Bring Double-Deckers To Our Cities

New rules that allow buses, including double-deckers, to carry more people will ramp up the public transport offering in our cities, Transport Minister Simon Bridges and Associate Transport Minister Craig Foss say. More>>

ALSO:

Cycling:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news