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

 


Home Building Won’t Be Cheaper with Levy Change

Andrew Williams MP

Spokesman for Local Government
31 July 2014

Home Building Won’t Be Cheaper with Levy Change

Claims that home building costs will drop with changes to developers’ contributions are balderdash,” says New Zealand First Spokesman on Local Government, Andrew Williams.

“Removing the development contribution for community infrastructure will do nothing for home owners in the grand scheme, when Kiwis are paying hundreds of thousands to build a home.

“The reduction will only be $750 to $1000 on a section under the new Local Government Act 2002 Amendment Bill (No.3) passed this week. Whether the levy is there or not will not determine the price – it is the market that will set the price.

“Indeed, removal of the levy will probably just increase the enormous profits that developers make – who are no doubt National Party mates and donors.

“It will impose pressure on councils and may mean that important community facilities like pools, libraries and playing grounds are delayed.

“Oddly, the government keeps criticising local government for increasing rates, yet it is now cutting off one of the few mechanisms for funding community infrastructure.

“During consultation on this legislation, developers said it would be a nominal amount, and may well affect their ability to sell the development as the facilities would not be built.

“This is manipulation by a government desperate to pretend it is doing something about housing for New Zealanders. We see through the mask and that’s why New Zealand First voted against the legislation in Parliament. We will put it right after September 20,” says Mr Williams.

ENDS


© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

PARLIAMENT TODAY:

Education: Schools Funded To Trial Innovative Approaches

Education Minister Hekia Parata has announced the successful applicants for a new $10 million fund to encourage innovative teaching practices. “I’m delighted with the quality of the 39 projects that have won funding in the first round of the Teacher-led Innovation Fund worth a total of about $2.6 million,” says Ms Parata. More>>

ALSO:

Generation Zero: Skypath Granted Resource Consent

Generation Zero is delighted and relieved that the ‘Skypath’ walking and cycling addition to the Harbour Bridge has been granted resource consent. More>>

ALSO:

Housing: Two New Auckland Special Housing Areas

Two new greenfield Special Housing Areas (SHAs) that will provide up to 1800 new homes in Auckland have been announced today by Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Mayor Len Brown. More>>

ALSO:

Royals: The Prince Of Wales And Duchess Of Cornwall To Visit

Prime Minister John Key welcomes today’s announcement that the Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall will visit New Zealand in November. This will be the second joint visit for Their Royal Highnesses to New Zealand. More>>

ALSO:

Tracey Martin Replaced: Ron Mark Is New New Zealand First Deputy Leader

Clayton Mitchell was the successful candidate for the Associate Whip position. Winston Peters was re-elected as Leader by the Caucus. Ron Mark was elected as the Deputy Leader with effect from 10am, Friday, 3rd July. More>>

ALSO:

Rebuild Rebrand: "Regenerate Christchurch" To Replace CERA

The regeneration of Christchurch will be the city’s focus for the next five years as local leadership progressively takes control of the rebuild, Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee says. More>>

ALSO:

Nauru: Scholars Urge Minister To Act On Deteriorating Democracy

“Since the 2013 election in Nauru, there has been a series of disturbing developments on the islands that indicate a severe deterioration in the state of its parliamentary democracy and in the rule of law,” say the scholars. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news