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.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Housing Issues: Homelessness On The Horizon For Baby Boomers

Baby Boomers who have held down jobs and contributed to the well-being of New Zealand through their taxes may yet become homeless in late middle age or early retirement without urgent Government action, says The Salvation Army. More>>


Treasury Has Doubts On Christchurch Rebuild And... Auditor-General Follows Up On EQC

Despite the improvements made, EQC could still learn better from complaints and improve its customer focus and interactions... Although the programme is nearing completion, EQC needs to provide the best service possible for the home owners whose homes are still to be repaired. More>>


Man Who Banned 'Into The River' Out The Door: Appointments To The Film And Literature Board Of Review

Internal Affairs Minister Peter Dunne has announced seven appointments to the Film and Literature Board of Review... “The new members of the Board... will provide a strong mix of skills and experience to help the Board carry out its functions, while representing a cross-section of society.” More>>


Climate Marches: New Zealanders March For Solutions Not Pollution

Ahead of the UN Climate Summit in Paris more than 15,000 New Zealanders have taken part in the Peoples Climate march in Auckland, kicking off the largest climate mobilisation the world has ever seen... More>>


Labour: Little Announces New Shadow Cabinet

“Labour had an impressive intake of fresh faces after last year’s election and newest MPs have now had a year to show what they’re made of. This reshuffle rewards hard work and continues my drive to renew our Caucus line up." More>>


Because Reasons: Someone Reckons David Seymour Is Politician Of The Year

Trans Tasman's 11th annual Roll Call has thrown a curve ball this year, ignoring the likes of John Key, Bill English, and Winston Peters to pick its politician of the year from the ranks of the new generation. More>>


Whaling: NZ Deeply Disappointed By Japan's Decision

“New Zealand is strongly opposed to whaling in the Southern Ocean. We call on Japan to take heed of the 2014 International Court of Justice decision and international scientific advice concerning their whaling activities.” More>>


Relevant Consents Gained: Government Unveils RMA Reform Package

The government has formally hauled down the flag on its attempts to alter the balance of environmental and economic priorities in the Resource Management Act, unveiling a 180-page Resource Legislation Amendment Bill containing reforms that have been largely endorsed by most political parties. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news