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


Tate Land Agency Addresses Housing Crisis

Tate Land Agency Addresses Housing Crisis

New Zealand First’s plan for a state agency to buy and hold land is common sense, and will be effective into the future, says New Zealand First Housing spokesperson Denis O’Rourke.

“New Zealand First’s policy cuts to one of the core problems, while National fiddles as the dream of a home for most young Kiwis lies in ashes. Their announcement of KiwiSaver changes will not address the housing crisis which they deny exists.

“The crisis is fuelled by too many buyers, including foreign speculators, well-off Kiwis buying rental properties and red hot immigration levels. It is made worse by the lack of houses being built.

"The National government has done nothing over six years - their figures on house building largely relate to post earthquake Canterbury.

“In New Zealand's very small economy, it is essential for the government to invest directly to ensure that the supply of smaller and more affordable homes are built in the numbers needed.

“National has ignored housing, leaving it to the profit making private sector. It has not worked.

“New Zealand First plans to have more affordable sections to be sold over 25 years, at 2 per cent interest for at least the first five years.

“Some such land must also be used for Housing New Zealand to build the tens of thousands of state rentals for people whose only option is to rent a home.

"The government's chronic slothfulness in addressing all aspects of the housing crisis cannot be solved by knee-jerk electioneering announcements in the absence of a comprehensive housing plan,” says Mr O’Rourke.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



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>>


Closing Schools And Such: Interim Redcliffs Decision Announced

“While the school’s board has argued that circumstances that could give rise to potential disruption are extremely unlikely, advice from technical experts has shown these concerns cannot be ruled out." More>>


Jane Kelsey: High Court Can’t Make Groser Provide TPPA Information Faster

‘This week we went back to court to challenge Trade Minister Groser’s stalling tactics over the release of information on the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement negotiations, following a High Court order that he reconsider the Official Information Act request I made last January’, said University of Auckland law professor Jane Kelsey, first applicant in the case. More>>

Werewolf 58: No Climate For Change

The last time the global community tried to take collective action on climate change the world’s leaders finally came to agree that every not-too-onerous effort should be made to hold global warming to 2°C above the pre-industrial average. At Paris, all 150 participant countries nations will have put forward their pledges... On the information available, New Zealand's is the second weakest contribution of any nation in the developed world. More>>


Lambton Quay Shutdown: Object Was Made To Look Like Bomb

Police cordoned off part of Lambton Quay Wednesday afternoon, saying that a suspicious package had been found. Buildings were evacuated and buses were detoured. The army’s explosive ordnance disposal unit was brought to the Quay. More>>


Public Sector Still Shrinking: Record Low Number Of 'Backroom Bureaucrats'

Ongoing restraint in the public sector and a focus on better frontline services has seen a further reduction in the number of core Government employees, State Services Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>


Disobeying The Law: Police Censorship Of Crime Research “An Outrage”

The Green Party is calling on Police Minister Michael Woodhouse to ensure Police scrap controversial contracts that place onerous restrictions on academic researchers’ access to Police data, the Green Party says. More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news