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Prime Minister’s housing announcement positive and negative

Rt Hon Winston Peters

New Zealand First Leader

Member of Parliament for Northland
3 JULY 2016

Prime Minister’s housing announcement positive and negative – still playing the blame game

The positive from the Prime Minister’s housing statement today is that at last it’s an admission by the government that housing is in crisis in New Zealand, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland MP Rt Hon Winston Peters.

“The negatives are that this $1 billion loan won’t even remotely cope with the number of houses needed for immigrants coming into New Zealand annually, let alone our natural population increase.

“After eight years of doing nothing, this monetary sum won’t make up the huge deficit in infrastructure that National has allowed to build up.

“The second serious negative is that the government refuses to take responsibility to provide a house building policy for which central government should be responsible. Here after, this government will seek to blame local government for the housing crisis on the pretence that they, and not central government, is responsible for the massive demand that now exists.

“Remember it was Mr Key who was screaming at the government when in Opposition about a housing crisis and what were they doing about it.

“It is a far bigger crisis now and he’s done nothing but added to the demand with mass immigration, with numbers even bigger than Labour’s.”

ENDS


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