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


Nick Smith’s cluelessness on housing putting lives at risk

4 July 2017

Nick Smith’s cluelessness on housing putting lives at risk

Nick Smith’s inability to provide any real answers about his failed Special Housing Areas (SHA) experiment in Auckland shows a government that is running away from solving the affordable housing crisis, the Green Party said today.

“It boggles the mind that Building and Construction Minister Nick Smith does not know how many affordable homes were being built in Auckland’s Special Housing Areas,” said Green Party Co-Leader Metiria Turei.

“SHAs were his big, bright idea – how can he claim to not know how successful, or not, they’ve been?

“Meanwhile house prices continue to skyrocket with The Economist showing that New Zealand has the least affordable housing in the world.

“Nick Smith is also running away from the Government’s responsibility to ensure tenants aren’t living in cold, damp homes.

“When questioned last week, he said he did not know how many landlords are meeting their obligation to insulate homes.

“With almost 1,600 people dying each winter in New Zealand because of cold, damp houses, National’s mismanagement is putting lives at risk.

"The Green Party will take real action to fix our housing crisis. We will make rentals more secure and fund Warm Up NZ so that we can have warm, dry and safe housing. We will make housing affordable again through our Homes for Life package which will enable everyday New Zealanders to own their own homes,” said Mrs Turei.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Environment Commission: Time For Historic Step For Climate Change

Dr Wright has recommended a new Act that is similar to the UK Climate Change Act...

A similar law in New Zealand would put emissions targets into law, and require the setting of carbon budgets that would act as stepping stones towards the targets. It would also establish a high-powered independent expert group that would crunch the numbers and provide objective advice. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On Act, The Centre-Right’s Perennial Ugly Duckling

Act endures, despite its thoroughly fossilized views: it is the only lighthouse still shining the beams of 1980s market fundamentalism out into the electoral darkness. More>>


Immigration: Changes To Temporary Work Visas Confirmed

“The consultation process resulted in around 170 submissions and today’s announcement shows the Government has listened to the feedback raised by employers and industry, particularly in the regions,” Mr Woodhouse says. More>>


Rental WOF Passes 2nd Reading: Little Bill Goes A Long Way

The strong call from the public for warm, dry, healthy rentals has helped the Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill to pass its second reading, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. More>>


Incomes & Housing Costs: No Signs Of Real Improvement For Poorest Families

CPAG: The latest Household Incomes Survey report shows that not everyone is better off, despite that income poverty seems to have lessened since the Global Financial Crisis in 2008. More>>


Turei To Be Interviewed By MSD: Gordon Campbell On The Real Truth Deficit In Welfare

It has been astonishing to see the amount of time and energy being spent on what Greens co-leader Metiria Turei did or didn’t do properly as a beneficiary back in the early 1990s – as compared to how little time and energy is being put into the point of her personal example. More>>





Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election