Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 


NZ Govt's Housing Affordability Package Pathetic

"NZ Governments Housing Affordability Package Pathetic”
says Demographia

HonMaryan Street, New ZealandHousing Minister today released details of the Affordable Housing Territorial Authorities Enabling Bill, intending to give Local Authorities powers forcing home builders to include a percentage of smaller, poorer quality affordable houses within developments, so long as the exterior appearance looks similar to other more expensive houses.

The Ministers officials are of the opinion (with no evidence or details provided) that this will create around 1000 affordable housing units per year. An “affordable example” of $350,000 is suggested within a development where the balance of the housing averages $450,000.

“This pathetic initiative by Maryan Street, New Zealand’s new Housing Minister, is by far the worst I have seen by any politician in the western world in recent years” said Hugh Pavletich, co author of the Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey , adding “She has obviously deliberately chosen to ignore all the reputable national and international research on this issue”.

International research clearly illustrates that these types of interventions drive up the cost of housing and severely suppress the numbers of new houses built. For example - the San Francisco Bay area (with a population of 7.2 million people) has put in place on average 278 affordable units a year since 1973. California’s build rate at 3 units per 1000 population per year is currently half New Zealand’s at 6 per 1000 population. (Refer further information below).

The Ministers states that she was influenced by British examples as well. British housing is currently in serious crisis and is regarded as the worst standard housing in the western world. On a population basis, the British are putting in place half the new houses New Zealand is. On average, the new British houses are one third the size of the new New Zealand ones at 76 square metres.

“Obviously Maryan Street is aiming to put half our residential builders out of work, send them to Australia and deny even more young New Zealanders their right to the opportunity of affordable housing” Mr Pavletich said, adding “What this means is driving down our housing construction from around 24,000 units a year towards 12,000 a year mark – just when we desperately need even more affordable housing – of between $140,000 to $180,000 on our urban fringes.

Demographia research has concluded that the focus must be on firstly, setting performance standards for Local Government, secondly releasing fringe land and thirdly, appropriately financing infrastructure.

“This could have been an opportunity for New Zealand to widen its “affordability advantage” over Australia, to encourage more young New Zealanders to stay near family and make their futures in this country. Sadly, Ms Street and the Labour Government have failed them” said Mr Pavletich.

Hugh Pavletich
Co author – Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey
www.demographia.com

Further information……….

(1) 2007 3rd Edition Annual Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey
(2) The Top 10 myths of housing and urban planning policy Refer Myth 9 - RDC Australia publication
(3) Sydney & Dallas Fort Worth Fringe Starter Housing Cost Comparison - Demographia
(4) Do Affordable Housing Mandates Work? - Reason Foundation (pdf)
(5) The Southern California Inclusionary Zoning Experience
(6) Hugh Pavletich / Resource Management Law Assn of NZ Communications
(7) Demographia Submission - NZ Parl Commerce Committee Housing Inquiry
(8) CHRANZ Research Feb 2006 - Land Supply Key Problem (ignored by Housing Minister Maryan Street)
(9) John Key, NZ National Party Leader August speech to Contractors
(10) NZ Herald report August - "Key promises more affordable homes"
(11) Hugh Pavletich Response to John Key August Speeches

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Gordon Campbell:
On War Crimes And The Afghan Insurgency

Truly, with friends like former defence Minster Wayne Mapp, the SAS does not need enemies. At the very least, the Hit and Run book has raised the possibility that the New Zealand SAS committed war crimes in the attack they led in Afghnistan upon the villages of Naik and Khak Khuday Dad...

Mapp’s attempted defence of the SAS on RNZ this morning unintentionally indicated that collective punishment was baked into the planning exercise for the raid, and also into how the raid proceeded on the ground. More>>

 

Biscuit Tin Of Democracy: World Heritage Site Protection, Ombudsman and Equal Pay Bills Drawn

On Thursday, 23 March 2017 three places are available on the Order Paper for the first reading of a Member’s bill. The ballot was held, and resulted in the following bills being drawn... More>>

ALSO:

Emissions Plan: NZ Needs More Science, More Trees, Fewer Beasts

A combination of technology breakthroughs, much more plantation forestry, and a big switch away from pastoral, particularly dairy farming, are identified as the key elements of any approach New Zealand takes to reducing its carbon emissions to a net zero level, according to a new report sponsored by the New Zealand chapter of GLOBE, a multi-party, global parliamentary grouping. More>>

ALSO:

"Backed To Win Seats": Labour Māori Seat MPs Won't Stand On List

The Labour Party is backing a request from its Māori seat MPs to stand as electorate MPs only, says Labour Leader Andrew Little. More>>

Productivity Commission: New Models Of Tertiary Education Are Coming

The report is a broad-ranging inquiry into how well New Zealand’s tertiary education system is set up to respond to emerging trends in technology and the internationalisation of education, and changes in the structure of the population, and the skills needed in the economy and society... More>>

ALSO:

PM's Press Conference: Water Everywhere

Monday's Post-Cabinet press conference focused on water, with the Prime Minister fielding questions about the possibility pricing water taken for export. Mr English said the government was directing their water allocation technical advisory group to include export water in considerations. More>>

ALSO:

Kim Workman: Reality Check Needed For Public Service Reoffending Target

Reducing the prison population results in a reduction in re-offending. Shortening sentences reduces reoffending... More>>

ALSO:

PSA: Minister Should Stop Dodging On Salisbury School

"The decision around the future of Salisbury School has been overdue for months, and the ambiguity is leaving parents, staff and students in limbo. It’s time the Minister stopped hiding, muddying the waters and being dishonest about her Ministry’s intentions," says Erin Polaczuk, PSA national secretary. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Politics
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news