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NIMBY Epidemic Hits Government

The opposition by Labour MPs to housing developments in their neighbourhoods is symptomatic of a 'not in my backyard' epidemic that has hit the Government, National Housing spokesman Tony Ryall said today.

"The Government's hypocrisy is shown by the fact that Phil Goff would rather negotiate a withdrawal from a contract at taxpayers' expense than allow a state housing development to go ahead in his backyard.

"The Government claims to be focussed on affordable housing for low-income families but when plans are made to build state houses Labour MPs are the first to jump up and oppose the development.

"This Government is all talk when it comes to helping low-income families.

"David Cunliffe has lobbied the Minister on a state housing development in Glen Eden and concerns have also been expressed about a development in Panmure.

"Mr Goff is worried about the 'unattractiveness' of the state housing development in his neighbourhood and the 'social problems' which could arise from having a number of low-income families living in his area. The Prime Minister was worried that a private hostel development would ruin the 'Edwardian, family nature' of her neighbourhood.

"The Government still hasn't set new targets for Housing New Zealand. Cancelling these projects will make it much harder to house low-income families," Mr Ryall said.

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