Labour's Associate Housing spokesperson Poto Williams says the Government's short term housing announcement for Canterbury is a case of too little, too late.
"At least it amounts to an acknowledgement by the Government that there is a housing crisis caused by the snails' pace of the residential rebuild. But housing for 30 families falls woefully short of the need for short term emergency housing.
New TradeMe figures showing average asking prices for houses have gone up by more than $1000 a week over the past year adds to the pile of evidence proving the Government cannot control the housing crisis, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says.
“A first home buyer would have to save $1000 a week just to stand still.
John Key might want to have a quiet word with Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott about Canberra's just-announced crack down on offshore speculators when he visits New Zealand this week, Labour's Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says.
"Tony Abbott's centre right government has announced a tax on foreign buyers, a register of foreign land and property ownership, and tough penalties for those who break the rules, following on from the recommendations of a parliamentary inquiry.
The Government’s response to a parliamentary committee report on boarding houses will do nothing to help people languishing in slum conditions, says Labour’s Associate Housing spokesperson Su’a William Sio.
“Boarding houses are a last resort for many people who are homeless or down on their luck. Although the parliamentary committee found that some boarding houses were unsafe and insanitary, the Government is opting to do nothing serious about the problem
Housing NZ has been left in the dark by the Government’s state house sell-off plans and does not know the most basic things about its future stock levels says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.
Mr Twyford says Housing NZ CEO Glen Sowry was unable to answer basic questions at a financial review hearing at Parliament today.
The Government has no way of ensuring the state houses it is selling are not sold on to private landlords and speculators, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.
“Treasury are handling the sale process and have advised the Government that if a community housing provider ‘were to become financially distressed this could present risks to ongoing tenancies and fiscal risks to the Crown’.
Paula Bennett and John Key are sending out conflicting messages on whether the Government will build more social housing with the proceeds of its state house sell off, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.
“The Prime Minister and Social Housing Minister are saying very different things, casting more doubt over a policy that already raises more questions than answers.