New Zealand Labour Party

Council statement shows they just don’t get it

The Auckland Council’s statement today shows they don’t understand the problems created by the urban growth boundary, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. 

“I have been the first to defend the Auckland Council when Bill English has been blaming them for the housing crisis over the last few years, however reading their latest press release, maybe he has got a point.

“Their statement from an unnamed council bureaucrat shows they just don’t get it. 

“The Auckland Council doesn’t understand the reality that having an urban growth boundary where land is cheaper on the outside and more expensive on the inside is a magnet for land bankers and speculators. 

“And that periodically adding new land to a highly speculative land market just feeds that speculation. 

“I am not surprised Council Chief Executive Stephen Town was too embarrassed to put his name to this nonsense,” says Phil Twyford.