Release: Statement from housing spokesperson Kieran McAnulty

“Today it sounds like the Minister for Housing and his associate are announcing 500 homes that already exist,” Kieran McAnulty said.

“I had hoped today’s announcement would fill in the substantial gaps around social housing from the announcement earlier this week, but I should have known better. New Zealanders will need to get used to the Government’s lack of vision and attempts to look like they’re doing more than they are.

“We were promised new houses, but that’s not what we are getting. All spin, no spanner - these are already rental properties, and the government wants to swap in and out tenants – it doesn’t save a housing crisis when there are no new homes being built.

“They repeat 25,000 people are on the housing waitlist, but they have not announced anything anywhere near a plan to tackle this.

“There was also no mention of the 1000 new homes per year the Prime Minister promised to deliver for Auckland in the House this week,” Kieran McAnulty said.

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