Paula Bennett’s policy to fund $9 million worth of support services is much-needed help for the homeless but smacks of yet another last minute, short-sighted and piecemeal decision, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says.
“Funding services for two years will relieve some immediate issues for families but without a plan to build more affordable and state houses, it’s another ambulance at the bottom of the cliff proposal.
The Government must explain why the panel considering Auckland’s unitary plan removed affordability requirements at the behest of the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment and Housing NZ, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says.
“Labour welcomes the Independent Hearing Panel’s recommendations to substantially free up restrictive controls that are stopping Auckland growing up and out. The pressure is now on Auckland Council to do the right thing, and back the recommendations.
Merchant bankers, overseas companies and property developers will be lining up to buy 364 state houses in Horowhenua during two days of “market sounding” meetings starting tomorrow, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says.
“Despite a housing crisis and families being forced to live in cars and garages, National is forging ahead with its ideologically-driven plan to hock off thousands of state houses throughout the country.
The Prime Minister must sack Todd McClay for failing to do his job as Trade Minister and be on top of a significant potential threat to some of our biggest exporters, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.
“Todd McClay is clearly out of his depth. The lapse is so serious he cannot credibly continue to be Minister of Trade.
Labour’s new housing map shows the housing crisis is now affecting more than 98 per cent of New Zealand, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says.
“Housing pressures have seen house prices rise faster than wages in all but four areas of the country: the Grey District, Masterton, Westland and Wairoa. These four areas make up 1.25 per cent of our population.
There would be 1400 new emergency accommodation places – enough to put a roof over the heads of 5100 homeless people a year – under Labour’s emergency housing policy announced today, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says.
“Too many of our families will spend this winter living in cars, couch surfing or cramped into the lounges and garages of relatives. It is a disgrace.
The Chilcot Report released today shows John Key was wrong to call New Zealand “MIA” over the 2003 war in Iraq and Labour made the right decision not to send troops, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says.
“At the time John Key said: ‘Our traditional allies are in this agreement. Where is our name? Missing! It is MIA just like it was during the war in Iraq—missing.’
Government figures showing that fewer than 500 affordable houses are being built in Auckland this year reveal the scale of National’s failure to act on the housing crisis, Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little says.
“In his pre-Budget speech, Bill English said only 5 per cent of new houses are affordably priced. There were 9,400 new houses consented in Auckland in the past year – that amounts to fewer than 500 affordable homes.