The Government’s property developer mates are the only people who can salvage National’s state house sell-off now the Salvation Army has torpedoed the policy, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says.
“Having been cynically used by the Government as the poster child for its ill-conceived policy, the Salvation Army says it can’t buy any of the 8000 homes to be put up for sale.
Transport Minister Simon Bridges has admitted he didn't ask for or receive any advice from his transport officials on 10 Northland bridges before committing $70 million to their upgrading as part of the Northland by-election campaign, Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says.
“This shows just how far National has embraced pork barrel politics. After one opinion poll showed they were in trouble, National panicked and threw $70 million of taxpayers’ money at these bridges – most of which aren't even listed as priorities in the local Council's transport plan.
The Transport Minister today confirmed that National MP Shane Reti's statement to constituents that he took a proposal for sealing their road to Cabinet was not true, Labour's Transport spokesperson Phil Twyford says.
“In the same breath as his threats that the people of rural Pipiwai in Northland would get nothing if they didn't shut up during the by-election campaign, Shane Reti appears to have lied to them about taking their road sealing case to Cabinet.
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.
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’.