The National Party spin machine has gone into overdrive to try and present Paula Bennett as the victim in the Te Puea Marae smear saga, says Labour Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.
“Bill English in Parliament today tried valiantly to paint the malicious leak about the police investigation into Hurimoana Dennis as dinner party gossip that the media then used to make a hit on Paula Bennett.
The Government’s draft National Policy Statement on urban development is a damp squib unlikely to make much difference to Auckland’s out-of-control housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.
“The Government has been talking tough for the past few weeks. You’d think this was going to be the big gun, but its only Nick Smith firing blanks.
Nick Smith has admitted he’s looking at changes to the HomeStart subsidy because fast rising house prices are making so many first home buyers ineligible, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.
“The Building and Housing Minister has had to take the policy back to the lab less than two years after it was announced because skyrocketing house prices have rendered it ineffective.
Investors cashing in on skyrocketing Auckland house prices are driving families out of homes in South and West Auckland and causing homeownership rates in some of our poorest suburbs to plummet, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says.
“New analysis shows the suburbs with the highest levels of speculator activity have had the biggest falls in homeownership.
On the eve of this year’s Budget official figures show Nick Smith’s Budget 2014 centrepiece to reduce the cost of building materials has backfired, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.
“Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment officials have spent the past two years tracking the 57 building products Nick Smith used for his claim National would make building a house $3500 cheaper.