Tidal wave of housing reform

Labour are promising a tidal wave of housing reform, but that will be subject to ‘winning’ the next election – being able to form a coalition and getting probably Greens and NZ First to agree to their policies.

Labour MPs Phil Twyford, Nanaia Mahurta and David Parker were in Tauranga discussing housing.

Bay of Plenty Times reports Labour promises to deliver “tidal wave” of housing reforms

After hearing comments and questions from the crowd of 70-80 people at the Wesley Centre, Mr Twyford responded by saying Labour was committed to embarking on a massive state-backed housing programme as part of its solution.

Mr Twyford said the market was not delivering enough affordable homes, and under Labour’s Kiwi Build scheme 100,000 homes would be built for first home buyers.

Labour would also crack down on non-resident foreigners buying existing housing stock and also review the Residential Tenancies Act to deliver more security of tenure for tenants, he said.

If they make rental investment too unattractive they may have to invest in even more housing.

Mr Twyford said these were just some of the solutions Labour believes will help ease the housing shortage in Tauranga and elsewhere.

Labour was promising to deliver a ” tidal wave” of big housing reforms the country had not seen since [former Labour Prime Minister] Michael Joseph Savage time, he said.

They might need a tidal wave of new revenue to pay for all of their policies.

 

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  1. Pantsdownbrown

     /  27th April 2016

    Mr Twyford said these were just some of the solutions Labour believes will help ease the housing shortage in Tauranga and elsewhere.

    Um………..what about starting with Auckland……….maybe their Kiwi Build scheme of 100,000 homes being built for first home buyers is in Te Kuiti because it isn’t going to happen in Auckland.

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  2. jamie

     /  27th April 2016

    Does anyone else think “tidal wave” is not exactly the smartest imagery to attach to a housing policy?

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  27th April 2016

      Just a leetlebit unsuitable, unattractive and unsubtle, maybe 😀

      Where did I see Andrew Little saying that student loans were resulting in generations of poverty ? Name five cases of this, AL, they haven’t been going for generations. I don’t blame the loan-age lot altogether for being as mad as wasps at those of us who went through with 10% of our costs to pay ourselves and student living allowances equivalent to the UB…and when we were of an age to be in power, kicked away the ladder that we’d fought to have (well, thaat part was a bit before my time, but that’s neither here nor there, I benefited from it) with a cry of ‘Tough titty, suckers !’ to the new generation. Laughing ? Me ? What a thought.

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  3. Gezza

     /  27th April 2016

    “Labour are promising a tidal wave of housing reform, but that will be subject to ‘winning’ the next election – being able to form a coalition and getting probably Greens and NZ First to agree to their policies.”

    It’d be a bloodbath wouldn’t it? o_O Can anyone see this happening?

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  4. Brown

     /  27th April 2016

    ”If they make rental investment too unattractive they may have to invest in even more housing.”

    The left are terrifying. The cost and stupidity of mass govt housing will be immaterial to the left and that’s before the houses start to fall to bits after 10 years.

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  27th April 2016

      One would hope that few houses would be so flimsy that they disintegrate after such a short time. Some State Houses were built not far from me, which didn’t please those of us living here already, and they are the sort of little houses that many people who build have-solid and well-made.

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      • jamie

         /  27th April 2016

        Indeed Kitty, many of the state housing projects of the past have added good quality, solid, built-to-last and easy to maintain homes to the housing stock of NZ. In fact I own one myself, built in the 50s and showing no sign of falling to bits.

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  5. Klik Bate

     /  27th April 2016

    Interesting bit of history in regards to ‘State House Style’……lets hope the original firm of ‘Architects’ that Labor engaged are no longer practicing :/

    http://www.nzhistory.net.nz/culture/we-call-it-home/state-house-style

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  6. Blazer

     /  28th April 2016

    Labour are on the right track.Houses are for people,families to live in.Under this administration they have become a speculative commodity for the well heeled, foreign and domestic.

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