The Nation: Twyford on housing

This morning on The Nation:

talks to about National’s plan to build houses in Auckland… is it enough?

I hope he is asked what land Labour plans to build their 50,000 houses on.

Twyford says if home buyers need a govt subsidy to buy a $650,000 house it’s not affordable.

Going about ‘affordable’ new houses. Most first home buyers don’t buy new houses, they start with older cheaper houses.

Twyford says Labour will build large developments around the railway line – he says Akl Council has identified good sites.

Twyford says a Labour govt will buy private land if necessary to build houses on.

Pushed on what land they will use Twyford evades and avoids and says they will work with the council and Maori. So no specific land yet.

Twyford says Labour will bring in highly skilled electricians, carpenters and plumbers to build Kiwibuild houses if they have to.

There is already a building labour shortage. If Labour’s houses are additional to the building al.ready under way and under pressure they will need to hugely increase the workforce.

The Nation: Interview: Phil Twyford



  1. PDB

     /  May 20, 2017

    “Twyford says Labour will build large developments around the railway line’

    Labour’s cunning plan is obviously to build houses ON the railway line, with tunnels through them to allow trains to continue working.

    Seriously though, the MSM have been negligent in not pushing Labour for details on their housing policy as it doesn’t stack up unless they are going to force people to sell private land & just neglect to mention this publically.

    • Blazer

       /  May 20, 2017

      lets look at Keys cunning 4 point plan announced in 2007….!!!what only TEN YEARS ago?Anything would be better than…that.

  2. alloytoo

     /  May 20, 2017

    And who exactly is going to build these houses once Little tackles immigration?

    • PDB

       /  May 20, 2017

      Didn’t you hear? Building only ramps up after 4 years once they have trained all the people on the unemployment benefit to become qualified trades people……….

  3. Alan Wilkinson

     /  May 20, 2017

    The telling condemnation of all the increased Building Act costs and nitpicking requirements is that the new houses it produces are not valued more highly than the old houses that were produced without them. It has simply raised the prices of all houses – old and new.

    Disaster bureaucracy in action.