Hard out on housing hand ups

The Government went hard out yesterday promoting it’s $1 billion housing infrastructure fund. Housing has been one of National’s weaknesses heading into the election.

$1b infrastructure fund accelerates housing supply

The allocation of the $1 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund today is another milestone in the Government’s plan to increase housing supply for a growing New Zealand, Prime Minister Bill English says.

“The infrastructure projects announced today will speed up the delivery of 60,000 houses across our fastest growing population centres over the next ten years,” Mr English says.

“This is another major step forward in our plan to permanently lift the capacity of the construction sector to support a more confident, expanding New Zealand.”

The funding will be allocated across nine projects in five different council areas, Auckland, Hamilton, Waikato, Tauranga and Queenstown.

“I want to congratulate the Councils in these areas for their positive engagement with the fund and the quality of the infrastructure projects they have proposed,” Mr English says.

“These projects will make their contribution to lifting housing supply alongside the Government’s own Crown Building Project, the Special Housing Areas, our planning changes, and the already record levels of new home construction taking place across New Zealand.”

The successful proposals are in critical high growth areas including:

  • Auckland Council – $300 million – 10,500 houses

 Greenfield development (North-west) at Whenuapai and Redhills.

  • Hamilton City Council – $272 million – 8,100 houses

Greenfield development (Peacockes) on southern edge of Hamilton.

  • Waikato District Council – $37 million – 2,600 houses

Te Kauwhata (new development on the shore of Lake Waikare).

  • Tauranga City Council – $230 million – 35,000 houses

Greenfield development at Te Tumu (eastern end of Papamoa) as well as a capacity upgrade to the Te Maunga Wastewater Treatment Plant and a new (Waiari) water treatment plant (at Te Puke).

  •  Queenstown Lakes District Council – $50 million – 3,200 houses

Two new greenfield sites (Quail Rise South and Ladies Mile) on the Frankton Flats and an extension of the Kingston township.

They kept the PR flowing through yesterday:


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  1. Corky

     /  12th July 2017

    Marvellous stuff from National. They rained on Andy’s parade. Interesting to note Labours family package didn’t make the lead story on One News. The reason for that is most punters only heard the phrase ‘ no tax cuts.’ While that’s a prudent move from Andy, in fact the correct counter- intuitive thing to do, the fact remains PM Billy English has already given the toddlers a lollie pops….and you know what happens when you try to a part kids from their candy.

    • Sign of the ” oncerned” governance meme. Nats being seen at E vehicle charging station! #bluegreen

      • Corky

         /  12th July 2017

        The future is Blue Sky….clean and efficient…but you can still have your luxuries like a Beamer.

  2. Concerned

    • Corky

       /  12th July 2017

      I get the first link, but not the second. Is there a relevance?

      • sorethumb

         /  12th July 2017

        Devoy’s job is to suppress the majority ethnic population while they are being placed in a minority position. National know this and National’s backer benefit from it.
        The Social Psychology of Social (Dis)harmony: Implications for Political Leaders and
        Public Policy
        Luisa Batalha, Katherine J. Reynolds & Emina Subasic
        Australian National University

        This work thus suggests that for multiculturalism to succeed identities need to be transformed. And, importantly, as Kymlicka suggests, this transformation applies not only to the minority but also to the majority. Indeed, perhaps the major identity transformation is required from members of the majority as their attributes are, as a rule, the same as the ones that define the national identity. Minorities need to be written into the self-definition of the national identity such as to imbue them with existential legitimacy as citizens in parity with the majority.
        In a multiethnic/multicultural society, the shift from an exclusive to an inclusive definition of the national prototype requires the emergence of new and consistent discourses about who ‘we’ are (see Kymlicka, 1995). Discourses that do not appeal to ethnic heritage and traditions but to civic values. It is in this context that the role of political leadership comes into place in changing the discourse and creating a consensual view of the national prototype such that it becomes shared by the members of a polity (see Uberoi & Modood, 2013). Moreover, there needs to be an institutionalisation of the public discourse* as in line with terms outlined by Parekh (2006).

        *political correctness

  3. Corky

     /  12th July 2017

    ‘Devoy’s job is to suppress the majority ethnic population while they are being placed in a minority position.’

    Got ya. You had me lost for a minute. So once the majority become the minority, the former minority will become the majority and get first options on funding and new homes. Cunning.

    And here’s National being accused of being for rich pricks. They are closet Lefties….lol.

    • sorethumb

       /  12th July 2017

      What I am saying is that there is strong lobbying for migration and Devoy for her part assists with that. Devoy is just a highly paid Judas who has to follow a script from hard left globalists in HRC. National go along with it as it greases the path for businesses which benefit directly and indirectly from immigration.
      Pull that theory apart if you wish.
      There is a degree of what I would call plotting and social engineering and much state resources funding NGO’s , academics, RNZ, TVNZ.The UN have an active role.
      A lot of people on the right are pro globalisation (eg John Key). The more economically confident and capable you are, the more likely you are to favour globalisation.
      There is also a divide in society where people with higher education look down on *them* -othering. Being pro-immigration is a marker of ones status .

    • sorethumb

       /  12th July 2017

      Actually the theory behind multiculturalism is that no group should be dominant. What’s more thinking that we might have ethnic stratification is “raaciiiist!”. That’s why the left jumped up and down when a real estate agent revealed that people with Tongan sounding names were buying up houses out of all proportion to their numbers”

  4. PDB

     /  12th July 2017

    To be fair it’s difficult for Labour/Greens as they can’t actually tell us their big plan to provide extra housing when it involves becoming the govt and scaring residents, migrants and ex-pats back out of the country in droves whilst collapsing the economy.

  5. Does this now mean we will be bringing in even more immigrants to build houses, schools and hospitals for wait for it ….more immigrants, just like it has been in Switzerland for the last few decades, and until we POP! I,m turning more and more to TOP

    • sorethumb

       /  12th July 2017

      Me Too. TOPS is not ideologically driven nor does it pander to vested interests (like National Real estate).


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