Q+A – Adams v Twford on housing


Housing is a major issue for this election. Q+A has another debate between Amy Adams and Phil Twyford.


This rehashed the same old housing issues and I doubt whether it changed much in the debate.

Adams tried to emphasise things that are being done by the Government to alleviate a serious housing issue, and tried to divert from the problems that National were too slow to react to.

Twyford repeated his usual one lines, a number of which are blatantly misleading, and lacked in details about how Labour would deal with it. He said the problem was ‘simple’, which is nonsense.


  1. Blazer

     /  August 27, 2017

    Adams must be a sucker for…punishment.The Natz are trying to reignite the boom.

  2. Patzcuaro

     /  August 27, 2017

    Here is a question, was it possible say, prior to 2000 for two teachers to be able to buy a house in Auckland and bring up a family? Same question for a policeman married to a nurse? I’m giving examples of people we essential employ as taxpayers.

    Has this changed since 2000? Basically looking at a young couple starting out in life but employed by the government as a teacher, nurse or policeman. These job all provide essential services for the rest of us.

    • PDB

       /  August 27, 2017

      Before the sharp house price increase starting in 2002 housing was affordable in Auckland, even in the more popular areas.

    • David

       /  August 27, 2017

      “Same question for a policeman married to a nurse? ”

      The combined salary for a policeman and nurse would be around $120-130k. That’s enough for a house in Auckland.

      • Gezza

         /  August 27, 2017

        Just enough for a dog house in some of the *better* neighbourhoods away from the riff-raff, I would’ve thort? Probably not away from the immigrants tho? They probly own half the street? 😳

        • David

           /  August 27, 2017

          Of course, everyone on average wages should be able to afford a nice house in a nice neighborhood in a large city with high demand and restricted supply, first time out of the blocks.

          I’d love to see the maths on how you achieve that.