Will housing ‘super ministry’ address RMA restrictions?

Phil Twyford is announcing a housing ‘super ministry’ It will only help fix the housing shortage if it finds a way of increasing land supply and significantly reducing section prices.

RNZ: Housing super ministry ‘will help fix crisis’, says Twyford

Housing Minister Phil Twyford will announce the establishment of the Ministry of Housing and Urban Development this morning, which will provide policy advice on affordable housing, homelessness and urban development.

“Having a more focused and capable public service to deliver the [government’s] reform agenda will ultimately allow us to build more houses, better houses, more quickly,” Mr Twyford said.

The new organisation will include functions currently spread between the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE); Ministry of Social Development (MSD) and Treasury.

Mr Twyford said the new ministry would cost about $8 million in the first year, and it be funded from existing operational budgets of the units that shift to the new ministry.

The new ministry will be established on 1 August, and officially start operating on 1 October.

Mr Twyford remains confident the new ministry will help address some of the challenges.

“It’s only a small part of it … (but) it certainly will help us fix the housing crisis,” Mr Twyford said.

An RMA reform super ministry may do more good.

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18 Comments

  1. Grimm

     /  June 8, 2018

    After all these years of being the guy with all the answers, he’s finally seen the truth. He needed a bigger office filled with more patsies.

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    • High Flying Duck

       /  June 8, 2018

      To look everywhere except where the problem lies.

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    • Gezza

       /  June 8, 2018

      I think the problem’s big enuf to warrant its own Ministry Grimm. Time to stop spreading the mess throughout other departments and units and get some sole-focus attention. It will pay to keep an eye on staffing levels and see whether it does just utilise resources currently allocated to other departments. Somehow I doubt that.

      If it becomes a key driver of RMA reform – great. Everyone agrees it’s overdue. RMA reform doesn’t need a separate department. It just needs getting bloody done and over with asap.

      Calling it a “super ministry” is just the typical lazy media hype. It’ll be a small department. MBIE is a “super ministry” – although whether it delivers super results is highly questionnable.

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      • Grimm

         /  June 8, 2018

        Point is, Twyford has been a blowhard for years on how everything is broken, and when he’s in charge it will all get fixed. Now that he is in charge, his best answer is to shuffle the deck chairs.

        If one of the solutions to housing really is a bigger public service, then…genius. But why didn’t someone think of that before now?

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  June 8, 2018

        To a problem which demands reducing costs and removing bureaucracy, Labour applies a “solution” which will increase both.

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      • Gezza

         /  June 8, 2018

        This announcement was item one on 1ewes at 6. Judith was shown getting stuck in, complaining that Twyford should be using the money to build houses in Auckland and saying “This Minister has lost control of his portfolio”.

        Merepeka Ruakawa-Tait featured, saying she agreed with the decision and hoped this would help get more houses built.

        They showed quick responses from a handful of people on the street in Auckland who didn’t seem impressed.

        They also showed a video clip of Phil looking over a house building site. God, talk about looking like a fish out of water. Somehow managed to look like a complete twat who wouldn’t know one end of a chippy’s hammer from the other.

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        • Gezza

           /  June 8, 2018

          Re Judith’s comment — what was National going to spend on housing in Auckland?

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  2. George

     /  June 8, 2018

    I have this bridge I could sell him.
    Very cheap.
    Only used by a little old lady in a Lada on Sundays going to church and returning.
    He -could- make councils reduce their exorbitant fees

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  3. My new house still not approved after 9 weeks at….Wellington City Council. ( House being built in the Auckland jurisdiction, Auckland doesn’t have the ability to process all current permits. )

    After decades of dealing with the Auckland CC I have no confidence that this council jurisdiction can deliver a hotvpie for lunch , let alone facilitate building unprecedented EXTRA housing in conditions that can’t cope with present demands.

    All the will in the world…..?

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    • Blazer

       /  June 8, 2018

      hope you’re not living in a car …mate…getting a bit ‘picadilly’….now. 😉

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    • High Flying Duck

       /  June 8, 2018

      We moved in last September and are still waiting for council CCC sign off. The initial consents also took forever – it was a 2 year process to build.

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  4. adamsmith1922

     /  June 8, 2018

    So the answer to the bureaucratic nightmare is more bureaucracy.

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    • Gezza

       /  June 8, 2018

      At least now we’ll all have a specific department to blame.

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      • Grimm

         /  June 8, 2018

        No, we won’t, because the department has nothing to do with it. It’s not the problem, and it’s not the fix. It’s legislation that’s the problem.

        Does anyone really think that Labour, Greens, NZ First are going to get their heads around the reforms required to the legislation covering land use, building regs and finance? Because those are the three areas effecting house prices.

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        • No, I do not. As I say still waiting on a permit for a house after nine weeks. With the complicated permutations inherent in any development the bureaucratic process is infinitely more complex. As my Dad used to say, anyone can stop anything under these draconian laws, they do and will. Imperatives like allowing Meth using tenants in State Housing and saying they can’t be evicted will just add to community objections.

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    • Corky

       /  June 8, 2018

      Labour can’t help itself…another bureaucratic trough that’ll have little value. I can’t hep but think the perfect storm I envisaged sinking Labour in 2020 may be even larger. Maybe a super perfect storm.

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  5. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 8, 2018

    Talked to our local 4 Sq store owner a few days ago. He has been waiting for a building consent since December. It’s now too late to build during the off season here. Another year wasted while bureaucracy shuffles paper.

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    • Gezza

       /  June 8, 2018

      Isn’t there any more room on your fence for their bloated remains?

      Reply

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