KiwiBuild not ‘crashing and burning’

There has been a lot of coverage of the failure of KiwiBuild to come close to meeting it’s first milestone target of 1000 houses by the end of June.

Yesterday Phil Twyford conceded that they might manage a paltry 300 –300 KiwiBuilds by July – and many of those have simply been purchased ‘off the plan’ and would have been built by developers anyway.

KiwiBuild is not crashing and burning, because there is bugger all to crash and burn. It’s problem is that it hasn’t even ignited yet.

In opposition Twyford and Labour had claimed there was a housing crisis. The failure of KiwiBuild may be a growing crisis for the Government.

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24 Comments

  1. Blazer

     /  24th January 2019

    ‘in opposition Twyford and Labour had claimed there was a housing crisis.’

    Who is disputing this?

    Mr Bridges concedes there is one.

    National is on record as accelerating the crisis.

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    • “National is on record as accelerating the crisis.”

      If so you should be able to point to details of that record.

      Is the KiwiBuild debacle accelerating the crisis? It is certainly doing little to address it, despite it’s huge budget. And it has diverted from the real problems – a lack of available land for building on, and the cost and long time required to make land available.

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      • Duker

         /  24th January 2019

        Building stuff takes time. Have you ever been involved in new builds at all.

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        • Pink David

           /  24th January 2019

          They are not meeting their own timeline. Perhaps they should have asked how long it takes before the published the program eh?

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    • FarmerPete

       /  24th January 2019

      Actually, so is Clarkes Labour govt.

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      • Gezza

         /  24th January 2019

        He’s only shacked up with Jacinda & bubs. He hasn’t GOT a government. >:D

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  24th January 2019

          If people want to live in Auckland, that’s their choice. Why not buy apartments if they can’t afford houses ?

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  3. Corky

     /  24th January 2019

    After getting Phil to concede yesterday and make a public announcement re KiwiBuild, Mikey is today praising Phil for fronting up and taking his lumps. Worse, Mikey then praises Phil for cutting through Auckland Council consent processes to get things moving. Something Mikey claims National didn’t do.

    Sun,surf and too much wine can skewer a mans priorities.

    Can National make hay on this issue? Not now,they can’t.

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    • Gezza

       /  24th January 2019

      Labour has sent a truck to collect some grist from National & deliver it into storage for the upcoming electoral mill.

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  4. PartisanZ

     /  24th January 2019

    Under National, there ostensibly wasn’t a policy and it didn’t have a name … although backroom deals led to State House sales and the like … and some development continued …

    Under Labour-led it has gotten a name, ‘Kiwibuild’, and a new government department just like ACT were proposing to establish … former State Houses are being bought by the State and they and retained ones demolished … so that some more development can continue …

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    • Duker

       /  24th January 2019

      I knew of a builder before the 2008 election who was doing infill state house builds in Auckland , they generally had 4 bedrooms but not two bathrooms and only a single garage.
      That all stopped when Nats took over

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  24th January 2019

        I should think so. Most houses have three bedrooms. Most of us grew up with one bathroom, I imagine.

        It makes more sense to do more, cheaper houses than fewer expensive ones.

        The demolished houses were demolished to make room for more state houses.

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        • PartisanZ

           /  24th January 2019

          I should think so too Miss Kitty!!!

          Those of us with 300 square metre houses on 400 sq m sections must be unified, and demand that all new State houses (for the seething mass of humanity) must be Tiny Houses … preferably on top of each other several stories high …

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          • Gezza

             /  24th January 2019

            No I don’t think that’s a good idea. National Party people will then start accusing the government of building mini-Trump Towers. 😕

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  25th January 2019

              That is not what I said or meant, PZ. Don’t put words in peoples’ mouths. My house is nothing like 300sm; more like 100sm.

              I am not asking anyone to live in a house that I wouldn’t live in myself. These prefab houses are open plan and well designed to not waste space. It is surely more logical to put up more smaller houses than fewer large ones.

  5. Ray

     /  24th January 2019

    More than a year of this new Government and Phil Twyford have managed to get 33 houses up for sale, meanwhile the real industry have done over 35000 .
    Ok it takes awhile to build up momentum but this really points up the fact that Labour did not expect to be in Government and Twyford just hadn’t done the intellectual work during those
    ” 9 long years” to get this running.

    Personally I think if they really want to fix “the housing crisis ” instead of making houses costing six hundred thousand available to buy, they stick the billions into State houses, as they did in the 1930s and house the underclasses in modern warm affordable houses.

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    • Blazer

       /  24th January 2019

      like the way you think on this one Ray.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  24th January 2019

        Two Huntly firms do a brisk trade in prefab houses that are good enough for anyone to live in, and they are not the only ones. Why these are not used by Kiwi build is a mystery. They (the Huntly ones) are built under cover so the weather doesn’t matter.

        There are, alas, those in the underclass who see no need to look after their state-owned houses.

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        • PartisanZ

           /  24th January 2019

          Seriously Ray & Miss Kitty … “the underclasses” …!!!???

          The opprobrious, detestable, pestiferous proliteriate or precariate mass of humanity …

          You are probably why …

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        • Gezza

           /  24th January 2019

          If you don’t own them, that tends to happen. I didn’t even mow the lawn in one of my flats before I got married. I said I would to get the flat. I meant to. I just was always busy doing other things and the other tenant would do it. He’d glare at me but I’d just wave and close the net curtains.

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    • Gezza

       /  24th January 2019

      Twyford just hadn’t done the intellectual work during those ” 9 long years” to get this running.

      If you’ve observed him as closely as I have (or even just casually) it doesn’t take much to work out why that is. He completely lacks the intellectual equipment for the job. Or possibly any job, really.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  25th January 2019

        PZ, your habit of putting words in people’s mouths is rude and stupid. I was quoting Ray, and neither of us said or implied the things that you insultingly attribute to us.

        You must be aware of the people who more or less wreck their state houses. This isn’t just not mowing lawns, it’s vandalism.

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