Government fiddling while house-buyers burn
Before the last election, National were going to “take aim” at house prices. They spent $10,000 on an overseas study on ways to “solve the problem.” National's housing spokesman, Phil Heatley, “went to the United States and UK to study ways of resolving the predicament of steeply rising house prices blocking many people from owning a home.” Heatley identified “tight land supply” as “one of the factors which had driven up prices,” and said he “favours re-zoning more rural land for urban development.” All good stuff.
But this was before the last election.
Since then? Nothing.
Since then, we’ve had a Prime Minister confiding he’s quite happy about house prices becoming rapidly less affordable, because the price inflation problem (which he can control) will “fix” the leaky house problem (which he can’t).
Since then, we’ve had everyone from Canterbury to South Auckland still struggling to find serviced land on which to build a new house—and with tight land supply and rapidly increasing levies, charges and “contributions” forced on them by council, land developers have been unable to provide it.
Since then, we’ve discovered the National Government is a pack of lying hypocrites taking voters for fools, and Phil Heatley is a blubbing woosie limpdick more interested in the baubles of office than battling for would-be new home-owners.
Since then, even Phil Goff has conceded that the single biggest cause of the affordable-housing problem is tight land supply (conceded reluctantly, under pressure, under questioning form a journalist who obviously gets it, bit concede it he did)—and relieving this supply stoppage is the best way to get earthquake-ravaged Cantabrians into new affordable homes.
And meanwhile, we have a Prime Minister who can offer only weasel words on Christchurch housing and land supply.
What a cock. What an absolute weasel.
[Hat tip Hugh Pavletich]