Monday, 23 April 2018

3 questions for Labour's housing minister


In August 2017 Labour's Phil Twyford and his boss Jacinda Ardern told an electorate "fired up about housing issues" they would "remove barriers that are stopping Auckland growing up and out."
Labour [said Labour] will remove the Auckland urban growth boundary and free up density controls. This will give Auckland more options to grow, as well as stopping landbankers profiteering and holding up development. New developments, both in Auckland and the rest of New Zealand, will be funded through innovative infrastructure bonds [said Labour]. … 
Eight months on there has been no action on either of these very important fronts. There is apparently, no urgency now their feet are under the Treasury benches.

Instead, the only action at all on the housing front has been  a xenophobic and ultimately destructive anti-immigrant ban on buying existing or funding new housing. Which was announced with an unseemly degree of urgency.

You can ask yourself what that says about this Labour-led Government's values. ("On this one," says one commentator who has answered the question for himself, "they have out-xenophobed Trump by miles.")

So there are three quetions that need to be answered urgently by this un-housing minister:

Q1. When are the Auckland Urban Limits being abolished ? 
Q2. When is bond financing for infrastructure to be introduced nationally ?
Q3: When will you remove your xenophobic and patently destructive anti-foreigner housing policy.
I think we should be told. Urgently.

[Hat tip Hugh Pavletich]
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