David Shearer is burning down Labour’s housing policy

Labour’s wonky housing policy is already in tatters with David Shearer admitting that it is disingenuous to refer to it affordable housing when the reality is it should be affordable flats…and even then they aren’t that affordable.

Labour leader David Shearer has conceded his party’s affordable housing policy will only be able to deliver small apartments or terraced housing in Auckland for the $300,000 price tag – while standalone family homes are more likely to cost up to $550,000.

Labour’s policy to deliver 100,000 affordable homes over 10 years was the centrepiece of Mr Shearer’s State of the Nation address yesterday, aimed at setting out his new “hands-on” approach and priorities for the year.

When he announced the KiwiBuild policy last year, Mr Shearer said the aim was to put “Kiwi families” into their first homes at a cost of less than $300,000. Labour has repeatedly defended that figure despite National’s attempts to say it was dishonest because it promised the impossible.

The basic rule in politics with policy is under-promise and over deliver…it seems that David Shearer has taken the opposite approach, he has over promised, got loads of headlines and now the reality is slowly and painfully undoing his flagship policy.

Shearer says the “the aim was to put “Kiwi families” into their first homes at a cost of less than $300,000″. If that is the case he needs a better scope as he is missing the target by over $250,000.

  • LesleyNZ

    And NZ Herald needs to redo its DigiPoll survey – this time providing the correct information and figures and telling those surveyed about Shearer’s concession that Labour’s policy was in fact incorrect. “The policy has proved popular – in a recent Herald-DigiPoll survey there was more than 70 per cent support for it”.

  • http://avoicetoday.wordpress.com/ A Voice Today

    Vindication for National Party who said that the figure was a farce….the scary thought is that a lot o the public were gullible and believed it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/brendan.waugh.7 Brendan Waugh

    I went fishing and caught a fish. It was this…… big, no wait it was only this big, opps no only this big. But it was big, honest. Sorry about that.

    Good policy requires good detail.

    That said I quite like apartment living no lawn to mow, but many others will not. I can hear the moaning right now.

    • Patrick

      I painted the painting being auctioned for charity……..oh what I really mean is someone else painted it & I signed my name so everyone would think I painted it. But it is not dishonest? It is not deceiving anyone because I am Helen Clarke.

      Seems the lefties have a habit of lying to get what they want.

  • http://twitter.com/Michael_Ellis72 Michael Ellis

    As soon as I read the policy I knew it was going to be crappy apartments or Otara for $300k. Now Shearer has fumbled a key plank by admitting he can’t deliver affordable houding, is his leadership finally dead?

  • backster

    How come the Labour Party Spokesman on Housing Annette (usuallya loudmouth) hasn’t enlarged on how she will implement the policy.

  • steve and monique

    Guess they might need to rethink that policy. Guess Labours other policies need to be looked at now, considering their maths is in question. Still can hear John Keys call “show me the money”.

  • Guest

    I think the right wing is trying to sully a great policy thought out by a great leader. It is not the numbers that matter. It is the idea, it is the empathy that matters. Get off Sheep’s back you nasty Tories. Give thus great man a break.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    I think the right wing is trying to sully a great policy thought out by a
    great leader. It is not the numbers that matter. It is the idea, it is
    the empathy that matters. Get off Sheep’s back you nasty Tories. Give
    this great man a break.

    • Steve R

      “It is not the numbers that matter. It is the idea” pretty much sums it up

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  • JeffDaRef

    Where is the journo with the nuts to ask Shearer – so if you consider $550k affordable, what exactly is the problem? – because theres plenty of $550k houses out there, just not in Mt Albert, Herne Bay or wherever else the whinging Labour activists want to live!

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