Williamson slams Shearer on Affordable Housing

Maurice Williamson absolutely schools Labour and David Shearer on affordable housing:

I have driven past the house he talks about on Preston Road many times…he is dead right..it is a stand out house in a street of mediocrity.

Labour are dreaming if they think they can keep on getting away with lying about the real cost of their affordable housing package.

  • http://voakl.net/ Ben Ross

    Just a note Cam (and others) this comment came up (from a post I did on the reality of CBD Parking) about High Density living that the Centre Left Authoritarians (not the Social Lib’s) would have us upon us:

    “Hi Ben

    Good call on the present problem and what needs to happen to make public transport a preferred option. Have you done any work on the increase of private vehicles that will occur when CBD and surrounds housing density increases? International research indicates that the ratio is a 80% increase in private vehicles for a every 100% increase in density. This does level off as absolute density increases but the point is there will be more vehicles not less. They will travel less kilometres per vehicle, which is made up of less use by the owner, and the fact that when they do move they do so more slowly ie traffic jams.”

    Forget about the public transport bit for the moment – okay? It is the private transport side that is the question and issue. Basically go high density and we jam the roads (until such a time public transport is at critical mass like London and New York – but even then they still have chronic traffic jams with cars) and have the potential to kill off the city.

    So yes while Williamson is spanking Shearer hard – just as a follow on – what I just described seems to be an apparent with private transport when we go dense as well.

    Of course the Stalinists would also coerce us to “abandon” our cars anyway with their high density containment policy.

    • StupidDisqus

      even then they still have chronic traffic jams

      Not London, not any more. When it costs GBP20 – say $50NZ to drive in the city – suddenly all the cars driving around are worth at least $50,000 – it’s the losers & bludgers, the Unionists, the Labour & Green voters who end up taking the train or bus. As they deserve

      Getting losers & bludgers off the roadways seems like common sense to me
      (but then, so do sumptuary laws: I’d just ban car ownership for anyone on benefits including WFF or at state schools).

      • http://voakl.net/ Ben Ross

        The London Congestion Charge. Seems London got it sorted after all. Anyhow I digress and ask what is it with you and State Schools. Bad experience in childhood? I ask as for 13 years I went through the State Education System, then a two year gap-year, then five years at University, always held a job since 16 and now starting my own business (and am a white male to boot), pay my taxes, have private health insurance, own a car, own a house and participate in the civic arena (voting, submissions, lobbying)

        Curious

        • StupidDisqus

          Look at John Key’s policy – hell especailly his housing & DBP policies.

          Just shows you can take the boy out of the DBP state house – but you can’t take the DPB & State House out of the man!

  • Whafe

    A very worthwhile 10 minutes to hear some facts on what has been done, whilst no denying more needs to be done…

    If that doesn’t shut up David me me me Shearer and the pinko’s re housing for 300 K, nothing well.

    Great speech

  • cows4me

    Since when has logic ever worked for the retard left? The left have actually dug their own graves as far as building houses go. They love their laws and regulations with a passion, RMA, resource consents, etc, because it adds so much to the cost and the bureaucrats take their pound of flesh from the poor mugs building the house. The government is in large part responsible for the housing shortage. The government should be there to insure all houses are built to a standard and protect property laws, then get the fuck out of the way.

    • StupidDisqus

      Which is it: They love their laws and regulations with a passion, RMA, resource consents,

      OR:

      The government should be there to insure all houses are built to a standard

      The first one is capitalism. The second is communism. which one do you really pick? — well it’s pointless to ask, because like almost all Kiwis, the answer is “communism”!

      (Apart from assuming you mean “ensure” rather than “insure”)

      • cows4me

        I was thinking more of the leaky homes scenario. I’m for capitalism but whom “ensures ?” the buyer gets what is promised?

        • StupidDisqus

          No-one. That’s the entire point of capitalism.

          Caveat Emptor!

          • cows4me

            But surely the state should still be there to protect property rights and the rule of law?

  • http://twitter.com/kingfisherconex Bruce Gray

    This the first time I have heard Williamson speak & make sense. Lived & voted in Pakuranga for many elections (prior to moving into the City last Year) and never voted for him due to his many tosser dribbles.

  • ConwayCaptain

    The Look on little’s face says it all. A minister speaking sense and saying how it is.

  • ConwayCaptain

    What did Williamson say The house cost 168K and the land infrastructure etc etc cost another 300K.
    As for certifiying a design and that;s it and you can build as many as you like makes a lot of sense.

  • 4077th

    I particularly like 8:53 when he directs a very subtle fuck you to Dick Little. Screen grabbed for your viewing pleasure!

  • cossackstomper

    Affordable Housing needs to be looked at in terms of Second hand housing as well as newly built. I believe we really need to tighten up our laws on overseas foreign investors who dont pay one bit of tax in NZ. Snapping up our redidential housing stock. What is really worrying is we have no stats on what they have already purchased. There are Bus loads of off shore investors being taken round popular suburbs in Auckland who then purchase property and finance it from off shore. I am a National supporter and being from the Industry I am dismayed with what is happening. If National think this going to go away they have rocks in their heads, none of us can go to Japan and buy a house if we dont live there or arent a resident Many other countries in the world are the same. This article in the Herald on the Weekend shows people are waking up to what is going on, and it will become an election issue, and needs to be!

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/residential-property/news/article.cfm?c_id=76&objectid=10861802

    • LabTested

      “none of us can go to Japan and buy a house if we dont live there or arent a resident”

      I’m not sure that you are correct. A few years back I was looking at buying an apartment in Japan (Ski fields / cheap as chips). There was nothing I came across to say this was not possible and indeed there were many examples of non Japanese / non residents who had done so.

      If you mean China, then I have lived there and know Kiwis who own apartments in China

    • Hazards001

      100% correct. Time we made it law as it is in many, in fact I believe most places in the world that you have to be a citizen of the country to own land. Many places you may be able to lease but ownership is a different issue.

      Along with the rampant Chinese immigration that is going on and the underground economy they have bought here in the last 10 years. Why are we selling off our birth right? Reminds me of someone else….Blanket and a musket anyone?

  • Guest

    Tories – Ypu all miss the point. Sheep is planning to build 300K houses in South Island and then will pay for the occupiers to commute to Auckland by flight – think Tories think – jobs for builders and other tradespeople, flights will always be full, more airlines could come up. Who the hell is going to fund it you may ask? Muesli Norman will print as much money as you want guys. Pack your bags boys. Shee is here to stay. A joker called Brian Rudman says this – “Labour’s Cunliffe faction seem so fixated with organising another coup against leader David Shearer, they don’t appear to have noticed that the party’s new housing policy has scored a remarkable victory. It’s so rattled the Prime Minister he’s dumped long-time Housing Minister Phil Heatley.” – Take that Tories.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Accoring to some joker called Brian Rudman – “Labour’s Cunliffe faction seem so fixated with organising another coup against leader David Shearer, they don’t appear to have noticed that the party’s new housing policy has scored a remarkable victory. It’s so rattled the Prime Minister he’s dumped long-time Housing Minister Phil Heatley.” Take that Tories.

  • AnonWgtn

    Nothing on Labour/Greenpeace housing will shut the media up – they are bereft on trying to find something to print.
    They are not interested in developing some simple arithmetic and showing us where and when it can be done.
    Too difficult to turn their brains on.

  • Steve (North Shore)

    I want to know what Uncle Len is doing with all of the Rates collected on the overvalued land, the consent fees, the permit costs etc etc.
    Where is it all going Len?

    • StupidDisqus

      Salary I guess – or various backdoor routes to the Labour party – you know, extra payments to unions than then tithe back to Labour, bonus payments for negotiations etc…

  • Yoni

    Great speech, he forgot to mention removal of depreciation on improvements. Can easily be argued that it slowed capital gain. Labour had nine years and did nothing in this area

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