Phil Twyford

Labour’s problem at Question Time is because they are playing the political equivalent of Kiwi Cricket

I was listening to Question Time yesterday while driving and was left with the distinct impression that Labour has no strategy when it comes to Question Time.

Have a look at this question from Stuart Nash to Judith Collins.

Why on earth is Labour targeting Judith Collins? She is just playing with Nash, like a cat plays with a mouse. He knows it, she knows it and the fools in Labour sit there and watch Nashy take one for the team.   Read more »

Labour get’s something right

Well roll me in brown sugar and dunk me in your coffee – Labour have got something right.

They probably read my blog this morning. But all the same – the point they make is the same that I do – a cap on mortgages will have disastrous consequences.

Lending restrictions being considered by the Government could threaten desperately needed new housing developments, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says.
“Debt to income ratios that would limit the amount a home buyer could borrow to 4.5 times their income would undoubtedly drive many people out of the market.

“Everyone knows Auckland has an acute supply shortage with an estimated 40,000 shortfall of homes. The unintended consequence of debt to income ratios could be to jeopardise new developments and make the shortage even worse.    Read more »

Just apologise Labour

Dr Jian Yang, the only Chinese MP in the House giving Labour both barrels over Chinky-gate, and suggesting Andrew Little and Phil Twyford apologise.

He speaks with a heavy accent, but otherwise his English is brilliant, and this was a real slap in the face for Little and Twyford.   Read more »

Will Phil Twyford, Rob Salmond and Andrew Little apologise now

The facts are in and the supposed crisis in Auckland housing caused by people with chinky sounding names is actually non-existent.

Highly-anticipated new Government data shows that three per cent of New Zealand homes were bought by non-resident buyers in the last three months.

That amounted to 1089 homes which were sold to people who were not New Zealand citizens or a holder of a resident, student or work visa between January and March.   Read more »

Coincidence or Dirty Politics from Labour?

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When politicians and those who worked for political parties gave this blog stories and leads for stories, Nicky Hager called it Dirty Politics. A political party giving a right-wing blogger information was dirty he said, and only the National party did it.

When blogger and journalist Cameron Slater from Whaleoil, gave stories and leads to mainstream media journalists and mainstream media journalists reciprocated by giving him leads and stories, Nicky Hager called it Dirty Politics. His analysis was very simple. Anyone daring to give or receive information from a New Media journalist was dirty. Ironically, Nicky Hager claimed this without a trace of embarrassment given the fact that he has based all his investigative articles and books on stolen or leaked information rather than actual investigative research.

Recently I shared an email to me from Phil Twyford and the Labour party where he asked me to take a survey about healthy homes and the housing crisis. Included in the survey were requests for permission to share my story with mainstream media journalists.

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Now in a strange coincidence there is a story in the mainstream media about…

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Labour admit their housing policies will be a huge natural disaster

I’m not sure describing your policies by using descriptors for massive natural disasters is a good idea.

Senior Labour MPs Phil Twyford, David Parker and Nanaia Mahuta were in Tauranga today to discuss the housing crisis.

After hearing comments and questions from the crowd of 70-80 people at the Wesley Centre, Mr Twyford responded by saying Labour was committed to embarking on a massive state-backed housing programme as part of its solution.

Mr Twyford said the market was not delivering enough affordable homes, and under Labour’s Kiwi Build scheme 100,000 homes would be built for first home buyers.

Labour would also crack down on non-resident foreigners buying existing housing stock and also review the Residential Tenancies Act to deliver more security of tenure for tenants, he said.

Mr Twyford said these were just some of the solutions Labour believes will help ease the housing shortage in Tauranga and elsewhere.

Labour was promising to deliver a ” tidal wave” of big housing reforms the country had not seen since [former Labour Prime Minister] Michael Joseph Savage time, he said.

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Twyford and Labour have gone full retard again; never go full retard

The government should follow Australia’s lead and stop foreign investors buying existing houses, Labour says.

Housing spokesman Phil Twyford says Australia requires foreign property investors to build new houses.

“It’s channelled $30 billion into new home construction in the past year,” he said on Tuesday.

Mr Twyford thinks that would be more effective than “some complicated land tax idea” that Prime Minister John Key has floated.

Mr Key on Saturday said a land tax on residential property bought by foreigners may be considered, but he didn’t think it was necessary at the moment.

Opposition parties have been calling for action to curb foreign speculators who are cashing in on Auckland’s overheated housing market.

They believe they’re adding to the pressure that’s forcing prices up, but until now the government has said their impact is insignificant.

So let’s think this through.   Read more »

Show me the homeless people Phil!

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It is a question I’ve had for some time.

If we have an Auckland housing shortage, should we not have about 100,000 homeless by now?

And since we don’t, where is this “housing shortage”?   Read more »

Twyford admits to “Chinkygate” – trying to rebuild

Twyford speaks to Richard Harman of Politik

And, of course, Mr Twyford, made a controversial entry into the debate on foreign buyers last July with his release of statistics based on Chinese sounding names of house buyers in Auckland.

Now, over six months later he is prepared to concede that it was “a less than masterful piece of political communication” and he is careful to emphasise that he is talking about non-resident foreigners.

And that was the point of it though he says that offshore money probably accounts for 5 – 10% of the housing market.

However even that amount, he argues, has an impact at the margins of what is a market facing very tight supply constraints.

Labour plans to address those supply constraints with its Kiwibuild policy which would see 10,000 modest, “entry level” homes built every year for 10 years by Housing New Zealand onsold to private buyers.

That too poses its own challenges and Twyford concedes that the Resource Management Act is going to have to change to make it easier to build homes both within and without Auckland. Read more »

Phil “Chinky” Twyford facing a backlash in his own electorate

Labour’s racist lash-out against Asians (and more or less just Asians) being responsible for Tane and Tania no longer being able to afford anything will have its predictable fall-out:  Twyford’s own future is looking shaky.

A former Labour member plans to run a candidate in Te Atatu in protest at Phil Twyford’s use of Chinese-sounding names to analyse Auckland property purchases.

Former Labour staffer and political commentator Phil Quin, who resigned as a Labour member over the data analysis which he called racial profiling, said he hoped the candidate would win enough votes in 2017 to oust Mr Twyford from the seat. Mr Quin told the Herald he was searching for a candidate who could run as an alternative for Labour voters who had been made uncomfortable by Mr Twyford’s use of the housing data.

“I don’t expect such a campaign to win more than a couple of thousand votes – not nearly enough to win, but enough to force Twyford to rely on his high list ranking.”

Going in as the underdog is always a good start.  Especially with Quin, the queer, alcoholic, depressed loose cannon of the lefty liberals.  But, with that out there, a credible and hard-working sort of man who is going to have a lot of appeal to voters in West Auckland.  He’s real instead of a Labour muppet. Read more »