Phil Twyford

Will Twyford complain about Auckland housing when Phil is in charge?

Simon Collins runs a hit piece on housing for Phil Twyford, but Twyford has no answers.

The evidence continues to build showing the intransigence of Auckland Council.

New homes and sections created under the Auckland Housing Accord have dropped below target as the building industry struggles to find extra labour, materials and equipment.

The latest quarterly report shows that 30,389 new homes have been consented or sections created since the accord between Auckland Council and the Government took effect in October 2013.

That’s 78 per cent of the target of 39,000 new homes and sections due by the end of the three-year accord on September 30.

Only 6605 new homes and sections were consented in the six months to March, just 39 per cent of the target of 17,000 for the full final year of the accord to September.

There is always a seasonal lull during the summer holidays, especially for new sections.

But 5674 new dwelling and sections were consented in the same six months last summer, or 44 per cent of the 13,000 target for the year to last September.

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Andrew Little’s stupidity in parliament

Andrew Little is a complete fool.

You might say that is harsh but, following on from getting himself sued for basically calling a couple corrupt, he went to the House where he thought he would play Mr Clever and ended up walking away looking more like Mr Retard.

On a day when he could have lined up all his questions to prosecute Paula Bennett, who is the most vulnerable minister right now, he sent in Phil Twyford to ask dopey questions and Carmel Sepuloni to ask even dopier ones unrelated to Paula Bennett, and Stuart Nash to ask questions of Judith Collins completely unrelated to Paula Bennett.

Then he put himself down to ask questions of John Key…which is really dopey…because he isn’t going to get Paula Bennett by asking dopey questions of John Key.

It was a set of questions that ended with this one:

Andrew Little: Does anyone in his Government take responsibility for anything anymore, or is it just an endless exercise in passing the buck?  Read more »

Could Jacinda and Twyford save Labour

With less than 1500 members Labour is trouble. Unlike the equally parlous labour movement there aren’t a lot of parties with which they can merge and others on the left would really rather Labour died so they can get on with leading the socialist rebellion.

Duncan Garner wonders whether Phil Twyford and Jacinda Ardern can save Labour.

Would Jacinda Ardern and Phil Twyford be a better leadership team? Both are from Auckland. Both have performed well this year. Both know the issues. But sources tell me this won’t happen.

The caucus is resigned to heading into the election with Little at the helm. There is a growing acceptance within that Little won’t lead them to victory.

My sources also tell me Little has failed to raise any money and that’s crucial. Also, who can even tell what Labour really stands for any more.

Not just Andrew Little, but also Nigel Haworth, who told the recent regional conference in Whanganui that he hadn’t raised a single cent. Labour supporters should be asking both Little and Haworth about fundraising, especially after their promises of a year ago.   Read more »

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 »