50 houses a week for 4 years? Yeah right

Labour has promised to build 10,000 houses in Christchurch inside 4 years.

Labour leader David Cunliffe has defended his party’s plan to take on Canterbury’s housing crisis, which industry experts say leaves more questions than answers.

David Cunliffe announced yesterday that the party would build 10,000 homes in Canterbury over four years as part of its KiwiBuild policy, which aims to build 100,000 affordable homes over 10 years.

“The time has come for the Government to stop denying there is a housing crisis in Canterbury,” Cunliffe said. “Labour is prepared to take action.”

Yesterday, Cunliffe cited Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment figures that estimated up to 7400 people were living in insecure housing.

He said the party would also investigate the use of appropriate red-zone land and properties as a stop-gap measure for temporary accommodation. 

Just look at the simple math to make that happen.

10,000 homes in 4 years is 2500 home built per year, or 50 homes per week.

Chances of Labour making that happen? Almost nil.

Some questions for media to ask David Cunliffe since he is spending today explaining…

  • Where are the sections?
  • Ever heard of the Resource Management Act?
  • How are you going to bypass that?
  • Where are the consents?
  • Who is going to build them?
  • Immigrant labour?
  • If the private sector is supposed to build them how can the government do anything other than get in the way?

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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