Greens announce policy: 450 new state houses, which is less than the Government will build

The Greens are political charlatans. They rock up to a press conference with an obligatory sad face to parade and then jump on the manufactured crisis in housing to announce that they will build 450 new houses…which is less than the government will do.

Moving people living in their cars and on the streets into homes is the centre of a new Green Party policy targeting state houses.

Co-leader Metiria Turei launched the policy in Auckland this morning, which would see 450 new state homes built, but the Government says existing work will build more than that.

Under the Homes Not Cars plan, Housing New Zealand would keep its dividend and have its tax refunded — money which would otherwise go back to the Government — freeing up $207 million in the next financial year for house building.

Ms Turei says it is an urgent response a “housing emergency” the Government lacks the political will to fix.

“This plan isn’t the silver bullet for our housing emergency, it’s just the start, but the bottom line is we need the Government to build more state houses, not sell them off, or pretend the problem doesn’t exist,” she says.

“It’s shameful that in a wealthy country like New Zealand we have so many people sleeping in cars, in garages and on the streets.”

They won’t build 450 homes inside 3 years…so this is just grandstanding and parading a sick child and desperate mother for political purposes.

Housing New Zealand Minister Bill English and Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett say the Government’s existing work will build more houses than the Greens’ “rushed” policy.

Mr English says Housing New Zealand has 924 homes contracted or under construction, including 589 properties in Auckland expected this year. Another 55 are under negotiation.

The corporation has also identified the possibility for building another1319 nationwide, and its programme to rebuild 700 quake-hit state houses in Canterbury is almost done.

Mr English says the Government is in the same boat as any other developer — they “can only go as fast as the current local planning rules allow”.

The ministers say the Greens’ plan doesn’t add up.

“The Greens’ policy is a slogan, not a plan,” Ms Bennett says.

“We’re already building more than they propose, and they haven’t put aside funding to actually put people in those houses.

“The Greens oppose Housing New Zealand moving tenants out of old homes to put more properties on large, underused sections. Without using existing land, it’s not clear how they would build properties in Auckland within their budgeted figure, when it costs Housing New Zealand significantly more.”

So the Greens launch a policy that will build half the homes that the government is already building. Paula Bennett is right, its a slogan not a policy. She also raises the point about moving tenants into housing that suits their needs not their wants. The Greens are always opposing moving a granny out of a four bedroom house on the basis that it has been “her” home for 30 years and despite the fact the kids have all grown up and left. They have also opposed redevelopment in places like Glen Innes.

The recent developments of pimping sick, poor and unfortunate people to lay a guilt trip on government is a strategy that is ultimately doomed. When it is finally their turn in government they will suffer the same tactics…then we will see what they really would do.


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