Winston goes all Green and wants to ban something

Winston Peters hates the Greens but he doesn’t seem to worry about using their ban hammer at times.

Winston Peters has come up with a radical solution to Auckland’s housing crisis – force speculators to develop their land.

As the government and Labour find common ground to tackle the shortage, the NZ First leader says they’ve lost the plot.

“Instead of addressing the real issues of artificial demand and speculative land banking, they want to create an ugly, urban sprawl with no supporting bus and rail links or other critical infrastructure,” he said on Thursday.  

“New Zealand First would legislate to outlaw land banking just as Hong Kong does, where no one can sit on land for more than two years without developing it – if they don’t develop they are penalised.”

I guess Winston has joined the bandwagon of politicians attacking the useless Auckland Council and their stupid intensification policies.

I’m not sure his ban would work though. It would be easily got around.

The easiest way to prevent land banking is to remove the incentive that the Rural Urban boundary provides to land bank but axing the RUB.


– NZ Newswire

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