Labour declares “Housing Crisis” for 98% of us


Could Labour have made a bigger mistake?

“Housing pressures have seen house prices rise faster than wages in all but four areas of the country: the Grey District, Masterton, Westland and Wairoa. These four areas make up 1.25 per cent of our population.

“The housing crisis is making life tougher for most New Zealanders. Skyrocketing house prices are locking a generation out of the Kiwi dream of homeownership and pushing rents up so high, families are being forced to live in cars and garages.

“Labour’s interactive housing map – being launched today at – shows anyone how the housing crisis is affecting their neighbourhood. Information includes: rises in house prices, changes in homeownership rates, rent increases and the length of state housing waiting lists.

“The map highlights how dramatically National’s housing crisis is exacerbating inequality. The highest homeownership rate in the country is in Waimakariri at 80 per cent, compared to just 39 per cent in the Waitemata.

Once again, Labour over-egg the pudding. It may have some statistical relevance, but 98%+ of the population don’t see it as a problem. All the home owners for a start. They are just packing on equity under this government.

Steve Joyce is enjoying standing in for the Prime Minister as he points out that using Labour’s claims it means 9 years of Labour must have been a bigger crisis when house prices rose 109% and wages 44%.

The whole proposition is complete bollocks.

Another Labour campaign based on dodgy stats falls down minutes after it is launched.  I wonder when they will stop using that idiot Rob Salmond.

BREAKING:  Excellent!  Labour have announced their own inquiry into homelessness.  This will end up like the manufacturing inquiry.



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