Twyford is right: Nick Smith is dreamin’. But then he loses all sense of reality

Nick Smith has confirmed National has no plan to build 69,000 houses in Auckland, says Labour Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.

In Question Time today, Nick Smith admitted that the 69,000 figure is only the theoretical number of houses that could be built to replace 27,000 existing state houses over the next 30-50 years. There is no plan to actually build these houses, let alone to ensure they are affordable for first homebuyers or kept as state houses.

“Bill English is buckling under the pressure. He’s got no answers on the housing crisis and is making up policy on the fly. Nick Smith has now admitted the government has no plans to build 69,000 houses.

“This isn’t leadership; it’s desperation from a Prime Minister who just wishes the housing crisis would go away but won’t do anything about it.

“At the same time, Nick Smith is trying to claim the housing shortage is ‘only’ 10,000-20,000 houses but he can’t back that number up in any way. The Government’s own documents say the shortage in Auckland is 30,000-35,000 and the nationwide shortage is 60,000.

“Bill English and Nick Smith are in cloud cuckoo-land when New Zealand urgently needs is practical solutions to the housing crisis.

So far, so good.  It is clear that National have no real grasp on the housing crisis.  All that Paula Bennett did before she was “promoted” was announce a few dozen here, a few hundred there, and none would come to market before 2018.  Many not until 2020.

So even though Twyford is a prat, National make his job too easy.

He should have stopped there, and it would have been a good hit.   But no… Twyford is an idiot.

“Labour will build 100,000 affordable homes for first home buyers; we’ll stop the state house sell-off and build thousands more state houses; and we’ll lock out the foreign speculators who use our houses as gambling chips,” says Phil Twyford.

So what National announce isn’t doable, but Labour will somehow manage to create 100,000 houses out of thin air.  And they will be affordable.  And they will be for first-home buyers only.


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