Phone for you Phil, it’s a guy called Darryl from Melbourne

Phil Twyford reckon the first Kiwibuild home, one of 100,000 Labour is supposedly going to build, will be ready for someone to move into by the middle of next year.

Housing Minister Phil Twyford hopes to put the key in the door of a brand new KiwiBuild home in the middle of next year.

Twyford announced on Tuesday the establishment of a new KiwiBuild unit within the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

The flagship KiwiBuild policy is a promise to build 100,000 affordable homes within 10 years, half of them in Auckland.

“Affordable” is classified as under $600,000 for freestanding homes in Auckland and under $500,000 for homes outside of Auckland and for townhouses in Auckland.

The MBIE unit will be tasked with building KiwiBuild home, purchasing KiwiBuild homes off the plans in private developments, attempting to fix workforce constraints, and coordination major greenfield and urban regeneration projects.

See the big lie there…”purchasing KiwiBuild homes off the plans in private developments”, Those aren’t Kiwibuild homes, they are private construction.

But, he is only hoping that the first ever Kiwibuild home will be built by that time. He’s dreaming.

Twyford told media he was hoping to get KiwiBuild builds going next year – and with luck some finished by mid-year.

Labour has previously indicated that KiwiBuild will ramp up to 16,000 homes within their first term before building over 10,000 a year in order to reach 100,000 in a decade.

They are already 1500 houses behind in meeting their targets. By the time the door opens on the first home they will be even more behind.

“In the first half of next year we’ll have a number of sites where the first KiwiBuild homes will be built,” Twyford said.

“I would hope we would be turning the key in the front door of KiwiBuild homes some time in the middle of next year, but that will be a real stretch.

So, it is just wishful thinking.


Phil Twyford needs to take some advice from well known housing expert, Darryl Kerrigan of Melbourne.



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