Twyford still stuck in opposition mode

Phil Twyford hasn’t yet worked out that he is now a minister and for some pretty important portfolios.

Yesterday he tweeted this inanity:

He is both Minister of housing and transport. Here he is advocating for forcing people into apartments they don’t want, with no parking for the cars they do want…and tweeting in another Minister.  

If that was bad then look at this press release on housing:

Further increases in the numbers of people waiting for public housing shows the urgent need to increase Housing NZ’s stock, Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford says.

Figures released today for the December 2017 quarter show the total number of people on the public housing waiting list rose 5 per cent to 7,725. The waiting list is now comprised of 6,182 households in need of a state house and a further 1,543 waiting to be transferred. The list increased 8 per cent in the September quarter.

Phil Twyford says this is the sharp end of the housing crisis. “The people on the Ministry of Social Development’s (MSD) housing waiting list are some of the country’s most vulnerable.

“Fixing the housing crisis is a priority for the Labour-led Government. After almost a decade of state houses being sold off and not replaced, increasing Housing NZ’s stock is an important part of the solution.

“We want every New Zealander to have a warm, dry, safe home. No one – especially children – should have to live in a car or a tent.”

In the three months from September to the end of December 2017, MSD spent $576.3 million on housing support; that’s the equivalent of $6.3 million every day. MSD also helped 1673 families into homes over the same period.

There are currently 66,367 public houses. Of those, 61,284 state homes are provided by Housing NZ and 5,083 are provided by Community Housing Providers. In the last quarter, an additional 238 transitional housing places became available, with a total of 1,901 places secured for tenanting.

“Transitional housing provides a much-needed temporary solution for those on the waiting list. New places are being established throughout New Zealand, with MSD looking to purchase or build in Auckland, Whangarei, Hamilton, Tauranga, Rotorua, Napier, Hastings, Palmerston North, Wellington, and Blenheim.

“These increases in housing options are a positive step towards the Government’s commitment to increasing the state housing stock throughout New Zealand. Over time, these places will help take the pressure off the waiting list and reduce the time it takes to place households into a state house,” Mr Twyford says.

Phil, you’re the minister, it is up to you to fix it, after all that’s what you said of previous ministers. But this press release is just sloganeering.

Why? because not a single new house has been built despite his promises, not a single affordable home has even been planned either. This press release is nothing but bumper sticker slogans plastered over virtue signalling.

Why even release it? Where are the solutions? Twyford has been in opposition for years, he should have his plans sitting in his top drawer, but it appears he is still stuck in opposition mode.

Press releases and tweets won’t build houses Phil. You are now more than 2700 houses behind in your house building promises.

 

-Labour party


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He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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