Affordable Flats

The Huddle


I was on The Huddle with Larry Williams and Josie Pagani last night

Our topic was:

  • David Shearer gets real about what 300 thousand can buy in terms of a house in Auckland. Josie and I get stroppy. Listen after the break.

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100,000 homes…nah just joking

After David Shearer’s confession that Labour’s affordable housing flats promise is dishonest, this clip from last week’s interview with Grant Robertson on Newstalk ZB becomes more relevant.

David Shearer is burning down Labour’s housing policy

Labour’s wonky housing policy is already in tatters with David Shearer admitting that it is disingenuous to refer to it affordable housing when the reality is it should be affordable flats…and even then they aren’t that affordable.

Labour leader David Shearer has conceded his party’s affordable housing policy will only be able to deliver small apartments or terraced housing in Auckland for the $300,000 price tag – while standalone family homes are more likely to cost up to $550,000.

Labour’s policy to deliver 100,000 affordable homes over 10 years was the centrepiece of Mr Shearer’s State of the Nation address yesterday, aimed at setting out his new “hands-on” approach and priorities for the year.

When he announced the KiwiBuild policy last year, Mr Shearer said the aim was to put “Kiwi families” into their first homes at a cost of less than $300,000. Labour has repeatedly defended that figure despite National’s attempts to say it was dishonest because it promised the impossible.

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