Twyford admits to “Chinkygate” – trying to rebuild

Twyford speaks to Richard Harman of Politik

And, of course, Mr Twyford, made a controversial entry into the debate on foreign buyers last July with his release of statistics based on Chinese sounding names of house buyers in Auckland.

Now, over six months later he is prepared to concede that it was ?a less than masterful piece of political communication? and he is careful to emphasise that he is talking about non-resident foreigners.

And that was the point of it though he says that offshore money probably accounts for 5 ? 10% of the housing market.

However even that amount, he argues, has an impact at the margins of what is a market facing very tight supply constraints.

Labour plans to address those supply constraints with its Kiwibuild policy which would see 10,000 modest, ?entry level? homes built every year for 10 years by Housing New Zealand onsold to private buyers.

That too poses its own challenges and Twyford concedes that the Resource Management Act is going to have to change to make it easier to build homes both within and without Auckland. Read more »

After insulting their public transport Andrew Little tells the Chinese all about his anti-chinks housing policy

Andrew Little is showing us daily what a complete tool he is.

Last week he suggested we sell beef to Hindus in India, and try for a FTA with a country we already have one with. Two days ago?he complained about Beijing traffic and suggested that they needed a rail loop despite Beijing have 18 lines of quality metropolitan rail services.

And yesterday on The Nation he explained to China’s vice-president all about Labour’s racist anti-chink housing policy.

I just want to ask what did you talk about in this meeting with the vice president?

Well, it was quite an extended meeting. It went way over time, but we talked about the importance of the relationship between the two countries, talked about the relationship between the Labour Party and the Communist Party, talked about the free-trade agreement because we’ve got the upgrade being talked about there at the moment. We talked about a couple of sensitive issues. I raised the issue about land sales, both house sales and farm sales and how New Zealanders are feeling increasingly sensitive about that, and also the issue about human rights, and I raised that with Vice President Li in the same way that I raised it with President Xi Jinping at the end of last year in New Zealand and just say that New Zealand’s expectation of countries they are getting closer to is that we see that their people are treated fairly and properly and good judicial systems. And I made a comment about it was interesting seeing a human rights award being given to Robert Mugabe, because most New Zealanders would not see Robert Mugabe as a champion of human rights but quite the opposite. But it was a good discussion, very warm and friendly, and I was very pleased to have the time I had with Vice President Li.

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A Young Nat explains what Labour’s racism means to her

Melissa Hu is a Kiwi, born and bred, but using Labour’s new racial identification algorithms and because of her chinky sounding name she has been labelled as a potential cause of problems in the New Zealand economy.

She explains the impact on her:

I?m not sure if you saw Andrew Little, Phil Twyford and the New Zealand Labour Party hit a disappointing and desperate new low yesterday.

They blamed the challenge of housing affordability on whether your name sounds Chinese or not.?

I was born here, I study here, I work here and I?m a New Zealand citizen but because my last name sounds Chinese I?m apparently a big part of the housing affordability problem ? (I?m actually of Mongolian descent but would Labour care about that?)

Labour chose to make racially inflammatory comments based on half-baked data from an anonymous real estate agent in Auckland. They chose to say that there are too many Chinese buyers in the Auckland housing market based on whether your last name was Wang, Lee ? or even like mine. ? Read more »