Another Nick Smith fail in Auckland

Written By: - Date published: 2:53 pm, April 13th, 2016 - 7 comments
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Hot on the heels of the Gerry Brownlee fail in Christchurch, your government brings you another Nick Smith fail in Auckland – Housing Minister Nick Smith falls short on Crown land promise

Housing Minister Nick Smith has so far only managed to secure 25ha of spare Crown land for housing in Auckland after promising to deliver 500ha in last year’s Budget.

The plan to find pockets of publicly owned land to turn into housing in Auckland was a key plank in National’s Budget last year which Dr Smith said could result in thousands more houses. Dr Smith later took media on a tour of Auckland to inspect some of the sites. However, he revealed on One News that only 25ha had since been secured for housing and the $54 million budget for the project had been exhausted.

However, he had not given up and was still confident he could get to 500ha in the long term

Having exhausted his budget, does Nick reckon he is going to round up the remaining 475ha of Auckland land for free?

Muppets.

7 comments on “Another Nick Smith fail in Auckland”

  1. TC 1

    Just chuck it on the growing pile of broken election promises along with no more asset sales etc etc

  2. saveNZ 2

    Where are the affordable house built, Nick Smith?

    Give us numbers and what they are selling for.

    Where is the transport to and from these houses.

  3. Keith 3

    National do not want to fix this problem. Their efforts through the thoroughly unconvincing Nick Smith is to make it look like they are doing something when they’re not. Hence the failure of their fiddling about regulations on the housing market, merely to give an impression they cared but no intention of doing anything meaningful.

    If they can release tiny packages of land or displace state tenants to sell that land or home then that will never threaten the status quo and in theory, in the short term and the housing bubble will keep inflating and National give off the appearance of enriching the nation. All bullocks of course.

  4. adam 4

    A government of hopeless amoral fools. To use to lying, this is why there are such strong moral arguments against the dominate economic model.

    This model of economics can only appeal to, and bring out, the most base of our natures. As aptly demonstrated by Nick Smith, Gerry Brownlee and others in this government. Let alone the flakes and bludgers in the so called business community.

  5. McFlock 5

    $2million per hectare?

    475 hectares means the budget was only $950,000,000 short.

    I can’t help thinking he made a promise while knowing full well that it was never going to happen. But a nat do that, just because Labour and the Greens had brought home ownership to the fore? Nah, say it ain’t so…

    • Kevin 5.1

      What else would you expect from their ‘back-of-a-fag-packet’ way of coming up with policy?

  6. Brigid 6

    ‘back of the fag packet’ policy. That’s excellent. The back of the fag packet gives us images of ulcerated gums, gangrene, impotence etc etc.
    Very apt.

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