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?