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10:04 am, October 12th, 2016 - 82 comments
Categories: bill english, labour, national, phil twyford, Politics, same old national, the praiseworthy and the pitiful - Tags: homeless, homeless crisis, homelessness, homelessness inquiry
One day after the Labour-Green-Maori Party inquiry into homelessness’s recommendations have been announced and the Government is busily moving to implement one of the recommendations, or at least a watered down version of it.
From Radio New Zealand:
The government is going to become a large supplier of medium-density housing in Auckland, the Minister for Housing New Zealand Bill English says.
Mr English said once the Unitary Plan was in place, the government would be able to build tens of thousands of new homes in Auckland.
“We’ve got inefficient use of land in Auckland, we already own 27,000 houses there, we’ve now got the legal ability with the new plan to build another 30,000 or so, maybe more, on that land.
“We’d be silly not to do it when there’s strong demand.”
However, the Labour Party said the government was simply putting in place an ultra-lite version of its Kiwibuild policy.
Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford,said the government had spent years criticising Labour’s Kiwibuild programme, saying it would lead to Soviet-style apartment blocks, but it was now planning its own version of the plan.
“These guys are so humiliated by the abject failure of their housing policy to deliver actual houses that people can live in that they’ve now had to do an embarrassing u-turn.
“What Bill English is talking about is a government-backed building programme.”
A National lite version of a Labour policy is at least a start. But it is appalling that this government responds only to political imperatives, rather than refusing to do what is right for the country because of its blinkered doctrinal adherence to neoliberalism.
New Zealand really should cut out the middle man and elect a Labour-Green Government. The job will be done quicker and better.