Watch Bill English lying through his teeth on housing

Written By: - Date published: 2:03 pm, February 13th, 2017 - 36 comments
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According to Labour – Housing shortage growing by 40 homes a day

We’re short of houses. Lots of houses – NZ needs 60,000 more homes, ANZ says

New Zealand is up to 60,000 houses short, with Auckland needing as many as 35,000 homes, estimates in a Treasury document suggest.

The figures are part of housing supply and demand forecast produced in September of 2016 and released in January as part of an Official Information Act request.

Using their own metrics, Treasury estimate that the “cumulative shortfall” houses in Auckland was at between 30,000 and 35,000 in June of 2016.

Duncan Garner confronted Bill English with this in an interview this morning, watch the video here – Duncan Garner vs Bill English on NZ’s housing shortage. English flounders badly. And of course he drags out this old chestnut:

What’s happening is we’ve now got the highest levels of construction going on in the country that we’ve ever had.

Not even your own support party believes you Bill.

36 comments on “Watch Bill English lying through his teeth on housing”

  1. rhinocrates 1

    No, not like that. Repeat after me, Bill:

    “it’s the hugest, most beautiful construction boom. It’s incredible, believe me. We’re building so many houses. Everybody says so.”

    Christ, he can’t even get the hair right.

  2. rob 2

    You can see his eyes reading a screen to the side or something that some quick spin person is presenting to fool the dimwits into thinking he is actually doing something or thinking anything at all about it.

    • rob, Well spotted ,he certainly has some sort of jogger/aid to his right–lessens the number of gulps. He will never ever match keys lying skills, try as he might. He needs another goal –not a lie- o-meter like key had, Perhaps a -gulp o-meter? I’ll sleep on it. Mmmm Mmm.

  3. Tamati Tautuhi 3

    Unfortunately most New Zealanders believe what our PM’s tell them and are influenced by MSM, sad that people do not actually think for themselves these days?

  4. Steve 4

    60,000 it’s more like 70,000 NOW. The figures used are part of housing supply and demand forecast produced in September of 2016, using some June 2016 data, (Treasury estimate that the “cumulative shortfall” houses in Auckland was at between 30,000 and 35,000 in June of 2016)

  5. Ethica 5

    I know several young people in Auckland and other places desperate to get apprenticeships in the building industry but there are not enough employers to take them on and there are hundreds of applications for every opportunity. It is crazy – we need a better managed plan to promote and integrate the whole construction industry.

  6. JustMe 6

    The National government regularly embarks on the denial and blame games.
    After a period of time I am sure we all get fed up with denial, blame games and rejection that spews from each National MPs mouths.

    English ‘boasted’ about a ‘high level of construction in NZ’ but my question is what part of NZ is he talking about? And lets poke holes in the wording i.e ‘high level of construction’. What industry is he talking about? To me the ‘construction’ of tax evasion/avoidance is doing well under this current government.

    And yet also look at his wording as being typical National innuendo and codswallop, He is saying everything is going along all fine and dandy under the National government. Talk about him having a feeble response to everything.

    A government that is truly in touch with NZers wouldn’t resort to denial, blame games and rejecting every report that comes out that doesn’t paint National in a good light.

    And so the track record of this government is one that shows a huge level of immaturity and childishness. The problem for us low income NZers it’s OUR taxes that are paying their wages and perks of the job.

    English is renowned as being the Double Dipping MP for Dipton. I am sure many of us cannot trust such a person even now that he is temporary pm.

  7. Tamati Tautuhi 7

    JK had a silky tongue and sounded and looked good even though people really didn’t understand what he was talking about. It is a hard act to follow for Bill as people can see through the B/S I hope?

    Hopefully NZers are starting to open their ears and eyes, and might start doing some rational thinking for themselves?

    • AB 7.1

      Yes – English makes the mistake of trying to give intelligible answers to questions – something Key never did.
      In giving intelligible answers English simply reveals what a miserable, right-wing prick he is – something Key never did.

  8. Poor bunnybill trapped in the headlights – no where to run. Bet he wished he’d taken keys blue pill.

  9. dukeofurl 9

    Its not even the highest number of building consents -this century- let alone since the very high numbers from the 1970s.
    http://www.interest.co.nz/property/85554/big-increase-new-dwelling-consents-issued-auckland-november

    • Tamati Tautuhi 9.1

      However we have had a very high level of Foreign Trusts constructed here in New Zealand over the past 8 years all legal, under our current regulations.

  10. Stuart Barnett 10

    Nation needs someone to understand the problem.
    Nick Smith was a waste of space.

    • tc 10.1

      They understand it as they engineered today’s situation. They like playing about in the housing market, last time it was leaky this time it’s supply whilst their leaky legacy lingers.

      To quote homer ‘just because I don’t care doesn’t mean I don’t understand’

  11. Tamati Tautuhi 11

    Nick Smith never really gets to grips with things, appears lost in space most of the time?

  12. Steve 12

    Bill English confirms he’s not very good with numbers. 10,000 to 20,000! it’s 40,000 in Auckland alone.

    ‘ERRONEOUS ESTIMATE’

    Speaking at his weekly post-Cabinet press conference, English said the 60,000 figure was an “erroneous estimate”, with estimates of a shortfall between 10,000 to 20,000 more likely.

    “It’s essentially an academic argument: what we know is we need to get more houses on the ground faster, and the councils are showing a will to go as fast as they can.”
    http://www.stuff.co.nz/business/89336116/treasury-says-nz-needs-60000-more-homes

    Auckland Unitary Plan July 2016
    “They’ve taken what is an agreed shortfall that everybody has been talking about in the Auckland market – 40,000 dwellings,” says Ms Pirrit.
    http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2016/07/auckland-councils-mission-422000-new-homes-by-2040.html

  13. Tamati Tautuhi 13

    Council’s actually don’t build houses they issue Building Consents.

  14. Antoine 14

    We’ve been through this. As I said earlier, the Nats’ quote was a pretty accurate reading of this Stats NZ publication:

    http://www.stats.govt.nz/browse_for_stats/industry_sectors/Construction/ValueOfBuildingWork_HOTPMar16qtr.aspx

    Hence, not ‘lying through his teeth’.

    Whether you think the Nats’ response to the housing crisis is satisfactory or not, or you think some other party’s approach would work better, is of course a different question.

    A.

  15. Tanz 15

    Nick Smith held a meeting in BLockhouse Bay a few months back re housing, resolved nothing, people in the audience seemed pretty angry. No mention of ending spec buyers from overseas or less immigrants, both parties in denial though, no one seems to know or care about the real causes, except for Winston Peters.

  16. Tamati Tautuhi 16

    Hopefully New Zealanders will start listening to Winston Peters and NZF at this coming Election and stop listening to the dog whistling by the NZ Press.

    • Tamati Tautuhi 17.1

      Fuzzy Logic learnt from his ex boss JK, got to put the right spin on it.

      They have created a housing bubble, basic supply and demand economics, mainly fuelled by offshore Asian buying and funding.

      • lprent 17.1.1

        From what I have been seeing with the stats the problem isn’t with the overseas investment. That appears to be more of a symptom than a causation.

        The causation is that a lot fewer dwelling places have been built in Auckland over the past decade than should have been to cope with nett migration. The problem is nett inwards migration to Auckland. It appears to be a tossup between overseas immigration and kiwis fleeing the aftereffects of the GFC. And then of course there is the continuing migration from rural and provincial areas to Auckland that has been happening since before I was born (large chunks of rural NZ – especially in the South Island look like no-one lives there anymore).

        Immigration wasn’t cut back by the government when it should have been to compensate for the influx of returning kiwis from Aussie and elsewhere. So we had an bigger housing shortage than usual. So we got a hot residential housing market.

        That meant that we also got a lot of direct and indirect property investment money hunting short profits from a government caused housing shortage. It isn’t like Auckland has any control on migration or for that matter with building houses. But this do-nothing government does. However they failed in their duty..

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