David Seymour to the Minister for Building and Housing

DAVID SEYMOUR (Leader—ACT) to the Minister for Building and Housing : Does he agree with the Deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank that the key problems with housing supply are “a limited supply of land ready for building; restrictive planning processes, and a lack of coordinated planning in infrastructure development”?

National colonises Labour’s policy manifesto

“National is colonising the Labour manifesto with its signalled interest in a land tax on foreign house buyers,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Now that Labour and National seem to be in agreement, there is no debate over the real effect of a land tax or stamp duty.

“How much of the land tax’s cost will be paid by the intended targets – foreign buyers – and how much cost will be passed on to good local vendors?

“And does National really think taxing investment in housing will encourage new development?

Worksafe red tape making housing less affordable

“Workplace safety standards need to be justified in cost-benefit terms,” says ACT Leader David Seymour in the wake of a new report [1] on building safety red tape.

“The existing regulations form yet another regulatory barrier to housing affordability,” said Mr Seymour.

“Builders are being forced to take ‘all practicable steps’ to ensure workplace safety. The threshold is drawn so low that builders even have to erect scaffolding on single-story sites.

David Seymour on Labour's race-baiting

ACT Leader David Seymour spoke with Lisa Owen regarding Phil Twyford's attempt to turn housing affordability into a racial debate. Video is available here.


New rules show National is giving up on affordable housing

National's new regulations on rental housing show that the government is giving up on affordable housing policies, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

"New Zealand has a shortage of warm, dry homes. The best way to address this is to lift restrictions on development and allow New Zealanders to get on with building these homes.

Four hundred and thirty hectares? How about 27 million

“After all the fuss over property speculation and land banking, it turns out the biggest land banker is the government,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The move to free up Crown land for housing development is sensible and long-overdue. But again, this is only a short term fix – we will soon use up the available 430 hectares.

“The good news is there is approximately another 27 million hectares in New Zealand, and only 0.7% of that is developed.

National needs to stop acting casual about RMA reform

ACT is challenging the government to give up on small-time interventions like HomeStart and special housing areas, and instead take RMA reform seriously.

“Let’s bypass unproductive debate over ad-hoc market interventions like HomeStart, capital gains taxes, speculation restrictions, and special housing areas and instead focus on real reform," said ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Failure to comprehensively reform the RMA will ensure house prices continue to skyrocket, and force more New Zealanders out of the housing market and into rental accommodation.