Inequality report shows MPs must renew focus on housing supply

Increasing the supply of housing should be a multi-partisan priority if Parliament is serious about decreasing inequality, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The New Zealand Initiative report confirms what ACT has always said: ignoring the political noise reveals ballooning housing costs are the chief driver of inequality in recent decades,” says Mr Seymour.

Government home building comes at cost of private development

The Government’s plan to build more houses will come at the cost of private housing development, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

Seymour to Twyford: Put your money where your mouth is

ACT Leader David Seymour is challenging Labour Housing Spokesman Phil Twyford to put his money where his mouth is on Urban Growth Boundaries.

“His proposed amendment to remove Urban Growth Boundaries was a good one, so why doesn’t he turn it into a private members’ bill, and put it in the ballot?” says Mr Seymour.

“Surely this is a more important issue than wheel clamping, which Mr Twyford’s current members’ bill addresses – a strange priority for a housing spokesperson.”

Labour’s use of urgency a hypocritical u-turn

Labour’s use of urgency to debate far-reaching housing legislation is a hypocritical turnaround, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Just yesterday Labour claimed it was unconstitutional to debate housing legislation under urgency, yet they now propose far-reaching legislation under the same state of urgency. This makes a mockery of their former outrage," says Mr Seymour.

Special Housing Areas simply ad hoc tinkering

Nick Smith’s extension of Special Housing Area legislation does nothing to address the fundamental barriers to housing supply, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Special Housing Areas make easy photo-ops, but are little more than ad hoc tinkering,” says Mr Seymour.

Councillors must approve 400,000 homes

Auckland Councillors must approve the proposed Unitary Plan’s goal of allowing 422,000 dwellings in the next 30 years, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Solving a housing shortage is simple: let people build houses. The proposed Unitary Plan allows for 422,000 houses over the next 30 years. It’s an ambitious and necessary target.

Auckland Council must step up or step aside

All eyes will be on Auckland Council tomorrow as they respond to the Independent Hearings Panel’s proposed Unitary Plan, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Prospective homebuyers have already waited too long for a workable solution to Auckland’s housing shortage," says Mr Seymour.

“We know that homeowners in the centre of the city are not opposed to intensification and in some cases welcome it, but they have specific, and in my view legitimate, concerns over school zones and funding, congestion, and community character.

Reserve Bank action an indictment of Govt

New restrictions on lending announced by the Reserve Bank show how dysfunctional housing supply has become, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“In a normally functioning market, housing investment would stimulate supply, eventually bringing down prices," says Mr Seymour.  "The Bank is trying to reduce demand because it knows the market isn’t functioning.

“National and opposition parties support the Bank’s intervention, suggesting they’ve given up on responsive housing supply.

Government fails to build houses – and who’s surprised?

Government home-building projects are running up against the same problems as private developments, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Housing New Zealand’s failure to build 2000 houses is no surprise. The entire housing shortage is caused by barriers to development. The idea that the Government could simply ignore these barriers and build houses itself was always ridiculous.