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English shows how out of touch he is on housing – Labour Party

By   /  March 30, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

Bill English has shown how out of touch he is by claiming the Auckland housing crisis is ‘in the process of being solved’ and all that is needed is ‘a few more’ houses to be built, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Bill English told Leighton Smith that ‘Auckland is in the process of resolving […]

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Quarter of a million hectares sold into overseas ownership illegally – Labour Party

By   /  March 28, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  10 Comments

Over 250,000 hectares of land have been bought by foreigners without required approval from the Overseas Investment Office since 2011, and the response was a slap with a wet bus ticket by National, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “Our land is being sold into foreign ownership illegally on a massive scale, and National […]

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National and Maori Party to carve up playgrounds – Labour Party

By   /  March 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

The Labour Party remains resolute that Auckland’s parks and playgrounds are not to be carved up for housing development and that Auckland’s public reserves remain public reserves, says Labour’s Maori Development spokesperson Kelvin Davis “National and the Maori Party are trying to get Labour to back their plan to carve up the Point England reserve […]

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Record level of investors as first homebuyers squeezed out of Auckland – Labour Party

By   /  March 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  No Comments

Latest CoreLogic data shows investors accounted for a record 44% of Auckland house sales in the first quarter of 2017 while first homebuyers’ market share fell to just 19%, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National’s speculators’ paradise is killing the Kiwi dream of owning your own place. Nearly half of all house sales in […]

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Time for National to stop putting the brakes on light rail – Phil Twyford

By   /  March 25, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Aucklanders can’t wait 30 years for light rail to the airport. Labour will start building it as soon as possible, says Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford. “The agreement between Auckland Transport and NZTA to build light rail from the CBD down Dominion Rd to Mt Roskill and on to the airport is welcome news. […]

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Gridlock proof Nats have failed Auckland – Labour Party

By   /  March 15, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

News that Aucklanders are spending the equivalent of four weeks a year – the annual leave entitlement for most working people – stuck in traffic is proof the Government has failed Auckland, says Labour’s Auckland Issues spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National promised election after election to sort out Auckland’s traffic gridlock yet it has steadily gotten […]

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Whangarei Waterways in Crisis – Labour Party

By   /  March 15, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The sale of the Poroti Springs water is yet another example of government neglect in Northland, and its failure to properly engage with Maori values and local people, says Labour’s Whangarei candidate, Tony Savage. “Right now there is no proper regulation because the National government doesn’t care if our water is exported, and local people […]

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Rising housing costs swallow pay increases – Labour Party

By   /  March 13, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

Rising housing costs are swallowing up the small pay increases some families are getting, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. New analysis by the Parliamentary Library shows that households spent $3b more on housing in 2016 compared to 2015. The average household’s income rose $32 a week, while average housing costs (mortgage payments, rents, […]

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Investing in home insulation makes sense – Labour Party

By   /  March 11, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

The Government should listen to the calls from experts and renew the home insulation scheme, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “Last year’s Budget provided just $18m for home insulation, enough to insulate only a few thousand of the half a million uninsulated houses. This funding will run out in the middle of next year. […]

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Suppressed report blames lack of leadership and planning for housing crisis – Labour Party

By   /  March 2, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

A report the Government tried to keep secret blames National’s lack of leadership on housing and Ministers’ failure to develop a plan for the crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “You would expect better organisation at a school bake sale. This report shows gross incompetence from National is at the heart of the housing […]

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Nats’ profiteering from Housing New Zealand costs 5,000 state houses

By   /  March 1, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Labour will stop National’s policy of profiteering off state housing and run Housing New Zealand as a public service to better help our families in need, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. “National has taken $1.8b in profits, interest payments, and tax out of Housing New Zealand since coming to office. That’s enough to build […]

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Massive blowout in families being housed in motels – Labour Party

By   /  February 27, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  5 Comments

The number of families needing Government’s new emergency housing grant has blown out, showing National is out of touch on the scale of the housing crisis, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. “Bill English and Paula Bennett clearly have no idea how many Kiwis are being affected by the housing crisis. “They expected 1,400 […]

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Nick Smith’s ‘building boom’ just ‘alternative facts’ – Labour Party

By   /  February 15, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  3 Comments

New analysis shows Nick Smith’s claim of a record building boom is just the desperate use of ‘alternative facts’ to confuse the public and deflect criticism, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. Statistics New Zealand data shows that, far from being a ‘record building boom’ as the Government claims, fewer houses are being consented nationwide […]

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Nick Smith confirms 69,000 houses a figment of English’s imagination – Labour Party

By   /  February 14, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  1 Comment

Nick Smith has confirmed National has no plan to build 69,000 houses in Auckland, says Labour Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford. In Question Time today, Nick Smith admitted that the 69,000 figure is only the theoretical number of houses that could be built to replace 27,000 existing state houses over the next 30-50 years. There is […]

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English leaves hundreds of state houses empty during housing shortage – Labour Party

By   /  February 14, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on English leaves hundreds of state houses empty during housing shortage – Labour Party

Despite the housing shortage, more than 250 state houses have been sitting empty for over a year as Bill English tries to sell them, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little. Housing New Zealand documents obtained under the Official Information Act show that there are nearly 2,500 empty state houses, more than 500 of which […]

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The battle for Ōhāriu begins now – Greg O’Connor

By   /  February 14, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on The battle for Ōhāriu begins now – Greg O’Connor

“Having won the hotly contested nomination to be the Labour Party candidate for Ōhāriu, I now look forward to focusing on the battle ahead to win the seat back for Labour,” the newly selected Labour Party candidate, Greg O’Connor said today. “I am under no illusions it will be an easy job, however the selection […]

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