This is no more fundamental a responsibility of any Government than housing its people. Today Labour outlined a bold and ambitious plan to solve the Canterbury housing crisis and ensure that people have a roof over their heads.
I’ve reported previously on the housing crisis in Canterbury:
Today I was proud to stand in the heart of Christchurch Central alongside our housing spokesperson Phil Twyford and my Labour colleagues as we announced Labour’s solution to the housing crisis.
A Labour Government will take a hands-on approach to solve the crisis:
- Build 10,000 affordable Kiwibuild homes in Canterbury over four years, providing the first 3,000 of these homes as affordable rentals until the housing crisis is fixed
- Build 100 temporary homes immediately to boost the stock of temporary emergency housing in the first three months, and an additional 300 in the first six months
- Build affordable medium density housing to revitalise the city centre, as well as suburban and town centres. This will create vibrant communities with high quality urban design, green spaces and decent infrastructure
- Increase the accommodation supplement for Christchurch by up to $50 a week until the housing crisis is fixed to correct the shortfall
It will solve the immediate issues (the acute shortage of emergency accommodation) short-term issues (the need for low rental accommodation for earthquake victims and increased accommodation supplement to support people facing large post-earthquake rent increases), and longer-term issues (the need for more housing supply, and quality urban development and planning).
As Labour’s Christchurch Central candidate I know that the Central City will die unless the Government drives building affordable accommodation in the Central City.
Housing is the number one issue for Canterbury. This package is bold and ambitious. It provides a stark contrast with a National Government that is doing the bare minimum because it doesn’t believe there is a crisis, doesn’t believe it requires urgent attention, and believes the market will sort it out.