We need more homes, we all despairingly say. But where?
This week Parliament will be debating a law change with the intention of increasing housing supply and improving affordability. It seeks to do this primarily by allowing developments of up to three stories across residential zones in our largest cities, without the need for resource consent.
Houses aren’t going to fall out of the sky – if they did, we wouldn’t have to deal with the building materials shortages, let alone housing shortages and the time crunch to build them – and there’s still really important arguments to be had about whether this will impact affordability when neither of the larger parties in Parliament are willing to say they want house prices to drop.
Home ownership crisis requires radical solutions not bipartisan virtue signals!
Labour and National have united to help solve the housing crisis by forcing councils to build up in urban areas and allow more subdivisions.
In an unprecedented joint press conference on Tuesday, Housing Minister Megan Woods and Environment Minister David Parker were joined by National leader Judith Collins and housing spokesperson Nicola Willis at the Beehive podium.
It concerns the Government’s National Policy Statement on Urban Development (NPS-UD) released in 2020, which is yet to come into effect. It directs councils to make room for growth both ‘up’ and ‘out’ to help solve the housing crisis.
…great but no where near what the crisis of home ownership now requires.
We require new law cementing in long term tenancies with rent controls and the promotion of ‘ethical landlords’, people who refuse to squeeze every last drop of money out of their tenants for needless greed.
Our social inequality demands solutions. Renters rights, affordable housing and a realisation on behalf of those Generations thrown under the User Pays Bus that agitation is all they have left as hope, is part of that solution.
Use the Public Works Act to seize 90% of all golf courses in Auckland.
The Housing crisis needs an immediate solution, not more empty promises.
Using the Public Works Act, central Government should seize 90% of golf courses in Auckland and build a mix of state houses and first time home buyer owner/occupier tiny houses using the best environmental & urban design housing.
Fuck the golfers.
We could solve homelessness, provide extra resources to these new communities while giving first home buyers an immediate way into the housing market.
Why not turn golfing privilege into economic justice?
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