Phil Twyford.

MIL OSI – Source: New Zealand Labour Party – Government urged to create development body

Phil Twyford.
Phil Twyford.
The Government should adopt the Productivity Commission’s recommendation to create an urban development authority to drive large-scale renewal projects in our biggest cities, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says.

“The Kiwi dream of home ownership is at its lowest in 60 years. A majority of New Zealanders are renters now. Bringing down the cost of urban land will make housing more affordable and make home ownership more achievable.

“The cost of the housing crisis is measured in frustrated first home buyers, and families living in garages.

“It is going to take the kind of active hands-on role by government that National has been so reluctant to adopt as the housing crisis has deepened over the last few years.

“The Productivity Commission’s draft report on Using Land for Housing is a useful and timely contribution to the debate on how to fix the housing crisis.

“A mishmash of rules and policies have made land much more expensive than it needs to be.

“The Commission is right to call for the Government to be more directive about Councils’ local plans. Labour’s policy of a National Policy Statement on housing under the RMA will give local authorities clear direction on increasing the supply of land and housing because building more and better housing is a matter of national interest.

“If we don’t build a better range of affordable housing in parts of the city where people want to live, then we are pricing our kids out of ever owning their own homes,” Phil Twyford says.

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Selwyn Manning, BCS (Hons.) MCS (Hons.) is an investigative political journalist with 23 years media experience. He specializes in reportage and analysis of socioeconomics, politics, foreign affairs, and security/intelligence issues. Selwyn has extensive experience as a commentator and has provided live political analysis to a wide range of television and radio organizations broadcasting in New Zealand, Australia and globally including the BBC (Five Live, London) and BBC (World Service). He is currently a correspondent to Australia's FiveAA radio, and is a regular live-on-air panelist on Radio New Zealand's The Panel with broadcaster Jim Mora.