Kiwi PM slams Labour’s China blame

Townsville Bulletin - - NEWS -

NEW Zealand Prime Min­is­ter John Key yesterday ac­cused the op­po­si­tion Labour Party of “des­per­ate” tac­tics in blam­ing Chi­nese in­vestors for ris­ing house prices in Auck­land.

Labour re­leased data last week pur­port­ing to show that 40 per cent of buy­ers in Auck­land were Chi­nese.

But the data was based solely on whether the sur­name of buy­ers ap­peared to be Chi­nese.

Mr Key stopped short of call­ing Labour racist but said the Op­po­si­tion was de­lib­er­ately mis­lead­ing the public.

He also ac­cused his cen­tre- left op­po­nents of be­tray­ing their com­mit­ment to mul­ti­cul­tur­al­ism.

“The Labour Party that I’ve known for the last 13 ½ years that I’ve been in pol­i­tics is the one that’s talk­ing about an open, mul­ti­cul­tural so­ci­ety,” he said.

Labour leader An­drew Lit­tle said the im­pact of for­eign own­er­ship in Auck­land was a topic that needed de­bate.

Prices in Auck­land soared 26 per cent to an av­er­age of $ NZ755,000 ($ A674,000) in the year to June, while prices out­side the city were steady.

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