Can­di­dates not keen on work­ing group

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By LAU­REN PRI­EST­LEY

Hous­ing is a big deal in Auck­land, par­tic­u­larly in an elec­tion year.

But politi­cians are dis­miss­ing the idea of work­ing to­gether to find a so­lu­tion to Auck­land’s hous­ing is­sues.

A po­lit­i­cal de­bate about Auck­land hous­ing and health is­sues was held at the Auck­land Univer­sity of Tech­nol­ogy on Au­gust 7. Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Na­tional, Labour, ACT, the Maori Party, Green Party and In­ter­net-Mana at­tended and most balked when asked about cre­at­ing a work­ing group.

Labour health spokes­woman An­nette King says the con­cept is in­ter­est­ing but has flaws.

‘‘I think there are things we all have in com­mon with hous­ing pol­icy. I would be in­ter­ested in us hav­ing such a thing but my ex­pe­ri­ence is that they don’t work very well or last very long.’’

Na­tional’s Mag­gie agrees.

Barry

‘‘Cross-party co-or­di­na­tion is a dif­fi­cult thing to achieve.’’

But Maori Party can­di­date Rangi McLean says the party will take part in any dis­cus­sion about hous­ing.

‘‘The Maori Party needs to be there to get in­volved in hous­ing.

‘‘What’s good for Maori good for every­one.’’

ACT can­di­date Stephen Berry says af­ford­able hous­ing is an is­sue for every­one, es­pe­cially young Auck­lan­ders.

‘‘Af­ford­able hous­ing is a

is topic I’m es­pe­cially pas­sion­ate about and not just be­cause I’m a mem­ber of gen­er­a­tion rent.’’

In­ter­net-Mana Auck­land Cen­tral can­di­date Miriam Pier­ard says the In­ter­net Party has no hous­ing pol­icy but has adopted Mana’s stance which sup­ports cap­i­tal gains tax.

Green Party MP Kevin Hague says the party also sup­ports cap­i­tal gains tax.

‘‘I’m not say­ing it’s a so­lu­tion but I’m say it’s the ob­vi­ous way of de­flat­ing the hous­ing bub­ble.’’

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