‘Crisis’ discussed in 2010
Prime Minister Bill English cannot recall whether he talked about a looming housing shortage as a ‘‘crisis’’ during a 2010 conversation with a senior Salvation Army staff member
At a housing debate in Wellington on June 7, Major Campbell Roberts said English, then finance minister, had said in 2010 Auckland was heading toward a major housing crisis by 2015 or 2016, RNZ reported.
English made the comments during a phone call when asking Roberts to be a member of the Housing Shareholders Advisory Group.
After talking about the use of Housing NZ assets, the second thing he said was that ‘‘he was seeing a major crisis in Auckland in housing in five or six years,’’ Roberts told RNZ.
The revelation was in contrast to the Government’s public stance, in which it has steadfastly denied the existence of a crisis.
A spokesperson for the Prime Minister said that at the time the Government was seeking advice from a range of stakeholders, including community groups, as it sought to reform the state housing and planning system which was affecting the ability to build for a growing country and economy.
They said the Government had always acknowledged housing was a challenge.
Major Campbell Roberts made the revelations at a housing debate in Wellington.