Labour plan for 1000 Queen­stown homes

Central Otago Mirror - - ROXBURGH & TEVIOT VALLEY HUB - VER­NON SMALL AND DASHA KU­PRIENKO

‘‘Hous­ing in Queen­stown is at cri­sis point and we all need to work to­gether to tackle the prob­lem’’

Labour is pledging to build 1000 af­ford­able houses in Queen­stown over the next decade as part of its Ki­wiBuild pol­icy to build and on­sell 100,000 homes over the next 10 years.

The houses would cost up to $500,000.

‘‘These will be good, mod­ern starter homes, sold at cost to first home buy­ers,’’ Lit­tle said in Queen­stown on Thurs­day.

Lit­tle said Labour would work with Queen­stown-Lakes District Coun­cil, iwi, and the Com­mu­nity Hous­ing Trust to build the houses.

‘‘Hous­ing in Queen­stown is at cri­sis point and we all need to work to­gether to tackle the prob­lem.’’

Labour’s planned Af­ford­able Hous­ing Au­thor­ity and Ki­wiBuild would cut through red tape to get them built quickly.

‘‘We will work as quickly as pos­si­ble to get hous­ing built on the site of Wakatipu High School, once it moves to its new cam­pus.’’

The school site was suit­able for hos­pi­tal­ity work­ers and was ’’great’’ for a sea­sonal work­ers’ de­vel­op­ment, Lit­tle said.

‘‘You don’t want them to drive for an hour or so from satel­lite towns to come to work here.’’

DASHA KU­PRIENKO

Labour can­di­date for CluthaSouth­land Cherie Chap­man, leader An­drew Lit­tle and hous­ing spokesman Phil Twyford.

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