Incumbent Port Hills MP for Labour, Ruth Dyson, said New Zealand was in a housing crisis where people could not afford to rent, let alone buy a house.
She wanted to stop property speculation, saying ‘‘houses should be used as homes not to make huge amounts of money.’’
‘‘We will extend National’s capital gains tax so that a property must be owned for five years before sale otherwise the profit is taxed.’’
She said labour would stop non-residents from buying property in New Zealand as too many overseas residents were landbanking properties leaving them empty and then pocketing the profits when sold.
Labour candidate for the Christchurch Central electorate, Duncan Webb, said although Christchurch does not have the housing affordability crisis like other centres, ‘‘we do have a crisis.’’
‘‘It is a crisis caused by a breakdown in our wider social fabric,’’ he said.
‘‘No one should have to sleep in a doorway when it is snowing around him as I have seen happen.’’
He said for every homeless person seen ‘‘sleeping rough’’, there were many more without a place they could call home.
‘‘There are 481 families waiting for a home on the state houses waiting list in Canterbury and