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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

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