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New Zealand First list MP De­nis O’Rourke said the Na­tional gov­ern­ment will ‘‘never solve the hous­ing cri­sis.’’

He said New Zealand has the ‘‘least af­ford­able hous­ing in the de­vel­oped world’’ and that New Zealand First will es­tab­lish a Hous­ing Com­mis­sion to cre­ate a long term Hous­ing Strat­egy.

The strat­egy will co­or­di­nate pro­grammes to achieve an ‘‘or­derly hous­ing mar­ket’’, and to en­sure an ad­e­quate sup­ply of af­ford­able good qual­ity fam­ily homes.

‘‘The Com­mis­sion would es­tab­lish Kiwi Hous­ing to buy, de­velop and sell sec­tions and built homes on easy terms over 25 years to first home buy­ers.’’

This will re­quire all coun­cils to have a district-wide hous­ing plan to work with the Com­mis­sion ‘‘to en­sure that all peo­ple are well­housed.’’

‘‘We would also re­duce im­mi­gra­tion, stop the sell-off of Hous­ing NZ homes, and prop­erly fund it to build thou­sands more,’’ he said.

New Zealand First’s can­di­date for Christchurch Cen­tral elec­torate, Philip Robin­son, said all New Zealan­ders who have a job should be able to buy their own home.

‘‘Hous­ing must be avail­able in locations that are ac­ces­si­ble to rea­son­ably paid em­ploy­ment,’’ he said.

Robin­son said New Zealand First be­lieved this was only achiev­able by direct gov­ern­ment in­ter­ven­tion.

He said the in­crease in house prices over the past nine years was caused by pop­u­la­tion growth, for­eign-based buy­ing and ‘‘lower than re­quired home con­struc­tion rates.’’

He said af­ford­able rental ac­com­mo­da­tion must be avail­able for those who are un­able to own their own home.

‘‘Ex­ist­ing Na­tional Gov­ern­ment pol­icy drives rental prices for low in­come earn­ers up to crip­pling lev­els and do not pro­vide for ad­e­quate, af­ford­able ac­com­mo­da­tion in ar­eas of low hous­ing sup­ply,’’ he said.

Me­lanie Mark-Shad­bolt, the New Zealand First can­di­date for Christchurch East, quoted the party’s leader Win­ston Peters in his be­lief that ‘‘all New Zealan­ders who are work­ing must have a gen­uine op­por­tu­nity to buy their own home.’’

‘‘New Zealand First be­lieves that is a fun­da­men­tal right of ev­ery New Zealand ci­ti­zen,’’ she said.

She said the party was com­mit­ted to ad­dress­ing and fix­ing the root causes of the ‘‘wors­en­ing prob­lem of af­ford­able hous­ing’’.

New Zealand First will es­tab­lish a New Zealand Hous­ing Strat­egy and a Kiwi Hous­ing agency to ‘‘buy & de­velop res­i­den­tial land along­side pri­vate de­vel­op­ers.’’

‘We will pro­vided land and low in­ter­est hous­ing pack­ages for first home buy­ers and will in­vest in state hous­ing,’’ she said.

‘‘We want to en­cour­age and ex­plore greater use of pre­fab­ri­cated houses and re­strict NZ’s hous­ing stock to New Zealan­ders.’’

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