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.’’