Ki­wis back­ing houses for Ki­wiBuild project

Manawatu Guardian - - NEWS - By IAIN LEES-GAL­LOWAY Palmer­ston North MP (Labour)

New Zealan­ders across the coun­try are back­ing Ki­wiBuild, with over 35,000 of us sign­ing up al­ready at ki­wibuild.govt.nz, in­clud­ing 1305 in Palmer­ston North alone.

That’s a huge num­ber of Ki­wis sign­ing up for a chance to own an af­ford­able home, and in­dica­tive of the huge num­ber of Ki­wis who missed out un­der the pre­vi­ous Govern­ment, which ig­nored the hous­ing cri­sis, and worse, did noth­ing about it.

Here’s the thing that seems to de­fine the dif­fer­ence be­tween the Na­tional-led Govern­ment and the new Coali­tion Govern­ment: They pre­tended prob­lems didn’t ex­ist so they didn’t have to make the ef­fort to fix them.

We iden­ti­fied the prob­lems and are now deal­ing with the huge task of fix­ing un­ad­dressed is­sues like the hous­ing cri­sis.

Here’s how we are get­ting on with that work.

Ki­wiBuild’s af­ford­able starter homes for first home buy­ers will be a big part of the so­lu­tion to the hous­ing cri­sis, along­side more state houses, the ban on over­seas spec­u­la­tors, and bet­ter rights for renters.

The first Ki­wiBuild homes are be­ing built now, and build­ing com­pa­nies have come for­ward with plans for over 100 Ki­wiBuild de­vel­op­ments that could be built soon. Other firms are also com­ing on board with cut­ting edge tech­nol­ogy to build homes in fac­to­ries more quickly, cheaper, and bet­ter.

New de­vel­op­ments will be an­nounced ev­ery few weeks. By next June, we’ll have fin­ished 1000 Ki­wiBuild homes. An­other 5000 will be built in the fol­low­ing 12 months, then 10,000 the year af­ter that, and 12,000 each year af­ter.

Are you on the bal­lot? It’s easy to find out if you’re el­i­gi­ble and regis­ter your in­ter­est at ki­wibuild.govt.nz

It’s re­ally ex­cit­ing to see this huge project start­ing to gain mo­men­tum and pub­lic sup­port. By the end of the year, the first fam­i­lies will own their Ki­wiBuild homes and can start mak­ing their connections in their com­mu­ni­ties.

And in a place as won­der­ful for fam­i­lies as Palmer­ston North, I reckon it’s pretty close to per­fect.

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The first Ki­wiBuild homes be­ing built now, and build­ing com­pa­nies have come for­ward with plans for over 100 Ki­wiBuild de­vel­op­ments that could be soon.’ built

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