What will your can­di­dates do with hous­ing?

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‘‘Na­tional has also com­mit­ted $21m to sup­port the chron­i­cally home­less through the widely ac­claimed Hous­ing First pro­gramme’’ Adams said.

New Zealand First can­di­date Lindy Palmer said her party aimed to help young ki­wis achieve the dream of own­ing a home.

‘‘Our younger kids can only dream of buy­ing a house th­ese days be­cause it’s just so ex­pen­sive.’’

They would achieve this by pri­ori­tis­ing the coun­try’s hous­ing stock to New Zealan­ders and pro­vid­ing as­sis­tance to first home buy­ers, Palmer said.

The party would also es­tab­lish a state agency to pur­chase land for sus­tain­able res­i­den­tial de­vel­op­ment and sell res­i­den­tial sec­tions un­der long term agree­ments to first home buy­ers.

‘‘We are in­ter­ested in a low in­ter­est rate set at 2% p.a. for at least five years.’’

Palmer said her party would sell res­i­den­tial sec­tions un­der long term agree­ments for sale and pur­chase (up to 25 years) to first home buy­ers, on a cost re­cov­ery ba­sis, so they would have ac­cess to af­ford­able sec­tions.

The Op­por­tu­ni­ties Party (TOP) Can­di­date Nicky Snoyink said that while some young peo­ple were ‘‘for­tu­nate to climb the prop­erty lad­der’’ many were ‘‘re­stricted to a life­time of rental’’.

She said TOP had a two pronged pol­icy in com­bat­ing the rise in house prices and drop in home own­er­ship.

‘‘Firstly tax re­form aims to shift the bur­den of tax from wage earn­ers to own­ers of un­pro­duc­tive as­sets like houses. This will even­tu­ally cool the de­mand for hous­ing and help ad­dress af­ford­abil­ity, while putting more money in the pock­ets of 80 per cent of New Zealan­ders.’’

The sec­ond prong was rental te­nancy re­form, giv­ing renters more rights and re­quir­ing land­lords to pro­vide warm and healthy homes.

‘‘Pro­ceeds from the Emis­sions Trad­ing Scheme will help pro­vide in­su­la­tion and home heat­ing ef­fi­ciency and this will be backed up by a hous­ing War­rant of Fit­ness to en­sure all Ki­wis have ac­cess to healthy homes.’’

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