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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.’’