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Cur­rent MP Rino Tirikatene said the Na­tional-led gov­ern­ment had failed to build the homes needed dur­ing its term.

‘‘Now, as im­mi­gra­tion num­bers rise and more New Zealan­ders en­ter the mar­ket, we have house prices and rents that are through the roof as de­mand out­strips sup­ply,’’ Tirikatene said.

He said Labour’s Ki­wiBuild pol­icy would see 100,000 af­ford­able homes built across the coun­try.

‘‘We’ll also make it eas­ier for wha¯ nau to build on Ma¯ ori-owned land, im­prove ac­cess to home loans, and we’ve also un­der­taken to put the 2,500 Ma¯ ori on the so­cial hous­ing wait­ing list into warm, dry homes. Wha¯ nau can­not live and thrive without a home to call their own. Un­der Labour, home own­er­ship won’t be a dream. It’ll be a re­al­ity.’’

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