How to fix Hutt’s housing problem
We asked Hutt South candidates what they would do for housing in Lower Hutt if elected.
During the last sixteen years both Labour and National have been happy to pretend rising house prices are a sign of national prosperity and growing individual wealth. As those without homes were shut out of the market and speculation in houses became rampant those parties woke up to the fact we have a housing crisis and everyone started wringing their hands.
The Green Party’s vision is a country where safe, secure, warm, and dry housing is an affordable reality for everyone.
The Greens were the first political party to draw attention to the dangers of damp, cold homes and initiated theWarmUp New Zealand home insulation scheme, a perfect example of what the Greens mean by smart, green economics.
Our Home for Life plan will help New Zealanders get into their own homes by establishing a rent-to-buy programme and by creating new opportunities for community housing providers to play a bigger part in solving the housing crisis.
As a part of a government-build programme, the Green Party will make 10,000 new homes over ten years available to people who can’t afford a deposit or a normal commercial mortgage, through progressive ownership rent-to-buy arrangements.
Our plan will save people more than $100 a week compared to a commercial mortgage.
This programme will work alongside any government plan to build more affordable homes. It will provide access to affordable, stable housing and get people out of expensive rentals and into their own homes.
Been feeling the pinch lately? That’s likely to be due to housing. First, a quick statistic. Our bottom 20 per cent of income earners are spending 54 per cent of their income on housing. That’s over twice what it was at the peak of our building boom in the 1970s. When our most vulnerable people are unable to put a roof over their head, that’s a problem that should have been dealt with 20 years ago, and ACT’s position has always been the same.
It is ridiculous that the same rules on builds that apply in Fiordland, which by the way absolutely should stay, also apply here in suburbia.
And that’s why ACT will scrap the RMA, replace it with an Urban Development Act, and let people start building. The other parties say they will need to override it to complete their ambitious goals anyway, so why does everyone else miss out, just so they can win an election?
ACT will also give half of the GST on all construction costs to the council that consents the build. This pays for the infrastructure to connect the house up and decrease consent costs, but the council won’t come past the front gate. Building inspections will be taken up by insurance companies, doing away with council, and allow the almost total monopoly on building products to be finally penetrated by equally good international product.
Keep bureaucracy out, free up land, pay for infrastructure, and lowering the cost of building materials. That’s what builds houses.