Sal­lies call for ex­perts

Waihi Leader - - News -

Grow­ing un­cer­tainty over whether Ki­wiBuild can reignite the Kiwi dream of home own­er­ship needs to be coun­tered, the Sal­va­tion Army says.

Re­cent re­ports from Trea­sury and the chief ex­ec­u­tive of New Zealand Cer­ti­fied Builders in­di­cat­ing the pro­gramme may not be able to de­liver the hous­ing re­quired cre­ates un­cer­tainty for fam­i­lies who see Ki­wiBuild as their path to home­own­er­ship, the Sal­va­tion Army says.

In the mid­dle of the worst hous­ing cri­sis New Zealand has faced in at least two gen­er­a­tions, such un­cer­tainty has an ad­verse im­pact on af­fected house­holds.

Kiwi fam­i­lies need to have cer­tainty about Gov­ern­ment plans to pro­vide the level of hous­ing re­quired in the next five to 10 years, it says.

The Army is call­ing for Gov­ern­ment to set up an ex­pert group charged with de­liv­er­ing the re­quired num­ber of Ki­wiBuild house quickly at an af­ford­able cost. Gov­ern­ment De­part­ments are not presently well equipped to di­rect the Ki­wBuild pro­gramme, the Army says.

“The Ki­wiBuild pro­gramme needs to be di­rected by New Zealan­ders who have a wide range of high-qual­ity skills. We urge the Gov­ern­ment to ur­gently con­vene such a group so that the Ki­wiBuild con­cept can de­liver as quickly as pos­si­ble.”

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