Hopefuls talk housing
Affordable housing remains a priority for Upper Harbour candidates this election.
Labour’s Jin An Lin said it had a ‘‘comprehensive’’ package to address the housing ‘‘crisis’’, which included building more affordable homes. This meant 100,000 affordable houses in the first 10 years in government, while providing apprenticeship schemes through this, she said.
National would build 34,000 social, affordable and market homes in Auckland under the Crown Building Project banner, candidate Paula Bennett said.
New Zealand First candidate Jane Johnston said the party believed home ownership was the ‘‘right of every New Zealand family’’. ‘‘We will implement reforms to make building a home more affordable, and to enable new developments to be delivered more efficiently,’’ she said.
Green party candidate James Goodhue said the party would ensure all rental properties be ‘‘sufficiently insulated, ventilated and dry’’. A rental warrant of fitness scheme would mean rental property owners would need to comply to a minimum standard, he said.
An also advocated for a healthy homes policy to ensure a minimum standard for rentals.
ACT’s Bruce Haycock did not reply in time for this article.
Hobsonville Point would expand under National’s Crown Building Project, MP Paula Bennett says.