Hope­fuls talk hous­ing

Western Leader - - OUT & ABOUT - AMY BAKER

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.

AMY BAKER/STUFF

Hob­sonville Point would ex­pand un­der Na­tional’s Crown Build­ing Project, MP Paula Ben­nett says.

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