Amount for Ki­wiBuild dis­ap­points

The New Zealand Herald - - News -

Martin Cooper is dis­ap­pointed not to see more fund­ing al­lo­cated for Ki­wiBuild in this year’s Bud­get, say­ing Phil Twyford isn’t de­liv­er­ing on elec­tion prom­ises.

Cooper and his wife Kim van Hest are fi­nan­cially com­fort­able with grown-up chil­dren. They live in Al­bany on the North Shore and were one of the Bud­get fam­i­lies.

While Cooper said he was happy to see a lot of fund­ing al­lo­cated for ed­u­ca­tion and con­ser­va­tion, he was dis­ap­pointed not to see more be­ing done to fund Ki­wiBuild.

Cooper owns a suc­cess­ful real es­tate com­pany and said he knew the $2 bil­lion pre­vi­ously al­lo­cated for Ki­wiBuild wouldn’t be enough.

“The big frus­tra­tion for me is still Twyford bang­ing on prior to the elec­tion and the cri­sis we had in hous­ing and say­ing he was go­ing to save the day and build us an­other 100,000 homes,” he said.

He was wor­ried the Gov­ern­ment would be un­able to ful­fil its Ki­wiBuild prom­ise.

Van Hest said her main con­cern Her­ald.

had been to see an in­crease in men­tal health fund­ing.

The Gov­ern­ment an­nounced yes­ter­day it would fund a $10.5m pi­lot pro­gramme over three years giv­ing young peo­ple aged 18-25 free men­tal health coun­selling and ther­apy, a Green Party ini­tia­tive.

Photo / Ja­son Ox­en­ham

The Bud­get had good and bad points for Kim van Hest and Martin Cooper, who had shared their hopes with the

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