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