Sallies call for experts
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.”