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Housing Minister 'letting down thousands of Kiwis' over Kiwibuild target - Judith Collins

Judith Collins has accused Housing Minister Phil Twyford of "letting down thousands of Kiwis" over the number of KiwiBuild houses built. 

It comes after Mr Twyford told Radio New Zealand that he could not guarantee 1000 KiwiBuild homes would be built by July, 2019. So far, 33 KiwiBuild homes have been built. 

"I think it's going to be tough to meet that target. We're working flat out to meet that target. I'm not going to give you a prediction right now. We're not setting a new target," Mr Twyford said.

In a statement today Ms Collins, National's housing spokesperson, labelled KiwiBuild as having "systemic issues" and said it was due to "a Minister that is blinded by a target, who isn’t looking seriously at his policy and the wider issues surrounding New Zealand’s housing woes". 

"If he can’t organise the delivery of 1000 houses a year, why on earth would we believe the Minister when he says he’s planning on building 10,000 houses a year."

Ms Collins said Mr Twyford should consider reforming the Resource Management Act. 

"Planning and consenting for land use is key to delivering affordable housing and at the moment it takes too long to free up land.

"New Zealand needs a bold solution to a law that's proven to be a planning nightmare, not the half-baked policy that KiwiBuild is," she said. 

Foreign investment into New Zealand homes was a topic of discussion between the Housing Minister and the National Party MP.
Source: 1 NEWS