Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Labour's housing policy

As I promised here, I start with the critique and follow-up focus on Labour's housing plans by stating what their policies were at the election.  It's too difficult to go through all protestations and chest-thumping exhortations by the newly-crowned minister during the campaign, so their policy is the natural starting point.

Their policy is outlined in full here.

I don't intend to give any analysis in this post on the rights or wrongs of it, my sole objective for now is just to list it.
  • Ban foreign speculators from buying existing homes. 
  • Tax property speculators who flick houses within five years - extend the bright-line test from two years.
  • Remove the ability of "speculators" (their words) to use tax losses on their rental properties to offset their tax on other income.
http://www.labour.org.nz/levelling_the_playing_field_for_first_home_buyers
http://www.labour.org.nz/cracking_down_on_speculators 
  • Build 100,000 affordable homes across the country
  • Create an Affordable Housing Authority to fast-track development in our cities
  • Growing the building workforce
  • Remove barriers that are stopping Auckland growing up and out
http://www.labour.org.nz/kiwibuild
http://www.labour.org.nz/establishing_an_affordable_housing_authority 
  • Focus Housing New Zealand on helping people, not making a profit
  • Take serious action to end homelessness
    Labour will take serious action to end homelessness in line with the recommendations of the Cross-Party Homelessness Inquiry.
  • Require all rental homes to be warm, dry, and healthy.
  • Invest in warm, dry homes.
  • Make life better for renters.
http://www.labour.org.nz/state_houses_people_over_profit
http://www.labour.org.nz/investing_in_warm_dry_homes
http://www.labour.org.nz/renters

  • Better homes for Maori.

http://www.labour.org.nz/better_homes

My next post will be to see what the coalition agreements promised, except for the secret document which hasn't been released.

5 comments:

Anonymous said...

If they can complete half that list in the short time frame between NZ elections then it will have been a huge achievement.

Lord Egbut

alex Masterley said...

Regulations already exist that require houses to be warm, dry and ventilated.
They are the Housing Improvement Regulations 1947, which are still in force!

Anonymous said...

alex, as is the NZ Building Code. Being charitable, Labour's chest thumping is proclaiming that they will require houses to comply with existing regulation. Well done girls and boys.

alex Masterley said...

Then obviously the Labour party is only concerned with pre 1947 dwellings such as my own. Much ado about nothing!

Anonymous said...

It is beyond me that normal sensible human beings should wish to comment on something they nothing about eh Alex. 1947 indeed. As if building materials and methods and have not moved on a bit since then. Even modern materials have a hard job making some of NZ's housing stock habitable. In other countries they would be candidates for the Zippo.

Lord Egbut