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Tuesday, 21 November 2017 11:41 am

Candidates dangle the house lolly in Hutt City symposium

 

Candidates exchange ideas at the housing meeting. PHOTO: Eli Hill

We need to build more houses.

Peel away the politics of the candidate’s speeches at the Hutt City Social Issues Symposium and they all agree, more houses need to be built.

All it comes down to is how.

If Labour comes to power, the party’s Hutt South candidate Ginny Anderson is promising to build 400 homes on vacant Housing New Zealand land in the Hutt.

Nicola Willis National’s Wellington Central candidate who stood in for Chris Bishop, told those attending her party will build 200,000 homes around New Zealand in the next six years, but didn’t specify how many would be in the Hutt.

The Opportunities Party candidate Richard Warwick says his party will impose an asset tax on houses, but didn’t provide any detail on house numbers.

Liza Owens the NZ First candidate didn’t mention specific numbers, but promised NZ First would require homes to be built to a higher standard, and overseas speculation would be stopped.

Ikaroa-Rawhiti Green Party candidate Elizabeth Kerekere who travelled from Rotorua says the Greens will focus on more dense living, and increasing the number of housing NZ homes built nationwide.

Arriving late, but making up for lost time ACT candidate Grae O’Sullivan joked that National is stealing ACT policy, saying ACT will remove all major cities from the resource management act.

The 40 strong crowd who filled Hutt City’s War Memorial Library braved a cold and wet night to hear the Hutt South candidates speak.

Tea, coffee and food for thought were all  provided.

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