I get mad when I read this:
A report by the Housing Shareholders Advisory Group in 2010 found there was a 70,000 house shortfall across the country.
The Greens say yesterday’s announcement is ”just a drop in the ocean”.
Co-leader Metiria Turei said the housing crisis was ”a ticking time bomb”.
”We urgently need to increase the supply of housing to cover the 70,000 house deficit we have in New Zealand. At this pace it will take decades.”
Families were struggling with high-cost, low-quality, overcrowded housing while some families didn’t even have housing, she said.
And why do we have high-cost low-quality housing in Auckland especially? Because the Greens and others steadfastly campaign against the one thing which could massively lower the cost of land, and hence housing. That is to increase the urban limit.
The Greens are against this because that means people living further out will drive those evil cars more. Now that is a reasonable point of view to have – that getting rid of cars is more important than affordable housing.
But hell when you then come out all upset over the cost of housing, well go bloody look in the mirror.
Personally I regard making housing in Auckland more affordable as far more important than trying to force people out of their cars. The Greens do not however. Their solution is to keep land prices high.