The Herald reports:
The Government appears to be reviewing its flagship KiwiBuild policy’s commitment to building 100,000 homes over 10 years.
Neither Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, nor Housing Minister Phil Twyford would confirm that the 100,000 was still the Government’s target.
The Government has publicly said in January it would be “recalibrating” the KiwiBuild short targets.
The policy had promised to deliver 5000 KiwiBuild homes in 2020, 10,000 the year after, and 12,000 every year after that until 2028.
Those targets, however, were scrapped but Ardern and Twyford were both at pains to point out in January that although the interim targets were gone, it was still targeting 100,000 homes in 10 years.
That, however, no longer appears to be the case.
Twyford created confusion this morning by refusing to confirm the 100,000 target.
“It’s like American nuclear ships in the 1980s. It’s a neither confirm nor deny situation,” he told Interest.co.nz.
In the House, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern was grilled by National Leader Simon Bridges over the KiwiBuild issue and Twyford’s comment.
She would not directly answer a question, asking if the Government was still committed to the 100,000 target.
As this was arguably their largest and most specific policy, can we sue for election fraud if they renege on it?
Of course it is possible that despite managing just 80 in one year, they’ll increase their completion rate by 10,000% and churn out over 11,000 a year for the next nine years.