Rental red tape will push up housing costs

BY ACT at 5 September, 2018


Renters in cities like Auckland and Wellington will be paying higher rents as a result of Phil Twyford’s proposed ‘Healthy Homes Standards’, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“NZIER’s cost-benefit analysis of the new standards notes ‘landlords facing the cumulative cost of complying with several standards may face costs up to around $10,000 for an average sized New Zealand house’.


“It goes on to say that the ‘tighter the rental supply relative to

Lifeboats needed, not rearranging of deckchairs

BY ACT at 28 August, 2018


“The Housing Minister is rearranging the deckchairs on the Titanic while New Zealanders drown in higher housing costs”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“Phil Twyford today launched a review of tenancy laws that is well-meaning but will have little effect on the lives of renters.


“Proposed changes like ‘better equipping tenants and landlords to reach agreement about pets’ sound nice, but what Kiwis really need is more affordable housing.


“The fundamental

KiwiBuild an elaborate deception

BY ACT at 5 July, 2018


Phil Twyford’s housing announcement this morning shows KiwiBuild is an elaborate deception that will do nothing to solve the housing crisis, according to ACT Leader David Seymour.


“The Government is simply buying existing private sector homes, placing a KiwiBuild logo on them, and adding a set of bureaucratic rules around who can buy them.


“This policy does nothing to add to the housing supply and will not solve the housing crisis.



Twyford exhibits pre-crisis mentality

BY ACT at 9 June, 2018


In setting up a new government ministry to ‘fix’ the housing crisis, Phil Twyford is exhibiting the same thinking that created the crisis in the first place, according the ACT Leader David Seymour.


“Bureaucracy – in the form of the 900-page Resource Management Act – should be public enemy number one when it comes to the housing crisis.


Official advice from Superu last year showed land use regulations – rules that determine

Rents driving hardship as Govt delays housing reform

BY ACT at 24 April, 2018


This week marks six months in office for the Ardern-Peters coalition government and its indecision on fundamental housing reform is hurting New Zealanders. The Salvation Army yesterday said rising rents are causing hardship for many New Zealand families.


“The Government was elected to fix the housing crisis because National did nothing effective to ensure more homes were built”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.


“So far, Cabinet has not even considered the idea