National slammed by its own report on housing red tape

BY David Seymour at 20 July, 2017


National has just been slammed by the report it commissioned on land use regulations, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“Superu’s report, Quantifying the impact of land use regulation, says what should be absolutely obvious: red tape has caused a housing crisis,” says Mr Seymour.

“The report identifies red tape around land use as the single biggest component of housing costs. In fact, the report calculates that in Auckland, land use regulations form 56%


Limit on student borrowing must keep up with rent

BY ACT at 12 July, 2017


Students should have the right to borrow more each week, says ACT Party Leader David Seymour as he visits Otago University’s Clubs Day.

“Students are struggling with increased rental costs caused by a chronic housing shortage,” says Mr Seymour. “ACT’s priority is to allow new housing, but we also need a short term measure for students who are desperate now.

“Since 2006, rents have increased by about 45%. In other words, a $120 room now


Increasing housing supply a matter of life or death

BY David Seymour at 3 July, 2017


Improving housing supply is a matter of life and death, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“By the end of this winter, over a thousand people will be dead due to low quality housing.

“This comes as Stats NZ confirms home-building rates are far below the levels needed to keep up with population growth.


Housing crisis delivers the taxpayer a $16 billion bill

BY David Seymour at 29 June, 2017


The Government’s valuation of its social housing programme reveals just how badly the housing shortage is hitting taxpayers, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

“The Government’s social housing liabilities total $16 billion – that’s a bill to taxpayers equal to 615 flag referendums. We know the housing crisis hits us in our mortgage payments and in our weekly rent, but now it’s hitting us in our tax bill too.


We actually need 1600 Pt England Developments

BY David Seymour at 28 June, 2017


Nick Smith just ran 25 steps in the housing marathon, says ACT Leader David Seymour.