Housing Issue Will Define This Government

BY ACT at 22 January, 2018


 

“Another Demographia International Housing Affordability Survey has shown what ACT has long said: New Zealand has some of the most unaffordable housing in the world,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“Out of nine English speaking countries studied, New Zealand Housing Affordability was the second worst. The Aussies beat us to the dubious honour of having the least affordable housing in the English speaking world by only a fraction.

 

“The Ardern Government was elected


Foreign Home-Buyer Ban Driven By Populist Hysteria

BY ACT at 19 December, 2017


 

“The Government’s decision to ban foreign home-buyers shows it is all too willing to bow to populist pressure and is unserious about tackling the housing crisis”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“The evidence from jurisdictions which have restricted foreign home-buyers is that these measures do not work. Hong Kong, Vancouver, Sydney and Melbourne have all banned or taxed foreign home-buyers and yet are still in the top ten least-affordable cities in the world


Massive Questions Remain over Government’s Foreign Home-Buyer Ban

BY ACT at 16 December, 2017


 

“The Government needs to immediately come clean over whether its foreign home-buyer ban breaches basic human rights and contravenes New Zealand’s trade deals with other countries”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

On Thursday, the Government introduced legislation which would ban foreign home-buyers. Treasury has now released the advice it provided to Ministers on the proposed ban. It raises a number of questions which the Government must immediately answer.

 

“First, is the ban consistent


Environment Ministry Endorses ACT Policy to Scrap the RMA

BY ACT at 7 December, 2017


 

“The Environment Ministry has endorsed ACT policy to scrap the Resource Management Act in its Briefing to the Incoming Minister”, says ACT Leader David Seymour.

 

“David Parker’s officials have told him that the RMA has completely failed to deliver sufficient housing and infrastructure for New Zealanders and needs to be reformed root and branch. 

 

“The cost of housing is unacceptably high and has widened the gap between those who own houses and those


Healthy Homes Bill Hurts The People It Claims To Help

BY ACT at 28 November, 2017


 

“Everybody agrees with the idea that people should have access to a healthy, warm and dry home,” says ACT leader David Seymour.

“The new Government will today continue pushing its Healthy Homes Bill through Parliament but while it may have good intentions it will only serve to hurt the people it claims to help – people living in cold and damp homes.

“All this Bill will do is impose additional costs on landlords which