DAVID SEYMOUR (Leader—ACT): I rise on behalf of the ACT Party in opposition to this bill. Minister Nick Smith, when he said that housing affordability is a major problem, was absolutely correct, and the Minister’s diagnosis of that problem—that it is primarily caused by the price of land—is absolutely correct. We have become a country that is 0.80 percent urbanised by area and yet—and yet—has a chronic shortage of land on which Kiwis
RMA reforms set to pass today will do nothing to address New Zealand’s housing shortfall of 500,000, says ACT Leader David Seymour.
“Shamubeel Eaqub has pointed out the obvious: until we start building at the rate we achieved in the ‘70s, housing will remain unaffordable.
Just as ACT warned last month, the National-Maori Party RMA deal has got even worse, reaching a botched compromise on genetic modification.
“Just this afternoon, hours before the changes are set to be debated, and with no consultation, National and the Maori Party have confirmed a compromise to allow ministerial override of local plans, except in the case of local GE-free policies,” says ACT Leader David Seymour.
DAVID SEYMOUR (Leader—ACT): Can I apologise for the intemperate address from the member for Dunedin North or Dunedin South, or whichever one it was—David Parker. He is a little bit intemperate because he got called out at a debate on Saturday morning, but I am sure that he will recover soon enough. It was beautiful. Scott Simpson was there. It was great fun. He really lost his rag.
Anyway, back on the
Environment Minister Nick Smith is getting economical with the truth, which is actually very simple: he has had multiple opportunities to pass the Resource Management Legislation without Mana Whakahono ā Rohe, and with strengthened property rights, but chose not to at every turn.
He said he could not get agreement from ACT and United Future to pass the legislation. In reality, he has failed to take such an opportunity at three different points.