The Housing Crisis

Right here in Kapiti / Horowhenua

By Rob McCann, Labour candidate for Otaki

Phil Twyford outside state houses up for sale in Otaki.

The housing crisis is really concerning. This is no longer something that is happening elsewhere.

It is occurring right here in Kapiti and Horowhenua and that’s why Labour has called a public meeting on the issue.

 ~ Thursday 15th June 7pm

 ~ Waikanae Baptist Church, 286 Te Moana Road, Waikanae

 ~ Public Meeting with Labour’s Housing Spokesperson Phil Twyford and Rob McCann

The failure of the government’s housing policy

Rob and Phil want a lot more of what is going on behind.

I’ve met local people who don’t have a home anymore. They are trying to find rentals, but because demand is outstripping supply, you’re swimming against a very strong current.

That means the government is having to put families up in motels, or people are sleeping on couches and in some cases, cars.

That is not a housing plan, that is an admission of absolute failure.

We have people on the Kapiti Coast who genuinely don’t have homes here now. We don’t have a large population of people living in cars, but it is happening in Paraparaumu.

I’ve met families who have been forced to split the family up so they could sleep on friends’ couches.

And while you might think that’s OK because you have guests at Christmas, think about having to go to school, get your homework done and try and have a hot shower when a home is overloaded with visitors and there aren’t enough rooms – let alone beds.

Too many immigrants and not enough house building

This is a simple case of demand outstripping supply which has been caused by a National government relying on immigration to keep the economy growing, allowing overseas investors to purchase Kiwi homes and a tax system that encourages investors.

It’s also clear that too few homes are being built across New Zealand and that the Government has failed to provide enough new state houses and has irresponsibly reduced the existing stock.

I’m not willing to stand idly by and do nothing, It should not be in our DNA that we turn a blind eye to this national disgrace.

Labour candidate for Otaki, Rob McCann

That’s why our family slept in our car last year near Parliament as part of the Park Up For Homes campaign held in Wellington last year.

And it’s why our family has taken in someone, because the family have lost their rental accommodation.

We all know young first home owners who simply can’t save enough to buy a home and are trapped renting. Not all renting is bad, but there is no stability and you can lose your rental through no fault of your own.

Some rentals in Kapiti are shocking and these houses are directly linked to health issues. That can lead to renters needing medical treatment and sick leave for the children who miss out on school.

I don’t expect everyone to open their home as our family has done, but I think it’s time for all of us to send the message really clearly, that we demand urgent action.

Labour’s strong plan

Fortunately Labour has a strong plan to solve the housing crisis and it starts as soon as we assume office as government.

  • We will crack down on speculators and ban foreign speculators from buying existing homes.
  • We will tax property speculators who flick houses within five years and we will create a level playing field for first home buyers.
  • Labour will build 100,000 affordable homes across the country over a ten-year period and create an Affordable Housing Authority to fast-track development in our cities.

We are holding a public meeting on the housing crisis in Kapiti and Horowhenua on June 15 to allow people to share their stories and hear about Labour’s strong plan to solve this crisis. Check out for more details.

The Housing Crisis in Kapiti and Horowhenua – Public Meeting with Labour’s Housing Spokesperson Phil Twyford and Rob McCann

Thursday 15th June 7pm Waikanae Baptist Church, 286 Te Moana Road. Waikanae

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