No housing crisis, just a housing boom — Nathan Guy
Labour’s Otaki candidate Rob McCann says he was shocked and disappointed when Otaki National MP Nathan Guy reportedly told a packed public meeting that there wasn’t a housing crisis, it was a housing boom.
“I was astounded, so were the audience and the other candidates,” says Mr
“It was such a clear demonstration of how out of touch Mr Guy has become.”
The meeting, hosted by the Otaki Rotary Club, took place last Thursday.
Mr McCann says: “To call the crisis a housing boom is insensitive at best and downright misleading at worst.
“We have the lowest rate of home ownership in 60 years, out of control house prices and rocketing rents.
Mr Guy, property owner
He says public records show Mr Guy owns at least 21 properties, by far the most of any Member of Parliament.
“Rather than build houses the government are selling state houses and putting families up in motels. This was costing taxpayers over a million
dollars a week,” says Mr McCann.
“There are very few affordable houses being built, and the rate of building is not keeping up with record immigration numbers. This is putting extreme pressures on families, and no amount of talking about roads will fix this issue.”
Baby Andrew’s start in life
Mr McCann had earlier produced a large photo of Andrew, a five day old baby,brought home to a flat that was not safe for a young child to live in.
“I was invited by Andrew’s mum to look at the flat which had doors missing, structural holes in the walls and no insulation. The most disturbing room
was the bathroom, where the ceiling was covered in black mould and cavingin, a hole had opened up next to the extractor fan and the wires were
“You couldn’t clean it, because the whole ceiling might come down and youcan’t avoid it because it’s the bathroom. The mother approached the rental
agency, and while their expert agreed it was serious, the landlord refused to fix it.
“The rental agency suggested the mother bath her baby in the kitchen sink. This same situation is happening right throughout the country.”
The good news
“The good news is Labour does have a plan and our party leader Jacinda Ardern has just announced a raft of policies to get the crisis under control
and restore hope to those who have been neglected for the last nine years,” says Mr McCann.