Shearer wastes no time attacking Smith
Wed, 23 Jan 2013 9:09a.m.
By Dan Satherley
Labour leader David Shearer says new Minister of Housing Nick Smith is a "retread from the past without any new ideas".
But Dr Smith, back on National's front bench after a 10-month absence, says it's only his first day on the job and he has a lot of work and reading to do.
"I only found out yesterday morning I was taking up this role of housing," Dr Smith told Firstline this morning.
"Today is not the day for detailed policy announcements."
He says based on his research so far, the main issues are land supply and costs of construction, new infrastructure and complying with local authorities.
"We're going to need to develop a comprehensive package in dealing with all of those if we're going to help Kiwi families reach that dream of being able to own their own part of this Kiwi paradise," says Dr Smith.
"Why is it that building materials are more expensive here than what they are in Australia? Why is it that section prices have become so expensive? Why is it that the houses we are building tend to be the very expensive, large homes rather than those that are able to be purchased by our average Kiwi family?"
Mr Shearer last year announced a 10-year plan to build 100,00 "entry-level" homes priced at around $300,000 per unit. He told Firstline this morning the Government can't just "sit on its hands" and leave housing to the market.
"There are New Zealanders out there who want to be able to get into their own homes and can't because this Government won't get out and intervene in the housing market."
Dr Smith says there is no "magic silver bullet", and suggests the Resource Management Act (RMA) needs looking at.
"It is my view that the RMA is not working for New Zealanders around the issue of housing affordability… it is not just a simplistic notion of only building up or only building out – it's about getting all of those systems – from land supply to the actual construction of the home working more effectively."
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24/01/2013 12:29:10 p.m.
C. A. Monteath-Carr wrote:
Hey I know! Let's de-regulate the building industry! That worked out SO WELL last time!
24/01/2013 7:05:38 a.m.
The experts disagree with you William, or do you not watch televions or read?.
24/01/2013 6:20:25 a.m.
Kevin M wrote:
?What is this referral to "average Kiwi family"?, what do these nats think a family is?
24/01/2013 6:13:21 a.m.
Mike Speedy wrote:
Look at affordable homes in the provinces;they are everywhere.Get out of bed early,work all day,pay them off.Use this approach as a stepping stone to build equity toward the house you would actually like to have in the future.Stop wasting money on crap ;make it work. Just get in & do the hard yards.It is simple.
23/01/2013 10:12:13 p.m.
No doubt he is getting stuck into him, as he will be worried sick that the truth is about to come out on that Farcicle housing policy that this current Labour outfit has announced there is not a chance in hell of that being a viable option, and the pricing is absolute pie in the shy rubbish!! I well know having been in the housing industry my entire life there is no chance in hell they will be able to build houses for those sorts of prices, they will not even develop the land to build them on for that sort of money, let alone build the house for that, Shearer will not be sleeping well that is for sure!!!
23/01/2013 9:57:25 p.m.
Ha ha ha. Pot calling kettle black. If cheap shots are the best Labour has we are heading for another National government.
23/01/2013 9:21:59 p.m.
Jim Seaview wrote:
It is all right for Mr Shearer to attack Mr Smith now as he is one of the most experienced National MP's in Parliament. Mr Smith doesnt have to wait long, only a few weeks for the Labour Party LEADERSHIP show to begin starring all the Davids and at least Mr Smith will still be in his new ministerial position - but for Mr David Shearer, none of us know what the outcome will be - including David Shearer????
23/01/2013 7:26:16 p.m.
Considering Nick Smith said he wouldnt be seeking re election at the next election because of his errors David Shearer has every right to take Nick Smith to task for his lies and errors.
John Key has never answered a question on policy detail so dont go calling the kettle black Sanba.
All John Key had during the last election run up were cheap shots and no answers.
23/01/2013 5:47:43 p.m.
LOL, Labour and Helen's 'cabal of women' ministers that were 'disgraced'...drink driving and lying to the parliament...back in also...ohhh dear, the lefties soon forget eh?....where is the usual suspects of lefty woman posters and baldykat?, seems they have a longer memory than Shearer and stand well clear of this forum subject eh?
23/01/2013 1:15:55 p.m.
Joy Key is being pragmatic by bringing Nick Smith back into Cabinet. Key knows that he needs a Minister with the experience to make progress. Shearers crticism of the Cabinet reshuffle is predicatble. But he is no real position to speak with authority since he has never held a Cabinet position and has still yet to prove himself as the leader of the Labour Party.
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