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Greens want details of govt housing plan

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 9/10/2016
Greens co-leader Metiria Turei © RNZ / Elliot Childs Greens co-leader Metiria Turei

The Greens wants details of the government's plan to build affordable houses in Auckland.

Finance Minister Bill English has told the New Zealand Herald that over the next 10 years the government will provide significant numbers of medium-density, medium-priced houses in the Auckland market.

"Over the next six months you'll also see a growing understanding of the size of the government's building programme and that will have an effect on the market," he said.

Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei says the government might have finally discovered how to build houses, just in time for next year's election.

"Bill English needs to explain how affordable these homes will actually be, and how he plans to stop property speculators snapping them up," she said.

"Is Bill English actually going to build affordable homes, or is this just another way to flog off state house land for private houses?"

Ms Turei says when the government sold state homes in Tamaki and Glen Innes they were replaced with $1 million townhouses.

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