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Hamilton housing on election agenda

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 5/05/2017

Hamilton's "housing crisis" has been thrust into election calculations with National and Labour promising to build more houses in the city.

Social Housing Minister Amy Adams on Friday targeted the city's lowest income earners by pledging to build 43 new two bedroom homes on government-owned land by end of July.

"Around 70 per cent of the people on the social housing register for Hamilton need a one- or two-bedroom home," she says.

"However, these homes make up only 50 per cent of Housing New Zealand's Hamilton portfolio."

She said the $12 million programme would build the homes as infill on existing Housing New Zealand land, which helped speed up their construction.

However, Opposition leader Andrew Little said during a visit to Hamilton on Friday that the city was in a "housing crisis".

He pledged to build 200 affordable KiwiBuild homes if elected in September.

"There were 219 people on the Housing New Zealand waiting list for homes in Hamilton, as of March this year, but all National is promising is just 43 state houses," he says.

"Labour's plan will fill the need for more state houses and provide more affordable homes for first home buyers."

He says the homes will vary in cost from $200,000 for one bedroom units to $350,000 for three-bedroom terraced homes.

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