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Labour promises 400 homes for Lower Hutt

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 12/04/2017

Labour is promising to build 400 more homes in Lower Hutt, where it says the government has demolished hundreds of state houses amid a housing shortage.

Leader Andrew Little made the pledge in the suburb of Naenae on Wednesday morning.

There were 266 Hutt Valley families on the waiting list for state houses and Mr Little said he knew of one family living in a garage for six months. Prices had rocketed 25 per cent in the last year, he said.

"Under Bill English, Housing New Zealand demolished hundreds of state houses in the Hutt and left the land empty for years.

"Now, Housing New Zealand is sitting on large tracts of empty land, where families used to live. That's the heart of the housing crisis in the Hutt."

The 400 homes would be a mix of state houses and KiwiBuild homes. They would cost from $200,000 for one-bedroom units to $350,000 for three-bedroom starter terraced homes.

"Our KiwiBuild programme will build good, modern starter homes and units and sell them to first homebuyers at cost," Mr Little said.

" We will ban overseas speculators from buying existing houses. We will stop Bill English's policy of bleeding Housing New Zealand dry and, instead, allow it to invest in more houses for Kiwi families in need."

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