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New MP appeals for cross-party approach

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/02/2017

Labour's new Mt Roskill MP, Michael Wood, has used his maiden speech in parliament to appeal for a cross-party approach to solving the housing problem.

Mr Wood won the Mt Roskill by-election in December, gaining more than double the votes of his National Party opponent Parmjeet Parmar.

He has replaced Phil Goff, who resigned when he became Auckland's mayor.

"I see my fundamental duty as being to work towards just structures and systems that allow communities to flourish," he said.

"Decent and affordable housing lays at the heart of successful, stable communities."

Mr Wood said a family now needed $1 million to buy a home in his electorate, and ordinary working people were being forced out of the rental market.

"I live in hope that members across this House might work more constructively on the housing problem," he said.

"High quality, affordable, medium density housing... I hope to work with open-minded MPs across the House."

Mr Wood urged politicians to have more trust in communities and partner with them to achieve enduring solutions.

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