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Reaction to the national policy statement

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 2/06/2016


* "This policy is about a culture change to support development that connects planning decisions to economics, ensures plans are regularly updated and recognises the national importance of housing" - Building and Housing Minister Nick Smith

* "It's a damp squib and it's unlikely to make much difference to Auckland's out of control housing crisis - Nick Smith is firing blanks" - Labour's housing spokesman Phil Twyford

* "New Zealanders are looking to the government for solutions to the housing crisis, and all they're seeing is Nick Smith waving a planning document around" - Green Party finance spokeswoman Julie Anne Genter

* "The critical part of delivering housing to New Zealanders remains the construction and financing of large scale infrastructure, principally roads and water networks" - Local Government NZ

* "The only way first home buyers can get better opportunities in Auckland is when there's more land at affordable prices - there isn't any other way" - Finance Minister Bill English

* "This is a derriere-covering exercise" - NZ First leader Winston Peters

* "If the RMA worked effectively, we wouldn't need continual interventions like this" - Employers and Manufacturers Association chief executive Kim Campbell

* "Today's announcement begins an assault on New Zealand's dysfunctional housing market ... the government is moving in the direction we have advocated for a decade" - ACT leader David Seymour

* "The government has finally accepted there's a housing crisis in Auckland but the statement only provides part of the answer" - Labour MP and Auckland mayoral candidate Phil Goff

* "A gradual approach to dismantling urban limits is not decisive enough to stem dramatic imbalances in land and house prices" - BusinessNZ chief executive Kirk Hope

* "Only now does it seem to be cutting to the chase" - United Future leader Peter Dunne

* "It's important to remember pressure from Wellington alone isn't going to solve the housing crisis in Auckland. The council and central government need to work together" - Generation Zero's Leroy Beckett.

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