Labour and National announce Palmerston North housing policies

Labour and National announce Palmerston North housing policies

Labour and National have announced plans to solve housing problems in Palmerston North, with both parties promising to build about 70 new state and social houses.

But someone at the coalface of the city’s social housing says he would like to see both parties’ policies go futher.

Labour leader Jacinda Ardern travelled to the city’s Highbury suburb, an area with lots of state housing, on Wednesday, to announce her party’s intention to build 149 homes on vacant land in the city.

Immediately after, Social Housing Minister Amy Adams and her associate minister Alfred Ngaro put out a statement saying National was building 70 new social houses and 30 short-term transitional housing places.

Ardern said the homes would be built on blocks of Housing New Zealand-owed land on Botanical Rd, Crew Cres and Rugby St, which had been vacant for some time.

The previous Labour Government had torn down state houses on one block of land with the intention of rebuilding them, but the National Government did not rebuild them, and tore down houses on the other two blocks, she said.

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