Damage caused by Nats
According to Tania Tapsell, Labour has failed the community with its housing policies. Steady on Tania!! Nine years under a National government saw the elimination of first-home buyers' access to reasonably-priced houses. Why? Because year after year, a flood of wealthy immigrants was encouraged by National and housing costs went sky high, not just in Auckland.
John Key was so rattled by the bad look of this that he instructed his caucus to never speak of a housing crisis. It was a “housing challenge”, as most of us well remember, but evidently young contenders to Parliament have conveniently ignored that deceitful bit of political-speak.
Challenge aye? No one in National could take that on, could they? Labour has attempted to begin rectifying the situation but will certainly need another term or two to correct the damage caused by National if a real solution is to be found. Miracles of this size don't happen in a mere three years.