New Zealand First says the Government has broken another promise by shutting down its Gateway Housing Scheme meant to help young people into their own home.
Housing spokesperson Denis O’Rourke says the Government promised 100 new Gateway houses in Auckland but delivered just 17.
“This is a pathetic performance by lacklustre Housing Minister Phil Heatley and his Government – another example of ‘spray and walk away’.
“At least 10,000 new houses are needed each year in this country. Already there is a severe housing shortage, especially in Auckland and Christchurch.
Mr O’Rourke says the situation reminds him of former Argentinian President Juan Peron who built only facades of houses for propaganda purposes.
“Forget ‘Don’t cry for me Argentina’, this Government’s performance is enough to make you cry right here in New Zealand.
“The Government is obviously bereft of ideas. It must do much more than to talk about support for community housing organisations and sell off Auckland state houses.”
Mr O’Rourke says New Zealand First is pushing the Government to introduce a comprehensive plan to help first home buyers.
“Our Home Buy Plan includes rent to own schemes to encourage private ownership, and the use of low deposit and low interest government loans,” says Mr O’Rourke.