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Labour says empty Housing NZ land in Wellington's Hutt Valley region enough for 400 Kiwibuild and state homes; One-to-three-bedroom Kiwibuild properties at $200,000 to $350,000

Labour says empty Housing NZ land in Wellington's Hutt Valley region enough for 400 Kiwibuild and state homes; One-to-three-bedroom Kiwibuild properties at $200,000 to $350,000

Labour says vacant Housing New Zealand land in Wellington's Hutt Valley should be enough for a mixture of 400 KiwiBuild and state houses.

The one-to-three bedroom KiwiBuild properties would cost between $200,000 and $350,000, Labour leader Andrew Little said Wednesday.

The properties would be built by 2020, he said. About 300 would be KiwiBuild and 100 state houses.

Answering questions from media and local residents at vacant Housing NZ land near the Epuni train station, Little said the fact there was existing underground infrastructure on the land would help keep down the prices of the new homes; there used to be state houses on the land which had been removed in recent years.

“We know the price we can build KiwiBuild homes for will differ across the country because of the price of land. We know that doing a development on land like this will be cheaper because the underground infrastructure is already there.”

“Nothing has happened and there are no plans to do anything for at least the foreseeable future,” he said. “We’ve got to make this a priority. The need that families are in is urgent, and we’ve got to make this a priority and we will.”

“We know that we’re a country that is 60,000 houses short nationwide. Some economists are now saying that figure is bigger. We are a country that has a chronic shortage of houses. There’s only one answer to that – we’ve got to build more houses.”

Little raised stories of people living in garages and people movers. He was asked by a local emergency housing provider about Labour’s plans on the issue. Little replied that there was more government could do on emergency housing provision, but that in the end the best answer overall was the overall building of more houses.

“We used to be good at providing a house for people and we seem to have given up as a country. Well we can’t do that anymore,” he said. “Housing is crucial. It’s crucial for people’s life opportunities, it’s crucial for addressing the inequality challenge we’ve got.

“That’s why we are making housing our number one priority.”

Not just about central govt

Meanwhile, Lower Hutt City Mayor Ray Wallace asked Little whether Labour would work with local government on the provision of more social housing in the area. Little said that what happens with local government is crucial to the outcomes of the policy.

“They’ve got a role to play. We’ll be working with private developers, obviously private construction companies. We’ll be working with Weltec – they’ve got a world class construction school just down the road here.”

“That’s about building the workforce that goes with this as well,” he said. “This is not about central government standing on its own trying to do it, it is working with locals and with local councils as well.”

Wallace told that the Hutt Council had repeatedly attempted to purchase the land from Housing NZ at competitive rates, without any luck. The council would have put pensioner housing on the land, he said.

See the announcement from Labour below and Andrew Little's comments in the video above.

Labour will build a mix of 400 state houses and affordable KiwiBuild homes in the Hutt Valley in its first term in government to tackle the housing crisis there, says Leader of the Opposition Andrew Little.

“Housing in the Hutt Valley is in crisis with many Kiwi families being priced out of both home ownership and the rental market. House prices have soared 25 per cent in the past year, and rents are up 9 per cent.

"266 Hutt families are on the waiting list for a state house. I know of one family that has been living in a garage for six months.

"Under Bill English, Housing New Zealand demolished hundreds of state houses in the Hutt and left the land empty for years. Now, Housing New Zealand is sitting on large tracts of empty land, where families used to live. That’s the heart of the housing crisis in the Hutt.

"Labour will build 400 additional houses and units in the Hutt Valley before the end of 2020. They will be affordable KiwiBuild homes for first homebuyers and Housing New Zealand houses. We are keen to work with the councils on housing solutions for the Hutt.

“We will build a mix of 2-3 bedroom family homes, and one bedroom units for older and disabled people. They will cost from $200,000 for one bedroom units to $350,000 for three bedroom starter terraced homes.

"We will build these houses on empty Housing New Zealand land in areas including Epuni, Naenae, Waiwhetu, and Petone, and look at opportunities to build in new developments around the Hutt.

“Our plans for the Hutt Valley show how Labour will tackle the housing crisis in government.

“Our KiwiBuild programme will build good, modern starter homes and units and sell them to first homebuyers at cost. We will ban overseas speculators from buying existing houses. We will stop Bill English’s policy of bleeding Housing New Zealand dry and, instead, allow it to invest in more houses for Kiwi families in need.

“For nine years, Bill English as Finance Minister and now Prime Minister has failed to show leadership on housing. Labour’s plan is what Hutt families have been crying out for,” says Andrew Little.

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If they can do it for that price in Wellington why not also in Auckland. The only difference is the land price and that is totally artificial. There is no real shortage of land just a few arbitrary boundary lines throttling the land supply.


First of all , transportables are being banged out in Northland and Southland for a couple of hunded grand , two bathrooms, three bedrooms. Lets assume it costs 50 grand to place and connect to services.
Second the services in the Hutt are mostly in place, probably subdividing the old quarter acres, the land is subdivison cost , 20 grand
That implies they are making a 30 grand contribution to the hutt council for ammenities.
Put the same house into auckland, subdividing state land and tell the city council contributions are 30 grand
Should work.

That is all the Auclkland council should be paid for ammenities.


Madness & greed is why land won't be released around Auckland
Even if the land was released by zoning change the city council still is not collecting the revenue it needs.
No rapid transit system exists and no 2nd harbour bridge
The government won't pay for either it just milks Aucklanders mercilessly to prop up political electorates elsewhere . "Hut Valley" perhaps Labour will call it that was prone to flooding if river overflows I thought. I suppose it's better than building on a earthquake fault line like parliament


Updated with more from the Q&A session out in the Hutt, plus video of it,



On the Stuff article about this, it says that housing NZ has 17,000 square-metres of land to build these houses. If you divide that by 400 houses, that equates to just 43 sqm of land for each house? Surely that isn't correct. Or are they building a highrise?


Rob all Labour are building are promises and lies


The Greens stamp duty or land transfer tax must be initiated It won't stop speculation but at least there would be a cash benefit towards running and improving the city from the churn of house selling
Think how much less debt Auckland would have now if this had been implemented years ago