Survey shows sense on housing affordability

A new poll shows New Zealanders have grasped the realities of the housing crisis better than the Prime Minister and his Government, the Green Party said today.

New data from UMR shows that 85 percent of Aucklanders say there is a housing crisis, and 60 percent of Aucklanders and 55 percent of home-owners nationwide believe house prices should come down.

“It’s clear that most New Zealanders know National has let Auckland house prices get out of control and it’s now time to rein them in,” Green Party Co-leader Metiria Turei said.

“We need a careful, managed plan to raise incomes and reduce median Auckland house prices over time to a level where housing is affordable again.

“National can’t keep ignoring the fact that if there’s no plan to fix the housing crisis, we run the risk of a sudden market crash that could really hurt people and the economy more broadly.

“The role of Government is to make sure the economy is working for everyone, and that means making sure people can buy affordable homes for three to four times the median household income.

“When John Key says this data needs to be taken with a grain of salt, he’s actually rubbing salt in the wounds of middle and low income Auckland families who are currently locked out of the housing market.

“John Key says reducing house prices would be a ‘war on the poor’ but the real war on the poor has been his Government’s policies that have led to rents rising twice as fast as wages and thousands of state homes being sold off.

“If the Government was serious about fixing the housing crisis, it would stop property speculators with a proper capital gains tax (excluding the family home), ban sales to foreign investors, and build thousands of affordable homes,” said Mrs Turei.

Petition

Let’s ditch fossil fuels once and for all

When all our energy comes from the sun, the wind, and the flow of rivers, we won’t need to burn the fossil fuels that cause the climate crisis. Our...
SIGN ON

Petition

Support our Poverty Action Plan

Our Poverty Action Plan will completely change the way we support people in New Zealand so when people ask for help, they get it. It overhauls the ...
SIGN ON

Action

Local Events

We have activists across Aotearoa / New Zealand who are working hard to build a brighter future for our kids and grandkids. This page lists upcomin...
Take Action

Action

It's time to pay our essential workers a dignified wage

Our essential workers are the heroes getting us through the COVID-19 crisis, yet for too long they’ve been...
Take Action

Latest Housing Announcements

Homes for all

We know it’s not just four walls that makes a home. A home is somewhere warm that keeps out the winter draught and stops us from getting sick. It’s...
Read More

Story

Greens celebrate rent reforms

The Green Party is celebrating the passing of the Residential Tenancies Amendment Bill, calling it a win for people who rent.
Read More

Story

Guaranteed minimum income needed to cushion impact of growing underemployment

With the June 2020 quarter showing underemployment increasing, the Green Party is calling for a Guaranteed Minimum Income and an increase to the ab...
Read More

Housing

Everyone deserves a warm, dry, affordable home that supports their wellbeing and helps them to be part of a connected community. Successive governm...
Read More

Story

Investment in housing gives more people access to the home they deserve

The Green Party says huge new investment in public and transitional housing will get thousands more families into the warm, safe homes they deserve. 
Read More

Policy

Fairer Communities

Everyone should be treated equally, with access to what we need to live a good life.  In government we've fought to implement policy that ensures e...
See More

Latest Auckland Issues Announcements

Story

Green Party: Auckland Council’s proposed COVID budget cuts are regressive and dangerous for the climate

The Green Party says Auckland Council’s proposed COVID budget cuts are regressive and dangerous for the climate.
Read More

Story

Eels a sign of the health of our creeks

Central government needs to resource local councils to protect our waterways, Green Party Water spokesperson Marama Davidson said today, following ...
Read More

Story

Auckland transport plan a huge win for commuters, buses, trains and bikes

The Green Party is heralding today’s transport announcement in Auckland as a game changer that will deliver on some of the core commitments of the ...
Read More

Story

Collins must release new report on pipeline vulnerability

Judith Collins should release a new report, that had been due to come out this week, showing what the Government knew about the vulnerability of th...
Read More

Policy

Auckland Transport Plan

Make it affordable Free buses and trains, all the time, for everyone under the age of 19, with a new Youth Green Card.The Student Green Card, provi...
See More

Story

New report confirms scale of National’s housing crisis

A newly released report by the Auckland Housing Summit reveals the scale of National’s housing crisis, the Green Party said today. New data from St...
Read More

Latest Building and Construction Announcements

Sustainable buildings and warm dry homes

Everyone has the right to a warm, dry home. Instead, housing in Aotearoa often makes us sick from damp and cold. In Aotearoa, much of our housing s...
Read More

Story

National would rather save landlords some cash than look after sick kids: Green Party

The National Party is more concerned about the back pocket of property investors than sick kids and the elderly, Green Party Co-leader Marama David...
Read More

Story

Stop charging homeless people for emergency housing

The Green Party is calling for the Government to stop sending homeless people into thousands of dollars of debt with the Ministry of Social Develop...
Read More

Story

Green Party: Building code out of date and won’t ensure warm, dry homes

In response to calls for a compulsory energy rating for buildings the Green Party is renewing calls for the building code to take better account of...
Read More

Story

Green Party calling for bold steps to tackle issues in Salvation Army report

The Green Party agrees with the Salvation Army that bold new steps are needed to stop a worrying trajectory of increased rent rises and homelessnes...
Read More

Story

Dilapidated Pink Flats textbook example of why we need a Warrant of Fitness

Families living in dilapidated conditions in a boarding house in Whanganui further demonstrates why a Warrant of Fitness for housing is required, G...
Read More