July 13, 2015
House sale data use not racist says Davis
Te Taitokerau MP Kelvin Davis is challenging the Government to show how Labour’s data on house buyers is wrong.
Labour looked at the names of purchasers on a leaked list of almost 4000 Auckland house sales, and concluded almost 40 percent went to Chinese buyers.
That’s despite Chinese making up only 9 percent of Auckland’s residents.
Mr Davis rejected the party is indulging in crude racial profiling.
He says in the absence of a register of foreign buyers, the leaked data is a way to make sense of the forces driving the housing bubble.
"If it’s wrong, tell us how it's wrong. Front up with the information if ours is wrong, and they are not. Because they are scared the information will show there are people from overseas, regardless of the country, Asia or America or wherever, are buying up the houses because it is easy to do so and it is making it harder for people who are living here, who are resident here, to afford a home," Mr Davis says.
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