March 23, 2021
Policy aimed at first home voters
A Māori housing advocate says the Government’s housing package fails to address the core needs of Maori.
The package includes measures to crack down on speculation, such as extending from five to 10 years the bright-line test for when a house can be sold without incurring tax on the profit, and also a multi-billion dollar infrastructure spends to speed up the government house-building programme.
But Jade Kake says its emphasis on first home buyers misses the point.
"And it feels like a political move to me because targeting homelessness, targeting severe housing deprivation, addressing housing quality and housing security which are all things that impact Māori, they are not on the table because I don't think they are political wins in the way supporting homeownership might be," she says.
Jade Kake says the package is positive in that it attempts to deal with both supply and demand, rather than simplistic earlier policies such as setting a target to build 100,000 homes.
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