The headline is what matters in an election campaign, and the headline is that National is promising that, as the government, it will build 34,000 new houses on Crown land in Auckland over the next 10 years.
Prime Minister John Key made the National Party’s big announcement on housing at the weekend, enabling qualifying first-homebuyers to borrow more, especially in Auckland. Affordability campaigner Hugh Pavletich promptly labelled it “a land speculators’ welfare scheme” at the expense of all others.
Published 8 June 2007 John Key on the official cash rate: “If you only have a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” Yes, it’s a hoary old line, but the National Party leader struck a chord when he used it last night in an address to the northern chapter of the Institute of Building. The […]