Judith Collins cruelly picks on a spastic kid in parliament

Yesterday in question time Judith Collins cruelly picked on the special kid during question five: Quote:

Question 5.?JUDITH COLLINS (National?Papakura)?to the?Minister of Housing and Urban?Development: How many houses will be built under the KiwiBuild programme?

PHIL TWYFORD (Minister of Housing and Urban Development): We will build, on average, 10,000 homes per year over 10 years. The KiwiBuild programme includes a larger, faster ramp-up than the Christchurch rebuild. It’s comparable in scale to the first Labour Government’s State house building, which went from 400 houses in the first year to 4,000 in the third. That member would know these things take time if her party had built any houses.

Judith Collins: When he said in November 2017 that the Government would build 16,000 KiwiBuild homes before the next election, what did he mean?

PHIL TWYFORD: What I meant was that we would build 16,000 homes in the first three years of the KiwiBuild programme?1,000 in the first, 5,000 in the second, 10,000 in the third. That building programme?16,000 in the first three years?kicks in when the $2 billion Budget appropriation takes effect on Budget day.

Judith Collins: So why did he tell Parliament last week that the Government would now build only 8,000 KiwiBuild homes before the next election?

PHIL TWYFORD: Well, it depends when the election is held, but our plan is to deliver 1,000 in the first year, 5,000 in the second, 10,000 in the third, and 100,000 homes by 31 June 2028.

Priyanca Radhakrishnan: How will the private sector be involved in building KiwiBuild houses?

PHIL TWYFORD: The private sector will be engaged in the building of KiwBuild houses through the buying off the plans initiative, which we’re announcing today. Under this programme, and we’re releasing the tender documents very shortly, KiwiBuild will be underwriting or buying off the plan houses?KiwiBuild homes?in private developments that would otherwise not be built. If the member knows the first thing about what’s currently going on in the residential housing market, she will know that there are many developments that are stalled or not happening because developers do not have access to finance.

Priyanca Radhakrishnan: What interest has there been from members of this House in building KiwiBuild houses?

PHIL TWYFORD: Well, we’ve had a great deal of interest from members of this House in the KiwiBuild programme, and I want to acknowledge in particular interest from one member of this House, who’s passed on a developer in her electorate who would like to be part of the KiwiBuild programme. I thank the member Judith Collins for passing on that interest in the KiwiBuild programme.

Judith Collins: Perhaps the Minister would like to table that.

Mr SPEAKER: Order! I can’t quite tell if that was a point of order or not. I think, seeing as it was a letter that mentioned the honourable member, there is an expectation now that it be tabled.

?PHIL?TWYFORD: I seek leave?

Mr SPEAKER: No, you don’t need leave. It’s just going to be tabled.


Hon Chris?Hipkins: I raise a point of order, Mr Speaker. I suspect the rule that you’re referring to talks about official documents and an obligation on Ministers to table official documents. I think it would be somewhat of a stretch to argue that a letter from a member of the Opposition is an official document. It’s not been produced by anybody official. However, I think, therefore, the appropriate course of action, given there is interest in this, is for the Minister to seek leave to table it.

Mr SPEAKER: My view is that it is a document which is received in the official capacity by the Minister. He has it in the House?I have seen it?and therefore I think it is appropriate that it is tabled under that Standing Order. So it will be tabled.

Document laid on the Table of the House.

Judith Collins: How many KiwiBuild houses has he built in his first eight months as Minister?

PHIL TWYFORD: We announced the other day, at McLennan, in the honourable member’s electorate of Papakura, that at McLennan we have stepped in to save a failing development that the private sector was unable to take up. KiwiBuild has moved in. We’ll have 30 KiwiBuild homes completed, with families moving in before Christmas. If KiwiBuild hadn’t intervened at that point, there would still be grass growing on those sections.

Judith Collins: Is the answer none?

PHIL TWYFORD: Those buildings are not yet completed, but I urge the member to stay tuned because there is going to be a procession of KiwiBuild announcements every week, and after a few months I guarantee she’ll be sick of hearing about KiwiBuild homes that have been completed.

Judith Collins: If the private sector is on track to deliver 127,000 houses over the next four years, as the Reserve Bank estimates, how does he propose building his now 8,000 KiwBuild homes without taking carpenters, electricians, and plumbers from the private sector?

PHIL TWYFORD: The member should know that at the moment in the construction industry there is actually some increasing amount of capacity that’s becoming available because financing constraints are holding up many developments. That’s exactly the idea behind the KiwiBuild policy, which is about intervening in a failed housing market that under that Government completely failed to deliver the affordable homes that young Kiwi families need.

Judith Collins: Would he like to take this opportunity to explain to New Zealanders why his 16,000 KiwiBuild homes, costing taxpayers $2 billion, have now become 8,000 KiwiBuild homes, costing taxpayers $2 billion?in just eight months?

PHIL TWYFORD: We’ve always been very clear that the KiwiBuild programme will be ramped up over three years. The $2 billion capital kick-start that will be announced in the Budget will be spent approximately 20 times over the 10-year period. That is the most efficient investment that any Government could make in making affordable homeownership available to a generation of young Kiwi families, which is the opposite of the touching faith that that Government showed for nine years in a market that completely failed to deliver the houses that young Kiwi families need. End Quote.

That is just cruel. It’s like clubbing baby seals, or picking on the spastic kid.

Phil Twyford is as arrogant as Trevor Mallard is condescending.