Flagship policy a ‘dead duck’

If it walks like a duck… talks like a duck… Kiwibuild, the flagship policy of our government, designed to bring relief to all those young families ‘locked out’ of the housing market, is an abject failure. Twyford has virtually admitted it. If they were unable to meet their first target of 1000 homes built by July but knew they would be able to meet their next target of 5000 by the following July, they would have said so. Instead, they have decided not to measure their progress over the first 9 years of the project, but will still build 100,000 houses in 10 years. If you believe that, I have a very large bridge to sell you. Nobody believes it. They just want the damned thing to go away.

Stacey Kirk doesn’t believe it either. quote.

When project deadlines start blowing out, its only ever downhill from there.

Longer delays, greater costs, more corners being cut to try and get it back on track.  

KiwiBuild was never going to be able to reach the milestones the Government had set – not without significant reform of the Resource Management Act. And yet, it could prove to be the most unforgiving policy to get wrong. 

But then, Labour never fully expected to be enacting it when they made the grand election promise.

Of all the promises to break though, this is the one inextricably linked with the Kiwi dream.?Now the Government has officially scrapped its first term building targets and the policy isn’t just in danger of failing – it is?failing.

The housing shortage is a big and tangible problem, affecting hundreds of thousands of Kiwis, and there were countless times on the campaign trail when Labour leader Jacinda Ardern and her MPs literally said “we will fix the housing crisis”.

With the admission the Government would only be able to build 300 by houses by July 1, Housing Minister Phil Twyford has all but confirmed the rest of their deadlines are likely to blow out too.?
And as much as Ardern tries to claim the longer deadline to build 100,000 houses in 10 years is still on, no one’s kidding themselves.?Their flagship policy is six months in and already a dead duck.? end quote.

Brutal but true. It was never going to work. Governments should stay out of the private housing market. We need social housing too, and that is where the government focus should be. quote.

And as the Government drafts legislation to allow the confiscation of land to build houses – against the advice of officials – Twyford’s response to the collapse of this policy has more than a whiff of desperation about it.  end quote.

If the failure of Kiwibuild is not bad enough, the government now threatening to seize private land should be sending shivers down everyone’s spine. This is not desperation. It is communism. quote.

It could not have been a worse start to the year for the Government…
KiwiBuild’s stumble has put paid to that, and a surprise commitment from National leader Simon Bridges has backed Finance Minister Grant Robertson into a corner, with the apparent argument it’s not feasible to index income tax brackets to inflation. 

Stuff end quote.

The media are starting to turn against the government. There will be a lot more baby photos and news items about Jacinda ‘dazzling’ overseas, but the rot has started to set in. This government is not performing. It is not doing what it said it was going to do. At last, the media seem to be recognising it.