Labour leader David Cunliffe has outlined plans to build
10,000 new affordable homes in Christchurch within four years
as part of the party's KiwiBuild policy.
Mr Cunliffe released Labour's policy for housing in
Christchurch at the party conference at the Wigram Air Force
As well as building new permanent homes, Labour also wanted
to slow down demolition in some areas to use appropriate red
zoned homes as temporary rental accommodation while the
rebuild was underway. Those homes would largely be on the
periphery of the red zone areas, where the infrastructure and
services could sustain it.
Mr Cunliffe said the Ministry of Business, Innovation and
Employment had estimated up to 7400 people were living in
insecure housing. Despite that, it was demolishing far more
houses than it was building, and better options were needed.
Many were currently living in caravans and garages and
selecting some red zone homes for use would provide a better
alternative. Some homes could be relocated to lots outside
the city to be re-used.
Finance spokesman David Parker said one example was Calbourne
Courts, a council retirement housing block on the edge of the
red zone. Labour had commissioned an independent engineering
report which indicated that it was feasible to use that
housing. H said it would open up a few hundred houses for use
as well as helping peg rental prices down.
Mr Cunliffe said the scale of the KiwiBuild approach would
help keep the price of new homes down as the rebuild went on.
The third prong of the Christchurch policy was a
revitalisation programme of New Brighton. Mr Cunliffe said
Labour would speed up that re-development, including building
KiwiBuild homes on Government and council owned land in the
- Claire Trevett of the New Zealand Herald