1000 KiwiBuild homes by July – Peters (hurrah!) is intent on getting things back on track

Readers considering taking a punt at the TAB on the proposition the government will reach its various KiwiBuild targets may be confused about what odds they should take.

Housing Minister Phil Twyford this week said he is “pretty gutted” about the rate of progress and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said the Government is still building affordable houses – “just not as fast as we want and as many as what we want as quickly as we want.”

Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters, on the other hand, said the Government would still be able to get to its 1000 KiwiBuild homes target by July – “I believe so, yes.”  He happens to be Minister of Racing

Prospective punters in need of a form guide should consult the latest official progress report. Continue reading “1000 KiwiBuild homes by July – Peters (hurrah!) is intent on getting things back on track”

It’s highly unlikely the first KiwiBuild target will be met – but this doesn’t mean it has been abandoned

Some people were listening closely to Housing Minister Phil Twyford on RNZ’s Morning Report, when he said he couldn’t guarantee his signature KiwiBuild policy will meet its first deadline – 1000 homes built by July 1.

Twyford’s reluctance to guarantee the target represents a significant backdown for the Minister on the policy to build 100,000 affordable homes over 10 years.

And right there a good interviewer had material for robust follow-up questioning.

But RNZ’s Guyon Espiner, the Morning Report co-host, turned a failure to guarantee the target would be met into an assertion the target had been abandoned – an assertion he repeated even when the hapless Twyford insisted he hadn’t abandoned it.

This was a distortion of the sort that  spawns fake news.

Continue reading “It’s highly unlikely the first KiwiBuild target will be met – but this doesn’t mean it has been abandoned”