10,037 additional ‘public homes’ have been added since Labour came to power in 2017, says Minister for Housing Megan Woods.
The figure is well down on the number originally promised by Jacinda Ardern when Labour came to power in 2017, although the impact of the COVID pandemic lockdowns and economic slowdown necessitated a ‘recalibration’ of the goal. Under that promise Labour pledged to build 36,000 new houses by 2022, and 100,000 by 2027.
‘We firmly believe the state has a role in providing a safety net to people who need public housing. These ten thousand additional homes mean thousands of families and individuals have moved into warm, dry homes across the country from Northland to Invercargill,’ said Woods.
‘It’s not only those living in public housing that benefit from this pipeline of activity; regional economies and the construction sector is boosted with jobs and critical infrastructure investment, all helping to secure New Zealand’s economy for future generations.’
Of the 10,037 new houses, not all are new builds however. Those total 8,420, or just 1,684 per year since Labour came to power. In the past financial year, 1,737 new build places have been delivered by Kāinga Ora and Community Housing Providers. In a press release from Woods today, there is no mention of where the balance of 1,617 new homes the government includes in its calculations come from.