Government falls behind on building houses

22/02/2017
The Government's plans to fix the Auckland housing crisis have slowed significantly, with new figures obtained by Newshub showing it'll take much longer to deliver on much-needed homes.

Last year, the Government delivered on less than half of its plans for Auckland.

In June the Government projected 874 new houses would be built on Crown-owned land but by October the number dropped to just 403 - down by 53 percent.

The figures come after Newshub revealed that three sites earmarked for housing can't actually be built on.

That includes a site at Wiri Station Rd which Housing Minister Nick Smith showed off on a media bus tour in 2015, just after it was announced the Government planned to use 500 hectares of Crown land for housing.

Labour leader Andrew Little said it's been a shambles.

"There's been so many stuff ups, cock ups, muck ups, I'm not sure the guy's got any shame left."

Dr Smith issued a statement to Newshub saying that out of all the land he took media for a tour on in 2015, the block at Wiri was the only one that wasn't going ahead. The statement listed four developments that are going ahead - with a total of 476 homes.

The Auckland sites currently being developed through the Crown Land Programme are:
- Moire Road, Massey, 196 dwellings
- Great North Road, Waterview, 120 dwellings
- New North Road, Mt Albert, 100 dwellings
- Titoki Street, Te Atatu, 60 dwellings

Prime Minister Bill English has defended Dr Smith.

"He's done a good job actually, some people think you can just decide to have more houses and they magically appear".