KiwiBuild apartments will be more cost-effective – Jacinda Ardern

The AM Show 27/02/2018

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the Government could build $350,000 apartments for first home buyers.

Documents released to Newshub Nation this week under the Official Information Act reveal KiwiBuild apartments and houses to be priced up to $600,000 in Auckland could still be well out of reach of their target market.

Ms Ardern joined The AM Show to discuss the cost of a KiwiBuild home compared to what people can afford.   

She said that while the KiwiBuild home price tag may be a stretch for first time home buyers, there’s a “significant difference” between those prices and what’s on the market.

Ms Ardern says she's looking at cheaper alternatives which would drastically cut the cost of a home.

We've got to start looking at alternatives to the stand-alone home.

"We're not just talking about stand-alone homes but those that are townhouses, so semi-detached, and apartments we're able to get at a much more affordable price-bracket.

"There are plenty of first-home buyers who see that as perfectly suitable alternative for them in a growing city environment."

Watch the full interview with Jacinda Ardern above. 

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