Conor Hill today announced his full housing package, including both social housing initiatives and plans to make it easier and cheaper for people to build homes.
Hill said “Homelessness, rents, and house prices have skyrocketed in recent years. It’s incredibly hard for young families, students, and many others to afford a home in Wellington. As Mayor I will pull out all the stops to ensure we do better at providing more homes.”
On social housing, Hill said “Our current mayor has spent a lot of time talking about other people’s initiatives, but has not spent a single cent of ratepayer money on building new social homes. I will change that, and will aim to build 750 social homes over the next 4 years. Wellington is the wealthiest city in the country with incredibly low debt. Given our grave housing crisis, we cannot afford to stand by and do nothing.”
Hill also wants to help ensure renters have healthy homes, and is calling on the government to allow for community facilities and homes on a part of the criminally underused Berhampore Golf course. Finally he’ll pressure Housing New Zealand to allow council tenants to be eligible for income related rents, making life better for tenants and the provision of council housing more affordable for Wellington City Council.
Thriving suburban centres are a big part of Hill’s platform.. He’ll discourage land banking, and remove silly rules that make building homes more expensive. Hill said “We can build thriving communities with more for people to do and better transport if we make it easy for people to build the right kind of homes. I’ll work hard to deliver attractive suburban centres throughout our city. I particularly want a thriving community both North and South of the Basin reserve, where currently it’s a bit of a wasteland.”
Hill said “The council has a big part to play in fixing housing in Wellington, both through allowing for more homes, and through building new social homes. As mayor I will deliver a step change in the provision of new homes in Wellington.”
My full housing package can be found here.