housing crisis

PHOTO: Ardern said she would “forever find it galling to be lectured by the leader of the Opposition” on housing. Source: 1 NEWS

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and Opposition leader Judith Collins traded jabs over housing in their speeches in Parliament today.

“House prices rose 25 per cent nationally under the Labour Government before Covid-19 hit, now it is 37 per cent,” Collins said.

“Under Labour, the state house waiting doubled before the pandemic. Now it has tripled.”

“Since Jacinda Ardern became Prime Minister, the average house has earned more than the average worker. It’s a sad state of affairs, and it needs fixing right away.

“We now have more than 360,000 people receiving the accommodation supplement. More than half of the entire rental market is having some of their rent paid by the taxpayer. We can’t go on this way,” Collins said.