Construction industry


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Construction industry experts are urging the Government to make any necessary changes to KiwiBuild so they can get on with the job of building houses.

While hundreds of people attended an industry-led KiwiBuild summit in Auckland, there was a noticeable absence – the minister in charge of the struggling housing programme. Housing Minister Phil Twyford was in Wellington launching a Housing First development.

Standing in for him was Building and Construction Minister Jenny Salesa who didn’t even mention KiwiBuild once in her speech.

“In terms of housing and KiwiBuild is part of housing, I’m not the responsible minister,” she said.

And the head of the KiwiBuild Delivery Agency, Helen O’Sullivan, also refused to answer media questions on progress.