PHOTO: Judith Collins. TVNZ

KiwiBuild is “essentially a welfare scheme for property developers” and should be scrapped, National MP Judith Collins says.

“They [the Government] can take the $2 billion they put aside for KiwiBuild and give it to Pharmac, if necessary, or just put it back into the pot, because frankly KiwiBuild is a disaster,” the National housing spokesperson said on TVNZ1’s Q+A last night.

Ms Collins said KiwiBuild “goes around getting houses where people don’t necessarily want them in the configuration that they are available”.

“I would rather us have a focus on social housing, particularly around community housing providers.”

Schemes such as build-to-rent, that is currently being considered by the Government, was “worth looking at”, she said.


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