housing crisis

PHOTO: Labour and National’s social spokespeople have clashed over who is to blame for the housing crisis on Friday. Getty

Labour’s Carmel Sepuloni and National’s Louise Upston got into a heated exchange over housing supply during a debate on RNZ’s Morning Report.

They were joined by NZ First’s Tracey Martin, ACT’s Nicole McKee and the Green’s Jan Logie. The debate covered social issues such as child poverty, benefits and housing.

Despite a mostly calm start, things got heated when Upston took a jab at KiwiBuild.

“The focus has to be on building more houses. I think Labour will have learned that announcing 100,000 KiwiBuild houses doesn’t magic up houses,” she said.

KiwiBuild was the Government’s flagship policy. It promised to build 100,000 houses in 10 years. But after months of controversy, it was officially recalibrated in 2019 and the housing promise was axed.

Instead Upston said updating the Resource Management Act (RMA) was the key to getting more houses built.