1 Dec 2017

Government pledges to build more state houses

12:41 pm on 1 December 2017

The government has pledged to build more state houses but cannot yet say how many.

Labour Party campaign chair for the 2017 election Phil Twyford in the RNZ Auckland studio.

Housing Minister Phil Twyford Photo: RNZ / Claire Eastham-Farrelly

The housing minister, Phil Twyford, set out the government's priorities at a meeting in the Salvation Army Church in Auckland this morning.

Mr Twyford told a packed meeting of housing and community groups that the government will put the state back into state housing.

Mr Twyford has committed to stop selling off state houses and reinvest profits from it into building new homes.

He says he wants to build 2000 homes a year but he couldn't commit to that figure.

Mr Twyford says trade-offs may have to be made, with a priority on KiwiBuild - the Labour Party's scheme to build 100-thousand affordable new houses in the next decade.

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