Politicians offer remedies for the homesick blues


Politicians offer remedies for the homesick
blues

Seeking to refocus the attentions
of voters on one of the main issues confronting the country,
the New Zealand Institute of Architects (NZIA) is holding a
pre-election housing debate in Auckland next Wednesday (6
September).

The free public debate, to be
moderated by economics commentator Rod Oram, will take place
at the University of Auckland’s Business School at
6.30pm.

The debate will include spokespeople from
all of the parties contesting the general election: Phil
Twyford (Labour), Alfred Ngaro (National), Julie Anne
Gentner (Green), Denis O’Rourke (New Zealand First),
Carrie Stoddart-Smith (Māori Party), Stephen Berry (ACT),
Geoff Simmons (TOP) and Damian Light (United Future).

NZIA President Christina van Bohemen said the purpose of
the debate is to elicit from the various speakers their
parties’ solutions to New Zealand’s housing
difficulties.

“I think by now we can all agree
what the problems are. We’re interested in hearing about
the parties’ answers to the problems,” said Ms van
Bohemen.

Ms van Bohemen said the debate’s
participants will be asked to address the topics of housing
supply and affordability, intensification and the capability
of the construction industry.

“As architects, we
naturally also have an interest in the subject of the design
quality of New Zealand housing, across the price
spectrum,” Ms van Bohemen said. “We advocate for healthy
housing that meets the needs of New Zealanders, whatever
their income, and is of enduring quality.”

After the debate, refreshments will be served and
audience members will have an opportunity to meet the
political parties’ housing spokespeople.

The political debate kicks off the 2017
Festival of Architecture, which is being held around the
country from 7-17 September. (For information, go to: www.nzia.co.nz)

Housing debate
details

The Homesick Blues: Political Parties on
Housing Remedies

Time: 6.30–8pm, Wednesday 6
September
Venue: Lecture Theatre OGGB 260-098, Owen G.
Glenn Building, University of Auckland, Grafton Road (map)

ENDS

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