Phil Twyford reveals location of Government's first KiwiBuild homes

  • 01/12/2017

The Housing Minister says the first KiwiBuild homes will be built on a lot that's been sitting empty for years after state houses were torn down.

Phil Twyford said 40 homes, a mix of state housing and townhouses for private sale, will be built at Asquith Avenue in Mt Albert.

"I'm not doing it because it's the Prime Minister's electorate," Mr Twyford said on The AM Show.

"The plans are beautiful, we're going to get cracking in the new year, the bulldozers will be rumbling."

Last year, Labour criticised the National Government for leaving the site at Asquith Ave empty.

Mr Twyford accused the Government of neglecting the site after demolishing state housing, and said it should be used to help ease the housing crisis. 

The Minister couldn't say exactly when the houses would be built, but said he's doing "a whole lot of planning" and there would be a clear plan in the new year.

"Within the next two months we'll have some clear numbers on that and Duncan I'll be able to take you to the first KiwiBuild home and we'll walk up the path, we'll carry the furniture in for the first family," Mr Twyford told the AM Show host.

National MP Judith Collins said "We've got 100,000 homes already in the pipeline from our Government for the next three years so I'll tell you what Phil, you're going to have to do better than that."

KiwiBuild was one of the Labour party's major election policies. It's a promise to build 100,000 affordable homes within 10 years, and half of them will be in Auckland.

A home in Auckland will cost between $500,000 and $600,000 and apartments and townhouses will be less than $500,000.

Outside of Auckland house prices will range between $300,000 and $500,000.