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National 'breaks campaign promise' to first home buyers

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First home buyers from low and middle income backgrounds, have been squeezed out of John Key's Hobsonville electorate as the government's flagship gateway housing project is wound up with just 17 houses complete, says Labour's Annette King.

"The Hobsonville development, which would have provided 3000 plus homes under Labour, including 500 state rentals and 500 homes for modest earners, has been ditched.

"The concept to build an inclusive and mixed community of privately owned property and state rentals was the brainchild of Labour, which Key benefitted from as a child in the leafy western suburbs of Christchurch.

"However, the project was doomed under National," Annette King said.

"Key himself said in 2002, that he would be horrified if state houses were built on land at Hobsonville. He reiterated that in 2003, saying 'I don't want to see state housing at Whenuapai'.

"Three years later in 2006, he took this criticism to the next level suggesting that creating housing for low income earners in more affluent suburbs was 'economic vandalism'.

"What a snob," Annette King said.

"By 2009, the provisions for 500 state rentals, and 500 'own your owns' for modest income earners at Hobsonville had been scrapped and replaced with a new scheme, promising up to 100 homes.

"In a speech launching the revised project, Housing Minister Heatley, bragged it would 'provide a helping hand' for those looking to buy their first home. It was he said; a 'platform to deliver on one of National's campaign promises for first home buyers.'

"Now he is ducking questions as to why just 17 houses have been built.

"There is a housing crisis in Auckland. The Prime Minister is out of touch and the Housing Minister needs to get out of his hidey-hole and answer questions," Annette King said.

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