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KiwiBuild news and updates 2019

KiwiBuild announcements in the news

October 2019

  • Dashboard tracks housing progress Read here
  • Hundreds more homes to be produced after off-site manufacturer boosts capacity Read here
  • Mike Hosking: Government still doesn't understand housing Read here
  • Voters not satisfied with Government's progress on housing - Newshub-Reid Research Poll Read here
  • A wrap of the not so politically sexy work underway to increase the supply of houses... eventually Read here
  • First KiwiBuild homes welcomed in Queenstown, but cheaper homes needed - mayor Read here
  • Former school to become housing project Read here

September 2019

  • Manufacturers complain too much red tape around prefab KiwiBuild homes Read here
  • Prefab KiwiBuild homes unlikely to save struggling programme Read here
  • New Zealand pushes offsite construction Read here
  • KiwiBuild production ramping up through offsite manufacturing Read here
  • Property experts explore 'build-to-rent' concept Read here
  • KiwiBuild will remain an albatross around the Government's neck Read here
  • Affordable housing becomes more attainable Read here
  • Woods takes aim at building material costs Read here
  • KiwiBuild reset is potentially dangerous for taxpayers Read here
  • “Government resets KiwiBuild to help more New Zealanders into home ownership” Read here
  • Nothing in the KiwiBuild reset to stop the housing crisis Read here
  • Where to now as KiwiBuild dust settles? Read here
  • “Build from the plans and don't change them if you're cost sensitive” Read here
  • “Mike Hosking: New KiwiBuild Minister Megan Wood showing signs of common sense” Read here
  • “Cheat sheet: Megan Woods hits reset on the beleaguered KiwiBuild programme” Read here
  • The Government can wrest something from the wreckage of KiwiBuild Read here
  • “KiwiBuild 2.0 light on detail for rent-to-own scheme - industry insiders” Read here

August 2019

  • KiwiBuild presses fast-forward to get more Wellington offerings to the market Read here
  • KiwiBuild programme losing another top boss, Helen O'Sullivan Read here
  • KiwiBuild and HNZ competed over same land and homes Read here
  • Builders' hopes for a Kiwibuild recovery Read here
  • More KiwiBuild houses - if wanted in Wanakas Northlake Read here
  • Twyford gets knocked back Read here
  • KiwiBuild reaches record numbers in Wellington Read here
  • Housing New Zealand is finally building on vacant land in Lower Hutt Read here
  • Make Miramar Golf Course Kiwibuild land, says MP Paul Eagle Read here
  • Mike's Minute: Megan Wood's KiwiBuild silence is deafening Read here
  • Toi Te Ora seeks changes to bill to protect rural, low income, whānau Read here
  • Creation of Government's new urban development authority behind schedule and causing concerns for Auckland Council Read here
  • Economist's house-building reforms: KiwiBuild no answer, three-point fix put forward Read here
  • Kiwibuild reset: Greens want rent-to-own scheme: Co-leader Marama Davidson Read here
  • KiwiBuild reset: 'Cruel' not to help first-home buyers Read here

July 2019

  • KiwiBuild policy not guaranteed in 2020 Read here
  • First Wellington KiwiBuild apartments up for sale, with future developments likely Read here
  • “Dear Prime Minister, help Kiwis own their home” Read here
  • No takers yet for KiwiBuild Homes in Te Kauwhata Read here
  • Jacinda Ardern says Government not giving up on housing despite KiwiBuild not meeting 'our expectations' Read here
  • Te Kauwhata KiwiBuild development a ‘white elephant' Read here
  • Government pushes out the unveiling of the KiwiBuild reset until late August Read here
  • Auditor-General investigators to look into Judith Collins' KiwiBuild concerns Read here
  • “Tauranga KiwiBuild sales continue to show strength” Read here
  • Bay of Plenty: KiwiBuild's glimmer of hope? Read here
  • KiwiBuild's new leaders enter scheme's second year with 786 house shortfall Read here
  • Peter Dunne: Drop the dogma if KiwiBuild to be saved Read here
  • Two SHA proposals approved at Wanaka Read here
  • How Phil Twyford lost housing and KiwiBuild failed Read here
  • Mike Hosking: Megan Woods can't save Kiwibuild Read here
  • Opinions on how to reboot KiwiBuild Read here
  • David Cunliffe says Megan Woods will be effective housing leader Read here

June 2019

  • Auckland Council worried government's planned housing and urban development authority could see council paying for increased infrastructure costs, with its planning overridden Read here
  • Housing job split despite Bill to combine them Read here
  • KiwiBuild 'horribly inefficient and unfair on taxpayer' - developer Read here
  • KiwiBuild: Can Megan Woods do what Phil Twyford could not? Read here
  • Failing KiwiBuild not final word on housing Read here
  • Greens push on long-delayed rent-to-own scheme Read here
  • Bank offers new mortgage package for prebuilt homes Read here
  • Construction industry urges Government to get on with KiwiBuild changes Read here
  • How KiwiBuild fell down, and whether anything can be saved from the wreckage Read here
  • Running the ruler over housing policies Read here
  • Public officials provide cannon fodder as ministers duck for cover Read here
  • When Newsroom briefed the Government on KiwiBuild Read here
  • Build-to-rent - it's all about tax Read here
  • “Phil Twyford is copping more flak than Shane Jones” Read here
  • KiwiBuild may yet have its day albeit not in its existing form Read here
  • More KiwiBuild houses for Whangārei Read here
  • The KiwiBuild reset will also include a wider shake-up of the Govt's whole build programme Read here
  • Latest KiwiBuild development revealed for Auckland, as poll shows Kiwis still back the concept Read here
  • "The party of reform": Phil Twyford Read here
  • KiwiBuild eligibility questions raised Read here
  • Desperate times, desperate tenants in Tauranga housing shortfall Read here

May 2019

  • Govt made right call in leaving floundering KiwiBuild out of the Budget Read here
  • Fast-track urban development law introduced to Parliament - sharechat.co.nz Read here
  • Treasury raises fears for public housing funding Read here
  • KiwiBuild scheduled to deliver just 1535 houses by 2020 election, a tenth of original goal Read here
  • Can Kiwibuild be rescued? Read here
  • Flagship KiwiBuild policy in tatters as PM refuses to speak its name Read here
  • Phil Twyford defends Government purchasing seven unsold KiwiBuild houses Read here
  • Govt buys more unsold Kiwibuild homes Read here
  • KiwiBuild interest builds as half of the properties are bought in one day Read here
  • KiwiBuild homes sitting unsold in Canterbury Read here
  • KiwiBuild’s spending fails the common sense test | Scoop News Read here
  • Long-awaited progress visible on New Plymouth KiwiBuild site Read here
  • Uncertainty over 100,000 target for KiwiBuild Read here
  • Dream of owning a home ’receding further and further away into the future’ – business expert Read here
  • Housing Minister Phil Twyford refuses calls for resignation over KiwiBuild Read here
  • KiwiBuild proving 'difficult to get going', Labour admits Read here
  • Simon Bridges slams Government for 'massive fail' over teachers, Kiwibuild Read here
  • KiwiBuild failure is more than a broken promise, it's a betrayal Read here
  • National trains gun on Phil Twyford Read here
  • David Hargreaves tries to make sense of what the Government may be planning as the so-called 'recalibration' of the flagship KiwiBuild policy continues Read here
  • SunLive - KiwiBuild to reveal Tauranga developments - The Bay's News First Read here
  • Govt scrambling to fix KiwiBuild - property expert Read here
  • KiwiBuild is coming to the Bay of Plenty - details on Wednesday at Classic Builders site Read here
  • First KiwiBuild homes for Bay of Plenty go on the market tomorrow Read here
  • PM hints at wriggle room on KiwiBuild target of 100,000 | Scoop News Read here
  • Phil Twyford's credibility questioned over changing answers on KiwiBuild Read here
  • How Kiwibuild destroyed the capital gains tax Read here
  • Builder denied KiwiBuild jobs - 'I just got brushed over' Read here
  • Govt claims it's 'well on track' to building 300 KiwiBuild homes by July Read here
  • The Wanaka Sun - Government bails out Northlake’s KiwiBuild Read here
  • Where to build needed houses in Gisborne Read here
  • High-end of town will be chuffed with Government's torpedoing of Capital Gains Tax, less well-off won't be. A successful revamp of Labour's flagship housing policies could help. Read here
  • Govt urged to support scheme helping low-income families buy homes Read here
  • KiwiBuild recalibration 'not that far away' Read here

  • Phil Twyford 'playing fast and loose' with taxpayers' money underwriting KiwiBuild houses Read here

  • Kiwibuild to enter high-end Omaha market with affordable apartments - April billboard Read here

April 2019

  • An inner city Lower Hutt KiwiBuild could be yours for $500,000 - or less Read here
  • KiwiBuild a 'developer welfare scheme' Read here
  • Judith Collins grills Phil Twyford over KiwiBuild homes built before 2017 election Read here
  • Half of all KiwiBuild homes already under construction before being brought into the programme Read here
  • Is it time of a KiwiBuild switch? Read here
  • KiwiBuild 'almost no chance of success' in current form Read here
  • Oliver Hartwich says the rest of Phil Twyford's housing policy is sufficiently ambitious and radical to solve NZ's housing problems without recourse to KiwiBuild Read here
  • National questions Housing Ministry consultant and contractor spend Read here
  • Subdivision 'step in right direction' Read here
  • Lifemark® Newsletter Public & KiwiBuild Housing must embrace Universal Design Read here
  • KiwiBuild houses selling on par with private homes Read here
  • Prefab industry at tipping point in wait for government reforms Read here
  • They need to go back to the drawing board’ – economist says KiwiBuild not working for first home buyers Read here
  • Hurdles deterring potential buyers from snapping up KiwiBuild homes, developer says Read here
  • Government eyeing build-to-rent housing Read here
  • KiwiBuild chief failed to get job back in December amid allegation of 'serious misconduct' Read here
  • New Plymouth KiwiBuild land blessed ahead of construction Read here
  • 100 Kiwibuild homes announced for Queenstown Read here
  • Defiant housing minister Phil Twyford acknowledges KiwiBuild mistakes Read here
  • Does Canterbury need KiwiBuild? Housing experts say no, but government says yes Read here
  • Hearing on Northlake Kiwibuild plans held Read here
  • KiwiBuild houses for sale in Kotātā Heights, Whangārei Read here
  • Six KiwiBuild homes contracted 'off the plans' in November already mostly built in September Read here
  • Huapai KiwiBuild homes had already been tried for sale on open market Read here
  • Tauranga company's plans to fix New Zealand's housing crisis Read here
  • KiwiBuild a major stumbling block for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's Government Read here
  • Offsite manufacturing an important tool for Kiwibuild Read here
  • KiwiBuild houses might not end up with first-home buyers Read here
  • Wanaka KiwiBuild homes facing tough competition to be sold Read here
  • KiwiBuild: Taxpayers may have to foot the bill for losses Read here
  • 'Tough target': KiwiBuild contracts just 10% of govt's 100k homes goal Read here
  • KiwiBuild: Taxpayers may have to foot the bill for losses Read here
  • Offsite manufacturing an important tool for Kiwibuild Read here
  • The KiwiBuild failure should galvanise urgent action on NZ's housing disaster Read here
  • Government told to hire overseas builder to drive down costs Read here
  • Editorial: A big KiwiBuild contract could get materials more cheaply Read here
  • Despite recent set-backs KiwiBuild says its mass produced housing plans are still on-track Read here
  • Hundreds of homes could be built on prison site in Wellington Read here
  • KiwiBuild contracts just 10 percent of government's 100,000 target Read here
  • Revealed: How Housing Minister Phil Twyford's KiwiBuild targets unravelled Read here
  • KiwiBuild is just the tip of the iceberg of housing failures « The Daily Blog Read here
  • Build China relationship and solve the housing crisis - Palino | Voxy.co.nz Read here
  • Kiwibuild sales give wrong idea: developer Read here
  • 1 NEWS poll: Public faith fades in Government's 100,000 KiwiBuild target Read here
  • Action, not 'rhetoric' needed from Government on housing - poverty campaigner. Read here
  • Government adamant KiwiBuild’s 100k homes goal is still achievable. Read here
  • KiwiBuild strikes deal with Mike Greer Homes for 104 units. Read here
  • Cheapest KiwiBuild revealed, podcast. Read here
  • Twyford admits Government has made mistakes with KiwiBuild. Read here
  • Phil Twyford remains adamant that KiwiBuild can reach long-term target of 100,000 homes. Read here
  • Govt's $100m for Māori land funding 'waste of money' - Bridges. Read here
  • Vaughan Gunson: KiwiBuild would be better to encompass a range of policies and initiatives. Read here
  • Developer to help build 104 KiwiBuild homes. Read here
  • David Hargreaves says the Government should broaden its line of attack in the fight against the country's housing problems Read here
  • Keen demand for Ngāi Tai KiwiBuilds Read here
  • Is KiwiBuild broken beyond repair? Read here
  • KiwiBuild will crowd out as much as 75% of other home building: RBNZ -Read here
  • Hamilton's housing market is 'suffocated'Read here
  • KiwiBuild: the solution you come up with when you don’t want to fix the problem Read here
  • Housing crisis intensifies under Labour government. Read here
  • No one entered KiwiBuild ballot for Waikato development Read here
  • Time for Government to abandon Kiwibuild. Read here
  • Ministry of Housing and Urban Development - Advance Notice – KiwiBuild Real Estate Panel. Read

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  • New Plymouth's $23m KiwiBuild project a potential boon for local industry Read here
  • KiwiBuild will crowd out as much as 75% of other home buildingRead here
  • It's no wonder no-one wants to buy them Read here
  • RBNZ: KiwiBuild won’t contribute to housing stock in 2019. Read here
  • Key appointments for KiwiBuild revealed. Read here
  • Vaughan Gunson: Haste to be seen to be doing something backfires on Phil Twyford and Labour. Read here
  • Proposed requirements for banks to hold more capital won't cause KiwiBuild catastrophe or economic slowdown, according to Twyford and Robertson. Read here
  • Why affordable Wanaka KiwiBuild homes are unsold: locals explain mystery. Read here
  • KiwiBuild former boss Stephen Barclay resignation may have been an own goal. Read here
  • Jibes and jeers flying for politicians' first day back at Parliament. Read here
  • 'It's no wonder no-one wants to buy them. Read here
  • New Zealand 'a housing basket case' says Govt after damning KiwiBuild report. Read here
  • Housing Minister Phil Twyford is 'pretty gutted' KiwiBuild will fall short of its first year's target. Read here
  • Phil Twyford says only 300 KiwiBuild homes are due to be finished by July. Read here
  • Government told to hire overseas builder to drive down costs. Read here
  • KiwiBuild 'distraction from real housing solutions'Read here
  • Despite recent set-backs KiwiBuild says its mass produced housing plans are still on-track. Read here
  • Queenstown trust targets 1000 homes in 10 years, delivers eight in first year. Read here
  • Aucklanders urged to move south for homes, jobs. Read here
  • Stacey Kirk: KiwiBuild noose tightens; Labour's flagship policy is a dead duck Read here
  • I Have A Dream; Where a KiwiBuild House is Built Ready to Go in Three Days. Read here
  • Government must keep nerve if housing reforms to succeed: First NZ Capital. Read here
  • KiwiBuild progresses to next stage in offsite manufacturing. Read here
  • Ashley Church: housing market predictions for 2019. Read here
  • Jacinda Ardern and Winston Peters stand by Housing Minister and vow not to give up on KiwiBuild. Read here
  • KiwiBuild developer defends scheme: 'It's an absolute no brainer'. Read here
  • KiwiBuild releases updated figures. Read here
  • Can Kiwibuild be salvaged? A building industry expert weighs in. Read here
  • KiwiBuild still making a difference: industry players. Read here
  • Industry not surprised. Read here
  • KiwiBuild to be 'recalibrated' as interim targets are scrapped. Read here
  • Twyford admits KiwiBuild ballot a 'temporary measure' after 50 per cent sale rate revealed. Read here
  • Housing issue more complex than Govt might have thought. Read here
  • Chris Trotter on how middle class housing subsidies overwhelmed the social housing priorities of the Labour Party's rank-and-file members. Read here
  • Political year starts and the government takes a hit. Read here
  • Kiwibuild should build more rental properties economist Shamubeel Eaqub says. Read here
  • KiwiBuild problems 'more than just teething issues'. Read here
  • Andrew Crisp appointed CEO of the new Ministry of Housing and Urban Development responsible for KiwiBuild, Housing NZ and the new Housing and Urban Development Authority. Read here
  • Questions raised over whether KiwiBuild can help Queenstown's housing woes. Read here
  • Ten things to look for in 2019 Read here
  • The key to Sweden's million houses target - and Kiwibuild's Read here
  • Collins says KiwiBuild to be 90 pct below target in first year. Read here
  • KiwiBuild progresses to next stage in offsite manufacturing. Read here
  • Govt raises price caps for HomeStart grants and low-deposit loans outside of Auckland Read here
  • Govt eases house-buying cap by $50k, Opposition not impressed. Read here
  • KiwiBuild boss Stephen Barclay in employment dispute with Housing Ministry Read here
  • Kiwibuild could 'underwrite rental and social housing'. Read here
  • KiwiBuild comes to Wellington with six-storey apartment block in Mt Cook. Read here
  • SunLive - Minister responds to Bridges’ claims - The Bay's News First. Read here
  • Housing development set to transform neglected New Plymouth suburb. Read here
  • Reserve Bank backs 'kids at Treasury' estimate of KiwiBuild impact. Read here
  • Behind the contentious KiwiBuild numbers. Read here
  • Phil Twyford says Onehunga KiwiBuild apartments should have been passed back into ballot. Read here
  • Five Auckland KiwiBuild apartments fail to sell on ballot, offered up on a first come, first served basis to those who qualify Read here
  • NZ Superfund in KiwiBuild offsite. Read here
  • 350 apartment units in pipeline welcomed. Read here
  • Government to create new urban development authority, bringing KiwiBuild and HNZ together. Read here
  • First New Plymouth KiwiBuild homes. Read here
  • Jacinda Ardern refutes National claim that KiwiBuild was underestimated by $18b. Read here
  • National leader Simon Bridges says Labour 'woefully underestimated' KiwiBuild in Opposition. Read here
  • KiwiBuild reliant on outside capital, National says this proves policy was underfunded. Read here
  • New data showing income of KiwiBuild buyers proves the scheme is affordable: Twyford. Read here
  • Seven KiwiBuild homes sold. Read here
  • Price point casts doubt over KiwiBuild homes. Read here
  • Ashley Church: Is KiwiBuild just middle class welfare? Read here
  • Kiwibuild at threat of going 'Kiwibust' over 'plummeting popularity'. Read here
  • KiwiBuild: An expensive bandaid that’s not fixing the real problem. Read here
  • KiwiBuild head in employment dispute with Government, has not resigned. Read here
  • PM Jacinda Ardern on Kiwibuild and UN migration pact. Read here
  • David Hargreaves says the Government needs to regroup over the holiday period and come back with a more clearly articulated plan for its flagship housing policy. Read here
  • Twyford: KiwiBuild boss' absence an unwelcome distraction. Read here
  • Wellington's first KiwiBuild announced. Read here
  • Housing portfolio has rudderless Minister at helm - Collins. Read here
  • Buying off the plans driving down KiwiBuild cost to govt. Read here
  • We audit KiwiBuild: Hammering out the wins and losses after 6 months on the job. Read here
  • Treasury cuts forecasts of govt spending on KiwiBuild in recognition of private investment; Flags govt exposure to a property market downturn. Read here
  • Prefab piles in to help KiwiBuild. Read here
  • HUD, follow our progress on KiwiBuild. Read here
  • Housing Minister Phil Twyford calls National's claims it could do more housing 'laughable'. Read here

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