Bill English arrives in Hong Kong to the familiar ring of a housing shortage

New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English speaks with officials during his two-day visit to Japan.
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New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English speaks with officials during his two-day visit to Japan.

Prime Minister Bill English has arrived in Hong Kong for the second leg of his visit to Asia but the stories and editorial in the morning paper should make him feel right at home.

During the two day visit English will meet the Chief Executive of Hong Kong Leung Chun-ying and the CEO elect Carrie Lam as well as business leaders.

He will also attend the Hong Kong launch of Te Mana Lamb, a healthy and high quality meat brand.

Hong Kong also has a housing shortage.
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Hong Kong also has a housing shortage.

But the discussion in Friday's South China Morning Post about measures to address the housing shortage will have a familiar ring, given the Government's own attempts to defuse as an election issue Auckland's housing shortage and affordability problems.

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The proposed solution though is to develop land in Hong Kong's country parks with two areas earmarked for public housing and flats for the elderly.

According to the newspaper country parks account for 41 per cent of the territory while only 7 per cent of the city's land is zoned residential.

There are 275,900 in the queue for public housing.

English will also visit a Fuel Espresso coffee shop opened by New Zealander Sanjay Ponnapa and meet an ex-pat dragon boat team.

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He will return to New Zealand on Sunday.

 - Stuff

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