Models for future at Puke Ariki

JOHN ANTHONY
Last updated 05:00 15/02/2013
prefab stand
ROBERT CHARLES
Labour Party leader David Shearer and housing spokesperson Annette King visited the Puke Ariki prefab exhibition yesterday to gather ideas for the party's housing policy.

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Puke Ariki's Kiwi Prefab exhibition should be taken on tour around New Zealand, Labour Party leader David Shearer said yesterday.

Mr Shearer was in New Plymouth yesterday endorsing Labour's affordable housing policy which aims to build 100,000 homes in New Zealand over the next 10 years.

He said some of the building innovations that were being shown in the Puke Ariki exhibition reflected "some of the ideas that we want to see incorporated into those 100,000 houses".

The policy would be financed by $1.5 billion in housing bonds.

Critics of Labour's plan have questioned whether houses can actually be built for the price stated, and whether a $300,000 home would be affordable to low-income families.

Mr Shearer congratulated Puke Ariki for putting on the exhibition, Kiwi Prefab: Cottage to Cutting Edge.

"I would like to see this in centres right throughout New Zealand.

"It gives New Zealanders a real understanding or a real vision of what affordable housing could look like."

While some of the house designs on display were too expensive for the programme, Mr Shearer said he was looking more at the technology and design traits that were being used, and the ways these could be implemented into Labour's affordable housing programme.

"I think these sorts of houses and what they're doing here are a model for the future.

"I think we could be a world leader in this type of activity."

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