Housing Minister Nick Smith said today that such a hardline measure to override private title for development in certain areas was a ‘big call’.
‘If you look at many of the other governments in other parts of the world that have used those powers – they have worked effectively.
‘Yes we are the National Party but we have responded in a very pragmatic way to the challenges in Christchurch.
And that has involved overcoming some of those pure views about property rights.
‘We are pragmatic, and pragmatic answers are needed to the housing challenge that New Zealand has’.
(ed: this move will strike deep into the heart of the ‘but it’s mine!’-crew…and goes against almost everything the headliners/tory party claim to stand for/believe it..)