Site Map | Search this site:

Chamber election debate draws fire on Housing
August 24, 2017
Election Candidates for Labour Rob McCann and Kris Faafoi and for National Euon Murrell and Nathan Guy at the Kapiti Chamber of Commerce candidates debate. Photo: Captured By Friday.

An audience of 170 turned out to the Coast Church in Paraparaumu last night to hear the election candidates' debate hosted by the Kapiti Chamber of Commerce.
Referee for the night was Beach FM's Nigel Hopkins who did a great job keeping the combatants in check.
For the most part it was a very civilised affair but key points of difference were exposed on the issues of health and housing.
With only National and Labour candidates able to speak the event was robbed of some of the colour and context that is usually associated with parties outside of the main two.
In the Blue corner was Nathan Guy from the Otaki Electorate and Euon Murrell from Mana while in the Red Corner were Rob McCann (Otaki) and reigning Mana MP Kris Faafoi.
Mr Faafoi said at the outset that this was going to be a defining election for New Zealand and the battle lines were drawn particularly on housing. Mr Guy insisted the government had made changes to legislation that would open up much more land for development. He said there was plenty of affordable housing in this electorate and used Foxton as an example of where many such affordable properties could be found. Mr McCann and Mr Faafoi were equally insistent the housing crisis was National's fault and they would be building another 100,000 houses to alleviate the overcrowding and substandard housing. But it was the response from Mr Murrell that bemused most in the crowd, including his team mate Mr Guy.
"I am disgusted at what we make people live in," said Mr Murrell, referring to state houses in Porirua. "Housing New Zealand must be one of the worst landlords in the country. Most of the houses need to be demolished," he said before adding that many of those living in crowded conditions actually chose to live that way. Mr Guy did not seem comfortable with that response.
One issue all four candidates did agree on was a yes/no question from MC Hopkins which asked do you agree with legalising marijuana. They all said no.
Other candidates present included Sam Ferguson of the Greens, ACT's Wayne Grattan, and Sam Jennings who is standing as an Independent.

Foxtonratepayer (added 99 weeks ago)
What help is buying or living in Foxton - not like you can commute to Wellington daily - at least from Kapiti it's doable. no public transport outside Kapiti to the north so really reliant on car. All the national policies are doing is driving up prices and taking things out of people reach. Lets bring some equality back into NZ
Concerned Citizen (added 99 weeks ago)
It would have been a balanced debate if Sam Ferguson, Wayne Grattan and Sam Jennings were able to contribute. National and Labour squabbling is just the 'same ole, same ole' status quo saying absolutely nothing. We have to remember that Labour Party and Rogernomics started the privatisation of Housing New Zealand. National just took it a step further and invited foreigners to buy up property.
Moira Bryce (added 99 weeks ago)
No Housing Issues in Kapiti Nathan Guy??? So we all need to move to Foxton if we want affordable decent housing. I am sure it's not the case there either.
A resident (added 99 weeks ago)
Is this NZ or Zimbabwe? Why are other candidates not allowed to speak?
Add a comment:

Reload Image
  To prevent spam, please type the numbers and letters that appear above into the field below:


Other stories in this section:
KC News: the Internet Newspaper for the Kapiti Coast