Recently the Prime Minister revealed where the 8000 extra public and transitional housing places announced in Budget 2020 will go.
Since taking office, we’ve built 4579 new state homes across New Zealand, we are committed to building even more houses at pace and scale. By 2024, this Government will have delivered 18,350 new public and transitional housing places across the country – 1129 of them in the Bay of Plenty.
This boosts economic activity, creating employment and apprenticeship opportunities for people all over New Zealand.
To make sure we have a pipeline of skilled workers we need to build these homes and to avoid shortages in future, we’ve established the $320 million free Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund which makes all apprenticeships, as well as certificates, diplomas and programmes in targeted industries, free for New Zealanders of all ages.
Since July, more than 17,000 learners have also begun Targeted Training and Apprenticeship Fund programmes in industries critical to our economic recovery – 14,000 of them are apprentices. That’s compared with 12,800 learners and 7500 apprentices enrolled in the same window in 2019.
In addition, the Government also launched the $380 million Apprenticeship Boost fund which supports employers to retain and take on these newly trained apprentices.
There is no silver bullet to solve the long-term challenge that is the housing crisis, but we’re making good progress. We’re expanding the Housing First programme, modernising tenancy laws to give renters some security, making it easier to build houses by replacing complex planning laws, investing in infrastructure, and helping more families into houses with our progressive home ownership scheme.
I am proud to be a member of this Labour Government and our work to make sure every New Zealander has a warm, dry, safe place to call home – whether they rent or own.