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Housing Legislation Amendment Bill

Introduced under Urgency on Sept 6 and passed through all stages.  The Bill extends special housing area provisions which were due to expire the following week. All parties expressed at least lukewarm support for the special housing areas, but there was opposition to provisions ruling out first right of refusal provisions for land acquired under the Public Works Act. The provisions apply to Crown land being used for housing and do not apply to Treaty settlements. ACT’s David Seymour demanded and received a 10 year sunset clause on this change. Only National, ACT and United Future supported the bill. The debate on the Bill went on for longer than the Govt expected, as Labour put up wide ranging amendments representing their housing policy which were all debated and voted down.