If all publicity is good publicity the National Party’s latest advertisement has succeeded.
It’s a dig at
One character says it’s good, the second points out that there’d have to be 33 houses built a day to meet its goal and so far it’s built only 33.
The third character who is barbecuing says that’s Labour, all sizzle no sausage.
So far so good, except that the character who thinks the policy is good is a woman and the other two are men which some people have taken exception to, saying it’s sexist.
Would it be sexist if the one asking the questions was a bloke and at least one of the others was a woman?
No. So why is it sexist if the less informed character is a woman?
Doesn’t that that suggest women aren’t people who can be portrayed as stupid but men could be?
If equality is the aim, women have to accept the bad with the good.
If equality is the aim, women can’t just be shown in more positive roles.
If equality is the aim, it’s best to look at people as people and not get hung up on gender.
And let’s not lose sight of the message in the clip – KiwiBuild is an expensive mistake.
The priority for housing is not people on well above the average income.
The need isn’t for two- bedroomsemi-detached houses without garages in Wanaka.
. . .Waitaki MP Jacqui Dean said yesterday she considered the houses ”not practical” and ”not functional”.
”The Government expects Wanaka families looking for a home to pay over half a million dollars for a two-bedroom townhouse that doesn’t even have a garage.
”How appealing is a two-bedroomed town house that’s attached to another property by a shared wall, with no garage, and costs upwards of $560,000?
”It’s no wonder no-one wants to buy them.”
Ms Dean said the lack of interest showed how out of touch the Government was ”when it comes to delivering suitable first homes for young Kiwi families”. . .
Not only is the target unachievable, the houses being built are replacing others that would have been built by the private sector.
The Reserve Bank estimates that for every 100 houses built under the government’s KiwiBuild programme over the next three years, between 50 and 75 other houses may not be built because of capacity constraints. . .
The government should be working to change the root causes of the housing shortage – the Resource Management Act, compliance costs, land availability, infrastructure constraints and skill shortages.
And people who think the National ad is sexist should remember that sometimes a sausage is just a sausage.