Bridges welcomes buyer grants

Tauranga MP Simon Bridges is welcoming Prime Minister John Key and Housing Minister Nick Smith’s announcement to double government support for first home buyers.

“The package announced today will help more first home buyers in Tauranga achieve the dream of owning their own home over the next five years,” says Simon.

He says the KiwiSaver HomeStart Grant and Welcome Home Loans schemes will see the new house price caps in Tauranga increased from $350,000 to $450,000 if it comes into effect on April 1, 2015.

“That means many more people in Tauranga will be able to get government support when buying their first home.”

The package comprises of three proposed changes: replacing the KiwiSaver First Home Deposit Subsidy with a HomeStart grant, doubling the support for buying a new home and increasing the house price caps.

It also proposes to enable larger KiwiSaver First Home Withdrawals by including the member’s tax credit which means first home buyers will now be able to withdraw all of their KiwiSaver savings except the $1000 kick-start.

The package will also expand eligibility for Welcome Home Loans by aligning the house price caps with the new KiwiSaver HomeStart grant.

“Nationally, we’re roughly doubling the number of people receiving a government grant to buy a first home from 10,000 per year to 20,000 per year, and doubling the government grant if they are buying a newly-built home,” says Simon.

He says this new package will help about 90,000 lower and middle income first home buyers during the next five years. 

“It will ensure that more New Zealanders are able to attain the dream of owning their own home.

“The intent of package is also to increase the supply of new housing and to encourage housing companies to build homes in a price range that is affordable for first home buyers.”

Currently, individual first home buyers are eligible for a grant of $3000 after three years in KiwiSaver, $4000 after four years and $5000 after five years.

Under HomeStart, this grant will double to $6000 after three years, $8000 after four years and $10,000 after five years for the purchase of a newly built home.

The changes to the KiwiSaver First Home Withdrawal in enabling access to the member’s tax credit will increase the maximum withdrawal amount by $512 per year for each year a member has contributed.

The KiwiSaver First Home Withdrawal is limited to members buying a first home, who have been contributing for a minimum of three years. The KiwiSaver HomeStart grant and Welcome Home Loans have additional criteria of people having an income below $80,000 for an individual and $120,000 for a couple, and the house being purchased must be below the regional house price caps.

The package will cost an additional $218 million during the next five years, and come into effect on April 1, 2015.

“HomeStart complements the wide programme of work the National Government already has underway to improve housing supply and affordability,” says Simon.

“We’re freeing up more land supply, reducing building material costs, reining in infrastructure and compliance costs and investing in sector skills and productivity.”

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Posted on 29-08-2014 12:05 | By wazzock

I got my calculator out. $218 million shared amongst 90,000 punters equals (drum roll please) $2422.22 per punter....Hmmm....does not compute....someones telling porkies?

of course he supports it

Posted on 27-08-2014 10:48 | By thegoodlife

It supports the housing accord directions to further new developments and ignore local authorities recommendations.

Creating more Debt

Posted on 25-08-2014 21:58 | By Blessed

It looks all rosy, but at the end of the Day,When buying houses, Rates increase, insurances increase, Council Rates increase ect, the Costs just keep rising, There is Hard working people out there who struggled in this past year to pay their mortgages because of these costs....

more getting government handouts.

Posted on 25-08-2014 15:19 | By dgk

So, Simon wants to create 90,000 new beneficiaries.


Posted on 25-08-2014 14:22 | By penguin

He would have to agree with the ’leader’ and it makes for "good" PR!

Election bribe that will increase house prices

Posted on 25-08-2014 13:13 | By jed

House prices will increase because of this ’free money’ and people will not be better off. Especially as it does not address the root cause of unaffordable housing , council costs, land supply, and building supply costs (NZ building products can be 3 times the price of equivalent US Prices).


Posted on 25-08-2014 06:05 | By Captain Sensible

Simon nods his head enthusiastically every time his leader speaks.

New Zealanders

Posted on 24-08-2014 18:35 | By Elba

Only if you were actually born in New Zealand should you be allowed to purchase land or a house. If you were not born in New Zealand you should not be able to buy. This country should be like aussie if you were not born here you pay for hospital and everything and if you were not born in New Zealand you are unable to vote or get ACC

Don't understand

Posted on 24-08-2014 18:03 | By How about this view!

I hope that there is someone out there who will be able to explain this to the general public.

At The End Of the Day

Posted on 24-08-2014 15:31 | By Disappointed

Credit where credit is due at least the National government is trying to finally do something for the people of Tauranga. The fact that Clayton Mitchell thinks he can do more for Tauranga as both a councillor and an MP speaks volumes of the sitting members 6 years of nonsense.

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