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Will Govt moves to lower house prices work?


The Government will work with councils to open up more land for development as it seeks to rein in New Zealand's high house prices.

Finance Minister Bill English will unveil the Government's response to the Productivity Commission's inquiry into home affordability after the Cabinet meets today. He said it would act to address one of the main issues identified by the commission - a lack of land for building new homes - but the package was a broad programme.

The commission focused on the need to free more land on city fringes for home-building, but Mr English said some of the best opportunities for development, particularly for low-priced housing, were within cities.

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