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Good morning to the “Park up for homes” folks

Written By: - Date published: 6:38 am, June 17th, 2016 - 18 comments

park-up-for-homes

A very sincere good morning to the “Park up for homes” folks who have just spent the night in their cars, protesting in support of the homeless.

Housing policy omnishambles rolls on

Written By: - Date published: 8:25 am, June 16th, 2016 - 64 comments

headless-chickens

The government that will pay you $5000 to leave Auckland and $3000 to move to Auckland has been selling state houses so recklessly that it is now considering building temporary ones. Headless chickens make more sense.

The ghost house epidemic and the invisible hand

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, June 13th, 2016 - 54 comments

cloud-house

Last year there were officially 22,000 unoccupied properties in Auckland. This year 33,000 are officially classified as empty. “Auckland’s 6.6 per cent vacancy rate is higher than either Sydney (5.2 per cent) or Melbourne (4.8 per cent), where there has been an uproar over “ghost houses” deliberately left empty by speculators trading on a soaring market”. This is madness.

Banks act on housing affordability crisis (while National sits on its hands)

Written By: - Date published: 6:29 am, June 10th, 2016 - 143 comments

Housing Bubble Burst

Despite Key’s barnstorming 2007 speech on the housing affordability crisis, National these days prefer to deny that it exists. Apparently fed up with waiting for the government to take action, banks are moving to reduce their risk and limit foreign buyers.

National’s lies, damn lies and statistics on housing

Written By: - Date published: 10:05 am, June 9th, 2016 - 43 comments

nick-smith-in-a-field

The housing crisis is not going away, and National needs to offer something better than lies, damn lies, and statistics.

Yet another indicator of the homeless crisis

Written By: - Date published: 12:44 pm, June 8th, 2016 - 22 comments

key homeless don't want help

The homeless population of central Auckland has more than doubled in the last 3 years. That’s quite a legacy John Key. Meanwhile Te Puea Marae is still putting the government to shame, you can donate here.

Has NZ hit this milestone too?

Written By: - Date published: 8:32 am, June 6th, 2016 - 30 comments

live with parents

For the first time in 130 years, more young adults (18 – 34) in America live with their parents than with a partner. How long before we pass the same milestone – or have we done so already?

Let them eat cake

Written By: - Date published: 7:13 am, June 4th, 2016 - 50 comments

key homeless don't want help

Help Te Puea Marae help the homeless

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, June 3rd, 2016 - 19 comments

Te Puea Marae

The Marae providing practical support to the homeless in Auckland needs our help. You can donate at the Givealittle page here. It is shameful that this is needed in NZ, but there it is, this is what the Brighter Future looks like.

Why not just – build some damn houses?

Written By: - Date published: 3:46 pm, June 2nd, 2016 - 91 comments

state house plan

Today the Nats released a National Policy Statment (NPS) on housing. It formalises their recent strategy of incorrectly blaming local councils – and it doesn’t build anything.

Key’s housing plan “moronic”

Written By: - Date published: 2:51 pm, June 1st, 2016 - 25 comments

John Key showing concern

It isn’t often that you here such a blunt assessment of Nat policy. It’s moronic because it isn’t a housing policy at all, it’s a blame deflecting plan.

Labour builds the houses (yet another Key lie)

Written By: - Date published: 2:49 pm, May 31st, 2016 - 19 comments

new-residential-building-costs

Good work fact-checking by Geoff Simmons at the Morgan Foundation. Contrary to Key’s lie, Labour builds more houses than National.

Watkin on the Nats’ housing blame game

Written By: - Date published: 9:35 am, May 30th, 2016 - 57 comments

blame-game

Tim Watkin: “What’s clear is that National, as is their well worn tactic, will do its best to ensure the blame gets shared around”.

Housing should not depend on charity – but this is an emergency

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, May 30th, 2016 - 43 comments

housing poll 2016

Bravo to Te Puea Marae and their supporters – you are doing what needs to be done – and you are putting the government to shame.

Screw democracy – Auckland to get the Canterbury treatment

Written By: - Date published: 7:24 am, May 28th, 2016 - 171 comments

democracy under attack thumb

It’s naked panic now. In response to the crisis that isn’t a crisis Key is going to overrule the council that his government created and screw over Auckland democracy just like he screwed over Canterbury. What do you think of that Aucklanders?

Housing policy omnishambles

Written By: - Date published: 2:45 pm, May 27th, 2016 - 18 comments

headless chickens

The Nats will pay you $3000 to move to Auckland and $5000 to leave it. This is what happens when you have no vision, no plan, and no NFI what you’re doing.

Key’s powerful speech on the urgent housing crisis

Written By: - Date published: 9:12 am, May 27th, 2016 - 38 comments

housing poll 2016

John Key has given a powerful speech on NZ’s housing crisis: “This is an issue that should concern all New Zealanders. It threatens a fundamental part of our culture, it threatens our communities and, ultimately, it threatens our economy.”

Budget 2016 – F for Fail

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, May 27th, 2016 - 31 comments

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— Deborah Russell

The Mother Budget

Written By: - Date published: 6:21 pm, May 26th, 2016 - 86 comments

Hubble discovers Black Holes in unexpected places.

There are budgets and there are budgets. And for all the presence or absence of bright ideas, there’s a budget that threatens to subsume all others…

Bennett’s housing “announcement” is a re-announcement and a lie

Written By: - Date published: 3:27 pm, May 25th, 2016 - 140 comments

Paula+Bennett+say cheese

Paula Bennett’s “big” housing “announcement” today is a re-announcement with a twist of lie.

Newshub poll – Key’s government has failed on housing

Written By: - Date published: 3:10 pm, May 25th, 2016 - 46 comments

housing poll 2016

Quite apart from falling to his lowest level ever as preferred PM, the Newshub poll had more bad news for King John.

Another strong piece from Little

Written By: - Date published: 9:43 am, May 24th, 2016 - 36 comments

Andrew Little backing the dream-2

Andrew Little had an excellent piece in The Herald yesterday: “It’s always about choices, and National has made some terrible ones”.

Nick Smith 0.75% successful on Auckland housing!

Written By: - Date published: 7:18 am, May 24th, 2016 - 26 comments

nick-smith-in-a-field

One year later Nick Smith has delivered three quarters of 1% of his promised 430 ha of new Auckland housing land. The Brighter Future strikes again.

Incoherent, unfair and unaccountable

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, May 20th, 2016 - 47 comments

sleeping-in-car

That is how officials from the Ministry of Social Development described the emergency housing system to Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett – a year ago. What has Bennett done in the year since?

Glib words and false hope aren’t going to cut it

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, May 19th, 2016 - 151 comments

homeless

This is a massive market and moral failure. The problem isn’t going to go away, it’s going to get worse, and the media are going to stay on the case. Time for National to borrow some more Labour / Green policy thinking.

Key to Homeless: You Can Stay at Mine

Written By: - Date published: 9:08 am, May 18th, 2016 - 54 comments

John Key Swimming Pool Metro 2005

Prime Minister John Key has today announced a radical plan to solve the housing crisis. The homeless are now welcome to go flatting with him in his Parnell bach. The plan includes draining the swimming pool and subdividing it into flats, putting hammocks in the palm trees and making soup in the pool cabana’s kitchen. Max Key may have to move out to make way for the homeless, but the PM described that as a painful sacrifice he was now willing to make in the light of his son’s most recent social media posting.

Homeless coverage goes international

Written By: - Date published: 2:52 pm, May 17th, 2016 - 97 comments

auckland-garage

Coverage of Auckland’s homeless goes international. The working poor are now the working homeless.

The hidden homeless and the speculators

Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, May 16th, 2016 - 44 comments

homeless

Speculators keep buying houses while families live in garages and cars. This is a moral failure, a leadership failure, a market failure – it is every kind of failure.

Land tax – what’s the down side?

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, May 12th, 2016 - 74 comments

lazy-rich-guy

The Nats are using spurious data to justify dropping a proposal for a land tax on foreign buyers of housing. Why?

Hickey on Housing data

Written By: - Date published: 7:16 am, May 11th, 2016 - 25 comments

housing-number-one

“Mr Hickey said the actual figure for foreigners buying homes here could be anywhere between 3 and 48 percent.”

Little’s Healthy Homes Bill passes first reading

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, May 5th, 2016 - 22 comments

HealthyHomes

Last night Andrew Little’s Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill passed it’s first reading. Bravo to Andrew Little, Labour, The Greens, NZF, The Maori Party, and Peter Dunne, who voted in support.

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