Written By: - Date published: 12:34 pm, August 24th, 2016 - 14 comments
Spinoff: “The Spinoff/SSI survey reveals the extraordinary impact of housing crisis on residents of New Zealand’s biggest city – and the extent to which Aucklanders blame foreign speculation.”
Written By: - Date published: 10:16 am, August 23rd, 2016 - 107 comments
Andrew Little: “John Key will give you all the excuses you can stomach for his failure to stabilise house prices and boost incomes but the truth is clear: if we want to change the path we’re on, we need to change the government.”
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, August 19th, 2016 - 64 comments
Tents and warehouses have been considered as emergency housing. Working people sleeping in cars are looking for driveways to rent. Say – has anyone seen John Key lately?
Written By: - Date published: 9:20 am, August 17th, 2016 - 55 comments
To the complete surprise of no one, private sector developers have largely waited out the “affordable houses” requirement in the special housing areas. Another National failure.
Written By: - Date published: 12:46 pm, August 11th, 2016 - 88 comments
Until we sort out our housing and unemployment problems it is surely time to reign in NZ’s currently record levels of immigration.
Written By: - Date published: 8:40 am, August 8th, 2016 - 29 comments
Written By: - Date published: 7:12 am, August 1st, 2016 - 189 comments
When the Auckland housing bubble bursts a lot of people are going to lose a lot of money. They won’t be able to say they weren’t warned.
Written By: - Date published: 10:12 am, July 28th, 2016 - 63 comments
What are the Nats doing removing a proposed requirement for affordable housing – exactly the housing that Auckland desperately needs!?
Written By: - Date published: 9:10 am, July 27th, 2016 - 134 comments
Not often you’ll catch Metiria Turei and Don Brash in agreement!
Written By: - Date published: 6:47 am, July 25th, 2016 - 226 comments
The plan to have the private sector build social housing appears to be a flop. We need a large, well resourced organisation to take on the task of building these desperately needed houses. Wherever will we find one?
Written By: - Date published: 10:53 am, July 19th, 2016 - 73 comments
The unaffordability of Auckland housing is now seriously impacting even moderately well paid professions. As these trends continue, how is Auckland going to cope without without workers?
Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, July 15th, 2016 - 22 comments
As part of their “comprehensive” response to the housing crisis, the Nats are backing off their promise to increase the number of social housing places. Great news for those families sleeping in cars tonight.
Written By: - Date published: 8:58 am, July 13th, 2016 - 89 comments
Pathetic tinkering with loan limits does nothing realistic for first home buyers, but it does add more fuel to the debt fire. We need to actually build some affordable houses. If only there was a party that would do that…
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, July 11th, 2016 - 105 comments
In some kind of panic over Labour’s housing policy package, Steven Joyce was writing Nat policy on Twitter yesterday. The promise to forego 2 years of HNZ dividend appears to have been made up on the fly.
Written By: - Date published: 11:17 am, July 8th, 2016 - 14 comments
In The Herald Liam Dann asks – Did the Reserve Bank just give two fingers to the Prime Minister?. That would be a “yes”.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, July 6th, 2016 - 157 comments
The housing bubble is inflating faster than ever, and Key is visibly panicking. His political problem is insoluble and his electoral problem is about to get worse.
Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, July 3rd, 2016 - 112 comments
In an effort to be seen to be doing something about a housing crisis that they say doesn’t exist, the Nats have offered to lend councils $1 Billion that they can already borrow. Homeless families will also be offered a free deckchair on the Titanic to re-arrange as they please.
Written By: - Date published: 6:38 am, June 17th, 2016 - 18 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 8:25 am, June 16th, 2016 - 64 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, June 13th, 2016 - 54 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 6:29 am, June 10th, 2016 - 143 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 10:05 am, June 9th, 2016 - 43 comments
The housing crisis is not going away, and National needs to offer something better than lies, damn lies, and statistics.
Written By: - Date published: 12:44 pm, June 8th, 2016 - 22 comments
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.