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Increase productivity. Make builders subject to criminal charges.

Written By: - Date published: 8:51 am, September 23rd, 2015 - 97 comments


Nick Smith is being his usual dickhead self again suggesting that self-certifying electricians, directly subject to criminal prosecution, are the same as self-certifying builders who do not. The Government’s rules reduction taskforce is repeating the same mantras from the 1990s that lead directly to the destruction of productivity by National’s policies to create leaky buildings.

Tom Scott on housing

Written By: - Date published: 11:48 am, August 28th, 2015 - 20 comments


WMBAD: The Auckland Housing Bubble

Written By: - Date published: 11:48 am, July 24th, 2015 - 14 comments

white man behind a desk

The White Man Behind A Desk is back, with equal opportunity satire and a special message to rich people.

NRT: Facilitating tax cheats

Written By: - Date published: 4:25 pm, July 20th, 2015 - 15 comments


I/S at No Right Turn on a reported rush in demand ahead of new rules for real estate transactions aimed at cracking down on tax cheats and speculators.

National doesn’t know what it’s doing on foreign buyers

Written By: - Date published: 11:41 am, July 20th, 2015 - 158 comments


National on a foreign buyers register: Smith says no, English says yes, Collins says maybe, Key says – bad Labour!

National’s leadership on home ownership

Written By: - Date published: 8:49 am, July 16th, 2015 - 55 comments

shoot in foot

No need to worry about low levels of home ownership, National is here to lead. They understand the fundamental issues, and they have a plan…

China Crisis

Written By: - Date published: 12:43 pm, July 12th, 2015 - 199 comments


Good on Labour for saying what needed to be said. Can they, the Greens and NZ First save the next generation of Kiwis from being tenants in our own land?

Includes Bonus Seinfeld reference!

Auckland property buyers

Written By: - Date published: 9:57 am, July 11th, 2015 - 436 comments


The big story this morning is Labour’s analysis of Auckland property purchase data.

A win on rental standards

Written By: - Date published: 12:56 pm, July 9th, 2015 - 104 comments


This is a good example of a policy win from opposition. More please!


Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, June 25th, 2015 - 73 comments

Dickensian more sir

Step 1: Make welfare assistance almost impossible to obtain. Step 2: Dismiss the concerns of the poor by telling them they should ask for more help. Done!

If you thought the Auckland property bubble was bad now…

Written By: - Date published: 7:27 am, June 24th, 2015 - 81 comments


… then prepare for it to get a lot worse.

NRT: Disgraceful

Written By: - Date published: 11:05 am, June 23rd, 2015 - 11 comments


I/S at No Right Turn: “Since coming to power in 2008, the National government has sold more than a thousand state houses and tightened access to the remainder considerably. The net result? People not getting the assistance they need…”

National to extinguish private property rights!

Written By: - Date published: 3:23 pm, June 17th, 2015 - 41 comments


Shocking news I think you’ll agree.

The death of trickle down economics and the mess we’re in

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, June 17th, 2015 - 138 comments


Trickle down economics is pronounced dead by the IMF. Housing, the working poor and the economy – the policy settings are wrong everywhere.

Culprit for Nats’ housing fiasco located

Written By: - Date published: 10:39 am, June 16th, 2015 - 40 comments


You’ll never guess!

Ghost houses and the invisible hand

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, June 16th, 2015 - 243 comments


Auckland has an urgent deficit of 20,000 to 30,000 houses. Meanwhile 22,000 houses are sitting empty. Behold the efficiency of the market!

Affordable – in your dreams

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, June 15th, 2015 - 69 comments


Even under the best assumptions National’s “affordable” houses in Auckland are not actually affordable for the average paid worker. Nick Smith is dreaming.

Nick Smith strikes out on housing land

Written By: - Date published: 8:56 am, June 12th, 2015 - 50 comments


Nick Smith on housing then and now

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, June 11th, 2015 - 66 comments


In 2013 Nick Smith promised an effective housing WOF. Yesterday he said “People dying in winter of pneumonia and other illnesses is not new.” Has National ever kept a constructive sounding social policy promise?

OECD sounding the alarm

Written By: - Date published: 10:26 am, June 10th, 2015 - 84 comments


Freeing up Auckland land for private development and sale at market rates isn’t going to cut it.

Another death linked to cold state house

Written By: - Date published: 5:03 pm, June 9th, 2015 - 127 comments

state housing

This should not be happening in New Zealand.

NRT: Half-measures on housing quality

Written By: - Date published: 2:00 pm, June 9th, 2015 - 71 comments


I/S at No Right Turn: “Any improvement is better than what we’ve got now .. At the same time, we should recognise that this is pathetically weak.”

Government buys a fight with iwi

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, June 5th, 2015 - 57 comments

shushing key

The Nats seem determined to buy a fight with iwi over Auckland land, practically challenging them to court action. Do they really think this is going to end well for them?

Death by damp house

Written By: - Date published: 1:36 pm, June 4th, 2015 - 167 comments


Geddis on Auckland housing land

Written By: - Date published: 8:25 am, June 4th, 2015 - 54 comments

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Yesterday we covered National’s blunder in not considering Treaty settlement obligations in its plans to free up state land for Auckland housing. Today you can read someone who actually knows what they’re talking about on the issue, check out Professor Geddis’ piece at Pundit.

Auckland land shambles

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, June 3rd, 2015 - 89 comments

state housing

The problems for National’s housing plans for keep coming, with Ngati Whatua pointing out that it has first call on the land to be “freed up” under treaty agreements.

Mortgagee sales

Written By: - Date published: 10:14 am, May 25th, 2015 - 21 comments

Yellow "For Sale" Sign

A marked drop in mortgagee sales recently. Good news?

International interest in Auckland property market

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, April 22nd, 2015 - 46 comments


If the latest ad running in Malaysia and Singapore is anything to go by we can expect more fuel to the Auckland property price flames. “How would you like people in New Zealand, to give you around half their weekly wages?”…

Housing and capital gains tax

Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, April 18th, 2015 - 89 comments


This week the Reserve Bank recommended adopting the Labour / Green capital gains tax, the National party denied and dithered, and Don Brash explained the truth about the property bubble.

(Image credit Foxy.)

Salvation army says no

Written By: - Date published: 6:55 am, March 23rd, 2015 - 48 comments

National government state house sales Tamaki Housing Group

Where does this leave National’s “social housing” sell-off?

Are you saving to buy a house?

Written By: - Date published: 7:22 am, March 13th, 2015 - 164 comments


Are you saving to buy a house? Are you saving more than $1000 a week? If not, you are going backwards.

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