Written By: - Date published: 9:43 am, May 24th, 2016 - 33 comments
Andrew Little had an excellent piece in The Herald yesterday: “It’s always about choices, and National has made some terrible ones”.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, May 20th, 2016 - 47 comments
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?
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, May 19th, 2016 - 151 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 9:08 am, May 18th, 2016 - 52 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 9:06 am, May 16th, 2016 - 44 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 7:16 am, May 11th, 2016 - 25 comments
“Mr Hickey said the actual figure for foreigners buying homes here could be anywhere between 3 and 48 percent.”
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, May 5th, 2016 - 22 comments
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.
Written By: - Date published: 9:39 am, May 4th, 2016 - 29 comments
And this time it might get through.
Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, May 1st, 2016 - 47 comments
Duncan Garner reckons the government is “missing in action” on housing. Similar pieces could be written about poverty, pollution, the rising debt, carbon emissions, the use of NZ as a tax haven, etc.
Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, April 28th, 2016 - 76 comments
Reaction to Key’s land tax has been luke warm at best, with strong calls for more effective action. Labour is promising “a ‘tidal wave’ of big housing reforms”…
Written By: - Date published: 4:10 pm, April 22nd, 2016 - 26 comments
I don’t like to boast, but I have solved the housing crisis.
Written By: - Date published: 7:34 am, April 19th, 2016 - 57 comments
Housing is very much in the news again. Short term profit and bugger the consequences!
Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, April 15th, 2016 - 41 comments
As Nick Smith flounders about uselessly, here are extracts from Phil Twyford’s speech on solutions to the housing crisis in Auckland.
Written By: - Date published: 2:53 pm, April 13th, 2016 - 7 comments
How’s Nick Smith doing on the Budget plan to round up 500ha of Auckland land for housing? The answer won’t shock you!
Written By: - Date published: 9:46 am, October 7th, 2015 - 164 comments
If this report is accurate it opens an interesting can of worms!
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.
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.
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!