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Another strong piece from Little

Written By: - Date published: 9:43 am, May 24th, 2016 - 33 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 - 24 comments

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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 - 52 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

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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

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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

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“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.

Little’s Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill up today

Written By: - Date published: 9:39 am, May 4th, 2016 - 29 comments

Healthy Homes

And this time it might get through.

We’re number one!

Written By: - Date published: 7:55 am, May 3rd, 2016 - 34 comments

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Garner – government “missing in action”

Written By: - Date published: 8:15 am, May 1st, 2016 - 47 comments

key fail

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.

If you need a good laugh this morning

Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, April 29th, 2016 - 71 comments

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“Nick Smith reckons Akld housing’s more affordable now than before National came to power”

Key’s land tax – too weak

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, April 28th, 2016 - 76 comments

Emmerson land tax

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”…

Emmerson on the land tax

Written By: - Date published: 8:27 am, April 27th, 2016 - 38 comments

Emmerson land tax

Housing crisis solved!

Written By: - Date published: 4:10 pm, April 22nd, 2016 - 26 comments

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I don’t like to boast, but I have solved the housing crisis.

National gets a smacking on the housing crisis

Written By: - Date published: 7:21 am, April 20th, 2016 - 59 comments

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Fair to say that Simon Bridges’ claim that there is no housing crisis has – not gone down well. National – you have a problem.

Housing crisis

Written By: - Date published: 7:34 am, April 19th, 2016 - 57 comments

money-house

Housing is very much in the news again. Short term profit and bugger the consequences!

Twyford on solutions to the housing crisis in Auckland

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, April 15th, 2016 - 41 comments

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As Nick Smith flounders about uselessly, here are extracts from Phil Twyford’s speech on solutions to the housing crisis in Auckland.

Another Nick Smith fail in Auckland

Written By: - Date published: 2:53 pm, April 13th, 2016 - 7 comments

nick-smith-in-a-field

How’s Nick Smith doing on the Budget plan to round up 500ha of Auckland land for housing? The answer won’t shock you!

Another housing policy screwup?

Written By: - Date published: 1:39 pm, January 22nd, 2016 - 38 comments

cloud-house

Bennet’s proposal to incentivise / coerce state housing applicants to leave Auckland for housing elsewhere seems to have hit a snag…

NZ first in the world!

Written By: - Date published: 2:23 pm, January 15th, 2016 - 46 comments

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Hikoi for Homes.

Written By: - Date published: 9:45 am, November 20th, 2015 - 10 comments

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Saturday in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch.

Labour to defy TPP on property ownership?

Written By: - Date published: 9:46 am, October 7th, 2015 - 164 comments

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If this report is accurate it opens an interesting can of worms!

Increase productivity. Make builders subject to criminal charges.

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

Leaky-Homes-Causing-Child-Asthma

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

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WMBAD: The Auckland Housing Bubble

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

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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

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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

headless-chickens

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…

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