Written By: - Date published: 9:19 am, June 19th, 2017 - 39 comments
RNZ: The Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment ignored advice from the Reserve Bank over its new housing affordability measure, and made houses appear to be more affordable than they actually were.
Written By: - Date published: 3:19 pm, June 16th, 2017 - 24 comments
Did Jeremy Corbyn just cut through a whole pile of smash?
Written By: - Date published: 9:25 am, June 12th, 2017 - 60 comments
The mess surrounding and “affordable” housing development in Manukau highlights a dilemma that sets ratepayers against those in need of a home. This needs leadership from central government. I won’t hold my breath.
Written By: - Date published: 10:35 am, June 8th, 2017 - 23 comments
PM Bill English denies there is a housing crisis.
In 2010 he knew about and warned of the housing crisis.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, June 8th, 2017 - 24 comments
The Sunday Star Times had some gut wrenching coverage of the conditions in some of Auckland’s slum boarding houses. How can anyone vote for three more years of this?
Written By: - Date published: 2:53 pm, May 31st, 2017 - 16 comments
One of the nasty little fishhooks in the budget was the cutting of the home insulation scheme (Warm Up New Zealand). The scheme had a benefit-cost ratio of $6 for every $1 invested. Around 1,600 people die in NZ a year of cold-related factors. Hope the tax cuts are worth it eh?
Written By: - Date published: 7:21 am, May 30th, 2017 - 35 comments
In the wake of the accommodation supplement fiasco Joyce has promised that the government will monitor the rental market.
Questions that the media may wish to ask Mr J – Where do tenants send reports of rent gouging? – Exactly what action will the government take when they receive these reports?
Written By: - Date published: 1:21 pm, May 19th, 2017 - 60 comments
Good piece by Andrew Little where he addresses the arguments of the property speculators. “It’s common sense. Taxpayers shouldn’t be subsidising speculators and helping them outbid home buyers.”
Written By: - Date published: 10:13 am, May 18th, 2017 - 28 comments
John Armstrong is not impressed: Government’s handling of housing crisis lurches from chaotic to shambolic
Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, May 17th, 2017 - 185 comments
It must be election year, because National has admitted that the market has failed, and swallowed the dead rat of state building. A useful graphic summary in The Herald lets you compare National and Labour’s housing plans…
Written By: - Date published: 1:16 pm, May 16th, 2017 - 83 comments
Useful but – mostly re-announcing existing developments, far too little, far too late, and open to property speculators…
Written By: - Date published: 9:10 am, May 15th, 2017 - 122 comments
Housing may be the issue that decides this year’s election. And if Labour wins Andrew Little will have a major crisis to deal with, one that he has to solve.
Written By: - Date published: 10:07 am, May 10th, 2017 - 28 comments
Written By: - Date published: 11:06 am, May 6th, 2017 - 30 comments
Good work by Lane Nichols in The Herald, a window into the minds of what we must hope is small subset of “property investors”.
Written By: - Date published: 8:50 am, April 30th, 2017 - 128 comments
If Labour wins in September what state infrastructure can it utilise to deliver on its promise to build tens of thousands of affordable homes?
Written By: - Date published: 11:53 am, April 29th, 2017 - 87 comments
You know things are bad when MPs start thinking squatting is a viable option.
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, April 22nd, 2017 - 83 comments
Bill English would have you believe that there is no housing crisis. He desperately needs you to believe it until after the next election. Is Nick Smith deliberately suppressing housing data?
Written By: - Date published: 9:15 am, April 11th, 2017 - 83 comments
Ordinary people are priced out of home ownership and increasingly out of renting, the state-housing safety net has been deliberately run down, and now the ambulance at the bottom of the cliff is full. National leaps into action – by asking the Salvation Army for ideas…
Written By: - Date published: 8:23 am, April 5th, 2017 - 15 comments
Because of our our central government’s refusal to build social housing and both NZTA and AT rigorously avoiding urban development integration, the default control of housing supply lies with Australian regulation of New Zealand’s retail banks and their lending.