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Two big policy fails

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, February 24th, 2017 - 1 comment

This is what you get with a hasty, reactive, “top down” policy process.

Nick Smith screws up again

Written By: - Date published: 9:21 am, February 22nd, 2017 - 20 comments

We should probably just schedule this as a monthly post.

Good ideas in Gisborne

Written By: - Date published: 1:28 pm, February 17th, 2017 - 97 comments

Andrew Little’s announcement yesterday in Gisborne of Labour’s pledge of up to $20million to build a prefabricated timber plant there is a much-needed boost to the area and a sign that Labour’s 100,000 new house pledge first made by David Shearer in 2012 has legs.

Auckland: Stop Niki’s Eviction!

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, February 15th, 2017 - 82 comments

Time to take action against the destruction of communities and privatisation of social housing.

English “will be taken down by housing”

Written By: - Date published: 2:40 pm, February 14th, 2017 - 67 comments

In the middle of a housing crisis “Housing New Zealand documents obtained under the Official Information Act show that there are nearly 2,500 empty state houses, more than 500 of which have been empty for over a year.”

Auckland NIMBYs refused

Written By: - Date published: 9:18 am, February 14th, 2017 - 12 comments

If Auckland as a city wish to retain representative samples of our past, then we should concentrate on how to preserve those rather than trying to deny the migration that increases its population by something like 50 thousand people per year. This is a working city – not a museum.

Watch Bill English lying through his teeth on housing

Written By: - Date published: 2:03 pm, February 13th, 2017 - 36 comments

English is a less convincing liar than Key.

Support party exposes National’s lie – government in disarray!

Written By: - Date published: 10:19 am, February 10th, 2017 - 56 comments

With this vicious infighting exposed the government is clearly in total disarray.

Salvation Army report – NZ “Off the Track”

Written By: - Date published: 8:56 am, February 8th, 2017 - 57 comments

“The absence of any meaningful progress in reducing child poverty rates over the past decade—and the lack of interest by Government in using welfare and income support programmes to do so—points to wilful indifference toward the long-term personal and social impacts of this avoidable harm.”

Housing. Cut the Crap.

Written By: - Date published: 1:11 pm, January 24th, 2017 - 135 comments

All this housing malarkey…are we over it yet?

Sit-in Occupation to Stop Niki’s Eviction Tuesday 24th January

Written By: - Date published: 8:33 pm, January 23rd, 2017 - 136 comments

“These are the people’s assets” – Ioela ‘Niki’ Rauti.

State houses are being given to developers, and people are being evicted from their homes.

The shame of homelessness

Written By: - Date published: 8:04 am, January 18th, 2017 - 54 comments

A rich old white idiot, who would only be amused at our anger, has vented about the homeless, in a piece that shouldn’t be rewarded with our clicks.

The Lighthouse

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, January 14th, 2017 - 19 comments

The lighthouse is a piece of public art recently erected in downtown Auckland. It is to celebrate the institution of the State House and has been paid for by real estate barons.

Screwing more out of Auckland renters

Written By: - Date published: 10:21 am, January 10th, 2017 - 12 comments

Already sky-high Auckland rents are set to rise further.

Rudman on Nats’ total housing fail

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, December 21st, 2016 - 196 comments

Rudman: “The Prime Minister, in his role in charge of Housing New Zealand, and Smith have spectacularly failed to solve Auckland’s housing crisis over several years.”

What Paula is proud of

Written By: - Date published: 8:36 am, December 17th, 2016 - 76 comments

Apparently it’s “getting homeless people into homes”. Given the ongoing explosion of homelessness, just think how much scope she has to make herself proud next year…

Housing? A National mess

Written By: - Date published: 12:06 pm, December 15th, 2016 - 97 comments

3 stories from Checkpoint yesterday that add up to a picture of National’s response to housing: waste on unacceptable temporary housing; empty state houses where they’re needed most; and vilify anyone who dares complain.

The cusp of something “special” in Auckland

Written By: - Date published: 12:47 pm, December 13th, 2016 - 29 comments

Could be that the Auckland property market is turning downwards.

Meanwhile, the Housing Crisis

Written By: - Date published: 9:38 am, December 7th, 2016 - 18 comments

Bill English and Paula Bennett won’t be thinking about it this week, but Auckland’s Housing Crisis continues to get worse.

Press editorial on failed state house sell-off

Written By: - Date published: 1:09 pm, December 3rd, 2016 - 11 comments

It’s more than a “dreary lack of ambition”, it’s a deliberate plan to underfund / rundown the stock to “justify” selling off, so that the Nats can indeed “wash their hands” of their obligations.

Dire warnings of the bleeding obvious

Written By: - Date published: 7:57 am, December 1st, 2016 - 14 comments

Warnings from the government and the Reserve Bank that first home buyers are taking on too much debt. Prices are too high, wages are too low, interest rates are rising. These warnings are effectively telling the average first home buyer to give up.

Housing “affordability” blowout

Written By: - Date published: 11:31 am, November 29th, 2016 - 9 comments

Andrew Little was on RNZ this morning talking housing affordability. “The amount people are having to borrow for their first home has increased 43 percent in the last two years.”

New Parliament buildings

Written By: - Date published: 8:24 am, November 29th, 2016 - 24 comments

A couple of reactions to the $100m Parliament building plans.

National plans to sell Housing Corp home Key grew up in

Written By: - Date published: 8:30 am, November 25th, 2016 - 39 comments

John Key, the state house tenant turned good who has relied heavily on his humble upbringing is overseeing the sale of the state house he grew up in.

Sale of Key’s old house a powerful symbol

Written By: - Date published: 7:57 am, November 25th, 2016 - 11 comments

English admits that the government has done a poor job of maintaining state houses, and uses it as an excuse for privatisation – its by design. The attempted sale in Christchurch, incuding Key’s childhood home, is a powerful symbol of the way this government likes pulling up the ladder that they used behind them.

Nat state house selloff in tatters

Written By: - Date published: 7:18 am, November 23rd, 2016 - 24 comments

Another fail in National’s plan to sell off state houses is good news for those of us who believe that it is the government’s responsibility to take care of society’s most vulnerable.

Trump and the NZ housing bubble

Written By: - Date published: 7:26 am, November 16th, 2016 - 21 comments

The bright orange trigger for a sharp rise in mortgage interest rates may have just arrived. Our over-indebted home owners are highly vulnerable.

There is no housing crisis

Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, November 8th, 2016 - 21 comments

Paula Bennett has announced a new spend of $300 million to address the non existing housing crisis. But the announcement appears to be little more than a refinancing of Housing Corp and an admission that the Government should have stopped taking Housing Corp dividends years ago.

Rheumatic fever – treat the cause

Written By: - Date published: 8:02 am, November 8th, 2016 - 14 comments

Millions of dollars are being poured into reducing rheumatic fever in NZ. However rates of the disease in Auckland are at least double the target level – and rising.

Meth and housing

Written By: - Date published: 7:56 am, October 27th, 2016 - 29 comments

Why has Housing NZ ignored repeated advice and misused meth tests to evict tenants? RNZ: “Drug Foundation executive director Ross Bell said Housing New Zealand had caused a huge amount of harm by knowingly misusing the guidelines.”

Tax-cuts or… Housing

Written By: - Date published: 8:36 am, October 21st, 2016 - 20 comments

The government is proud of their surplus, which at 0.7% of GDP isn’t quite as dramatic as the 9% of GDP deficit they had in 2011.  But as soon as we have a surplus, National starts salivating over tax cuts.  But may I continue on where I left off on other things that are far […]

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