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Are the Vultures Already Circling Above?

Written By: - Date published: 7:00 am, April 14th, 2020 - 116 comments

We cannot go back to business as usual after the lockdown but can we shape the way things will be for the greater good?

No Right Turn: Ghost homes should be used to house the homeless

Written By: - Date published: 7:05 am, March 14th, 2020 - 100 comments

Idiot/Savant writes about empty houses and the homeless.

Don’t let the door hit you on the way out

Written By: - Date published: 12:27 pm, March 7th, 2020 - 163 comments

Changes to the Residential Tenancies Act have a few landlords threatening to quit the business.

The real cause of New Zealand’s failing housing system

Written By: - Date published: 3:16 pm, February 23rd, 2020 - 139 comments

Simon Wilson has set out in a Herald article historical data which suggests that the cause of the housing crisis can be dated back to decisions made generations ago.  But Steven Joyce thinks that the cure is actually the cause of the problem.

National is not counting its chickens for granted

Written By: - Date published: 8:47 am, February 17th, 2020 - 27 comments

National will announce today  that tax cuts will be a major policy plank for the next election.

Housing consents at highest level since 1974

Written By: - Date published: 9:03 am, January 15th, 2020 - 20 comments

Statistics New Zealand has confirmed that in the last year the number of new housing consents was the highest since 1974.

Labour Conference

Written By: - Date published: 7:10 am, November 30th, 2019 - 97 comments

It’s a weird moment for the Labour Party at Conference this weekend.

Goodbye shitty landlords

Written By: - Date published: 10:27 am, November 18th, 2019 - 97 comments

The only way out of the housing crisis is for the state to mandate the right to a home.

Dog whistling Housing Corp tenants

Written By: - Date published: 12:35 pm, October 25th, 2019 - 29 comments

National has announced that it will put an end to a “state house for life” if it gets into power next year.  But its rationale is not only cruel but based on a faulty understanding of the local reality.

The Government’s Economic Development Plan

Written By: - Date published: 7:35 am, September 30th, 2019 - 15 comments

Last week the government launched its Economic Development Plan, arguably late but with lots of useful initiatives.

The Greens on the need for rental law changes

Written By: - Date published: 7:15 am, September 26th, 2019 - 11 comments

Marama Davidson: renting has to be a valid way of life.

Fertile land is priceless

Written By: - Date published: 7:45 am, August 15th, 2019 - 220 comments

As Labour moves to protect prime food growing land around our cities, we should be having a wider discussion about food security in New Zealand.

Do poor people and women exist in right wing economics land?

Written By: - Date published: 7:30 am, August 13th, 2019 - 125 comments

David Seymour has written a critique of Deborah Russel’s review of the hard right economic tome “Economics in one lesson”.  And totally missed the point of what she was saying.

Institutional poverty

Written By: - Date published: 12:34 pm, August 3rd, 2019 - 32 comments

Christchurch City Council have provided hundreds of social housing tenants with bubble wrap and a mop instead of insulating their houses.

Nats must hate Auckland’s building consents boom

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, July 15th, 2019 - 59 comments

The rate at which the building consents have increased in Auckland, and the shift to a more useful mix, has been incredibly fast. You can understand why National after their decade of failure for housing and transport have been targeting the authors of that success. It highlights National’s economic incompetence.

National offers to help with housing crisis

Written By: - Date published: 11:50 am, June 28th, 2019 - 105 comments

On behalf of the National Party Judith Collins has offered to help Labour deal with the housing crisis, the one that National is responsible for.

The Coming Global Economic Slowdown and New Zealand

Written By: - Date published: 8:45 am, June 3rd, 2019 - 49 comments

With the United States – China trade war well underway, the sick chaos of Brexit is shrinking the U.K. economy and slowing much of Europe’s economy, and smaller economies such as that of Mexico in the crosshairs through further politically manufactured trade disputes, the second half of this year looks for New Zealand nowhere near as rosy as the first half.

Support Tax Fairness Reform

Written By: - Date published: 12:15 pm, April 9th, 2019 - 16 comments

The Tax Justice Network has started a campaign to gain support for taxing capital as income to support and improve our public services. If you would like to support the campaign, you can sign the petition here or donate here. All funds donated will go to the campaign advertising.

Spare a thought for our poor impoverished landlords

Written By: - Date published: 8:17 am, February 25th, 2019 - 225 comments

Spare a thought for poor landlords who are aghast at the thought that they should have to share capital gains on properties they have purchased with no intent of making a capital gain.

Housing affordability and urban form

Written By: - Date published: 3:07 pm, January 21st, 2019 - 35 comments

Hugh Pavletich thinks that Auckland’s housing crisis is because of restrictions on urban sprawl and that loosening up would be a good thing. I disagree.

Political punditry in 2019

Written By: - Date published: 8:57 am, January 4th, 2019 - 79 comments

The media has recently reviewed its predictions from last year and made a few new ones.  How did it go?  And what is going to happen in the next 12 months?

Let it Be

Written By: - Date published: 8:44 am, December 12th, 2018 - 56 comments

Letting fees are a thing of the past. Labour’s Phil Twyford has outlawed the practice of charging tenants an upfront fee for a non existent service. It’s about fairness and it’s about time.

Twyford’s big announcement

Written By: - Date published: 12:46 pm, November 24th, 2018 - 71 comments

The government has just announced the creation of the most massive and powerful housing and land development agency that we have ever seen.

Bridges Billion dollar bungle

Written By: - Date published: 8:42 am, November 23rd, 2018 - 126 comments

Simon Bridges has claimed that Labour’s Kiwisaver fund is $18 billion short of the amount needed to meet the Government’s goals of constructing ten thousand Kiwibuild houses a year.  The claim has as much credibility as National’s claim that Labour’s budget figures had an $11.5 billion hole in them.

What happens if housing prices really go down?

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, November 17th, 2018 - 164 comments

So what if Labour decides to go ahead with its capital gains tax?  What happens to the equity of the remaining middle class?  What happens to the equity of those who were brought in under KiwiBuild?

KiwiBuild doesn’t fly.

Written By: - Date published: 10:29 am, November 2nd, 2018 - 215 comments

More than that, it needs to be torn down before it makes a serious bid at flight.

National’s Judith problem

Written By: - Date published: 4:54 pm, October 30th, 2018 - 50 comments

Judith Collins has landed herself in trouble for publicising details of a young couple who just bought a Kiwibuild home.

National badly wants Kiwibuild to crash

Written By: - Date published: 8:34 am, October 30th, 2018 - 339 comments

National is complaining that Labour is not solving the National imposed housing crisis quickly enough.

Someone tell the business sector, Kiwis like this Government

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, September 18th, 2018 - 29 comments

A recent survey conducted by IPSOS shows New Zealanders are feeling more positive about the Labour-NZ First coalition government than they were the previous one.

Rental Rights Review

Written By: - Date published: 2:06 pm, August 27th, 2018 - 68 comments

The Labour led Government has announced a review into tenancy laws. It’s about time we balanced the rental market, which has for too long let renters down.

Let them fall

Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, August 3rd, 2018 - 105 comments

We’ve seen a fair few construction companies go under or get close to it recently.

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