Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, April 22nd, 2017 - 83 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, accountability, housing, national, useless - Tags: data, hiding the facts, housing, housing affordability, housing crisis, supressed
There are apparently no depths to which the Nats will not stoop to try and deny the housing crisis (good work by Henry Cooke here):
MBIE worried ministers won’t like their long-overdue housing affordability measure
A new Government measure of housing affordability is more than a year late, and officials are worried ministers might not like what they see.
Cabinet first asked the Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and Statistics New Zealand to create the Housing Affordability Measure (HAM) in 2012, filling a gap in official government statistics. The measure will show whether housing is unaffordable for both renters and first home buyers in specific areas and at specific income bands all across the country.
It is now long-overdue. The suite was meant to be released in 2015, then 2016, then February of 2017. It remains unclear whether it will make it out before the election, with officials noting its political sensitivity and the possibility that ministers would “disagree” with the measure.
Currently the Government lacks a proper housing affordability measure. This leaves the media and academia relying on third party data, and allowed Prime Minister John Key to point journalists to a handful of cheap Trade Me listings when asked about the housing crisis last year – there were no official numbers to rebut him with. …
So are the MBIE officials just terrified of embarrassing their masters, or is there more to it?
Labour say Nick Smith ‘probably’ suppressing housing data
Labour’s Phil Twyford says the Government is probably trying to bury embarrassing data in their long-delayed Housing Affordability Measure, as calls grow for the project to be released.
The Housing Affordability Measure (HAM) was commissioned by Cabinet in 2012 but still has yet to see the light of day, despite a planned release in 2015, 2016, then February 2017.
Documents released to Stuff under the Official Information Act revealed Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) officials were worried about a possible lack of “minsterial agreement” with the measures. …
Stay on the case Labour. We the people deserve the truth in time for the election.