Labour poised to resolve housing supply crisis

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It is possible that within the next year New Zealand’s housing supply crisis will be resolved.

In 2017 when Labour gained power it was estimated that there was a national shortfall of 71,000 houses and Phil Twyford said that the Government had inherited a disaster.

Next year the disaster may be resolved.

From Liam Dann at the Herald:

The ongoing construction boom and the net loss of population as borders open will likely mean New Zealand will finally be rid of its long-running housing shortage in about a year, Kiwibank says.

In its annual look at the state of the housing market, Kiwibank senior economist Jeremy Couchman the country will “start accumulating a surplus of housing” over the coming years as projected building activity outstrips rising demand.

“Despite all the disruption from Covid, despite the lack of materials, and despite the difficulty finding staff, StatsNZ estimates a total of over 41,000 homes were built in the year to June 2022,” he says.

“That is by far the largest addition to Aotearoa’s housing stock in the data going back to 1991.”

To put the gain in homes in context, the peak in construction during the mid-2000s only managed to produce a net 30,000 homes, Couchman says.

“Looking at the 2018 census data 41,700 dwellings is roughly the same as the number in the whole Southland region.”

As a recent trip through Auckland will show there are huge numbers of new houses coming onto the market and house prices are reducing and rentals in real terms are also reducing.  As I previously commented the QV House Price Index has dropped 7% since December last year.  Median rentals have increased from $520 to $545 since October last year which given current inflation rates is a decrease in real terms.  And recent anecdotal evidence is that rentals are dropping as housing supply improves.

If and when we reach balance this will be a cause for celebration.  And then work needs to continue on repairing the damage caused by inflated house prices and too expensive rents.

89 comments on “Labour poised to resolve housing supply crisis ”

  1. Visubversa 1

    Anyone wanting to see this in action should have a drive around the Hendon Ave area in Owairaka. Apartment blocks going up on New North Road, a mix of apartments/ townhouses and flats on Hendon Ave and the surrounding streets. Whole HNZ areas that used to have 1 drafty and cold 2br house on 600m2 sites are have had them replaces with warm and dry dwellings that meet 21stC building standards. Similar in Waterview and Northcote as well, These areas are all well served with public transport.

  2. Poission 2

    “Despite all the disruption from Covid, despite the lack of materials, and despite the difficulty finding staff, StatsNZ estimates a total of over 41,000 homes were built in the year to June 2022,” he says.

    Using RBNZ methodology (which uses new electrical connections to allow for demolition and substitution) there were 33365 new completions,which is 10% higher then the mid 2000's quoted and when the NZ population was 15% less,so a lot of used car salesmanship here.

    As most countries have had building booms,funded by low interest rates,high building rates caused by global demand for construction materials and high profits,there is now globally a decrease in house prices accompanying high interest rates,increases in inventory etc.

    The real fact is they are still too expensive and the 20% decrease in house prices (rbnz forecast) may not be enough, to sustain 8-10% mortgages.

    • Ad 2.1

      Whether the 2022 price decrease is 15 or 20%, it's blowing the froth off the last two years. From the current bankruptcy rate, most are coping.

      The best response to the market power of Fletcher Building materials is a state housing builder that gets to 20% build market share. The Kainga Ora ambition hasn't abated, thankfully.

      Also helpful is NZs immigration collapse, and little sign of a post-lockdown baby boomlet.

      We are still a long, long way from the demolition of the FIRE economy, but this is a good start.

      • Poission 2.1.1

        The Kainga Ora ambition hasn't abated, thankfully.

        Housing corp debt has blown out to 7.8 billion,and increasing.When they start some renewals of loans the interest servicing costs will be greater then 20% of revenue,which is already struggling with increased council taxes.

        • Ad 2.1.1.1

          Only shows that trying to right much of the housing market using SOE Act disciplines is fundamentally wrong.

          Kiwirail and NZTA get regular shovel-loads of fresh taxpayer cash. As does the health system.

  3. DB Brown 3

    Building all these homes is good and well but Kainga Ora has a massive antisocial tenant problem. So they house people but the housing is often not so safe or suitable.

    They call them people with "complex needs" as if the rest of their clients wound up on their door after a sweet deal and a sweet life. They re-traumatise the already downtrodden by doing nothing to protect clientele from sociopaths and gangs.

    People have sold houses to get away from such clients. Tenants have no such option. Assault, rubbish tipping, vandalism, intimidation… living in fear is not living.

    It might be complex, it's certainly not cricket.

    • Leighton 3.1

      Completely agree. Last year we sold our house which was next door to three brand new Kainga Ora family homes which had been occupied for about a year when we left.

      All three families had plainly come from difficult circumstances and had some complex needs. Two families excellent neighbours and we were perfectly happy living next to them – no problem at all. The third family (thankfully the furthered away from us) were loud (music blasting at all hours), hostile, gang-affiliated, had people sitting outside in cars at all hours (we suspect small-time drug dealing), threw cigarette butts over the fence onto our property etc – a general lack of respect for the community.

      Kainga Ora passes the buck by saying that they can't evict antisocial tenants because then those people will have nowhere to go so it is just "moving the problem". That is true, but it is also true that there's tens of thousands of people waiting for a state house right now who already have nowhere to go and I'd bet the majority of them are more like the first two families than the third. If an existing tenant repeatedly proves incapable of meeting the most fundamental social expectations, maybe give someone else a go?

      Our experience was by no means as bad as some of the horror stories you hear. We didn't sell specifically to get away from the antisocial KO tenants (we were going anyway) but we were certainly glad to be rid of them when we moved.

      • Foreign waka 3.1.1

        It will come to a head as the prisons are emptied and those people are housed in the community. I see this organically. Its like a cancer, instead of retaining the social illness is now let out and infects everybody one way or another. There is no such thing as rehabilitation in a normal functioning community, the criminal just recruits more youngsters to their lifestyle and thus the problem (cancer) grows. Its pie in the sky, like tomorrows schools that is now leaving 30% functionally illiterate.

    • Patricia Bremner 3.2

      So DB what are the solutions to the social problems you outline?

      • DB Brown 3.2.1

        I don't know Patricia it's not my responsibility it is Kainga Ora's. And from where I'm sitting they've failed a lot of people.

        If one bad apple's spoiling the bunch the bunch should not be discarded.

        • DB Brown 3.2.1.1

          I'm probably going to need a few weeks to answer this properly, if at all.

          The concept of mixed housing seems sound. Place people mixed into the community. Integrate not separate. The problem lies in the sociopaths, not the bulk of KO clientele.

          While basic human needs above and beyond food clothing and shelter are to belong and to contribute, some people simply don't want to belong or contribute, at all.

          There might be a special place in hell for such people, but while they're still on earth???

          Prison doesn't rehabilitate. But it also houses those who've refused rehabilitation.

          Rehabilitation, integration… we try. We need more mental health services, wrap around services etc. But some people refuse all help except handouts.

          There's only so many cheeks one can turn.

          • Anker 3.2.1.1.1

            TBH I don't really give a dam about the anti social types. Offer them something remote. Leave them to it. They make life hell for decent people around them (very often other social housing tennants). The contract should be clear. Move in and if you cause problems you are out. A confidential 0800 number to dobe them in, although I suspect the powers that be know these people are anti social before they move in.

            • DB Brown 3.2.1.1.1.1

              It would suck to have anyone's tenancy at the whim of other tenants feelings. There's some nasty busybodies out there too who'd love a hotline to hurt their neighbor for slights as large as parking outside or using empty space in the bins. And we've all had moments we'd rather forget.

              But a tenancy manager should be aware of repetitive antisocial behavior and that is what's required to take action. Out of respect for the rights of everyone else.

              IMO.

        • Visubversa 3.2.1.2

          KO, like HNZ before it seems to be rubbish with bad tenants. And with WINZ now in charge of putting people into the houses it is even worse. I have several friends in KO housing, both long term tenants. One friend is an elderly African woman who came here as a refugee over 20 years ago, She lives in a duplex house. HNZ put a violent, racist drunk into the other half of the duplex and then did nothing about a number of complaints including letters to the Minister. Finally, the problem was solved by one of his drunken mates who hit him with a shovel and then set fire to his body on the front lawn.

          Another case was living in the same block as a friend – he also terrorised the neighbourhood, and the social worker who was supposed to be providing support to him was also supplying him with alcohol and the occasional use of her body. Fortunately KO managed to find a family member who would take him in and he was moved on.

          The main problem is not the accommodation, but the lack of the wrap around services that support people and protect the neighbours. Also, the lack of more supervised accommodation options.

      • Foreign waka 3.2.2

        You mean supporting the victims not the perpetrator? It would certainly send the right signal. Right now judges shake hands with people killing someone. What does that say?

        Where to start? With the kids. But we cant use discipline to tasks, (no you cannot attack a teacher with a knife etc.. old concept this, cause and effect) its soooo politically incorrect. You reap what you sow.

    • swordfish 3.3

      .

      Pretty much describes my elderly parents' situation for the last 4 and a half years … slightly different in that they own their house, have lived there for almost 60 years, nice, leafy community-minded street with beautiful sea-views, very socially-mixed (tending mildly toward lower income but not exactly "downtrodden") …

      … but largely the same as you broadly outline in that their social housing neighbour's extremely violent intimidation & all-night in-your-face noise (essentially a kind of on-going domestic terrorism) has come close to killing each of my parents more than once (esp my mother), including in recent months (heart attacks, strokes immediately following violent multi-hour explosions, usually through the early hours of the morning – both inside on the other side of their dividing-wall and outside including running onto their property at 1, 2 or 3am & shouting a mix of threats & swearing, interspersed with a lot of gibberish).

      Police have been rung multiple, multiple times over last 4 years, by concerned neighbours, by my parents & by me. Raised with a number of authorities … nothing gets done … he faces zero consequences for his behaviour so why the hell should he stop.

      Basically, the Govt has destroyed the social contract with its tacit 'No Eviction' policy … fundamental break down of law and order (so often ridiculed by cowardly, self-regarding luvvies on this site intent on establishing their "unsually refined sensibilities" and "radical" credentials while courageously ensuring they're living as far away from the violence & mayhem they're enabling as possible) … the terrorization of people in their early 90s is apparently just fine.

      Local Iwi now managing social housing in the area & have done precisely zero to help.

      https://sub-zero-politics.blogspot.com/2021/11/kianga-ora-scandal-my-parents-situation.html

      Brave New Woke World.

      • DB Brown 3.3.1

        I'm so sorry they've been through all that.

        I'm meeting with a KO tenancy manager and his manager tomorrow with regards to another difficult KO client. I'll be discussing that meeting with a lawyer.

        If they can't help I'll certainly be sharing the story, and may be looking to start some form of class action if they continue to gaslight me. I've realised like you have, it's not just about me, how many others lives and homes are unsafe/insecure thanks to Kainga Ora's immutable tenant policy.

      • pat 3.3.2

        Question Swordfish….what would you like done about your parents situation?

        • swordfish 3.3.2.1

          Thanks for asking, Pat. Deserves a considered response … have a few major things to deal with at moment … but I'll respond here in next few days.

      • Foreign waka 3.3.3

        It seems that the experiment is to have an open prison amongst the population and perhaps some will rehabilitate. The price the general population pays is huge. Someone please get those wanna be sociologist off the government payroll.

    • The KO tenancy model is to pepper-pot KO homes interspersed with 'affordable' and 'market' homes, in new developments.

      Which is a nice theory.

      The problem with it, is, that owner-occupiers are (legitimately) wary of purchasing an apartment or terrace house next to a KO-owned home – with the possibility of an anti-social tenant as a neighbour – and the virtual certainty that, if this happens, KO will do nothing about it.

      So, what actually happens is that the majority of these non-KO dwellings are sold to various social housing trusts – and you end up with what is effectively a social housing estate under another name.

      • DB Brown 3.4.1

        Interesting. So the whole social experiment is laudable till we come once again to the problem of immutable tenants.

        Law needs to change. As I said above:

        If you have one bad apple, you don't discard the bunch.

        My landlord and his supervisor arrived. The first thing she said was a lie. She had no mask, she was pushy, and she tried stare me down when I said I'll probably go to the courts anyway as I'm not the only person affected by this.

        My anti-social problem had another KO house before the one next door. They moved him on when former neighbours were about to lynch him. Now, they're planning the same tactic, and will foist him upon another unsuspecting community. It's ridiculous, and criminal.

        According to the residential tenancies act I have rights to quiet enjoyment without repetitive antisocial behaviour from others. They moved him here knowing exactly who/what he was. Now they're set to do it again.

        We've seen some real estate adverts get slammed recently as prejudice ("No Kainga Ora Tenants in sight"). The antisocial clown ruining the peace on my street is white.

        It takes all sorts to make a community, except those who refuse to be part of it.

  4. Adrian Thornton 4

    "It is possible that within the next year New Zealand’s housing supply crisis will be resolved"…well I guess locally, we will know, if there isn't the constant flow of people (including lots of whole families) living in their cars/vans on Napier's waterfront this time next year won't we…however with Labours track record on these matters over the past couple of decades, I won't be holding my breath….but do I really really hope that I will have to eat my words on this one.

  5. Mike the Lefty 5

    But I wonder how many more prime agricultural areas will be sold, subdivided and turned into housing estates whilst the price of fruit and veges steadily increases and the number of growers/suppliers steadily decreases?

    • Poission 5.1

      Get with the program,they are building high rise apartments in an earthquake zone,at a million dollars a unit (excluding land leased from WCC)

      https://www.beehive.govt.nz/release/wellington-gets-300-new-public-homes-transformational-urban-regeneration-project

      All funded on debt.

      • Patricia Bremner 5.1.1

        As a home is supposed to provide shelter for 50 years plus, there is always debt.

        Build anywhere in New Zealand you build on shaky ground.

        At least they are trying to provide amenities and the community framework.

    • Ad 5.2

      The Auckland Unitary Plan debated that at length.

      What we will see is a lot more Northland farms convert to horticulture just to support Auckland and its export markets.

      North of Kaitaia you can see ridgeline after ridgeline of Avocados. And right now they are cheap as chips. We'll see further expansion from Whangarei to Kaikohe as well.

    • Descendant Of Smith 5.3

      The number of growers is decreasing mainly through the agglomeration into fewer and larger scale businesses.

      Orchardists and vineyards seem happy to keep planting more vines and trees.

      There's plenty of fruit – the price is kept high by the growers themselves – not a true supply and demand model at all.

      https://www.stuff.co.nz/business/farming/128700421/tenth-of-apple-harvest-left-on-trees-with-noone-to-pick-it

      Taylor said if he redirected his export apples to the local market it would be flooded. This would drive down price and destroy the businesses of growers who serviced only Kiwis.

      And contrary to AD'S assertion the other day shipping was a problem. Other orchardists have said the same.

      Ships bypassing Napier port because of the impact that Covid-19 had on labour in the shipping industry, and a lack of export containers, also affected profits of growers because a lot of apples could not be sent to market on time and had to be discarded, Taylor said.

  6. bwaghorn 6

    Ha ha calling a $25 a wek rent raise a lowering in "real terms" is some of the most fantastic spin I've ever heard almost makes me wonder if the rest is bs as well.

  7. PB 7

    New Zealand includes the smaller centres, cities and towns. These areas have not been addressed. They are invisible to all governments.

    • Ad 7.1

      You mean like:

      Nelson. Blenheim. Ashburton. Westport. Kaitaia. Whangarei. New Plymouth. Queenstown. Wanaka. Invercargill. Napier. So much CAPEX, so little time. Hmmm.

      • PB 7.1.1

        I mean like Kerikeri or Kawakawa or Kaikohe or even Kaeo. Where housing is substandard by any measure and the state sees no obligation to improve the lot of people living 14 to an old state house because there are no other options.

        • DB Brown 7.1.1.1

          Absolutely. Up North is the first place in NZ I met people who lived in sheds, caravans…

          They were amazing hosts considering they had no money or infrastructure. Such a gorgeous summer holiday.

          The fact some of the elders lived in caravans didn't really sink in till that Winter. Not bloody good enough.

  8. pat 9

    The shortage was never a physical shortage. While Labour have made some changes that have impacted at the margins they continue to refuse to address the driver (perhaps understandably)…it is worth noting the actions of the Gov that continue to support house prices at north of 8 times median incomes

    • Blazer 9.1

      Yes median incomes are TWO household incomes.

      The old measure of house prices=3-4x median income was based on 1 income.

      The ramping up of property prices has long term,enduring social consequences and Labour have not done ..enough.

      God knows what property investor Cluxon has in store…for NZ if he becomes P.M.

      • pat 9.1.1

        Depends upon the slant the commenter wishes to place on it…the original affordability measure was single income but some use household income which is (obviously) more than single income.

  9. Stuart Munro 10

    It took thirty years of unrelenting neoliberal failure to create our housing crisis – I hardly think it will be resolved in the space of a year or two, however great the progress that may have been made in some areas.

    41 000 houses would seem to be a solid start – but if we are going to use crude numbers, then they begin to turn positive when there is an appreciable rise in owner/occupiers, or a fall in rents of at least, say, $50 per week. In the absence of such indicators there is every reason to suppose that the crisis continues unabated.

  10. Mat Simpson 11

    " "If and when we reach balance this will be a cause for celebration. And then work needs to continue on repairing the damage caused by inflated house prices and too expensive rents "

    This from Stephen Minto.

    " Labour/Greens actions of supporting private enterprise with huge subsidies (tax breaks on interest) for ‘build to rent’ companies, and granting property developers power to bully build and override community democractic rights, shows the lack of courage and intellectual/economic insight in the centrist political pragmatism that dominates both these parties "

    https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2022/08/26/affordable-housing-for-dummies/

    " The problem is; there are too many housing markets in New Zealand and they are all more profitable than building affordable housing "

    https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2022/08/23/economic-misdirection-from-labour-and-national-with-long-term-damage-to-our-economy/

  11. Mat Simpson 12

    " Prime Minister plays with red herrings while children sleep in cars "

    This from John Minto.

    The housing catastrophe (Salvation Army description) for tenants and families on low incomes has been thrown into sharp relief by the appalling statistics that more than 200 children are now living in cars because there are not enough state houses.

    Under the Labour government this number has gone from 51 at the end of 2017, to 228 in June this year. Similarly, the number of people living in tents has also climbed from 21 at the end of 2017 to 84 in June this year.

    https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2022/08/19/prime-minister-plays-with-red-herrings-while-children-sleep-in-cars/

  12. Jenny are we there yet 13

    Are we there yet?

    The danger of an over supply of houses.

    "If and when we reach balance this will be a cause for celebration….." MICKYSAVAGE

    Hardly, more likely it will be this administration's biggest neo-liberal disaster yet.

    ….It's all happened before

    America

    Developers opt to raze homes that go unsold | The Seattle Times

    9/05/2009 — Banks that financed new homes are deciding to demolish the partially … the latest fallout from Southern California's real-estate crash.

    China
    https://www.scmp.com/news/china/society/article/1931741/ghost-town-developer-demolishes-over-100-houses-unsold-nearly

    Spain

    Time to swing the wrecking ball on Spain's vacant homes?

    4/11/2013 — In the wake of the crisis, the country has been left with 800000 unsold properties Demolishing unfinished buildings might be the only …

    Ireland

    news › article-2531852

    1/01/2014 — Abandoned: Unsold houses lie next to land bought for development at the … with some finally being completed but many being torn down.

    .https://thestandard.org.nz/open-mike-12-03-2022/#comment-1874351

    • Jenny are we there yet 13.1

      Make no mistake about it.

      If the question of unaffordability, resulting in unsold homes is not addressed the demolitions will start.

      Ideally the government should enact legislation preventing the demolition of newly built or uncompleted new homes, on pain of confiscation.

      At the very least the government needs to pass legislation to prevent Kiwibuild homes being demolished, as a condition of their sale.

      KiwiBuild tweaked to allow up to a quarter of unsold homes into the open market

      Zane Small – Newshub, 07/08/2020

      …..Housing Minister Megan Woods is making further refinements to the KiwiBuild programme, so that up to 25 percent – up from 15 percent – of KiwiBuild homes that don't sell to people who fit the criteria, can be sold on the open market.

      https://www.newshub.co.nz/home/politics/2020/08/kiwibuild-tweaked-to-allow-up-to-a-quarter-of-unsold-homes-into-the-open-market.html

  13. Jenny are we there yet 14

    '

    Build it and they will come

    Could we be building too many houses?

    Miriam Bell 09:30, Dec 12 2021

    New Zealand’s housing supply shortage is finally being addressed with a huge residential building boom, but experts say there may now be too many homes being built…..

    …..Economist Tony Alexander cautions against putting too much emphasis on the role of supply in the house price equation.

    “This is a red herring. Extra supply of a thing will constrain prices, but that’s not the same as saying there are not enough houses for people to occupy.

    “Housing construction is now running at extremely high levels and these levels cannot be sustained without a large and sharp recovery in net migration over 2022 and 2023.”

    But once the borders open again, migrants will be attracted back to New Zealand, particularly Auckland, as it is a good place to live, and that will help to prevent huge oversupplies developing, he says.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/homed/real-estate/127201554/could-we-be-building-too-many-houses#:~:text=Areas%20on%20the%20far%20south%20fringes%20of%20Auckland%2C,times%20and%20limited%20amenities%20make%20them%20less%20attractive.

  14. Patricia Bremner 15

    I know for many the things this Government have done are deemed to be insufficient.

    They should be recognised as trying to help right the housing problem.

    What they did not see coming was the Pandemic of covid, the meth crisis and a war.

    Yet strides have been made in spite of that.

    Some Councils have provided poor support for their citizens. imo.

  15. RosieLee 16

    "Poised" for the last five years.

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    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Friday, July 19, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:The PSA announced the Employment Relations Authority (ERA) had ruled in the PSA’s favour in its case against the Ministry ...
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    3 days ago
  • The Hoon around the week to July 19

    TL;DR: The podcast above of the weekly ‘hoon’ webinar for paying subscribers last night features co-hosts and talking with:The Kākā’s climate correspondent talking about the National-ACT-NZ First Government’s release of its first Emissions Reduction Plan;University of Otago Foreign Relations Professor and special guest Dr Karin von ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • Skeptical Science New Research for Week #29 2024

    Open access notables Improving global temperature datasets to better account for non-uniform warming, Calvert, Quarterly Journal of the Royal Meteorological Society: To better account for spatial non-uniform trends in warming, a new GITD [global instrumental temperature dataset] was created that used maximum likelihood estimation (MLE) to combine the land surface ...
    3 days ago
  • We're back again! Join us for the weekly Hoon on YouTube Live

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
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  • Gut Reactions.

    Trump Writes His Own Story: Would the “mainstream” media even try to reflect the horrified reaction of the MAGA crowd to the pop-pop-pop of the would-be assassin’s rifle, and Trump going down? Could it even grasp the sheer elation of the rally-goers seeing their champion rise up and punch the air, still alive, ...
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  • Dodging Bullets.

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  • 'Corruption First' Strikes Again

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    3 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy today are:The inside stories of KiwiRail’s iRex debacle, Westport’s perma-delayed flood scheme and Christchurch’s post-quake sewer rebuild, which assumed no population growth, show just how deeply sceptical senior officials in Treasury, the Ministry of ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    3 days ago
  • What's that Jack Black?

    Ah-rah, deeSoo-guh-goo-gee-goo-geeGoo-guh fli-goo gee-gooGuh fli-goo, ga-goo-buh-deeOoh, guh-goo-beeOoh-guh-guh-bee-guh-guh-beeFli-goo gee-gooA-fliguh woo-wa mama Lucifer!I’m about ready to move on, how about you?Not from the shooting, that’s bad and we definitely shouldn’t have that. But the rehabilitation of Donald J Trump? The deification of Saint Donald? As the Great Unifier?Gimme a bucket.https://yellowscene.com/2024/04/07/trump-as-jesus/Just to re-iterate, ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    3 days ago
  • June 2024: Earth’s 13th-consecutive warmest month on record

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    4 days ago
  • Connecting the dots and filling the gaps in our bike network

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    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    4 days ago
  • Webworm Down Under Photos!

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    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:30 am on Thursday, July 18 are:News: Christchurch's sewer systems block further housing developments RNZ’s Niva ChittockAnalysis: Interislander: Treasury, MoT officials' mistrust of KiwiRail led ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Thursday, July 18

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Thursday, July 18, the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day are:Verbatim: Climate Change Minister Simon Watts held a news conference in Auckland to release the Government’s Emissions Reduction Plan, including ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • The politics of managed retreat

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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    4 days ago
  • Some changes are coming

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    4 days ago
  • About fucking time

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    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • Climate Change: False accounting and wishful thinking

    National released their draft 2026-2030 Emissions Reduction Plan today. The plan is required under the Zero Carbon Act, and must set out policies and strategies to meet the relevant emissions budget. Having cancelled all Labour's actually effective climate change policies and crashed the carbon price, National was always going to ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    4 days ago
  • The Enemies Of Sunshine And Space.

    Our Houses? The Urban Density debate is a horrible combination of intergenerational avarice and envy, fuelled by the grim certainty that none of the generations coming up after them will ever have it as good as the Boomers. To say that this situation rankles among those born after 1965 is to ...
    4 days ago
  • Still the 5 Eyes Achilles Heel?

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    4 days ago
  • Britain's Devastating Electoral Slip.

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  • Gordon Campbell on why right wingers think all governments (including their own) are incompetent

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    4 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Wednesday, July 17

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    4 days ago
  • Open Letter to Pharmac

    All this talk of getting oldIt's getting me down, my loveLike a cat in a bag, waiting to drownThis time I'm coming downAnd I hope you're thinking of meAs you lay down on your sideNow the drugs don't workThey just make you worse but I know I'll see your face ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    4 days ago
  • A blanket of misinformation

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    Greater AucklandBy Connor Sharp
    5 days ago
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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Wednesday, July 17

    TL;DR: As of 6:00 am on Wednesday, July 17 , the top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day were:Simon Watts released the Government’s draft Emissions Reduction Plan (ERP), which included proposed changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    5 days ago
  • “Shhhh” – National's 3 Waters is loaded with higher costs and lays a path to ...

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Plugging a video channel: Dr Gilbz

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  • Some “scrutiny” again

    Back in 2022, in its Open Government Partnership National Action Plan, the government promised to strengthen scrutiny of Official Information Act exemption clauses in legislation. Since then they've run a secret "consultation" on how to do that, with their preferred outcome being that agencies will consult the Ministry of Justice ...
    No Right TurnBy Idiot/Savant
    5 days ago
  • Crashing New Zealand's health system is not the way to prosperity, Prime Minister

    Another day, and yet another piece of bad news for New Zealand’s health system. Reports have come out that General Practitioners (GP) may have to close doors, or increase patient fees to survive. The so-called ‘capitation’ funding review, which supports GP practices to survive, is under way, and primary care ...
    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    5 days ago
  • Closer Than You Think: Ageing Boomers, Laurie & Les, Talk Politics.

    Redefining Our Terms: “When an angry majority is demanding change, defending the status-quo is an extremist position.”“WHAT’S THIS?”, asked Laurie, eyeing suspiciously the two glasses of red wine deposited in front of him.“A nice drop of red. I thought you’d be keen to celebrate the French Far-Right’s victory with the ...
    5 days ago
  • Come on Darleen.

    Good morning all, time for a return to things domestic. After elections in the UK and France, Luxon gatecrashing Nato, and the attempted shooting of Trump, it’s probably about time we re-focus on local politics.Unless of course you’re Christopher Luxon and you’re so exhausted from all your schmoozing in Washington ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    5 days ago
  • How the Northwest was lost and may be won

    This is a guest post by Darren Davis. It originally appeared on his excellent blog, Adventures in Transitland, which we encourage you to check out. It is shared by kind permission. The Northwest has always been Auckland’s public transport Cinderella, rarely invited to the public funding ball. How did ...
    Greater AucklandBy Guest Post
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Tuesday July 16

    Luxon has told a Financial Times’ correspondent he would openly call out China’s spying in future and does not fear economic retaliation from Aotearoa’s largest trading partner.File Photo: Lynn Grieveson / The KākāTL;DR: The top six things I’ve noted around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy on Tuesday, ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Tuesday, July 16

    TL;DR: My pick of the top six links elsewhere around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day or so to 6:00 am on Tuesday, July 16 are:PM Christopher Luxon has given a very hawkish interview to the Financial Times-$$$ correspondent in Washington, Demetri Sevastopulu, saying ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Tuesday, July 16

    Photo by Ryunosuke Kikuno on UnsplashTL;DR: The top six announcements, speeches, reports and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the last day to 6:00 am are:BNZ released its Performance of Services Index for June, finding that services sector is at its lowest level of activity ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The second crisis; assumption was the mother

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    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    6 days ago
  • Can we air condition our way out of extreme heat?

    This is a re-post from The Climate Brink by Andrew Dessler Air conditioning was initially a symbol of comfort and wealth, enjoyed by the wealthy in theaters and upscale homes. Over time, as technology advanced and costs decreased, air conditioning became more accessible to the general public. With global warming, though, ...
    6 days ago
  • Review: The Zimiamvian Trilogy, by E.R. Eddison (1935-1958)

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    6 days ago
  • Media Link: AVFA on the Trump assassination attempt.

    In this episode of “A View from Afar” Selwyn Manning and I discuss the attempt on Donald Trump’s life and its implications for the US elections. The political darkness grows. ...
    KiwipoliticoBy Pablo
    6 days ago
  • Law & Order: National Party 1, Police 0, Public -1

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    6 days ago
  • Gordon Campbell on the Trump shooting and a potential hike in fees for visiting the doctor

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    WerewolfBy lyndon
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā's Chorus for Monday July 15

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    6 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Pick 'n' Mix for Monday, July 15

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    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • City Centre Rebuild: How Soon Is Now?

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    Greater AucklandBy Patrick Reynolds
    7 days ago
  • Peril, dismay, resolution

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    More Than A FeildingBy David Slack
    7 days ago
  • Bullet the Blue Sky

    In the locust windComes a rattle and humJacob wrestled the angelAnd the angel was overcomeYou plant a demon seedYou raise a flower of fireWe see them burnin' crossesSee the flames, higher and higherBullet the blue skyBullet the blue skyThe indelible images, the soundtrack of America. Guns, assassinations, where-were-you-when moments attached ...
    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s Journal of Record for Monday, July 15

    TL;DR: The top six announcements, rulings, reports, surveys, statistics and research around housing, climate and poverty in Aotearoa’s political economy in the three days to 6:00 am on Monday, July 23 are:University of Auckland researcher Ryan Greenaway-McGrevy published an analysis of the impact of Auckland's 2016 zoning reforms.BNZ's latest Performance ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • The Kākā’s diary for the week to July 23 and beyond

    TL;DR: The six key events to watch in Aotearoa-NZ’s political economy in the week to July 23 include:PM Christopher Luxon has returned from a trip to the United States and may hold a post-Cabinet news conference at 4:00 pm today.The BusinessNZ-BNZ PSI survey results for June will be released this ...
    The KakaBy Bernard Hickey
    7 days ago
  • Was The Assassination Attempt Fake?

    Hi,It’s in incredible photo, and we’re going to be talking about it for a long time:Trump, triumphantly raising his hand in the air after being shot. Photo credit: Evan VucciYou can watch what happened on YouTube in real time, as a 20-year-old from Pennsylvania lets off a series of gunshots ...
    David FarrierBy David Farrier
    7 days ago
  • 40 years ago, inside the crisis that made modern NZ

    It had rained all day in Auckland, and the Metro Theatre in Mangere was steamed up inside as more and more people arrived to celebrate what had once seemed impossible. Sir Robert Muldoon had lost the 1984 election. “Piggy” Muldoon was no more. Such was the desire to get rid ...
    PolitikBy Richard Harman
    7 days ago
  • 2024 SkS Weekly Climate Change & Global Warming News Roundup #28

    A listing of 34 news and opinion articles we found interesting and shared on social media during the past week: Sun, July 7, 2024 thru Sat, July 13, 2024. Story of the week It's still early summer in the Northern Hemisphere. The season comes as our first year of 1.5°C warming ...
    1 week ago
  • Unsurprising, but Trump shooting creates opportunity for a surprising response

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    PunditBy Tim Watkin
    1 week ago
  • Escalation in the States as Trump is shot and his allies capitalize on the moment

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Bernie Sanders: Joe Biden for President

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    1 week ago
  • Questions from God

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    Nick’s KōreroBy Nick Rockel
    1 week ago
  • The politics of money and influence

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago
  • Auckland & Transport Minister Simeon Brown's insanity

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    Mountain TuiBy Mountain Tui
    1 week ago

  • Oceans and Fisheries Minister to Solomons

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    1 day ago
  • Government launches Military Style Academy Pilot

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    1 day ago
  • Nine priority bridge replacements to get underway

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    BeehiveBy beehive.govt.nz
    2 days ago
  • Update on global IT outage

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  • New Zealand, Japan renew Pacific partnership

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  • New infrastructure energises BOP forestry towns

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  • 'Pacific Futures'

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  • Delivering 24 hour pothole repairs

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  • Peer Support Specialists rolled out in hospitals

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    3 days ago
  • Consultation opens for the Emissions Reduction Plan

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  • Benefit stats highlight need for welfare reset

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  • School attendance continues to increase

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  • $22.7m of West Coast resilience projects underway

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  • Funding to support use of NZ Sign Language

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