Written By: - Date published: 7:24 am, May 28th, 2016 - 171 comments
Categories: Abuse of power, auckland supercity, democracy under attack, john key, local government, national, privatisation, you couldn't make this shit up - Tags: auckland, auckland supercity, democracy under attack, housing, housing crisis
We all want a solution to the housing crisis. But this isn’t the way:
Key gets tough on Auckland with new policy forcing councils to release land
The Prime Minister has come down hard on Auckland saying a new policy will force the city’s council to release more land and bring down house prices. …
Bernard Hickey was first with the story:
Key says next week’s National Policy Statement on urban land use will direct Auckland Council to release land if it fails to meet targets; says developers will take Council to court and win; says Council may have to sell assets to fund infrastruce
Prime Minister John Key has upped the ante in the Government’s battle with the Auckland Council to free up more land for housing, saying a new National Policy Statement in the next fortnight would direct Councils to release land as a matter of law.
Responding to Council concerns that it could not afford the NZ$17 billion infrastructure bill to provide the roads, public transport, water and sewage pipes to underpin that housing, Key said the Auckland Council may need to look at selling assets. …
Commissioners could run Auckland if Council doesn’t free up land
Prime Minister John Key has given a strong hint that the Government could go as far as appointing commissioners to run Auckland if the council refuses to free up more land for housing.
“Mark my words,” he told reporters today after being asked about the possibilities for dealing with an uncooperative council. …
So it’s naked panic now. In response to the crisis that isn’t a crisis Key is going to overrule the council that his government created and screw over Auckland democracy just like he screwed over Canterbury. What do you think of that Aucklanders?
Key says NPS will direct AKL Council to release land. 'There will be no debate'. 'Council may have to sell assets to fund infrastructure'
— Bernard Hickey (@bernardchickey) May 27, 2016
John "If in doubt get rid of democracy" Key.
— Barnaby Bennett (@mrbarnabyb) May 27, 2016
My friend wants to know why Key is threatening to overthrow Auckland Council when there is no housing crisis.
— jo (@jofromgreylynn) May 27, 2016