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Posts Tagged ‘auckland’

Jam tomorrow

Written By: - Date published: 2:20 pm, March 25th, 2017 - 48 comments

It’s too hard! We’ll do it later! Auckland airport rail is just the latest example.

There are no surpluses

Written By: - Date published: 9:48 am, March 14th, 2017 - 38 comments

There are no surpluses in NZ right now, not in any real sense. There is only debt, negative externalities and deferred costs.

Climate change, weather bombs, and the infrastructure that we need

Written By: - Date published: 10:23 am, March 12th, 2017 - 62 comments

The effects of climate change are here, now, playing out in the flooded north. We should be preparing, we should be hardening critical infrastructure like Auckland’s fresh water supply. Instead of building – you know – more roads.

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.

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.

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.

RNZ Auckland Mayoral Debate

Written By: - Date published: 7:51 am, September 7th, 2016 - 14 comments

The first big debate in the Auckland mayoralty race starts at 8am today. Links in the post.

Voting closes on October 8. Phil Goff wins the mayoralty shortly afterwards.

The Million Dollar Minister

Written By: - Date published: 4:00 pm, September 6th, 2016 - 13 comments

No denying the housing crisis now, Nick.

Labour’s Auckland Push

Written By: - Date published: 10:51 am, August 30th, 2016 - 57 comments

Matt McCarten is to head a new Labour party office in Auckland. The party is going to take to fight to National in the city that decides the election. Yet another bold step from Andrew Little, who is looking more and more like the next PM.

Key: Crisis? What me worry?

Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, August 30th, 2016 - 34 comments

John Key is defending his handling of Auckland’s housing crisis on the grounds that Auckland’s prices have only risen as much under him as they did under Labour.

So the prices that he said were a crisis in 2007, have risen by as much again, and thus… no problem?

Land banking – National gives up on housing crisis

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, August 29th, 2016 - 29 comments

As the average Auckland house price hits $1 Million, the Special Housing Areas fail, and Real Estate agents openly promote land banking, what does National do? Why, they give up, of course.

The Spinoff: Housing crisis costing Nats

Written By: - Date published: 7:23 am, August 27th, 2016 - 14 comments

The Spinoff: “Lose the top of your party vote in Auckland, with Labour making ground, and the picture for the general election in 2017 looks like, walks like and quacks like a crisis.”

Fleeing Auckland

Written By: - Date published: 12:34 pm, August 24th, 2016 - 71 comments

Spinoff: “The Spinoff/SSI survey reveals the extraordinary impact of housing crisis on residents of New Zealand’s biggest city – and the extent to which Aucklanders blame foreign speculation.”

The Unitary Plan: Rodney’s Dream

Written By: - Date published: 1:45 pm, August 7th, 2016 - 59 comments

Rodney Hide must be sleeping well, because Auckland’s proposed Unitary Plan will deliver all he and his NACT patrons ever hoped for. The Council should reject the Plan in its current form, cherry-pick those aspects consistent with a democratic and liveable city and sheet home the responsibility to those that created the mess.

Unitary Plan – affordability requirements removed

Written By: - Date published: 10:12 am, July 28th, 2016 - 63 comments

What are the Nats doing removing a proposed requirement for affordable housing – exactly the housing that Auckland desperately needs!?

Auckland Unitary Plan

Written By: - Date published: 10:40 am, July 27th, 2016 - 19 comments

Auckland’s Unitary Plan will be available on the web at 1:30pm today, with a tool for checking the impact on any Auckland address.

Auckland without workers

Written By: - Date published: 10:53 am, July 19th, 2016 - 73 comments

The unaffordability of Auckland housing is now seriously impacting even moderately well paid professions. As these trends continue, how is Auckland going to cope without without workers?

Screw democracy – Auckland to get the Canterbury treatment

Written By: - Date published: 7:24 am, May 28th, 2016 - 171 comments

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’s land tax – too weak

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, April 28th, 2016 - 76 comments

Reaction to Key’s land tax has been luke warm at best, with strong calls for more effective action. Labour is promising “a ‘tidal wave’ of big housing reforms”…

National gets a smacking on the housing crisis

Written By: - Date published: 7:21 am, April 20th, 2016 - 59 comments

Fair to say that Simon Bridges’ claim that there is no housing crisis has – not gone down well. National – you have a problem.

Housing crisis

Written By: - Date published: 7:34 am, April 19th, 2016 - 57 comments

Housing is very much in the news again. Short term profit and bugger the consequences!

Twyford on solutions to the housing crisis in Auckland

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, April 15th, 2016 - 41 comments

As Nick Smith flounders about uselessly, here are extracts from Phil Twyford’s speech on solutions to the housing crisis in Auckland.

Another Nick Smith fail in Auckland

Written By: - Date published: 2:53 pm, April 13th, 2016 - 7 comments

How’s Nick Smith doing on the Budget plan to round up 500ha of Auckland land for housing? The answer won’t shock you!

Hickey on Auckland housing

Written By: - Date published: 7:32 am, March 4th, 2016 - 73 comments

Bernard Hickey’s piece from last Sunday on Auckland Housing is a depressing read.

Nats split on rail link?

Written By: - Date published: 3:59 pm, January 28th, 2016 - 30 comments

Key and Joyce at loggerheads on funding the City Rail Link?

Another housing policy screwup?

Written By: - Date published: 1:39 pm, January 22nd, 2016 - 38 comments

Bennet’s proposal to incentivise / coerce state housing applicants to leave Auckland for housing elsewhere seems to have hit a snag…

Nats endorse Goff for mayor?

Written By: - Date published: 11:10 am, October 9th, 2015 - 62 comments

The NBR reckons the Nats are tacitly endorsing Phil Goff for mayor of Auckland.

WMBAD: The Auckland Housing Bubble

Written By: - Date published: 11:48 am, July 24th, 2015 - 14 comments

The White Man Behind A Desk is back, with equal opportunity satire and a special message to rich people.

Auckland house prices – the good ol’ days ’05

Written By: - Date published: 7:14 am, July 17th, 2015 - 58 comments

Home ownership rates have been crashing since the 1990’s. Auckland house prices have been classed as “seriously unaffordable” since 2006 or earlier. The answer is to make sure that houses are no longer considered a financial asset for capital gains.

NRT: This is wrong

Written By: - Date published: 1:44 pm, July 13th, 2015 - 48 comments

“Auckland’s median house price rising a record 26 per cent to $755,000 over the past year..”. This is what a bubble looks like: when your house “earns” a top-end salary just by existing. And its a perfect example of why we need a capital gains tax.

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