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Screw democracy – Auckland to get the Canterbury treatment

Written By: - Date published: 7:24 am, May 28th, 2016 - 172 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 - 9 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 - 49 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.

Twyford Responds

Written By: - Date published: 12:00 pm, July 13th, 2015 - 325 comments

Labour’s Housing Spokesperson Phil Twyford responds to accusations of racism and points to the way forward. The Labour Party will limit foreign speculation, build affordable houses and replenish the State Housing stock.

Fuck you Auckland!

Written By: - Date published: 1:20 pm, July 11th, 2015 - 57 comments

That’s the Nats’ message to Auckland, who are getting a taste of some Canterbury style “democracy”.

Auckland property buyers

Written By: - Date published: 9:57 am, July 11th, 2015 - 436 comments

The big story this morning is Labour’s analysis of Auckland property purchase data.

If you thought the Auckland property bubble was bad now…

Written By: - Date published: 7:27 am, June 24th, 2015 - 81 comments

… then prepare for it to get a lot worse.

Ghost houses and the invisible hand

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, June 16th, 2015 - 243 comments

Auckland has an urgent deficit of 20,000 to 30,000 houses. Meanwhile 22,000 houses are sitting empty. Behold the efficiency of the market!

Nick Smith strikes out on housing land

Written By: - Date published: 8:56 am, June 12th, 2015 - 51 comments

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Government buys a fight with iwi

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, June 5th, 2015 - 57 comments

The Nats seem determined to buy a fight with iwi over Auckland land, practically challenging them to court action. Do they really think this is going to end well for them?

Geddis on Auckland housing land

Written By: - Date published: 8:25 am, June 4th, 2015 - 54 comments

Yesterday we covered National’s blunder in not considering Treaty settlement obligations in its plans to free up state land for Auckland housing. Today you can read someone who actually knows what they’re talking about on the issue, check out Professor Geddis’ piece at Pundit.

Auckland land shambles

Written By: - Date published: 9:30 am, June 3rd, 2015 - 90 comments

The problems for National’s housing plans for keep coming, with Ngati Whatua pointing out that it has first call on the land to be “freed up” under treaty agreements.

English welcomes Reserve Bank doing his job for him

Written By: - Date published: 9:03 am, May 14th, 2015 - 54 comments

Why is it left to the Reserve Bank to try and tackle the property bubble? It’s true – this government is recklessly complacent.

International interest in Auckland property market

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, April 22nd, 2015 - 46 comments

If the latest ad running in Malaysia and Singapore is anything to go by we can expect more fuel to the Auckland property price flames. “How would you like people in New Zealand, to give you around half their weekly wages?”…

Housing and capital gains tax

Written By: - Date published: 10:02 am, April 18th, 2015 - 91 comments

This week the Reserve Bank recommended adopting the Labour / Green capital gains tax, the National party denied and dithered, and Don Brash explained the truth about the property bubble.

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Happy birthday Auckland

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, January 26th, 2015 - 11 comments

Happy Birthday Auckland. Body in The Herald comments on “A splendid anniversary”

Skypath

Written By: - Date published: 12:02 pm, January 17th, 2015 - 6 comments

Generation Zero encourages you to make a submission on the Skypath. All those in favour – say so!

SkyCity a nightmare for the Nats

Written By: - Date published: 11:15 am, January 12th, 2015 - 76 comments

Far from fading away into the Christmas haze, SkyCity looks likely to be one of the defining political issues for 2015.

SkyCity’s expected subvention explained for John Roughan

Written By: - Date published: 9:28 am, December 27th, 2014 - 42 comments

At last, some of our conservative short-term thinkers have woken up to the elephant in the room with the SkyCity convention centre subvention. Years late and their previous support has cost taxpayers dearly already. Perhaps they could learn to read reports? And think before committing us to be suckers?

Oh dear – National’s “white elephant” is still growing?

Written By: - Date published: 4:56 pm, November 23rd, 2014 - 44 comments

Public transport traffic in Auckland keeps growing by large 7.7% per year. Car traffic despite all of the motorway and roading improvements grew by just 2.3% in the whole period of 2006 and 2013 amongst commuters. But our current idiotic National transport minister wants  more roads? And won’t let Aucklanders decide what they should do despite them voting with their AT Hop cards.

Auckland power outages

Written By: - Date published: 1:46 pm, October 6th, 2014 - 22 comments

Well the power just went out at work at 1315. Looks like the Auckland is getting the rolling outages as they repair the Penrose systems. The main TS server in Grey Lynn appears to be unaffected at present, as does the subsidiary one that doesn’t have a UPS. I may (like many others) will be […]

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