Posts Tagged ‘housing’

Lies, damn lies, and National’s housing affordability statistics

Written By: - Date published: 9:19 am, June 19th, 2017 - 39 comments

RNZ: The Ministry for Business, Innovation and Employment ignored advice from the Reserve Bank over its new housing affordability measure, and made houses appear to be more affordable than they actually were.

The Nation on housing

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, June 18th, 2017 - 57 comments

The Nation did good work on the housing crisis yesterday. This is the Brighter Future that Bill English warned of in 2010.

Ratepayers vs affordable housing

Written By: - Date published: 9:25 am, June 12th, 2017 - 60 comments

The mess surrounding and “affordable” housing development in Manukau highlights a dilemma that sets ratepayers against those in need of a home. This needs leadership from central government. I won’t hold my breath.

Slum rentals in the brighter future

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, June 8th, 2017 - 24 comments

The Sunday Star Times had some gut wrenching coverage of the conditions in some of Auckland’s slum boarding houses. How can anyone vote for three more years of this?

The three big fails in the budget

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, May 26th, 2017 - 72 comments

It was National’s best budget. Which means there are only three critical areas of failure.

Little replies to property specualtors

Written By: - Date published: 1:21 pm, May 19th, 2017 - 60 comments

Good piece by Andrew Little where he addresses the arguments of the property speculators. “It’s common sense. Taxpayers shouldn’t be subsidising speculators and helping them outbid home buyers.”

Armstrong demolishes Nats on housing

Written By: - Date published: 10:13 am, May 18th, 2017 - 28 comments

John Armstrong is not impressed: Government’s handling of housing crisis lurches from chaotic to shambolic

Sledge of the day

Written By: - Date published: 12:03 pm, May 17th, 2017 - 12 comments

Compare two housing plans

Written By: - Date published: 8:41 am, May 17th, 2017 - 185 comments

It must be election year, because National has admitted that the market has failed, and swallowed the dead rat of state building. A useful graphic summary in The Herald lets you compare National and Labour’s housing plans…

Nat housing announcement – far too little far too late

Written By: - Date published: 1:16 pm, May 16th, 2017 - 83 comments

Useful but – mostly re-announcing existing developments, far too little, far too late, and open to property speculators…

Property speculator panic

Written By: - Date published: 12:26 pm, May 15th, 2017 - 128 comments

Labour has set the cat among the property speculator pigeons, and they don’t like it at all.

There is no housing problem!

Written By: - Date published: 10:25 am, May 11th, 2017 - 19 comments

But only in Nick Smith’s head. See the finally released government Housing Affordability Measure (HAM).

Targeting deceased estates, divorcees and dummies

Written By: - Date published: 11:06 am, May 6th, 2017 - 30 comments

Good work by Lane Nichols in The Herald, a window into the minds of what we must hope is small subset of “property investors”.

Nick knifed

Written By: - Date published: 9:51 am, April 26th, 2017 - 15 comments

Housing affordability data suppressed?

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, April 22nd, 2017 - 83 comments

Bill English would have you believe that there is no housing crisis. He desperately needs you to believe it until after the next election. Is Nick Smith deliberately suppressing housing data?

Stay on the treadmill suckers!

Written By: - Date published: 10:53 am, April 12th, 2017 - 32 comments

That is the Nats’ advice to aspiring Auckland house buyers.

Property porn vs. reality

Written By: - Date published: 8:46 am, April 10th, 2017 - 92 comments

Sick of the property porn on the Stuff and Herald websites? It was refreshing to read the truth for a change.

Warnings on Auckland Housing

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, March 31st, 2017 - 60 comments

Warnings on the state of the Auckland housing market are coming thick and fast now. People who bought recently (at the peak of prices and low interest rates) are likely to get burned.

Motels are not state houses

Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, March 28th, 2017 - 39 comments

It’s almost as if deliberately running down state housing stock doesn’t make the need for homes magically go away – who could possibly have predicted that?

Spinoff series – rent week

Written By: - Date published: 12:51 pm, March 27th, 2017 - 58 comments

While much of the coverage of the housing crisis focuses on buyers, the situation facing renters is just as bad. Last week The Spinoff ran an excellent series on renting in NZ: “It’s getting desperate out there”.

Andrew Little’s speech on housing

Written By: - Date published: 8:40 pm, March 16th, 2017 - 47 comments

Excellent speech from Andrew Little in Parliament yesterday, on the government’s willful blindness to the housing crisis.

A tenant’s tale

Written By: - Date published: 8:11 am, March 12th, 2017 - 198 comments

“And when I saw that article in the NZ Herald this morning , in light of whats been happening to so many New Zealander family’s having to sleep in cars and the like over the past few years – I thought ”FUCK IT !!”… Im going to say something.”

The social damage wrought by homes as commoditites

Written By: - Date published: 7:04 am, March 4th, 2017 - 82 comments

A recent UN report highlights the waste of treating homes as commodities. It should sound awfully familiar in the NZ context.

English reckons the collapse of NZ’s housing is “a good problem to have”

Written By: - Date published: 7:18 am, March 3rd, 2017 - 36 comments

In every case a failure to plan, a failure to deliver, and a glib attempt to fob off the victims of his government’s failure.

Two editorials on immigration

Written By: - Date published: 11:35 am, March 1st, 2017 - 29 comments

Two very contrasting opinion pieces on racism, housing, jobs, and the immigration debate.

You can’t afford a house because of – plants!

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, February 27th, 2017 - 58 comments

I’m used to hearing some pretty pathetic excuses out of the National government. But this will really take some beating.

Two big policy fails

Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, February 24th, 2017 - 10 comments

This is what you get with a hasty, reactive, “top down” policy process.

Nick Smith screws up again

Written By: - Date published: 9:21 am, February 22nd, 2017 - 20 comments

We should probably just schedule this as a monthly post.

English “will be taken down by housing”

Written By: - Date published: 2:40 pm, February 14th, 2017 - 67 comments

In the middle of a housing crisis “Housing New Zealand documents obtained under the Official Information Act show that there are nearly 2,500 empty state houses, more than 500 of which have been empty for over a year.”

Watch Bill English lying through his teeth on housing

Written By: - Date published: 2:03 pm, February 13th, 2017 - 36 comments

English is a less convincing liar than Key.

Salvation Army report – NZ “Off the Track”

Written By: - Date published: 8:56 am, February 8th, 2017 - 61 comments

“The absence of any meaningful progress in reducing child poverty rates over the past decade—and the lack of interest by Government in using welfare and income support programmes to do so—points to wilful indifference toward the long-term personal and social impacts of this avoidable harm.”

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