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.
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.
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.
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.”
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
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…
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…
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.
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”.
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?
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.
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?
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”.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
Written By: - Date published: 2:03 pm, February 13th, 2017 - 36 comments
English is a less convincing liar than Key.
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.”