Written By: - Date published: 1:21 pm, May 19th, 2017 - 56 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 - 145 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: 10:25 am, May 11th, 2017 - 19 comments
But only in Nick Smith’s head. See the finally released government Housing Affordability Measure (HAM).
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: 10:53 am, April 12th, 2017 - 32 comments
That is the Nats’ advice to aspiring Auckland house buyers.
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.
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: 8:11 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: 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.
Written By: - Date published: 9:21 am, February 22nd, 2017 - 20 comments
We should probably just schedule this as a monthly post.
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.”
Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, January 25th, 2017 - 53 comments
Any increase in the minimum wage is better than nothing, but National’s increases have not kept pace with the real cost increases (notably housing) faced by low income earners. That is why we are seeing the rise of the working poor, and increases in homelessness and poverty.
Written By: - Date published: 10:24 am, December 21st, 2016 - 196 comments
Rudman: “The Prime Minister, in his role in charge of Housing New Zealand, and Smith have spectacularly failed to solve Auckland’s housing crisis over several years.”
Written By: - Date published: 7:57 am, December 1st, 2016 - 14 comments
Warnings from the government and the Reserve Bank that first home buyers are taking on too much debt. Prices are too high, wages are too low, interest rates are rising. These warnings are effectively telling the average first home buyer to give up.