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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.

Nick Smith commits to raising average wage to $250,000

Written By: - Date published: 10:55 am, August 27th, 2016 - 36 comments


Great news everyone! On The Nation this morning Nick Smith committed to raising average NZ wage to $250,000!

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.”

Chart of the day: The “building boom”

Written By: - Date published: 9:48 am, August 26th, 2016 - 119 comments


Foreign buyers estimated at 29%

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, August 25th, 2016 - 75 comments


Most of the media has reported the Government’s “3%” spin on the extent of residential property purchases in NZ going to foreign buyers pretty uncritically. There have been honourable exceptions, and yesterday property editor Anne Gibson in The Herald joined them.

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.”

Andrew Little on housing

Written By: - Date published: 10:16 am, August 23rd, 2016 - 109 comments


Andrew Little: “John Key will give you all the excuses you can stomach for his failure to stabilise house prices and boost incomes but the truth is clear: if we want to change the path we’re on, we need to change the government.”

Tents warehouses and driveways

Written By: - Date published: 7:02 am, August 19th, 2016 - 64 comments

John Key Swimming Pool Metro 2005

Tents and warehouses have been considered as emergency housing. Working people sleeping in cars are looking for driveways to rent. Say – has anyone seen John Key lately?

Affordable housing fail – we can’t rely on the private sector

Written By: - Date published: 9:20 am, August 17th, 2016 - 55 comments


To the complete surprise of no one, private sector developers have largely waited out the “affordable houses” requirement in the special housing areas. Another National failure.

Immigration jobs and housing

Written By: - Date published: 12:46 pm, August 11th, 2016 - 88 comments


Until we sort out our housing and unemployment problems it is surely time to reign in NZ’s currently record levels of immigration.

Labour’s Kiwibuild is popular

Written By: - Date published: 9:49 am, August 9th, 2016 - 81 comments


More good news for the political left in the fine print of yesterday’s Newshub-Reid Research poll.

Nats contradicting each other on panicked infrastructure policy

Written By: - Date published: 8:40 am, August 8th, 2016 - 29 comments

From Newshub:

Government puts 15% tax on foreign house buyers

Written By: - Date published: 7:11 am, August 4th, 2016 - 32 comments


No, not our government. Though as the average NZ house price just hit $600,000, and Auckland just short of $1m, they really should.

We can’t say we weren’t warned

Written By: - Date published: 7:12 am, August 1st, 2016 - 189 comments

Housing Bubble Burst

When the Auckland housing bubble bursts a lot of people are going to lose a lot of money. They won’t be able to say they weren’t warned.

The Ray White – China deal

Written By: - Date published: 7:32 am, July 30th, 2016 - 87 comments

for sale

Real Estate agent Ray White has formed a partnership with China’s Lianjia to market NZ houses to about 260 million Chinese buyers. They say it’s the government’s problem – and they’re right.

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!?

The Greens take a stand on the housing bubble

Written By: - Date published: 3:04 pm, July 27th, 2016 - 264 comments

green logo

“I want to be very clear that we are talking about a responsible, carefully managed reduction in house prices over a period of time like 10 to 15 years.” 

Metiria Turei

Metiria speaks the unspeakable – house prices should fall

Written By: - Date published: 9:10 am, July 27th, 2016 - 134 comments


Not often you’ll catch Metiria Turei and Don Brash in agreement!

Who could build social housing?

Written By: - Date published: 6:47 am, July 25th, 2016 - 226 comments


The plan to have the private sector build social housing appears to be a flop. We need a large, well resourced organisation to take on the task of building these desperately needed houses. Wherever will we find one?

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?

O’Sullivan and Watkins – warnings to the Nats

Written By: - Date published: 7:08 am, July 18th, 2016 - 196 comments


Even National’s fans are worried for them these days. The “third termitis” meme is becoming well established.

Nats abandon social housing target

Written By: - Date published: 7:03 am, July 15th, 2016 - 22 comments

falling house of cards

As part of their “comprehensive” response to the housing crisis, the Nats are backing off their promise to increase the number of social housing places. Great news for those families sleeping in cars tonight.

Labour’s housing crisis interactive

Written By: - Date published: 5:53 pm, July 14th, 2016 - 49 comments

Labour Housing package

Go to Labour’s Housing Map interactive and enter your address to get information on housing trends in your area.

Do you pray to take on crushing debt for the rest of your life?

Written By: - Date published: 8:58 am, July 13th, 2016 - 89 comments

housing-crisis-silly-questionPathetic tinkering with loan limits does nothing realistic for first home buyers, but it does add more fuel to the debt fire. We need to actually build some affordable houses. If only there was a party that would do that…

Nats on HNZ dividend – Yes! No! Maybe!

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, July 12th, 2016 - 62 comments

headless chickens

That’s three positions in 2 days. Stay tuned to see what these headless chooks come up with tomorrow!

A tale of two housing policies – Steven Joyce writing National’s on Twitter

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, July 11th, 2016 - 105 comments

steven joyce no we can't

In some kind of panic over Labour’s housing policy package, Steven Joyce was writing Nat policy on Twitter yesterday. The promise to forego 2 years of HNZ dividend appears to have been made up on the fly.

Reserve Bank gives Key the fingers on housing crisis

Written By: - Date published: 11:17 am, July 8th, 2016 - 14 comments


In The Herald Liam Dann asks – Did the Reserve Bank just give two fingers to the Prime Minister?. That would be a “yes”.

Housing bubble inflating faster – Key’s panic now obvious

Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, July 6th, 2016 - 157 comments


The housing bubble is inflating faster than ever, and Key is visibly panicking. His political problem is insoluble and his electoral problem is about to get worse.

Billion dollar boondoggle

Written By: - Date published: 3:00 pm, July 3rd, 2016 - 112 comments


In an effort to be seen to be doing something about a housing crisis that they say doesn’t exist, the Nats have offered to lend councils $1 Billion that they can already borrow. Homeless families will also be offered a free deckchair on the Titanic to re-arrange as they please.

Good morning to the “Park up for homes” folks

Written By: - Date published: 6:38 am, June 17th, 2016 - 18 comments


A very sincere good morning to the “Park up for homes” folks who have just spent the night in their cars, protesting in support of the homeless.

Housing policy omnishambles rolls on

Written By: - Date published: 8:25 am, June 16th, 2016 - 64 comments


The government that will pay you $5000 to leave Auckland and $3000 to move to Auckland has been selling state houses so recklessly that it is now considering building temporary ones. Headless chickens make more sense.

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