Written By: - Date published: 1:00 pm, March 14th, 2017 - 32 comments
In a functioning democracy Nick Smith’s handling of the Resource Management Bill should result in him losing his ministerial warrant.
Written By: - Date published: 8:10 am, March 5th, 2017 - 21 comments
Swimmable standards that aren’t, for all of our rivers except most of them, sometime maybe not now. Nat policy at its finest.
Written By: - Date published: 3:08 pm, February 28th, 2017 - 14 comments
Under the new standards we have up to a 1 in 6 risk of serious infection at the times that we actually swim in rivers, and Smith is trying to hide this fact by fudging around with year-long averages. David Parker’s analysis yesterday was bang on.
Written By: - Date published: 9:05 am, February 24th, 2017 - 62 comments
The Government intends to change the definitions of various indicators in an effort to solve some of the country’s most serious problems.
Written By: - Date published: 4:21 pm, February 23rd, 2017 - 122 comments
So National’s great plan for swimmable rivers by 2040 is to allow twice as much shit in them and still call them “swimmable.”
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: 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: 6:08 pm, November 17th, 2016 - 62 comments
Damien O’Connor and Denise Roche have taken it to Nick Smith in the House today over the government’s plan to seal Pike River mine forever.
Written By: - Date published: 4:38 pm, September 6th, 2016 - 13 comments
Nick Smith has introduced a bill into Parliament which he wants to be passed under urgency without select committee oversight. The bill takes away the right of any prior owner of land taken under the Public Works Act to have housing land offered back to them. To do this under urgency is banana republic stuff.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, September 1st, 2016 - 57 comments
Nick Smith’s latest excuse for inaction on water quality is birds. Yes birds. You couldn’t make this shit up.
For a dose of blessed sanity, watch the (10 min) webcast by Dr Mike Joy explaining what the real problem is.
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.
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!
Written By: - Date published: 8:40 am, August 8th, 2016 - 29 comments
Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, August 2nd, 2016 - 22 comments
Anyone who believes the Nats’ figures needs to listen to yesterday’s interview – Why won’t Nick Smith answer this one simple question? Excellent work from Garner.
Written By: - Date published: 11:30 am, August 1st, 2016 - 9 comments
The Unitary Plan has been described as a panacea for the housing crisis by the Government. But will it actually address this most acute of issues?
Written By: - Date published: 8:55 am, July 13th, 2016 - 29 comments
National is flailing around attempting to divert attention from its failure to do anything meaningful about the homeless crisis.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, June 13th, 2016 - 54 comments
Last year there were officially 22,000 unoccupied properties in Auckland. This year 33,000 are officially classified as empty. “Auckland’s 6.6 per cent vacancy rate is higher than either Sydney (5.2 per cent) or Melbourne (4.8 per cent), where there has been an uproar over “ghost houses” deliberately left empty by speculators trading on a soaring market”. This is madness.
Written By: - Date published: 8:55 am, June 10th, 2016 - 52 comments
* according to Nick Smith and Paula Bennett.
Written By: - Date published: 10:05 am, June 9th, 2016 - 43 comments
The housing crisis is not going away, and National needs to offer something better than lies, damn lies, and statistics.
Written By: - Date published: 7:18 am, May 24th, 2016 - 26 comments
One year later Nick Smith has delivered three quarters of 1% of his promised 430 ha of new Auckland housing land. The Brighter Future strikes again.
Written By: - Date published: 10:30 am, April 29th, 2016 - 71 comments
“Nick Smith reckons Akld housing’s more affordable now than before National came to power”
Written By: - Date published: 2:53 pm, April 13th, 2016 - 7 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!
Written By: - Date published: 12:32 pm, March 21st, 2016 - 22 comments
As if leaky buildings was not enough, New Zealand’s lax standards and lack of inspection may be contributing to new problems in the Building Industry.
Written By: - Date published: 7:01 am, March 15th, 2016 - 31 comments
If the RMA Amendment Bill goes through, then community groups all over the country are going to become intimately acquainted with just how badly they have been shafted by Mr Smith and his accomplices.
Written By: - Date published: 8:00 am, March 9th, 2016 - 29 comments
The Government is planning to allow the relevant Minister to change District Plans by regulation or to allow National Policy Statements to change district plans and to prevent submissions being received unless evidence contained is provided by a professional adviser with expertise.