National’s Auckland housing policy

The Government 9alias the National Party) announced housing policy today to address the severe shortage of housing in Auckland.

They say they have been planning and preparing this for two years but the timing looks a bit cynical, not just because it is election year, but also being soon after Labour announced housing policy at their Congress.

And Labour MPs are all over Twitter claiming National has stolen their policy but it is too late, too little and not good enough.

Govt to build 34,000 new houses for Auckland

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  1. duperez

     /  May 16, 2017

    Does that nett increase of 25,700 houses in Auckland over ten years with a rate of just 36000 growth a year, mean 15 people per house?

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  2. John Schmidt

     /  May 16, 2017

    You cannot dream up the details of this plan in a few weeks or months. For this to be credible plan a lot if ducks have had to be lined up. 2 years of aligning the ducks sounds right to me given the scale of the project. Look how long it took to get the Sky Tower conference centre underway and that was with significant government help.

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    • I’m aware of how much work would have gone into this, 2 years sounds realistic.

      And while this is less new houses (so far) than Labour’s policy the land is available to do this. Has Labour explained where they are going to get the land for their Kiwibuild from? And how they are going to get it?

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    • Blazer

       /  May 16, 2017

      do you think 8 years is long enough..John…eh..John?

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  3. I find it interesting that in an economy supposedly prospering under ‘austerity-welfare-neoliberalism’, where unemployment is at its lowest since 2011, real wages are up slightly and ‘problems’ like inequality, child poverty – which is actually family poverty – homelessness and house price inflation – perhaps especially the immigration/foreign investor component – but also first-home buyer exclusion – are regularly minimized and sometimes even dismissed by the system’s numerous supporters ….

    … the relatively straightforward task of HOUSING PEOPLE has become a MASSIVE, VAST, HUGE and MONUMENTAL issue focused almost entirely on “our most vulnerable families” and “first-home buyers” … and on direct government intervention and expenditure to fix it up!

    Like, its not really a problem, but we need “24,300 … [houses] built by Housing New Zealand through their Auckland Housing Programme.”

    Shit! That looks like quite a big “not really a problem” to me …

    “These 34,000 new houses are a substantial redevelopment and construction programme on a scale not seen since the 1950s.”

    I hate to say it Righties but … Chalk up another major ‘Voter Compromise’ for National at the GE, eh? (Along with “pandering to Maoris”)

    NOT SINCE THE 1950s … Well … well … well … Not since the good old ‘socialist’ days …

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  May 16, 2017

      Quite. But we have the absurd situation that all of the opposition and minor parties excepting ACT want to bypass the RMA in various ways but none of them will cooperate to fix it properly. So the usual political hypocrisy is operating in full view.

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      • Blazer

         /  May 16, 2017

        not the RMA …again ..Al…when will a party be elected to allow you to develop your block…on..the cheap?

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        • Alan Wilkinson

           /  May 16, 2017

          Not just me, B. All NZers are held to ransome by it and by the building bureaucracy. And I don’t have any motive now except altruism. I have enough else to do.

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          • Blazer

             /  May 16, 2017

            altruism..!Al…have you had an ..epiphany?Bol.

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  May 16, 2017

              Nope. I’m just good like that. Doing good turns is its own reward. That’s why I give free education to the loony Left.

          • Blazer

             /  May 16, 2017

            terms like’ loony ‘left” really detract from any meaningful discussion..Al…a disservice to both your intellect and your life experience,which to be fair..are ..quite considerable.

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  May 16, 2017

              Generally speaking, B, you are often a one man roadblock to meaningful discussion in case you hadn’t noticed. But to be equally fair I don’t categorise you as one of the loony Left. I do find it amusing that the Left invariably assume I am referring to them by it but there is a difference between the moderate Left and the loony Left. The latter are the kind that get run over by Ministerial cars.

          • So let me get this straight Alan … The Loony Left are not Blazer and not me … because I regularly engage in and promote meaningful discussion … in which case, why mention them in the context of this sub-stream of this topic?

            I agree with you about the RMA to the extent that over-regulation has become ONE FACTOR OF MANY in the house-building component of the housing crisis equation …

            But if you think low-wage, neoliberal FIIRE economy ideology & practice, profit-over-people motives and all the rest of it ‘get off the hook’ as a result …. Think again …

            And if you think that some form of RMA de-regulation approaching anarcho-capitalism will fix the problem, you’re wrong …. All we’ll end up with is real Estates in the old feudal sense … (as if we haven’t got that now, except the feudal overlords don’t really [want to] own the land any more … they own the mortgages over it …)

            Mortgage = Death Pledge …

            https://www.businessinsider.com.au/mortgage-means-death-pledge-2016-3?r=DE&IR=T

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            • Alan Wilkinson

               /  May 17, 2017

              The loony Left are obviously here to be educated in silent frustration as the ever-present phantom down-tickers reveal, PZ. Even at his worst, Gezza can’t compete.

              Land ownership will always be a complex issue which is precisely why it should be private and freely traded in an open market, to allow the necessary flexibility, efficiency and variety of solutions.

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  May 16, 2017

    The problem being that Auckland needs tens of thousands of houses per year, not per decade.

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    • Blazer

       /  May 17, 2017

      stopping foreigners buying existing stock would go a long way to ameliorating the present …situation.

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  5. Zedd

     /  May 17, 2017

    I hear that Natz ‘new housing policy’ is to build more PRIVATE prisons & ramp up the drug war/police numbers, to ensure they are filled !

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