Media watch – Friday

2 March 2018


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  1. PDB

     /  March 2, 2018

    Kiwibuild is a dog – always was just wishful thinking but an ‘Ardern-crazed’ MSM failed to put it to the sword during the election campaign instead obsessing over the ‘fiscal hole’.

    Lies of the ‘buy-in’ cost: “The ministry documents estimate that a first home buyer household would need to be earning $114,000 a year in order to purchase a $500,000 KiwiBuild house. That’s compared, it says, to a median household income of $90,000.

    Mr Twyford estimated a buy-in household income of almost half that.

    “You are probably going to have a household income I would guess $60,000 plus to buy a Kiwibuild property straight up,” he told Newshub Nation.”

    Lies over information provided to the minister: “Asked how many rental households in Auckland would meet the $144,000 income threshold, the minister said: “I’d have to get advice on that… I just don’t know.”

    But advice that went to the Housing Minister in November contained that information.

    The MBIE papers released to Newshub Nation say an analysis of the Auckland housing market in 2015 suggested only 25,000 private rental households in paid employment in the city made enough to buy a $500,000 house.”

    Lies over the amount of houses to be built: “Through its KiwiBuild programme, the government wants to deliver 100,000 affordable homes over the next 10 years.
    Housing Minister Phil Twyford has said 16,000 of those will be built in the government’s first term.

    But in the documents, the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment estimates only 8000 KiwiBuild homes will be constructed over the next three years.”

    Lies over how ‘doable’ the building of 100,000 houses is including the huge cost required to improve transport, infrastructure and the like & getting land and builders: “Twyford meanwhile promises he has found over a dozen locations to put in 70,000 houses and apartments over the next decade, and that they will all be built at the same time, even though construction firms are already having to bring in immigrant subcontrators to finish the business as usual work they have on the books. It beggars belief.”

    Now Ardern is watering down expectations considerably with talk of $350k apartments “When asked about the size of these cheaper places, Ms Ardern said some state housing built in the 1960s was 70-square-metres and whole families lived in them (Newshub).

    Not exactly the ‘kiwi-dream’ they were promising.

    • PDB

       /  March 2, 2018

      To add, Twyford announces a whole lot of govt housing initiatives that were actually put in place by the National-led govt;

      “Housing Minister Phil Twyford has announced that up to 155 new state houses in the regions will be ready by June this year.”

      “Twyford said this morning while individual houses may have been scoped prior to the election the regional initiative was a new one. “Some of those houses – I couldn’t tell you exactly how many – would’ve been in the pipeline,” Twyford said. National’s housing spokesman Michael Woodhouse told RNZ Twyford was leading the public “down the garden path” and all of the houses had been planned under his Government.”

      “The Government also announced 50 new transitional homes in South Auckland on Friday, although this project was started by the previous Government.”

      “Twyford was also at the start of a new build in Auckland that will see 16 old state homes converted into 82. This too was a development begun by the previous Government.”

      • Gezza

         /  March 2, 2018

        Twyford’s going to be an easy target I suspect. Comes across in Question Time as a total clown. Never seems to have any idea what he’s talking about.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  March 3, 2018

          Why do the houses need to be so expensive ? I’d be more than happy with some of the ready built ones that are much cheaper and are good enough for anyone to live in.

          • Kitty Catkin

             /  March 3, 2018

            70 s m might be all right if it was well designed. I have seen some small house plans that use the space so well that they seem quite spacious. No passages at all in some cases, virtually none in others, laundry in the garage….

  2. Maggy Wassilieff

     /  March 2, 2018

    How competent is Clare Curran?

  3. Gezza

     /  March 2, 2018

    Might be worth a look:

    Haven’t checked it out yet. Spotted another headliner about Gayford nearly killed by a fish that looked pretty important. Back soon.

    • Gezza

       /  March 2, 2018

      Martin Van Beynen

      After spending the first half of half the article extolling Jacinda’s virtues, eventually he gets to the point he apparently really wanted to make:

      ” … as revealed in lights this week, this coalition’s weakness is NZ First and, in particular, the pork barrel nature of its regional development initiatives.

      The vulnerability was exposed in the furore this week over the grant of $350,000 from the Provincial Growth Fund for a feasibility study into a rubbish-to-electricity plant in Westport.

      In one fell swoop all the pitfalls of regional development initiatives and of having NZ First leading the charge were displayed in their full glory.

      First it showed the dangers of not doing your homework before handing over any money. It’s often hard to see who will benefit from the taxpayer forking out to explore these great ideas. In the Westport scheme it turned out one of the beneficiaries was someone who had been found to have engaged in serious misconduct as a public servant when employed by the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority.

      Then the minor scandal threw Minister for Regional Development Shane Jones under the spotlight and he looked far from impressive.

      The more we see and hear of Jones, the more worried I become. Instead of a safe pair of hands, he looks more like a butter fingers. No doubt a minder will soon be on the way.

      The incident has also highlighted the danger of a government full of academics, health professionals, public servants, teachers and career politicians picking business winners.

      The idea that councils around the country would rail or truck their rubbish to Westport for incineration is one of those ludicrous ideas that only regional development officials would think is a flyer.

      It’s also hard to imagine a worse place in New Zealand for such a facility even if it was viable and even if the residents thought it was good idea.”

  4. Gezza

     /  March 2, 2018

    Oh. It was a few years back. Still, pretty important. Bet Simon’s Mrs was never nearly killed by a fish.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 3, 2018

      What a fascinating story that soundzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  March 3, 2018

      Two people shot at a US university today, gunman still at large, university and much of the town in ‘lockdown’.

  5. Kitty Catkin

     /  March 3, 2018