Open Forum – Sunday

2 December 2018


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  1. David

     /  December 2, 2018

    Interesting piece from Stuff, happens occasionally, about the rather absurd situation of Kiwibuild in Wanaka, Twyford agreed to buy houses that were already being built to sell onto folk at the same price the developer was doing which seems nonsensical and a bit desperate.
    Anyway it didnt work, quelle suprise, because it was a dumb idea but it is another illustration of governments of all stripes failing to deal with the real reason for our crazy house prices. Christchurch is now coming to the end of yet another year of flat house prices with no housing shortage and flat to falling rents because of all the land freed up and the infrastructure put in place to sustainably pipeline future supply of residential land.
    Twyford and Jones have buckets of cash the ability to change the RMA and compel councils to supply new land and build the infrastructure to service it. Its hard technical work and will annoy NIMBY,s but its a more sustainable path than buying houses that were already being built, putting a Kiwibuild sticker on them and selling them to people who can already afford to buy them.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  December 2, 2018

      What’s the POINT of doing that with the houses?

      There are affordable houses in Ak, I have had a look at that section of the Herald. The average price in some places is c.$300,000 !!! Then there are the apartments, I saw a charming 1 bedroom one with furniture thrown in, small but designed to make good use of the space, well under $300,000.

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  December 2, 2018

    Our Chief Censor is keen to drum up business:

    From his previous interventions I inferred he is a zealot.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  December 2, 2018

      Teenagers have always found access to the kind of porn that was available, all that’s changed is the technology.

      I dislike the way that people say that the teenagers ‘have been exposed to it’, as if they have done nothing to seek it out, which they obviously have, just as they sneaked looks at rude books in the past. Good luck to anyone stooging through Lady Chatterley’s Lover to find the dirty bits. It’s neither good literature nor good porn, as someone said.

      Nobody sees porn online by chance, I would bet.

  3. An interesting old truck crash in the Cromwell Gorge. I don’t know how the bonnet popped open but it saved a head over tail roll.

    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  December 2, 2018

      Getting out must have been a bit tricky!