On The Nation this morning…
Auckland housing again:
Has the Government done enough to tackle Auckland’s housing crisis? Newshub’s political editor Patrick Gower asks Housing Minister Nick Smith.
Smith says he can’t force private landowners to build.
Smith says the best way to fight land banking is to create a competitive market … cites Chch as an example.
Last year Smith wrote to four developers to ask them to contact the Council with a time frame for development.
Smith sticks by his previous comments that he wants a house price to income multiple of 4.
MBIE figures show it’ll be 2030 before Auckland’s housing shortfall will be met.
Male suicide (‘the silent epidemic’):
Last year 428 New Zealand men took their own lives. Three times more men die by suicide than women, leading some experts to call male suicide a silent epidemic
This week The Nation investigates what causes men to take this step and what can be done to prevent it.
@MikeWesleySmith takes a look at a new prevention programme.
NOTE: If you or someone you know is in crisis and needs immediate help, call Lifeline on 0800 543 354 or the Suicide Prevention Helpline on 0508 828 865
And US politics:
And Paddy also talks Trump with Philip Rucker, a Washington Post political correspondent.
@PhilipRucker says the Trump campaign is “flailing”.