$9700 per property WOF cost for landlords? Yeah, nah.

Yesterday a random press release from an outfit called the NZ Centre for Political Research came across my desk, claiming that a Warrant of Fitness on all rental houses could cost landlords up to $9,700 per property. Run for the hills landlords! Proper, costed, evidence-based research shows a rental WOF will cost you nearly $10K […]

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Students reveal the negative impacts postgraduate cuts are having

Last month I posted about the damaging impact the cuts to postgraduate student allowances could have on the future psychology workforce in New Zealand. Steven Joyce, the Minister for Tertiary Education, claims this is not an issue because students can borrow living costs and therefore don’t need an allowance. However, this does not tally with what […]

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The final report on the Lobbying Disclosure Bill

This week the Government Administration Select Committee presented the final report on the Lobbying Disclosure Bill – my Member’s Bill to set-up a lobbying disclosure regime in New Zealand. The original aim of this bill was to bring a measure of transparency and public disclosure to lobbying activity in New Zealand, and to enhance trust […]

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Postgrad allowance cuts have not affected student numbers – yeah right

So Steven Joyce believes his decision to remove access to student allowances for postgraduate students has had no effect on the numbers studying. Really? Appearing before a select committee yesterday, Tertiary Education Minister Steven Joyce said that this cut had made very little difference in university enrolment numbers around the country. The issue is that […]

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Crackdown on overseas borrowers – a real life example

One of my pet bug-bears about the annual “crackdown” on student loan repayments that we’ve been experiencing for the past five years since National has been in Government is the implication that it’s lazy students that are being targeted. Student loan borrowers who are eligible to repay their loans are graduates – grown ups! – with complex responsibilities and situations.

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Nail in the coffin of state housing in Sandringham

Last month I blogged about the sale of Housing New Zealand land in Haverstock Road, Sandringham, where – instead of redeveloping its land into a groundbreaking mixed housing development – Housing New Zealand was flogging off a huge parcel of land to the highest bidder. I visited the site on 25 March, and this is […]

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