Over the weekend, Stuff.co.nz published a story titled “The Baby or the House” about how more and more young Auckland couples who want to start a family are putting it off because it’s too expensive to have kids and a mortgage. I think part of the problem is that renting rules aren’t very family-friendly. People […]
People who rent their homes have it pretty tough in New Zealand. Compared to lots of other countries, it’s pretty easy to get evicted or have your rent raised. You can get in trouble for something as simple as putting a poster on the wall.
Yesterday we told New Zealanders thirsty for a better country that change is on the way. Yesterday Labour and the Greens announced an historic agreement to work cooperatively to change the Government at the 2017 election. The Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signed between us commits us to working more closely together in Parliament and includes […]
This housing crisis is just the latest consequence of a Government who puts the interests of the few wealthy people above the needs of NZ families.
I don’t know about you but I felt a bit sick watching Health Minister Jonathon Coleman eat supposed Dunedin hospital food last week. Dunedin people have tolerated a crumbling hospital, lower access to services, longer waiting times and gross food for too long. Does he really think that Dunedin people are so easily fooled by […]
We’re calling for a change to the way that Governor-Generals are selected. At the moment the Prime Minister decides, without needing to consult with any other party in parliament. This is a pretty old fashioned system that doesn’t reflect the modern MMP environment. It’s hard to see why we shouldn’t have a new, more democratic […]
Tūtira mai ngā iwi tātou tātou e Tūtira mai ngā iwi, tātou tātou e Whaia te maramatanga me te aroha e ngā iwi! Kia tapatahi, kia kotahi rā. Tātou tātou e Nei ra tōku aroha kia koutou te whānau e noho nei i raro i te kapua pouri i tēnei wā. Kei te mohio te […]
These art deco apartments were built in Mt Eden, Auckland in the 1930s, before there were zoning controls. They are large (85m2 at least), each have double exposition and are very quiet. There are eight apartments in each building, so 16 homes in the space of one 1/4 acre section. There is a shared […]
Metiria Turei is currently on a study tour in Europe, looking at green social enterprise and how we can deliver better social services. This is Olga Tarsalainen, Communications officer for Kela, the Finnish Social Insurance Institution. She manages the comms and production of the Maternity Package, the box of baby gear available to every parent […]
It seems like common sense that we should encourage freight to be moved by train rather than by ever-bigger super trucks that tear up our rural roads. But it turns out that the Treasury, the government’s key economic advisor, actually thinks we should be closing rail lines or even the entire rail freight network because […]