Property investors’ lobby groups have been up in arms this week about Labour and Greens’ plans to close tax loopholes and fix the housing market. That’s probably a good thing. Like investors in any other sector of the economy, they expect to make money – but they have preferential tax treatment that investors in other […]
A special joint blog from Marama Davidson, Green Party social housing spokesperson and Eugenie Sage, Green Party environment spokesperson. A Treaty settlement, environmental planning, affordable housing, threatened native species and recreation spaces are all in play in Auckland’s Point England/Te Whanake, thanks to another Nick Smith special. The National Government is pushing the Point England […]
The government wants to sell 2,500 state houses in Christchurch this year, in the middle of a housing crisis with a shortage of affordable houses and record levels of homelessness. This is a slap in the face for people who are already struggling in this housing crisis. The Government is making a blatant statement that […]
It’s that time of year when a lot of people who rent find themselves looking for a new home. Maybe it’s because the university year is beginning, but it seems like a lot of tenancy agreements expire in February and March. So renting is in the news again. RadioNZ reported how rising Wellington rents are […]
Once upon a time, most people thought housing markets were indestructible. Then along came the Global Financial Crisis in 2008, and people got hurt. Since then, we’ve watched housing markets much more carefully for signs of a problem. Lending is falling Recently, the Reserve Bank published its latest set of data on mortgage lending. Our […]
Homelessness is a disgrace. It’s ugly and dehumanising and I can’t bear to see it every day in my home town of Wellington. Unlike Sir Robert Jones, though, I’ve never thought about blaming the victims for their situation. That’s bully talk and Sir Robert should both be above that and also willing to look deeper […]
I want to end homelessness and ensure that everyone has a warm, safe, dry home. This National Government has let down New Zealanders, especially the thousands of New Zealanders who are struggling with something so basic and important as housing.
Yesterday I visited the Wellington Women’s Boarding House (WWBH) and met with their manager Margaret and board member Belinda Sharp. The WWBH provides a safe place for women to stay in difficult times. They have low-cost, temporary housing for women on low incomes and women in transition. The house was set up by members of […]
On Tuesday evening I participated in the launch of the ‘Cooking 4 Change’ recipe book, in which Metiria and I both contributed our favourite recipes to.
Council staff have prepared a 600+ page document responding to Independent Hearings Panel (IHP) recommendations on Auckland’s Unitary Plan.