It is no wonder that our Political Class are landed gentry…
New Zealand’s MPs have interests in 350 properties between them – three each (2.5 if you cut out Maori land blocks); National MPs register the largest investment holdings
New Zealand’s parliamentarians have interests in 350 real properties, according to Parliament’s latest Register of Pecuniary Interests. This represents a shade under three properties per MP.
The headline figure is boosted by various MPs’ interests in Maori land blocks. Interest.co.nz counted 66 instances where an interest referred to one. Labour’s Adrian Rurawhe has interests in 41 Maori land holdings and his party colleagues another 11, for example.
The register covered 118 MPs’ interests as at 31 January 2017. Labour list MP Raymond Huo was not included as the Mount Albert by-election that he came in on the back of, was held in February.
By party, National’s 58 MPs recorded interests in 201 real properties. Labour’s 30 MPs 101, the Greens’ 14 MPs 20 properties, NZF’s 12 MPs 25 properties, the Maori Party’s two MPs one property (Flavell), two for Peter Dunne (UF) and none for ACT’s David Seymour.
A staggering 76 MPs declared an interest in two or more properties. Meanwhile, 51 declared an interest in three or more.
…which helps explains why they don’t give two flying fucks about the grim reality that the user pays generations are now finding themselves in…
The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment’s Housing Affordability Measure (HAM) was first proposed in 2012 but only saw the light of day for the first time yesterday, partly because of officials’ concerns about its political sensitivity.
The first official measure of housing affordability, its findings are stark: four out of five renters in New Zealand cannot not buy a house in their area without going into financial hardship.
The picture is bleaker in Auckland, where unaffordability levels are at 86 per cent, and as high as 96 per cent in the southern suburbs.
…let’s get this straight.
These National Party slumlords who own 201 fucking properties between them attempted to stop this report from coming out because it shows Millennial’s and Gen Xers are now locked out of home ownership forever and they were concerned about the political fall out?
In other Nations this sort of outrageous self interest would see people on the streets, in a country with inequality issues as stark as ours, the poor are too beaten down, too frightened and too much in debt to force political action.
The only way this changes is post 2020 when the electoral age dynamics change. Past 2020, Generation Xers and Millennials will be the largest voting bloc. When we have the majority comrades, that’s when we strap on steel capped boots and stomp the shit out of these pricks.
If you are not angry yet, you are part of the problem.