Another day, another set of examples of Housing Crisis in meltdown

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Round of applause folks for the utter failure of the free market housing crisis that the National Party have built. Another day, and another set of examples of the Housing Crisis in meltdown.

First Nick Smith on Radio NZ this morning sounding as confused and delusional as he always does when pushed on Housing…

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…good one Nick, so first time home buyers can just be patient, and where exactly can those in desperate need stay patient? Why in a gloriously illegal roach motel run by a slumlord…

‘Predatory’ property managers renting out Auckland garages

A Newshub investigation has revealed Auckland garages are being rented out illegally for more than $400 a week.

In a case that is currently before the Tenancy Tribunal, one property manager is accused of commandeering a garage, converting it and renting it out to separate tenants.

That’s despite the garage apparently being included in the rental agreement for the tenant in the main house

…National have stripped renters, the poor and beneficiaries from being able to live in dignity and the state agencies tasked with their welfare are causing more harm than good.

Mass surveillance and dirty politics turned many voters off from participating at all in the electoral process in 2014 while those property speculators with skin in the game flocked to the ballot boxes to ensure Key remained in power. What we are seeing with the private polling is a collapse of National vote because those who didn’t bother to participate last time see just as much reason to vote this time around as those with property because their living standards have been guttered by this Government.

What’s different this time around is the mainstream media are now competing with narrative structures from social media that contradict National’s spin and they are forced (primarily by Checkpoint) to actively seek out stories of those who are suffering.

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It’s time John Key and National Party voters reaped what they sow.

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  1. If indeed it is Checkpoint with John Campbell shaming the rest of the MSM into chasing these stories, then it shows just how valuable is John Campbell’s contribution to NZ journalism.
    Good work John, it is a pleasure listening to you at 5 pm.

  2. And of course Wheeler is continually LOWERING interest rates to make sure the speculators are well served (by making existing mortgages cheaper to hold) and saving for the simultaneously HIGHER deposit requirements all but impossible for those at the bottom of the ladder. They’ll do anything to keep this literal Ponzi scheme going till it inevitably detonates the entire NZ economy.

  3. …and maybe, perhaps, because many of those callow, and previously Nat-supporting young Auckland “journalists” areworrying about planning to own a house themselves. And if they already do, on their inflated media salaries, then half the less fortunate crew they are working with certainly don’t. Hard to explain to your camera-person, or your sound operator “I’m all right, Jack”…

  4. The new measures the government has pressured the Reserve Bank into quickly enacting making the deposit needed even higher will make it even harder for people to buy their first home while overseas investors can continue to pump millions into the housing market. By next election average Auckland house prices will be well over $1 million and first home buyers will be well and truly out of the market.

    • But by the same token,… nAtIonAl votes will be down…

      We cant have it both ways, can we?… that would be wanting our cake and eating it too…

      🙂

    • I dare say the second hand car/ van dealers will be doing a roaring trade then in converting vehicles into family living quarters….

      But we wont kick up up a fuss because we have people like DAVID SEE – MORE lecturing us of the benefits of low wages and high rentals/ mortgages…

      So don’t worry, all will be fine in the fucked up , perverted neo liberal extremist world of John Key and his prostitute nAtIoNaL govt with China… meanwhile we can all rest assured that his little publicity stunt in Indonesia in encouraging Indonesians to live here will do just peachy for more cheap labour…

      Its very similar to the stunt he once pulled back in 2007-2008…

      except this person grew up and saw what a wanker Key really was…

      http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/10468960/Aroha-of-McGehan-Close-flees-NZ

  5. 40% deposit will sort out the housing issue.

    The coalition’s discussions with the Reserve Bank have sorted out the housing crisis, without the need to curb immigration.

    New Zealand needs immigration to keep its competitive job market from fuelling inflation and to help pay for the debt left behind by the Labour and the Nanny State spendfest.

      • Sam, David See More only sees dollar signs as he screws the market forces to wring money out of every opportunity that presents itself so he is blind to what is happening and living in denial and actually seen anything but dollar signs.

    • Oh yeah, David See (No) More:

      ‘Loan restrictions just ‘speed bump’ for investors’

      http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/309027/loan-restrictions-just-'speed-bump'-for-investors

      Yes, of course the ACT Party wants more immigrants, as many of the ones that are wealthy, a fair few from Mainland China, escaping the likely economic hard landing and government taxman there, love to flirt with your party and also buy homes in Epsom.

      Indeed, many now seem to be funding ACT now, at least actively support it. No wonder you are so open for more immigration then, you can hardly bite the hand that feeds you, can you?

  6. Thanks also to John Campbell and his team, revealing more on stuff that TV3 had reported on last night:

    TV3’s and Lisa Owens story:
    ‘Landlords renting out ‘unsafe’ conversions’
    http://www.newshub.co.nz/nznews/landlords-renting-out-unsafe-conversions-2016071918#axzz4EwRfI9xM

    John Campbell’s and Alex Ashton’s story on Checkpoint:
    ‘Work and Income sent families to garages’
    http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/309070/work-and-income-sent-families-to-garages

    It gets “better” by the day, what we learn, so WINZ has been sending “clients” in need of urgent housing to a “property manager”, who is holding a lease for a rental property that is “managed” by Barfoot and Thompson”. Apparently Barfoot and Thompson did not know about the subletting, and found the property in question in order, after a recent inspection.

    Strange that, it was shown on TV3 last night, being mouldy, having damage and being in rather poor, and over crowded condition.

    And a property next door, which the “property manager” with an apparent migrant background, also sublet, is owned by a senior cop:
    http://www.newshub.co.nz/nznews/senior-cop-owns-illegal-garage-rentals-2016072019#axzz4EwRfI9xM

    Many people have the fingers in the pie here, and the properties were according to the Council not even permitted to be let, that is the garage and so.

    Auckland’s housing crisis, a crisis for some, an “opportunity” for others, greedy bastards that is!

  7. “Mass surveillance and dirty politics turned many voters off from participating at all in the electoral process in 2014 while those property speculators with skin in the game flocked to the ballot boxes to ensure Key remained in power.”

    Yes, sad that was and is, but I fear, the suffering of the ones affected, the ones at the very bottom of society, will not be “news” that will move the hearts of the ones in better circles, even not many in that property owning middle class.

    We live in a “post truth era” now, it seems, truth and facts no longer matter, that is why Nicky Hager got little attention and was even ridiculed, that is why ‘dirty politics’ did not convince enough out there, that is why matters like pony tail pulling by the PM, and like the revelations of the Panama Papers are stuff that are swiftly moved out of the focus of most.

    Look at Trump and his wife reading out a speech copied from Michelle Obama’s speech in 2008, and few seem bothered, they still cheer on Trump, who is running neck to neck with Hillary Clinton in the polls, I hear.

    This phenomenon can be put down to most people having given up with information, that is news information, the internet and also mass media inundation with information has led to information overload, so people just pick what they like, what excites them or what is of immediate relevance to them. All else is simply swept aside or ignored as irrelevant.

    That is also why the climate change issue and environmental matters are hardly discussed widely, it is inconvenient stuff, that turns people off, so they switch off and turn on a computer game or watch a You Tube clip of Netflix movie, never mind the future and what else goes on.

    And that is my worry, that too few will go voting again next year, and that the real issues will not be addressed.

    Only the politically engaged and literate are in active discussion of housing and other matters, most out there try to cope and adapt as they can, and “move on”. Hence we only get some stories surface now, where WINZ clients were referred to slum lords for homes, which must have happened more often over time, same as others have been housed in motels, accruing massive debt. Nobody bothered checking all this out before, it is only now coming up, and hence we now get some “news” about all this.

    More needs to be done to shake more people out of their slumber and indifference, a frontal attack is the only thing that will wake some up, I fear.

  8. It seems NZ is currently packed with self-entitled millenials who think they ‘deserve’ a house in Herne Bay or Devonport. But there is a reason these expensive suburbs are full of older people.

    My advice is almost the same as Nick’s – be patient, find paying work elsewhere and save. Compound interest works both ways!

    At the same age I went through exactly the same thing in the UK in England. So I got a job in Africa with free housing and decent pay and then did some ‘hard yards’ for a few years. When I returned to civilization I bought a house 100% with cash.

    Some other options worth considering:

    If they really want to get into the Auckland property they should consider buying in cheap, rough areas where prices are still reasonable. The previous generation did that: Hard to imagine Ponsonby and Grey Lynn being rough, but they certainly were!

    Lastly, NZ is full of beautiful towns which are in desperate need of an injection of new blood. So if you’re an internet entrepreneur of some kind, how’s about setting up elsewhere? No decent cafes there? Then ask your barista fried to move down with you and take the Auckland vibe with you!

    • It seems NZ is currently packed with self-entitled millenials who think they ‘deserve’ a house in Herne Bay or Devonport.

      Really? Do you have evidence fort that, or are you just parroting the victim-blaming BS we’ve heard from the likes of Michelle Boag and other privileged right-wingers.

      And you’re just as privileged, Andrew.

      My advice is almost the same as Nick’s – be patient, find paying work elsewhere and save. Compound interest works both ways!

      And live where, in the meantime? A garage courtesy of WINZ?

      You’ll have to do better than that, boyo.

      If they really want to get into the Auckland property they should consider buying in cheap, rough areas where prices are still reasonable.

      Which suburb in Auckland might that be, Andrew? Invercargill?

      Feel free to name those mythical suburbs with examples of “reasonable prices”.

      Go on. I challenge you.

      • Amazing that Andrew even try’s…. poor dear…with all the evidence stacked against him.

        It must really be a lonely life.

        Even worse to be constantly in the wrong about so basic and fundamental issues.

        He deserves pity.

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