Remember Blue-Green Hipster copyright for cash site The Spinoff’s declaration of war to get through the Unitary Plan?
Wasn’t it wonderful?
Word for word regurgitation for the Government’s ridiculous supply, supply, supply mantra.
Well it passed despite those of us involved with homelessness and desperate overcrowding pointing out that this Unitary Plan is really just a wet dream for Developers and won’t do a thing to help the poor get into a home.
How wrong us detractors were.
The Unitary Plan hasn’t just done nothing for the poor, it’s actually helped kill off any attempt to build affordable houses…
Property developers are quitting planned Auckland building projects which would have locked them into building affordable homes as Auckland’s average house price prepares to hit the $1 million mark.
Housing Minister Nick Smith told the Herald on Sunday that landowners in five Special Housing Areas (SHAs) had decided not to proceed under the previous fast-track process, which would have required 10 per cent of housing to be affordable.
The developers have instead opted to use provisions under the newly approved Unitary Plan which does not have the same affordable housing rule.
Well, well, well.
Where’s fucking Patrick Reynolds now? Where’s all those blue-green millennials complaining that their Unitary Plan has stopped Special Housing Areas going ahead?
Popped over to Transport Blog, nothing there…
…and at The Spinoff where the war for Auckland was started…
…it’s all quiet on the Western front – no mention there either of the Unitary Plan killing off Special Housing Areas .
The reality is that the Unitary Plan is and always was a war of privilege between the haves and want mores, this is not a fight between the haves and have nots. In one corner the rich baby boomer property speculators are fighting the Unitary Plan to keep their privilege, in the other corner blue-green millennials who want the privilege they feel they’ve been denied led the fight for it.
As for the poor, screw them. This housing crisis has been stolen by rich people.
The Unitary Plan will not build houses for first time home owners, it builds houses so baby boomers and blue-green millennials can fight over how many houses they want to speculate with.
Meanwhile, homelessness and those who are young, poor and brown don’t even get the crumbs off the table.
The simple truth is that only a political revolution akin to Bernie Sanders is going to change NZs addiction with property. Most of our MPs are property speculators and their vested interests won’t and can’t be changed.