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MUST READ EXCLUSIVE: Call it KiwiBuild but it is still gentrification

By   /  October 8, 2018  /  Alan Johnson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

It is probably time to call the Government’s flagship KiwiBuild programme for what it is – state sponsored gentrification of state housing suburbs.  As such it is little different from the previous Government’s efforts in places such as Tamaki to extract value from the public housing estate under the guise of modernisation.  

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MUST READ: Budget 2018 – Half of something and half of nothing

By   /  May 22, 2018  /  Alan Johnson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

In its first Budget the Government had an opportunity to break the neo-liberal mould which has been the basis of every budget for the past 32 years but they didn’t.

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MUST READ: Stepping over the homeless on our way to the America’s Cup village

By   /  March 15, 2018  /  Alan Johnson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

The sheer indecency of Phil Goff’s and David Parker’s scramble to pour as much as $185 million of public money and assets into another America’s Cup village on the Auckland waterfront appears to have escaped most people’s thoughts or imagination.

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EXCLUSIVE: The housing crisis narrative suits the Government’s agenda for now

By   /  February 17, 2018  /  Alan Johnson, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  25 Comments

As the Finance Minister considers how he might build 2000 state houses per year no doubt the true impact of the Labour-Greens Budget Responsibility Rules will become apparent.  These rules include bringing core Crown debt down to 20% of GDP and maintaining recent historic ratios of Government expenditure to GDP.  Both great neo-liberal ideas.

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