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GUEST BLOG: Mike Lee – Time and patience running out for the Super City?

By   /  July 11, 2017  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

Auckland has had the Super City for more than six and half years now and for a lot of people it’s starting to feel like a sentence.  It should be recalled Aucklanders were never allowed to vote on this massive amalgamation – the government just imposed it.  Over time even the Auckland Council’s own polling has revealed the council has become increasingly unpopular – and mistrusted. 

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DAILY BLOG EXCLUSIVE: Auckland Housing Crisis Special Investigation – Homeless using after hour Bunnings Carparks as home

By   /  March 17, 2017  /  Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  24 Comments

Why the bloody hell is New Zealand getting so unaffordable that an Australian companys carpark is the best help available to a growing number of our people?

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Auckland – 176 years of neglect

By   /  February 1, 2016  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  9 Comments

Auckland Anniversary Day and the lack of real public transport, house affordability, better civic planning and run away sprawl drives home the problem that for 176 years, Auckland has not been given the infrastructure it has needed.

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Unemployment, Christchurch, dairy prices – Bill English confirms blogger’s analysis

By   /  November 7, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  7 Comments

There we have it – the three basic “legs” comprising National’s economic development policy. One is predicated on fluctuating international market-prices; another is an unsustainable property boom funded by billions borrowed from off-shore; and the other is the epitomy of ‘disaster’ capitalism.

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National Tinkers while Auckland Property Prices Burn

By   /  May 21, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  36 Comments

When it comes to tax cuts for the rich; state asset sales; slashing public services; and corporate welfare – National can move at relativistic velocities that Einstein concluded were beyond the realms of physical laws in our Universe.

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City Transport: A Taxing Matter

By   /  October 31, 2014  /  Keith Rankin, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Auckland is an emerging world-city, with many employment opportunities not present in other parts of the country. The externalities around both transport and housing can be resolved in orthodox ways that make full use of the price-mechanism that is at the core of economics.

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A brief word on Auckland Council privatising our public spaces

By   /  May 9, 2014  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

Privatising public spaces for corporations in exchange for ‘access’ is disingenuous bullshit and Aucklanders shouldn’t tolerate it for a second.

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