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The housing crisis: NZers deliver their verdict

By   /  September 16, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

New Zealanders appear to have rejected National’s on-going carping at the Coalition government’s ‘Kiwibuild’ programme.

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Children’s Commissioner Judge Andrew Becroft calls for a fairer, egalitarian New Zealand

By   /  May 28, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

This weekend (26/27 May), two disparate voices called for a more egalitarian society in our country. The voices of Children’s Commissioner, Judge Andrew Becroft, and Chief Executive of the Employers & Manufacturers Association (Northern), Kim Campbell, both made statements on  TV3’s The Nation and TVNZ’s Q+A (respectively), that only a few years ago would have been heresy to neo-liberal orthodoxy.

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The Mendacities of Ms Amy Adams – 2,000 more state houses?!

By   /  May 23, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Soon after criticising the Coalition for “hiding debt in SOEs” – a capital offense that National was guilty of in 2009, and which contributed to  bankrupting Solid Energy by 2015 – National Party’s finance spokesperson, Amy Adams, was at it again.

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National’s housing spokesperson Michael Woodhouse – delusional or outright fibber?

By   /  February 13, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  4 Comments

The recent Housing Report reveals National’s ineptitude when it came to homelessness and housing unaffordability. Even retiring baby-boomers do not escape National’s incompetence when it came to unrestrained migration; insufficient housing stock; spiralling speculation; and poorly-planned infrastructure to cope with a rising population;

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***Update*** Family of five, including six month old baby – accommodation crisis

By   /  June 30, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  35 Comments

. . Hutt Valley, 29 June – As reported on Tuesday (27 June) a woman, “S” – and her family, including her oldest son’s 6 month old baby – were facing the final week of their 90 day notice to vacate. They had lived in their rental home for the last 14 years, keeping the […]

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EXCLUSIVE: Message to Minister Adams: Family of five, including six month old baby – about to live in a van…

By   /  June 27, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  41 Comments

In 1 days’ time, a family of five in Upper Hutt will become homeless. They are in the final week of a 90 Day notice to vacate.

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National continues to panic on housing crisis as election day looms

By   /  June 10, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

National’s “grand plans” for 220 new social and transitional places remains woefully short of the 1,138 houses that National sold off to IHC’s Accessible Properties at the end of March. It is also unclear what is meant by ” transitional places”. Are these actual houses? Or motel units, à la Auckland-style;

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MUST READ: The lies National need to spin over Housing Crisis

By   /  May 21, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  31 Comments

National is increasingly on the back-foot with New Zealand’s ever-worsening housing crisis. Ministers from the Prime minister down are desperately trying to spin a narrative that the National-led administration “is getting on top of the problem”. Despite ministerial ‘reassurances’, both Middle and Lower Working classes are feeling the dead-weight of a housing shortage; ballooning house prices, and rising rents.

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We are not helpless – Lifewise

By   /  December 1, 2016  /  Lifewise, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  Comments Off on We are not helpless – Lifewise

Āwhina – the te reo Māori word for helper – is truly by the people, for the people. The website is easy to navigate, providing a one-stop-shop for information on services and facilities that people need in order to help themselves.

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When Life is a Lottery

By   /  November 15, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

Make no mistake, housing has become a crisis in New Zealand as this May poll for a TV3/Reid Research Poll highlighted;

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Cross-party inquiry a step in the right direction

By   /  October 12, 2016  /  Lifewise, Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  2 Comments

On October 10, the final cross-party inquiry report on homelessness was released. The report found that the level of homelessness in New Zealand is at a record high and is continuing to grow, especially in Auckland due to the housing crisis, with families forced to live on the streets, in cars, and in garages. The […]

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Homelessness – What can the Mayor do?

By   /  September 23, 2016  /  Lifewise, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  10 Comments

Every Mayor wants to do something they will be remembered for. Could Auckland’s new one become famous for ending chronic homelessness?

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Lifewise delighted with investment into Housing First

By   /  July 30, 2016  /  Most Recent Blogs, Raw News feed  /  Comments Off on Lifewise delighted with investment into Housing First

Social development agency Lifewise are delighted that Housing First is being recognised as a preferred approach to ending homelessness, under today’s announcement of the Government’s investment into supporting better housing outcomes. Lifewise are work collaboratively with other agencies, using the internationally successful Housing First model to support people off the streets and into permanent homes. […]

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Caught up in safety nets – Lifewise

By   /  July 19, 2016  /  Lifewise, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  5 Comments

There are still nearly 18,000 people in Auckland on the verge of homelessness.

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Rebuilding the Country we grew up in – Little’s Big Task ahead

By   /  July 12, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  36 Comments

On 20 August 2007, National’s new leader, John Key, made a stirring speech to the Auckland branch of the New Zealand Contractors Federation. In it, he lambasted the then-Clark-led Labour government;

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Foot in mouth award – Bill English, for his recent “Flat Earth” comment in Parliament

By   /  July 5, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

It appears that Finance Minister, Bill English did not get the memo from Dear Leader Key’s office: “Dont get arrogant!”

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