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Twelve fun facts about National’s failed housing policies for Parmjeet Parmar to consider

By   /  January 10, 2019  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  67 Comments

National’s List MP, Dr Parmjeet Parmar, has launched a scathing attack on Housing NZ on social media and in a story in the NZ Herald;

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The Free-market, Hyper-individualism… and a Culture of Cruelty?

By   /  July 10, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  26 Comments

A certain amount of callousness; disdain; and outright hatred must replace  compassion, egalitarianism, and a sense of community cohesion if the neo-liberal version of “society” is to operate successfully.

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The Many Mendacities of Mr Bridges – The ‘Claytons’ Apology

By   /  June 23, 2018  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  8 Comments

When National’s Simon Bridges, fronted up on Radio NZ on 5 June, he apparently apologised for his role in the unjust evictions of 300 state house tenants for meth-testing results that have been shown by Chief Science Advisor, Sir Peter Gluckman, as bogus.

Bridges said;

“I’m sorry that the advice we got was wrong and has made this situation what it is.”

Except – it’s not an apology for the wrongful evictions at all. It’s a lamentation that “the advice we got was wrong”.

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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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What I want for Christmas…

By   /  December 24, 2017  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  18 Comments

Now is the time of the year when we send in  requests to that mysterious red-garbed being at the north pole for ‘goodies’ of one sort or another. This is my belated wish-list of gifts. But not gifts for myself. These are gifts for the whole of New Zealand…

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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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“Spinning” in a post-truth era

By   /  August 13, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  13 Comments

Two recent media stories, on two utterly disparate issues, were clear examples of how tax-payer funded media “spin doctors” were guiding government ministers to respond to questions in a certain way.

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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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Upper Hutt residents mobilise to fight State House sell-off

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

Upper Hutt, NZ, 4 June – Residents in a State housing community in Upper Hutt are continuing to mobilise to strengthen opposition to planned sell-off of Housing NZ vacant land, and planned further demolition of so-called “un-safe, earthquake-prone” State houses.

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EXCLUSIVE: State house sell-off in Tauranga unravelling?

By   /  May 27, 2016  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  20 Comments

In none of the Minister’s correspondence was he able to provide specifics as to where State houses were in the “wrong place”. The ‘best’ he could do was list five regions; Auckland East & South; Auckland North West & Central; South Island, Central North Island, and Lower North Island.

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Wellingtonians say; “Everyone deserves a home – no more homelessness!”

By   /  November 23, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  9 Comments

Wellington, NZ, 21 November – Around two hundred people gathered in Cuba Mall, central Wellington, as part of a nationwide day of protest at growing homelessness; poor standards of housing; state house privatisation, and lack of long-term stability in rental accomodation;

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State houses – “wrong place, wrong size”?

By   /  November 1, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  22 Comments

Information released under the Official Information Act (OIA) suggests that National’s oft-repeated claim that around “one third” ( or 22,000) of state houses are in the “wrong place and wrong size” is not supported by Housing NZ’s own figures.

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National’s blatant lies on Housing NZ dividends – The truth uncovered!

By   /  September 13, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  40 Comments

Recent statements by Minister for Social Housing, Paula Bennett, Minister Responsible for Housing New Zealand, Bill English, Building and Housing Minister, Nick Smith, and Prime Minister John Key, have been shown to be deceptively misleading – and in many instances, outright lies.

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Housing Minister Paula Bennett continues National’s spin on rundown State Houses

By   /  June 13, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  16 Comments

Another broken promise from National…

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Government Minister sees history repeat – responsible for death

By   /  June 6, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  73 Comments

State assets such as housing and schools are suffering a lack of maintenance, the likes of which we have seen only in Third World nations. The recent case of Northland College in Kaikohe revealed a badly run-down facility that was so delapidated that police asked to use them for training simulations because they represented the closest thing available to a “ghetto environment”

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The Mendacities of Mr Key # 12: No More Asset Sales (Kind of)

By   /  May 10, 2015  /  Frank Macskasy, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  12 Comments

On 25 February 2014, Dear Leader John Key announced to the nation that his government’s asset sales programme was over;

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