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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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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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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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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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Of course the Housing Crisis requires a state of emergency

By   /  August 28, 2016  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  12 Comments

As The Daily Blog first suggested several months ago, the Housing Crisis needs to be declared as a state of emergency…

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NZers need to understand National doesn’t care about homelessness or housing affordability

By   /  August 28, 2016  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  11 Comments

What consistently gets missed in the on going arguments about the Hoising Crisis is that National have no interest whatsoever in solving the problem.

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The Spinoff’s first great victory in their Unitary Plan war on blah blah – where’s Patrick Reynolds now?

By   /  August 28, 2016  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  6 Comments

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.

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EXCLUSIVE: Vanessa Kururangi – State Housing Action Inc to take Government to Court over privatisation of State Houses

By   /  August 14, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  28 Comments

State Housing Action Incorporated (S.H.A Inc.) now officially announces our intention to file for a Judicial Review with the High Court of New Zealand, against the sale of State Houses in Tauranga.

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GUEST BLOG: Ben Peterson – Protest at “The Block” Open home

By   /  August 4, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  5 Comments

In recent weeks the nightly TV news has had story after story about the affordability of housing. But the moment the TV news finishes at 7:30 pm, it’s like the problem goes away. For TV they go straight into their latest reality TV hit- The Block. The Block is a celebration of property speculation. Contestants are given a house, renovate and flip it in less than six months, winners claiming any profit they get along the way.

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Why the Unitary Plan is a fight between the haves and want mores

By   /  August 3, 2016  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  8 Comments

We need to ban foreign ownership, bring in a capital gains tax and build 100 000 affordable houses for first time buyers and 10 000 state homes to be built in Auckland alongside an urban intensification to solve this Housing Crisis.

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BREAKING- Allegations of Political interference to twist foreign buyers numbers

By   /  August 2, 2016  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  18 Comments

Labour have come out with an incredibly serious allegation that Steven Joyce and other Government Ministers manipulated the foreign buyers register to make the numbers appear far smaller than they really are…

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Property bubble, P houses, ghost houses, State Housing privatisation, unaffordable houses & the homeless

By   /  June 19, 2016  /  Deconstructing Headlines, Martyn Bradbury, Most Recent Blogs  /  7 Comments

We are seeing a complete break down of our crucial social services. The spiteful harvest of National’s draconian welfare reforms are coming home to roost and NZers should feel ashamed of what it says about us as a country.

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Shortlisted state house buyers dominated by profit

By   /  March 21, 2016  /  John Minto, Most Recent Blogs, Setting The Agenda  /  17 Comments

New Zealand needs more state housing, not less. We are in the middle of a housing crisis for low and middle income New Zealanders and only the government has the resources and the capacity to provide the large number of quality, affordable housing so desperately needed.

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GUEST BLOG: Daniel Strypey Bruce – Basic Standards for Rental Housing is Win-Win

By   /  January 23, 2016  /  Guest Blogs + Sponsored Posts, Most Recent Blogs  /  Comments Off on GUEST BLOG: Daniel Strypey Bruce – Basic Standards for Rental Housing is Win-Win

Since I began renting in 1995, average rents have doubled in most parts of the country, and tripled in the most in-demand areas of Tamaki Makaurau, Te Whanganui-a-Tara, and so on. This has been accompanied by massive increases in the cost of electricity, telecommunications, water charges in some areas, and other costs associated with running a modern household.

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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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