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Housing Prices

The Government and the National Party recently announced agreement about the need to make it easier to build more homes on residential sections in our major cities, presumably with the hope that this would take some of the upward pressure off house prices.


But in the Herald on Sunday (14 November 2021), Ben Leahy noted that house prices continue to rise rapidly.


The reasons for this can’t relate to a high rate of immigration: we’ve had almost no net immigration since the pandemic began.



So what’s happening? A friend offered me a clue by noting that, in a paddock in Papakura, 400 square metre sections are currently on sale for $977,000. The section alone is wildly beyond the budget of ordinary wage and salary earners.


Why? Quite simply because Auckland Council has made it illegal to build homes beyond the Metropolitan Urban Boundary (which Papakura falls just within) and the Government has refused to overturn that policy despite promising to do so in their 2017 election campaign.


Until land is freed up around the perimeter of Auckland, house prices will remain amongst the most expensive in the world.


Don Brash

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Immigration was driven by politicians because it added 2% to a poor 0.5% growth. It was window dressing with no cares for consequences on housing and local government. I call that abuse of power and corruption. Perhaps as borders open we may see a return to excessive immigration as if politicians think we don't know. Probably they just don't care because we cannot do anything about it. OR maybe we can. A few initiatives under way may lead somewhere towards fixing democracy.

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Lack of immigration has certainly made a difference to the much lower housing deficit. ASB economists recently have estimated that housing supply will close the gap by 2022-23.

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Tim Hinchliff
Tim Hinchliff
Nov 15, 2021

The housing issue is not a supply issue.

It is a cheap credit issue, like all housing bubbles, everywhere, throughout history have always been.

The cost to rent a house should broadly move in line with the cost to buy a house (and the growth in GDP). I have rented a house for 11 years. In that time my rent has gone up about 40%.

The value of this same house has increased around 150%.

That is clearly not a supply issue. It is a function of readily available and historically cheap credit.

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A lot of good thoughts here with one action on 21/11. We need more than that.

I believe an org which could be based on groundswell could get going to eventually ensure citizens controlled government. Clearly Parliamentary Representation has failed us all. It has been hi-jacked. And we are letting it.

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lynnsam112
lynnsam112
Nov 15, 2021

The housing problem like every other problem will never be fixed by this government or any other.

The government has signed away any democratic value left in NZ and we are in the grip of the Globalists and Agenda 20-30 who have no interest in democracy.

Jacinda and the current government are fully on board with the terms of the Agenda and merely tip toe around the edges of housing etc, they have no solutions and no-one is calling them out.

The media are not worth the time of day and covid is the focus and Jacinda hides behind the 'blanket of protection' (media) and never has to answer the real tough questions.


GROUNDSWELL IS HAPPENING 21st NOVEMBER NATIONWIDE -…


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Robin Gardiner
Robin Gardiner
Nov 15, 2021
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As Ronald Reagan said expecting the Government to fix the problem is wrong as the government IS THE PROBLEM

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