Tag: Housing

Frustrated Auckland developers call on council to turn up the consenting tap

Auckland Council is being accused of overheating the housing market with its inefficient consent process.

A beginner’s guide to the financial aspects of buying a house

This week, we look at what it takes to finance your first home. 

A Living Hell: Apartment Disasters exposes the dire state of housing in Aotearoa

Looking to buy a unit or apartment? You might need to think twice or even three times, if this Prime documentary is anything to go by.

New report warns that we’re building over our food basket

The 2021 Our Land report has raised serious warnings about our most productive food-growing land being turned over to housing.

How the housing package leaves renters and beneficiaries behind

Covid-19 proved the government is more than capable of responding to a crisis. When will they do the same for the thousands locked in poverty by skyrocketing rent?

Bernard Hickey on Labour: Great antennae, but still no radar

Despite its popularity, the Labour government remains in MMP-mode with finely tuned antennae for the 2023 election, but no radar or vision that voters can believe in.

Gone By Lunchtime: The housing package and the stuck ship

Podcast | Join Toby Manhire, Annabelle Lee-Mather and Ben Thomas as they discuss Labour’s housing package, National’s caucus at odds over fluoride, travel bubbles, Police Ten 7 and more.

The Bulletin: What effect will big housing policy changes have?

Analysing the effects of the big housing changes, spending on pokies jumps in 2020, and controversial Rocket Lab payload launches from Māhia.

‘It’s a drop in the bucket and it’s a leaky bucket at that’: Housing package underwhelms experts

What do the experts make of the government's latest attempts to address the rampant housing market?

Ardern unveils housing plan, promises to ’tilt the balance’ towards first-time buyers

The long promised fix to the crisis includes an extension of the bright-line test, a series of tweaks to existing programmes and billions to help new home builds.

The Bulletin: Government’s day to confront housing crisis

Government's day to confront housing crisis, travel bubble announcement announcement made, and Corrections minister rebukes department.

Bernard Hickey: A cacophony of magical thinking on housing

Politicians, regulators and most voters believe that the housing crisis can be solved in their lifetimes without too much disruption or pain. They're dreamin'.

What the new tenancy laws mean for Māori

The legislative changes are designed to improve renters' rights, but will they make a difference to the people who have borne the brunt of the housing crisis?

Chairman Mark: The South Auckland supremo aiming to fix the region’s inequality crisis

Meet the man aiming to fix South Auckland's inequality crisis – Vui Mark Gosche.

The house that climate built

Achieving our emission reduction obligations means changing the nature of our homes. Here's how we can do that.

New rules for renters and landlords kick in this week. Here’s what you need to know

Major changes to the rental system come into force this week. So what are they?

Natives planted by local kids chopped down with council approval

A South Auckland community is outraged after trees planted by local kids have been chopped down by contractors.

The Bulletin: Collins outlines the plan forward for National

Collins outlines the plan forward for National, no spread of Covid spotted yet in Northland, and students return for climate protest.

NZ’s biggest house price surge? Kawerau. Here’s what it means for the town

Rapid house price rises are being touted as a sign of Kawerau's success, but not everyone is a winner.

The Bulletin: Summer news stories you might have missed

Good morning and welcome to this one-off edition of The Bulletin.

The Bulletin: The news that will matter in 2021

A wrap of some of the issues that will matter in 2021, and a reflection on coming out of this tough year with hope. 

The story behind the fight to save Ihumātao

The woman who started it all on how they defied the odds and the doubters. 

Former Herald owner, golf club in clash over South Auckland rezoning plans

An exclusive South Auckland-based golf club wants to rezone land that's been designated for houses, but some of its own members aren't happy.

The Bulletin: Wairoa dental service withdraws, and a quiet regional crisis

Why it matters Wairoa lost their dentist service, commercial rent relief won’t be revisited by government, and four year term referendum looking likely.

New report shows the truly dire state of NZ housing

We all knew housing in NZ was a disaster, but this 150-page report quantifies it for us.

Why an answer to Māngere’s empty cycleways may be just around the corner

Getting people cycling in South Auckland is hard, but one community is giving it a real go. So will these latest proposals make a difference?

There is already a tax that targets people seeking capital gain on land. Why not apply it?

And it's not the only existing provision the Inland Revenue could look at enforcing in the face of runaway house prices and wealth inequality.