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Auckland’s housing market is now almost certainly in bubble territory, the most certain sign being the irrational reaction to the Reserve Bank Deputy Governor’s comments two weeks ago. Bank economists and politicians alike have been flailing, claiming that taxing housing isn’t the answer but unable to provide any viable alternatives. The Reserve Bank is late […]
Kim & Jeremy are a lovely farming couple who bought two identical Canterbury farms – one either side of the road. They decided to undertake an experiment comparing biological and conventional farming on the two farms. They are only a few years into their experiment, so it is early days. However, the results so far […]
Auckland Council and Housing Minister Nick Smith are at loggerheads over the Government’s Special Housing Zones. The Government wants more houses built, but the Council are putting the brakes on development until they know how the additional transport costs will be funded. We warned this was going to happen six months ago. Sprawl might make […]
The Productivity Commission has drafted a report on how to improve the efficiency of our social services. One of the most significant recommendations, at least the one the Government and media leapt upon, relates to the ‘empowerment’ of clients – which in English means giving people more choice over the government services they receive. The […]
Is the Auckland housing market a bubble? New evidence from Auckland University seems to suggest so. In this Whiteboard Friday we see how rents in Auckland haven’t kept pace with recent house price rises. This suggests that the problem facing Auckland isn’t simply a lack of supply – we are facing an asset price bubble […]
One of the surest signs of Auckland’s housing market being in bubble territory is that house prices are now way out of whack with not only incomes, but also rents. This proves that the issue is one of demand for housing as a tax-free investment, not simply supply. The only way to fix this problem […]
Some people label ideas like a junk food tax as ‘nanny state’, but ultimately such soundbites are overly simplistic, because we already have a situation where the state interferes in our lives. Are unhealthy people such as smokers or people with a poor diet really a burden on the rest of us? If so, what […]
All the talk this week has been about the Auckland housing crisis. We’ve had a lot of questions like ‘why don’t we invest in developing the regions’ or ‘why don’t Aucklanders sell up and move to Palmerston North’. This Whiteboard Friday explores these issues by looking at the economic version of the law of gravity […]
Two years after we first put the cat amongst the pigeons with the Cats to Go campaign, the NZ Vets Association (NZVA) yesterday finally released their definitive, evidence-based position on the issue. The evidence in the report should finally settle the great cat debate: the naysayers will need to accept that cats do have an […]
The Reserve Bank has reopened the debate on the housing crisis, and the responses from all three major parties have been notable for their impotency. Andrew Little appears to have ditched Labour’s brave but ultimately flawed capital gains tax, and joined John Key in the spineless political ‘centre’, where they do nothing and hope the […]