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  • #1723578
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    A quite brilliant take on the govt’s gun buy-back scheme.

    Guest Post: Richard Prosser on gun buy-back

    This is particularly good “It isn’t a buy-back, of course, because the Government never owned them in the first place, but this Government has neither the wit nor the honesty to be able to either acknowledge or admit that. It is a confiscation. A Government with even a shred of moral decency would simply own up to that.”

    #1723642
    Hero42
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    Mommabear
    You really do need to keep up to date if you want to contribute accurately to debates. Posting out of date information just slows the debate while others have to correct it.

    Here is the update you missed.

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/politics/108927272/immigration-minister-iain-leesgalloway-revokes-karel-sroubeks-residency

    Note the paragraphs that state:
    Immigration Minister Iain Lees-Galloway has reversed his decision to grant convicted drug smuggler Karel Sroubek residency.
    and
    “He is being removed because he never had a visa in the first place,” the minister said.

    OK now you know so lets not have a repeat of the out of date information.

    Cheers 🙂

    #1723643
    Hero42
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    Doogie
    That was a great article you posted re Kiwibuild.

    I found some very interesting points in it, such as:
    The housing shortage first emerged as an issue while National was still in Government with a series of reports suggesting that 100,000 more homes were needed ‘immediately’ – which is why Labour selected this figure for their policy.

    Given Labour announced the policy in 2012 it reminds us how long the National Government ignored the problem.
    Shame National ignored the issue and pretended there wasn’t a housing crisis but good of you to post an article clarifying that.

    The article then goes on to say:
    According to a recent NZ Herald article, the top ten housing development companies in New Zealand built over 10,000 new homes last year – a rate at which we’re very close to reaching the KiwiBuild target of 100,000 homes over ten years, but without any Government input or interference.

    But is this true. The article doesn’t show where the developments where or what type they were. Maybe the NZ Herald article didn’t know either. Given they were the top 10 housing developments and from what we know of the social housing developments as discussed with Mommabear a high proportion of these developments were probably HNZ developments so it is wrong to say it was without Government input as in all probability it was the government paying for the developments.

    So the industry capacity is there but the social housing sector is taking up that capacity which may switch to Kiwibuild as the social housing targets are met.

    Cheers 🙂

    #1723652
    doogie
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    hero42

    This is the passage from this report that I totally agree with….

    All of this just serves to reaffirm what many of us already know – that ‘Government planning’ is an oxymoron and that the best thing the Minister could do, to achieve his targets, is to get out of the way and leave the private sector to it. Sadly, that’s unlikely to happen – and the much touted ‘reset’ is more likely to be a whole new raft of misguided interventions and ‘we know best’ platitudes and rhetoric. Lots of noise – but again, no substance.

    It is not the roll of any government thinking they know best  to get involved with the housing building market other than negotiating  and placing an order for the construction of state housing.

    The Kiwi builds dismal failure is a classic example for the state not to get involved in an area that is best left to the free market

    Government and local authorities in the current situation would do better freeing up the logjam of procedures under their control

    #1723655
    doogie
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    Another casualty of Govn. getting involved in the notion they know better than the private market is Bluff & Bluster Twyford’s demise.

    #1723656
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    Doogie
    I can understand that OneRoof who posted the article and earn their living by selling houses would not want to encourage a government scheme that would cut them out of the equation, but that doesn’t make them correct.

    Given they are saying the free market knows best can we really accept that as correct when the free market combined with National’s hands off approach got the country into the housing crisis in the first place.

    However I am surprised to hear you agree that “that ‘Government planning’ is an oxymoron”.

    Are you saying that all the planning that National did was wrong?

    On your point about the logjam of procedures the government are working on that and have already taken action. Something National seem incapable of doing.

    Cheers 🙂

    #1723658
    Hero42
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    I think the cabinet reshuffle is an acknowledgement that what this government is undertaking in the housing area is something that no government has been brave enough to attempt before.

    It is clearly too much for one Minister and has been split three ways.

    The Housing portfolio has been split between Twyford, Megan Woods who will now be responsible for KiwiBuild and Faafoi who will take charge of public housing and tackling homelessness.

    Megan Woods’ new title will be Minister of Housing while Kris Faafoi will become Associate Minister of Housing, and Twyford will keep Urban Development in the Housing portfolio.
    Mr Twyford is also picking up the Economic Development portfolio.

    We know Twyford has done a great job in social housing upping the build rate by over 9 times, something which any CEO in private industry would be lauded for.

    But obviously taking on a task as big as the one the government is attempting to overcome the situation National left them with after years of denial of a housing crisis is just too big for one Minister.

    Good on Jacinda for adjusting the approach.

    Cheers 🙂

    #1723661
    Hero42
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    This is what the Prime Minister said:
    “Minister Twyford will remain in the housing team and share his extensive knowledge with the other Ministers, But there is much work to be delivered in transport where this Government is making the largest ever investment in our roads and public transport infrastructure.”

    Pointing to KiwiBuild, she said: “After nine years of neglect there is a lot to fix in housing. KiwiBuild has not progressed as well or as quickly as we’d hoped or expected.”

    Twyford will also take on David Parker’s Economic Development portfolio. Ardern said Parker will focus on the Government’s “priorities of improving water quality and advancing our trade agenda”.

    New Cabinet Minister Faafoi will now also take on the portfolio of Government Digital Services to complement his existing responsibilities in Commerce, Broadcasting, Communications and Digital Media.

    “Kris Faafoi has done an outstanding job as a Minister outside of Cabinet and now joins the Cabinet based on his performance this term,” Ardern said.

    “I am putting in place a team of senior Ministers to deliver the full breadth of our housing plan, from KiwiBuild right through to tackling homelessness.”

    All ministers will retain their existing Cabinet ranking, and Faafoi will become the 17th ranked Cabinet Minister.

    Cheers 🙂

    #1723662
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    On the subject of the free market knows best this makes an interesting read.

    https://www.newsroom.co.nz/@ideasroom/2019/02/07/429797/planning-a-way-out-of-housing-unaffordability

    Neoliberalism, which champions economic incentives and free markets over government controls, has shaped and framed society and reduced planning to a tool to sustain capital accumulation in urban areas, particularly in the real estate market.

    This has meant that, for the last 40 years, focus has been on planning that attracts financial capital and highly qualified people into big cities with high quality design to maintain or increase the value of land and allocation of land for the highest return.

    But while all this economic growth was focused on urban planning for higher income groups, planning for middle and lower income groups was ignored, and then forgotten.

    The neoliberal idea that a free market automatically fixes unbalances and provides wellbeing for everyone (the trickle-down effect) has proved a fallacy. Setting markets free creates inequality and, in this case, middle to low income groups were not considered with plans and policies that would lead to investment and capital that would provide affordable housing for them. New Zealand economist Shamubeel Eaqub is right when he says we did not provide appropriate housing for the existing demand in the market.

    So I think those who still believe in neoliberalism and “the free market knows best” need to realise that it is time to move on.

    Even adherents of neoliberalism, such as US political scientist Francis Fukuyama, are admitting that neoliberalism has failed to achieve its initial promises.
    In 2016 Nobel prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, in an interview with Business Insider, said “Neoliberalism is dead in both developing and developed countries”.
    Some of the most senior economists of the International Monetary Fund have questioned neoliberalism and its capacity to help economic growth. They argue that neoliberalism generates considerable inequality that “hurts the level and sustainability of growth”.

    Here in New Zealand, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said: “neoliberalism, a political model that favours the free market and minimal state intervention, has failed” adding “my view is that New Zealand has been served well by interventionist governments. It is about making sure that your market serves your people. It’s a poor master but a good servant.”

    Cheers 🙂

    #1723663
    Hero42
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    Mommabear
    That article by Richard Prosser, is that the same Richard Prosser who said in February 2013:
    “If you are a young male, aged between say about 19 and about 35, and you’re a Muslim, or you look like a Muslim, or you come from a Muslim country, then you are not welcome to travel on any of the West’s airlines”
    And
    The rights of New Zealanders’ were being “denigrated by a sorry pack of misogynist troglodytes from Wogistan, threatening our way of life and security of travel in the name of their stone age religion, its barbaric attitudes towards women, democracy, and individual choice”.
    And
    “Abdul” should not be allowed to fly, and should instead “go ride a camel”.

    Cheers 🙂

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