- #1725431Hero42MemberMember since: July 18, 2008
Replies: 11989Hero42 July 18, 2019 at 4:34 pm
I am not overlooking the number of houses build under the Kiwibuild scheme but unlike you I am looking at the total number of houses built by this government and include the nine times factor increase in social housing built compared to the previous government.
I know you have said you aren’t going to include these numbers as you only want to focus on Kiwibuild but if we are talking about the number of new houses built, which I think we are now, then we should include them.
Cheers 🙂#1725434Hero42MemberMember since: July 18, 2008
Replies: 11989Hero42 July 18, 2019 at 4:40 pm
I agree Meng Foon is a good choice.
Six terms as Gisborne Mayor shows he has the political knowledge.
He’s fluent in four languages, Māori, Seyip, Cantonese and English, and he’s learning Mandarin.
He is a former president of the New Zealand Chinese Association.
It will be interesting to watch how he handles the role.
Cheers 🙂#1725445gabyoneMemberMember since: November 13, 2008
Replies: 2741gabyone July 18, 2019 at 6:37 pm
It seems to me Meng Foon has proven himself ideal for the race relationship role. Certainly hope to see him succeed in that difficult role.
Gabyone Auckland region#1725461paulinem July 18, 2019 at 10:29 pmShane Jones appeals for OIO rules changes to protect Kiwi economic assets
Posted on 18 July, 2019
NZ First MP and Cabinet Minister Shane Jones says changes to the Overseas Investment Office (OIO) rules are needed to protect Kiwis from governance failures. His comments stem from the recent sale of a Westland dairy cooperative to China, and says without reforms Fonterra could follow suit.
Backed into a corner, farmer-owners, convinced by their farmer directors, recently voted to sell to China’s Yili conglomerate. Under the current rules, the $588 million deal only now needs approval from the High Court, after receiving OIO approval and the support of Westland Milk’s farmer-owners.
The move disappointed many, and Minister Jones said that New Zealanders “need to be able to rely on the Government to ensure the OIO regime does not empower farmers to continue to sell our nation’s birthright”. Though he does not want to blame Yili investors who Mr. Jones said, “were simply obeying the OIO rules”.
“But I, as steward of the Provincial Growth Fund, was never approached (by Westland directors) as to whether or not we could look at restructuring and help shore up that company. That was never an option put to us,” the Minister added.
Warning New Zealanders of what could happen in the future, Mr. Jones says that we Kiwis should ask ourselves how much of our dairy industry we want to alienate to foreigners.
“Obviously farmers want it to happen or they wouldn’t have voted for it,” he added.#1725462doogieMemberMember since: March 27, 2006
Replies: 6411doogie July 19, 2019 at 6:52 am
Nine fold means nothing without fact and figures, not just political creativover the laste numbers.
Labours self set target of KiwiBuild home of 1,000 (2.7 per day) from 1st July 1918 has fallen short by 100% with no homes available for occupation over the last 383 days#1725466phun83179MemberMember since: November 19, 2013
Replies: 28phun83179 July 19, 2019 at 11:45 am
Its quite simple: farmers were voting with their wallets!
Mr. Jones will know that, but at the risk of alienating farmers, he didn’t say it in as many words.
Greed will trump any hand, every time!
phun83179#1725467paulinem July 19, 2019 at 11:49 am
Hero please ignore Doogie and Mommabear posts as they are incredibly BORING with their constant moan and moan about kiwibuild. If you dont reply to them then the topic will die as the only ones interested are them selves
Meanwhile if their topic dies due to no interest then the interesting grownups will then come forward and discuss topics such as why are we expected to be paying for urgent in need cancer treatment ? I mean isnt this why we pay good taxes for to ensure get good free health care when we need it ?#1725468phun83179MemberMember since: November 19, 2013
Replies: 28phun83179 July 19, 2019 at 11:54 am
I have read a lot of “banter”, facts, figures and the like about KiwiBuild and about building more house than we have been for the last 20 years.
The houses that I have seen pictured in the press are the wrong sort of houses!
Not one of the examples I have seen would be what I would want to live in if I had ,say, a family with two or three children.
I have also been inside similar examples in recent years, they are getting close to be mansions!
So, as long as the Government goes down the road it is so intent on following, unless they admit the original idea would never have worked and is failure, then we can forget about “affordable” housing and “X” number of house in “Y” number of years!
phun83179#1725471doogieMemberMember since: March 27, 2006
Replies: 6411doogie July 19, 2019 at 12:36 pm
Mother superior once again is dictating the rules on grownups. What she is saying is that you must not bag the government for their dismal failures. You hero42 are the chosen golden haired supporter of government and don’t get included by mother superior but instead get given some motherly advice, that’s nice.
This is a political thread and the situation of KiwiBuild is very political.#1725475paulinem July 19, 2019 at 1:00 pm
Yes Phun you are correct re greed overrides NZ interest in the sale of Westland Dairy co-op. This sale to China will see the profit from this company going to the Chinese economy not the NZ economy. The OIA was deliberately set up to disencourage ownership of our important income assets going to overseas ownership. This was set up early last century as overseas ownership was seriously risking this country’s economy to bankruptcy as the considerable profit been made from these overseas ownerships was boosting the owners overseas economy and not remaining in NZ to support our own economy.
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