Auckland Councillors have approved an 11.5 cent a litre regional fuel tax to fund transport projects - but with impassioned criticism from some councillors who say the poorest citizens will be disproportionately affected.
When Auckland's big power pylons first went up they were over green fields. Planners hadn't anticipated that 70 or so years later development would be so intense that high voltage lines would be humming over homes - to the extent that the legs of pylons have been used as retaining walls. Now Transpower is trying to anticipate future problems.
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Auckland Council has voted in favour regional fuel tax to fund transport infrastructure in the city. The council voted 15-2 in favour of an 11.5 cent increase in fuel excise for the Auckland region.
Back by popular demand, here's the 8 things that mattered in our political economy in the (short) week that was, along with Weekend Reads at bottom.
In an effort to chip away at New Zealand’s “40,000” homeless, the Labour-led Government has announced a raft of new state house building projects - with about 240 new homes due to be completed over the next two years.
Housing Minister Phil Twyford has released a report he commissioned into the housing crisis, saying it revealed a significant but unknown number of 'floating' households who were unable to access state, emergency or community housing.
In today's email we previewed the report into the housing crisis due out this morning.
The Government is set to introduce legislation to ban foreign buyers from buying existing homes and to force them to sell any new homes or apartments that they build.
New Zealand mayors have talked up the benefits of increased collaboration with their Chinese counterparts, while steering clear of concerns about a soft power push from China.