New Housing and Transport Minister Phil Twyford tells Bernard Hickey the Government has big plans to change the way Auckland's multi-billion dollar light rail projects will be paid for -- by motorists and property developers.
In today's email for Newsroom Pro subscribers, we look at how the Recognised Seasonal Employer scheme could be expanded to include construction and tourism. We also include a fresh estimate that Auckland's housing shortage is headed over 50,000 and the latest on Auckland house prices from QV and Barfoot and Thompson, along with the usual quotes and numbers of the day and a couple of fun things.
With John Key away in New York to chair the UN Security Council this week, Bill English is in charge at home and having to deal with the questions over last week's near-death experience for its governing agreement with the Maori Party over the Kermadec Marine Sanctuary.
National Accounts published yesterday showed the overall economy grew at the third fastest rate in the OECD in the June quarter.
The Maori Party yesterday came as close as it ever has to walking away from its confidence and supply agreement that has kept National in power for eight years.