Bernard Hickey reports on the elephant in the room of the Auckland housing debate: land prices need to fall sharply to make housing affordable, and that's what the Government is quietly working to achieve.
In today's email, the predicted special purpose vehicles finally arrive.
Communications and IT Minister Amy Adams released the full EY report on Chorus on Saturday, showing Chorus and the Crown Fibre Holdings will somehow have to find NZ$200 million to NZ$250 million to keep the UFB rollout on track.
Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Amy Adams has directed Chorus and Crown Fibre Holdings to start tweaking their Ultra Fast Broadband (UFB) rollout agreement so Chorus can still deliver the same breadth of network on time and within the NZ$1.35 billion "fiscal envelope" set by the Government.
National 's coalition supporters, the Maori Party, ACT and Peter Dunne , have all said they will oppose any legislative moves to over-rule the Commerce Commission 's price reductions for copper broadband. The parliamentary block has forced the Government to look at non-legislative moves to help Chorus overcome what it says is a financial block to its Ultra Fast Broadband rollout.
Amy Adams announced an independent review of Chorus ' finances on Thursday and warned the company it was expected to meet its UFB rollout obligations. Shareholders hoping for a more immediate and conciliatory intervention from the government slammed Chorus' shares another 8% down to a record low.