It's like deja vu all over again for the Auckland housing market and the conditions are now in place for another post-election surge. Bernard Hickey surveys the real estate and political landscape and finds Bill English just lit the fuse for another boom if the Government is re-elected in its current form and a rudderless Reserve Bank loses its nerve.
In today's email, the focus is on how water is shaping up as one of the hot election topics.
In today's email we detail how Ministry of Health CEO Cai Chuah ignored his own MInister's advice.
The Government has watered down its plans to tighten rules for temporary work visas, but dairy farmers remain unhappy because 60 percent of their migrant workers will still have to leave after three years and can't bring their families with them, Bernard Hickey reports.
Immigration Minister Michael Woodhouse has announced a slight weakening of new rules aimed at discouraging low-skilled temporary migrants after employers complained they would not be able to find enough workers to grow their businesses.
In today's email we find out why October 12 may be a very important date, and we take an in-depth look at infrastructure funding and how the migration tweaks may themselves be tweaked as a result of industry lobbying.
The regions have flexed their muscles and forced the Government to row back on its immigration policy. But how hard will it row, and who will be the winners and losers?
In today's email, the predicted special purpose vehicles finally arrive.
In today's email we look at the latest REINZ House Price Index as well as warnings about the potential economic effects of a crackdown on migration.
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.