For the convenience of subscribers, here's my weekly column in which I say New Zealand's risk-averse savers would dearly love to invest in infrastructure bonds to fund Auckland's growth. The Auckland Council and the Government should help make that happen.
When I was a political reporter in Canberra in the mid-1990s I stumbled across an Australian phrase that was often used in politics there, and most often by Paul Keating. He used to say that when he was putting the heat on someone he was 'putting the blow torch to their bellies'.
Environment and Housing Minister Nick Smith has fired the opening salvo in the Government's renewed push to reform the Resource Management Act now that it only needs the vote of David Seymour to pass a new Act. Smith proposed sweeping reforms focused on improving housing affordability by removing obstacles for housing developers. Here's my initial view.
Housing Minister and new Environment Minister Nick Smith has argued in his first public comments about RMA reform since the election that the current Act has been largely responsible for the rapid escalation in house prices in Auckland.