The creator of an inexpensive floating water monitor suspects the Government is unwilling to fund a device that would show how bad our water is. Lynn Grieveson reports.
The debate in the political economy is set to be dominated again this week by the Auckland housing supply outlook.
For the convenience of subscribers, here's my weekend column in which I pray, along with the Reserve Bank and the Government, that the Unitary Plan now before the Auckland Council will not blow up in everyone's faces.
Nick Smith was certainly right to describe yesterday's National Policy Statement (NPS) on Urban Development Capacity as no 'silver bullet', given the reaction from all and sundry. The phrase 'firing blanks' was used by the Government's supporters and critics alike.
Nick Smith has just released his proposed National Policy Statement (NPS) on Urban Development Capacity that would require high growth Councils such as the Auckland Council to release 15% more developable land than it is forecast to need over the long term in an attempt to prevent a repeat of the quadrupling of land prices seen there in the last 25 years.
Auckland housing and infrastructure will take centre stage later this morning when Nick Smith releases the Government's well-trumpeted National Policy Statement (NPS) on Urban Development Capacity in Wellington and John Key will turn the first sod on the City Rail Link with Len Brown in Auckland.
The Labour-Green announcement of an agreement to cooperate ahead of the 2017 election on some policies and in some electorates dominated the news around Parliament yesterday afternoon. The details were in the Hive News alert sent yesterday and are repeated below.
The Government has ramped up its drive to force Auckland Council to release more land for housing.
John Key yesterday revived hopes for a big tax cut announcement next year in the wake of last week's comments from Bill English downplaying the prospects because of the need to instead pay for population growth and debt reduction.