Housing Minister Phil Twyford has released the terms of reference for a report into Housing NZ's response to meth-contaminated state houses.
The Opposition is dismissing the new ministry to tackle the housing crisis as just “rearranging the deck chairs”, but the Government says it will be an effective way to sharpen the focus on housing
The Government has announced it will create a standalone housing ministry, as it seeks to deliver on its big promises to address the housing crisis.
The government announced a key step towards fulfilment of one of its coalition agreement promises, committing $500,000 for a study into the potential to upgrade and expand rail services north of Auckland, including a new spur line to connect Whangarei's Northport to the rail system.
The possibility of rejuvenating the rail line north of Auckland will be investigated as part of the latest tranche of announcements from the Provincial Growth Fund.
Housing Minister Phil Twyford has apologised to people affected by the meth testing saga, but has stopped short of offering compensation - for now.
A meth testing bombshell shook the real estate industry, a leaked MPI report uncovered under-reporting of almost 3,000 tonnes of Southern Blue Whiting fishing, Heather Simpson returned to the heart of the Government's reform plans, Donald Trump re-escalated his trade war with China and the Eurozone debt crisis returned with a vengeance overnight.
A report into the methamphetamine contamination levels of New Zealand homes has found that most homes that test positive contain safe levels of methamphetamine.
Here are the eight news events that mattered this week in New Zealand's political economy.
May 28 decision - Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said yesterday the Government and industry leaders would have to make a decision within seven days on whether to try to keep eradicating mycoplasma bovis, or whether to accept it is here to stay and manage its effects. A final decision looks set to be made at next Monday's cabinet meeting, which is just four days before the June 1 'Gypsy Day' when sharemilkers move thousands of cows around the country.