Articles tagged Unitary Plan

John Key, who said soon after his re-election in 2014 that this term would be focused on reducing child poverty, came under pressure yesterday to accept the call from new Children's Commissioner and former Principal Youth Court Judge Andrew Becroft to target a reduction in a specific child poverty measure.

The introduction of Auckland's Unitary Plan and a long-hoped-for surge in housing supply faces the prospect of yet more delay after around 100 appeals were lodged against the plan in the Environment Court and the High Court by Friday afternoon's deadline. The appeals included many from heavy hitters with significant legal budgets and years of experience in challenging planning legislation through the Environment and High Courts.

For the convenience of subscribers, here's my weekend column in which I argue a land tax and/or targeted rates would change the expectations of unending tax-free capital gains with low holding costs that is driving a frenzy of land-banking in Auckland.