There’s a market, but it’s not a mass market.
Wasn't TV1's news division like that before the broadcasting reforms of 1988?
If you want a good idea of how to package complex issues like CGT, the housing bubble, and the TPPA for the layperson, the Aussies seem to have one with "Roy" in a new climate change campaign.
Such messages would probably be most effective towards the 'low-info' set. It's probably not going to sway those already "gaming the system" - they've simply got too many eggs in the speculative basket to see anything other than attempts to make them surrender wealth and power voluntarily.
Unless the housing bubble simply becomes too big to ignore - or politically manage, for that matter - it'll likely take something cataclysmic to get anything done - as in World War or Great Depression cataclysmic.
Fat wallets = bigger PR budget = bigger ability to make shit up and get away with it.
It may actually make sense for us to cash up and leave Auckland when the time comes.
A long-time family friend of mine has lived in Massey for the last few years, and he said in a Skype conversation last week that he'd be back in Wellington in an instant were it not for his science-related job. In the meantime, he's holding his nose and putting up with the whole rat-race thing.
Something has to be done. But property speculators collectively in NZ are more powerful than an upper house or senate. A de facto House of Lords, much?
Most agree the CEO of Barfoot & Thompson has been living in a fallout shelter. And to Artemisia: if you don't mind me asking, how many properties do you own?
Herald readers said Thompson was out of touch, had ignored high student loans, the hardship of saving $100,000 on a low wage, being out-paced by house price rises, complained about foreign buyers pushing up prices and too many landlords.
Eaqub said there was no quick fix to the over-valued housing market.
"Whether house prices spiral up or down, the impacts of the necessary policy solutions will not be seen immediately.
"No one single change will be enough," he said.
Shamubeel Eaqub says housing will become more affordable when there is:
• Rental policy reform to make being a tenant a viable alternative to ownership.
• Easing of planning and other rules which restrain land and house supply.
• Better funding options to efficiently supply infrastructure for new land.
In any case, a modest non-resident stamp duty would be a partial solution - non-residents would not be banned outright from buying houses, they'll just have to pay for the privilege of doing so.
That might not be enough to completely solve overcrowding in those areas, but it would probably make a big dent in it. So why aren’t these overcrowded folk conditions moving in to these places?
Could it be because the rent for those places is out of their financial reach?
Hooton. Really? Why does this man continue to get a platform as though he were a legit commentator? Was the Mouth of Sauron unavailable?
There's an art knowing when to give the guilty parties enough rope to tie themselves up.
I seriously think that other "mega cities" need to be created in other parts of the country. Even on the south of the Bombays would be useful.
NZ might be able to handle maybe 3 of these "mega-cities" - Auckland, Wellington, and Christchurch. It'd be even more feasible if the aerospace industry can develop planes that can carry ATR/B737/A320 passenger volumes over B747/A380 distances.