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California has a larger GDP than any other country except for China, Japan, Germany and the UK. (Source)
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All eyes will be on Auckland Council tomorrow as they respond to the Independent Hearings Panel’s proposed Unitary Plan, says ACT Leader David Seymour.
“Prospective homebuyers have already waited too long for a workable solution to Auckland’s housing shortage,” says Mr Seymour.
“We know that homeowners in the centre of the city are not opposed to intensification and in some cases welcome it, but they have specific, and in my view legitimate, concerns over school zones and funding, congestion, and community character.
“In order to balance these issues Auckland Council will need to abandon their war on city expansion and stop banning development at the fringe. We already have a home shortage of 32,000 so strong action is essential.
“The Council has had five years to produce a plan. The process to date has been disastrous with u-turns, flip flops, and unelected bureaucrats attempting to publicly undermine elected Councillors.
“Councillors must now take charge. If they find it all too hard, then they’ll need to step aside and allow the Government to legislate for them. Read more »
Anika Moa says she’s gunning for Paul Henry and Mike Hosking after getting funding approved for her very own talk show.
The Kiwi musician has been granted $641,549 of NZ On Air funding to make 10 half-hour episodes of All Talk With Anika Moa, to screen on Maori Television. Read more »
A correction in house prices is looming as the number of homes being built reaches a record high, says economic forecaster Infometrics
It predicts house prices will continue to rise, but only until December 2017.
After that they could fall by 11 percent over the period until September 2019, particularly in the regions outside Auckland.
Infometrics chief forecaster Gareth Kiernan said despite very strong house price growth right now “you are going to get to a position where you do have an oversupply of property at the same time as population growth will be slowing”.
Earlier, Infometrics predicted that building approvals would increase rapidly, rising to about 40 percent up on current numbers by 2018. Read more »