We’re building fewer houses than a decade ago? Why is this?

New figures show fewer houses are being built than a decade ago, despite recent increases.

The Statistics New Zealand figures come as concerns mount over a continuing shortage of homes making housing unaffordable for many people.

The statistics cover both residential and non-residential building, and show there was $15 billion worth of construction in 2014, $2.8 billion more than in 2013.

Nearly two thirds of that was in Auckland and Canterbury.

When broken down further, the figures show residential construction has risen steadily since 2011, but was still seven percent lower than its peak in 2004.


We’ve had lots of people with money immigrating to New Zealand over that time who have entered the market.  The demand is there, but somehow we are still building less than we were a decade ago.  We’re building less because…

…because councils are artificially restricting the freeing up of land for development.   There are enough builders, there are enough people wanting houses, and there is enough money sloshing around.  Yet new houses can’t get started at a good rate. Read more »

Police take control of bad tourist drivers

Police suspended a French visitor’s licence on the spot on Monday after he was nabbed doing 93km/h through Hari Hari township.

As a result, he forfeited his rental vehicle and was continuing his holiday using public transport.

Yesterday, a tourist driver was also escorted by police back to Greymouth and had their vehicle confiscated following an incident on the Coast Road near Barrytown. A marked police car witnessed sustained driving by the tourist across double yellow lines.

Hokitika police apprehended a driver yesterday after being handed video evidence of dangerous overtaking on the Awatuna straight on State highway 6. Acting sergeant Paul Watson said a local resident had filmed the dangerous manoeuvre on their dash cam. Read more »

Colin Craig tries to paper over the cracks

Conservative Party leader Colin Craig has dismissed rumours of a leadership challenge and the expulsion of a party member as “a storm in a teacup”.

Mr Craig confirmed that his party was taking “disciplinary action” against board member Larry Baldock, but said he did not expect it to result in expulsion.

The Conservative leader said he had also learned of “murmurings” about a leadership challenge, but he did not know where they came from.

“There are a lot of rumours around the traps,” he said.

The party voted on all positions every year and no one had raised the matter of a new leader at a board meeting on Saturday.


Former Napier candidate Garth McVicar was invited to the meeting by a board member, despite resigning from the party after the election.

Mr McVicar – who returned to his job at the Sensible Sentencing Trust in October – said he turned down the invitation and he had no plans to challenge for the leadership.

Mr Craig said he did not know Mr McVicar had been invited to the board meeting but he presumed it was to give advice on future strategy.

“His input to the party would still be welcome,” he said.

Since the election, chief executive Christine Rankin has stood down but remained on the board and Mr McVicar and board member Leighton Baker have resigned.

Mr Craig said it was common to have some turnover after an election.

There has been quite the power struggle in the Conservative Party since the election, mostly to try and get Colin Craig to leave.  The idea was for Laurence Day to start bankrolling the Conservative Party, get rid of the Craig acolytes, put Garth McVicar in the top spot,  and see what the Conservative Party can achieve without the burden of a megalomaniac control freak at the helm. Read more »

Investigative Journalist Nicky Hager “leaks” more data


Journalist and Dirty Politics author Nicky Hager is expected to [continue to] drip feed spying revelations over the coming days.

They’re based on classified U.S. files leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, and will show the extent of New Zealand’s foreign spying capabilities. Read more »


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Face of the day

 Erna Solberg

Erna Solberg

Erna Solberg  has been leader of the conservative party in Norway since 2004 and became Prime Minister in 2013 making her the second female Prime Minister of Norway.

Solberg has served as a member of the Storting since 1989 and served as Minister of Local Government and Regional Development in Bondevik’s Second Cabinet from 2001 to 2005. In her term as minister, she oversaw the tightening of immigration policy


Interestingly Solberg was not as tough on immigration as she had been portayed as being back then in the media. She was called ” Jern-Erna ” or Iron Erna when she served as the Minister of local government and regional development 2001-2005 because of her alleged tough policies including a firm stance on asylum policy. However according to wiki the numbers show that her government actually let in thousands more asylum seekers than the subsequent centre-left red-Green government.

Even worse in 2003 She proposed introducing Islamic Sharia councils in Norway after she heard of their existence in the United Kingdom.

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Word of the day

The word for today is…

xanthippe (noun) – 1. Any nagging, peevish, or irritable woman.
2. (Biography) the wife of Socrates, proverbial as a scolding and quarrelsome woman

Source : The Free Dictionary

Etymology : also (incorrectly) Xantippe, late 16c., spouse of Socrates (5c. B.C.E.), the prototype of the quarrelsome, nagging wife. The name is related to the masc. proper name Xanthippos, a compound of xanthos “yellow” + hippos “horse”

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 4

15 Don’t even think about it; don’t go that way. Turn away and keep moving.

Wednesday nightCap

Brian Ferguson – archer