Penny Hulse

So desperate for sections they are sleeping in cars?

Apparently buyers started lining up in Beachlands to buy a house section, and spent the night sleeping in their car so they could score a section.

Apparently there is nothing to buy and people are becoming desperate enough to sleep in their cars to be first in line.

Auckland’s property market has become so frantic that desperate home-buyers have resorted to sleeping in cars overnight in the hope of securing one of 12 sections when they go up for sale this morning.

Due to high demand, the release of the third stage of sections at the new Ti Toki Lanes subdivision in Beachlands has been done on a first-in, first-served basis.

The site opens at 9am today and interested parties have been given a ticket prioritising their right to purchase a section, priced from $425,000, in order of their vehicle arrival.

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The 15 councillors that need voting out after imposing a poll tax on Auckland

Yesterday 15 councillors and unelected Maori representatives, including Len Brown voted to increase Aucklanders rates by 9.9% despite promises from Len Brown to limit rates rises to just 2.5%.

These are the 15 who need rinsing at next year’s local body elections. They are dead to citizens of Auckland. Useless. A waste of space. If only we had recall legislation.

Mayor Len Brown, deputy mayor Penny Hulse, Penny Webster, Arthur Anae, Cathy Casey, Bill Cashmore, Linda Cooper, Chris Darby, Alf Filipaina, Chris Fletcher, Mike Lee, Calum Penrose, Wayne Walker and Maori Statutory Board members David Taipari and Glen Wilcox voted for the increase.

These people need to be voted out.

They are completely out of touch with the feelings of the ratepayers. Those ratepayers need to ensure they are never in the position to rape our pockets again.

Those who votes against should be rewarded.

Cameron Brewer, Ross Clow, Denise Krum, Dick Quax, Sharon Stewart, John Watson and George Wood voted against the rises.

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Phil Twyford and Labour working with Auckland Council to stiff National’s affordable housing policy

Phil Twyford was busy on Red Radio this morning with a pseudo soft talking rhetoric about how hard it is for Auckland Council to build infrastructure and calling for the Government to pay up for the pipes and roads and public transport to service it.

There have been rumours about the traps that Labour is running thick with Auckland Council, especially Penny Hulse, to stiff the housing accord and to get the initiative to fail.

And one doesn’t need to wear a tin-foil hat to theorise a conspiracy to work complicitly together. Labour don’t want National to be successful and poo poo anything National comes up with (including things they might have done themselves). And the Auckland Council is desperate to thwart the greenfield expansion of the CBD because it undermines their goals to build a compact city.

Plus they are all pinko mates. So of course they will work together.  Read more »

War with Auckland Council

Nick Smith and Penny Hulse have traded blows in the last 24 hours over the affordable housing.

A few weeks back I revealed that the Auckland Council had suspended processing Special Housing Area Consents – the consents that will deliver more homes and affordable homes under the Government’s HARSHA legislation.

At first they wouldn’t admit it, then yesterday Penny Hulse admitted that they had suspended consents, were looking at 40 odd other sites to suspend and don’t want any greenfield subdivisions. They want brownfield intensification. Council thinks it costs too much to build the connecting infrastructure. Boo hoo but also not true according to their own reports.

Nick has jumped in on Auckland Council and told them to process the consents or the Government will do it for them. About bloody time. He also told them to stop reducing their infrastructure budgets to stiff the Housing Accord.

Housing Minister Nick Smith is reminding Auckland Council of Government’s power to override local government if it does not co-operate on speeding up the supply of affordable housing.

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I can’t stand this: Deputy Mayor suddenly has the solution

Auckland’s deputy mayor is calling for a cross-party housing accord to solve Auckland’s housing crisis.

It comes as new figures reveal only 9 percent of properties built in Auckland last year were so-called affordable.

The development in Hobsonville is often seen as the poster child of affordable housing in Auckland.

The problem is developers can’t build homes there fast enough.

“Number one over the last four years [is] we’ve absorbed a city the size of Tauranga in the Auckland region and that’s creating the problem,” says Penny Hulse, Auckland’s deputy mayor.

Last year alone Auckland’s population grew by 50,000, requiring an extra 20,000 houses.

Only 5500 were built, and just 9 percent of them were what the Government calls affordable homes – those valued under $500,000.

“It’s not enough. Ten percent is not okay in Auckland,” Ms Hulse says. “It means that housing and owning a house is not a future that every Aucklander can expect to be a part of.”

Hulse is planning to run for mayor, but nobody bothers to ask what she has done over the years to solve this problem.   She was part of the idiots that created the artificial supply of land that caused everything to slow down and prices to rocket.   Read more »

Council’s Port conundrum leaked

The Ports of Auckland reclamation is going from bad to worse for Auckland Council as it turns out that the Council has received plenty of advice about what activity status to apply to future reclamation.

A secret legal opinion shows Auckland Council could have pushed for tougher rules against port expansion into Waitemata Harbour.

Instead, the council has voted to ease the rules for reclamation, handing Ports of Auckland a huge victory in its latest quest to reclaim 3ha of seabed for a giant carpark.

The backdown, led by Mayor Len Brown and his deputy Penny Hulse, has led to a public outcry and a protest at Queens Wharf organised for tomorrow.

Prominent guardians of the city’s commerce, environment and culture including Rob Fyfe, Lady Pippa Blake, Barbara Kendall and Neil Finn are among 110 people to have signed an open letter urging the port company to “stop stealing our harbour”.

Councillors have been gagged from talking about the legal opinion and bureaucrats refused to release it to the Weekend Herald under the Official Information Act.

The Weekend Herald has been leaked a copy of the legal opinion by lawyer Ian Cowper, which says the council can push for tougher, “non-complying” rules in the draft Unitary Plan, the new planning rulebook for the Super City.

Mr Cowper, a specialist in regional and coastal policies, was asked for an opinion after the port company took exception to the council inserting “non-complying” rules into the first draft of the Unitary Plan in 2013.

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Lenny No Mates

Len Brown has no mates, despite his protestations.

Auckland Mayor Len Brown has lost the backing of key members of his campaign team, who are turning their attention to other left-leaning candidates at next year’s local body elections.

The Herald has learned of a meeting last month where key campaign and mayoral advisers delivered the “blunt message” to Mr Brown that he has no chance of winning and should step down.

Mr Brown was told he would receive no financial backing, political support or volunteers to erect billboards and deliver pamphlets for a campaign where his sex life would be centre stage.    Read more »

Land-owners let down by politicians in kauri case

Politicians are a scary prospect at times.

We vote for them to run our cities and country and it appears that they don’t understand the law one bit.

If you’re gonna be a politician – at least get to know the laws of the land just so you don’t look like a prize goose when you mouth off about an issue or try to look like you’re doing something about it.

The Great Titirangi Kauri Tree caper has to be one of those moments when we collectively wonder just how bright our civic and national leaders are.

They all rushed out there, held meetings and expressed concern for the said tree, whilst openly stating they were trying to do something about it.

The fact is, there was and is no legal grounds on which they politicians could resolve the issue.

The Resource Consent can’t be revoked. Most likely a Judicial Review on process would fail to pass the required threshold test to succeed and so everyone was powerless to do anything at all.  Read more »

Len Brown breaks yet another promise, ratchets rates ever higher

Len Brown has become the lying Mayor.

Another of his election promises has gone by the wayside as his council keeps on increasing rates rather than reining in spending.

Auckland Council’s budget committee has voted 16-7 for a proposal to increase rates by 3.5 per cent for each year of a new 10-year budget.

The proposal got the backing of Mayor Len Brown, who promised voters to hold rates at 2.5 per cent this term.

This is on top of the massive rates rises of the last 3 years, some way more than 10% but capped under now expired legislation. Remember too that this is average rates rises of 3.5%, there will be some with even higher rates rises.

These are the tax, spend and hope councillors.

For a 3.5 per cent increase: Len Brown, Penny Webster, Arthur Anae, Cathy Casey, Bill Cashmore, Ross Clow, Linda Cooper, Chris Darby, Alf Filipaina, Penny Hulse, Mike Lee, Calum Penrose, John Walker, Wayne Walker and Maori Statutory Board members David Taipari and John Tamihere.

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Auckland’s councillors are revolting

Well, not all of them, but certainly enough to put Len Brown’s pet project in jeopardy.

The $2.4 billion City Rail Link could be deferred until 2020 because of mounting concerns by councillors about its impact on rates, debt and big cuts to community services.

A number of councillors are having second thoughts about an early start on the rail project and support deferring work until the Government comes on board with funding in 2020.

Auckland Mayor Len Brown has locked $2.2 billion into a new 10-year budget to begin work on the 3.5km underground rail link in 2016 and completed by 2021.

On Wednesday, all 20 councillors and the mayor will debate the budget and make decisions on the rail project for public consultation.

One commenter notes:

The best news from the article is that councillors seem to be backing away from the train set – with luck Len’s folly will be initially deferred and later abandoned without fanfare.

And another comments:

Had a quick look. Finally it seems like ‘the people of Auckland are getting mad enough and therefore loud enough to be heard. Reading between the lines it seems like the counsellors have decided they would rather get re-elected and keep their jobs than support someone (Lenny) who is going to lose.

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