What about the so-called ‘Housing Crisis’?

According to Brian Fallow and other number crunchers it seems there isn’t much of a crisis after all.

The Auckland Council reckons Auckland is 20,000 to 30,000 dwellings short of what it needs. The New Zealand Institute of Economic Research begs to differ, putting the shortfall at just 5000.

Census figures released last week suggests NZIER is closer to the mark.

What a surprise…Len Brown’s council misleading us all again.

Auckland’s “usually resident” population on Census night was up 110,000 on the previous count seven years earlier – significantly slower growth than expected.  

You might bump that up to 116,000 to allow for Aucklanders temporarily overseas and an under-count of around 2 per cent.

Divide by the average number of Aucklanders per dwelling – three – and the city needed 39,000 new dwellings to house the increase in its population between the two Censuses.

The actual increase in occupied dwellings, the Census found, was 34,000.

Despite the slower growth, and the disappearing shortage Len Brown still bangs on about the unitary plan and the need for intensification…anyone would think he has interests in companies that build apartments such is his insistence.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.