It’s Auckland Council’s fault that people in Auckland live in cars and garages.

People living in cars is a grossly over exaggerated story.

And how do we know how many were in cars 10 years ago? No statistics to back the claims.

However people to do live in garages. South Auckland is rife with converted garages.

So who is to blame?

I can’t see how the  blame can be directed at the Government. The reality is that Auckland Council is to blame – and here is how:  

– setting urban limits that restrict growth;
– that has directly caused house prices to escalate into the stratosphere;
– which has caused landlords to increase rents;
– and people on low incomes get forced to group together in larger family groups in properties with converted garages.

But it’s also made worse by Council meddling with  transformation projects.

The best way to resolve housing issues is for more houses to be built. More houses reduces the cost to rent (supply and demand) which makes it easier for people to get out of over crowded housing into something better.

The problem is that Auckland is in crisis because Auckland Council is making it impossible for housing to be built.

Labour and the media party are unwilling to bash Council. Yet bashing Council is a vote winner. Because everyone knows they are to blame and more importantly – everyone hates them.

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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. 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 who takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

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

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