For every new house we build for homeless people, we have to bury 50 all blacks


As Auckland struggles with a housing crisis and the subsequent scramble to build enough homes at an affordable price, there’s a hidden cost.

An average house build in New Zealand creates up to five tonnes of waste. Auckland Council wants 422,000 new homes built in the city by 2040 – that’s up to 2.1 million tonnes of construction rubbish going straight to landfills around the region.

The phrase “Jump the shark” came from a TV Series where they  had run out of story ideas.  In Happy Days, the Fonz took to water skis and jumped over a shark.  It was so absurd and desperate, “Jumping the shark” has become embedded as a saying.

Media are so desperate for new angles on Auckland’s housing that we now find ourselves being told we have to feel guilty about 5 tonnes of waste being created for every new house build.

Or, as the Newshub graphic explains – for every house we build, we need to bury 50 All Blacks.

I hereby want to coin the phrase “Bury the All Blacks” for the specific situation where media are at a loss how to package up a long running story and they have run out of angles.

Auckland will apparently need 422,000 new homes in less than 25 years.  This will create waste that has to go somewhere.  But then 422,000 households will need water, electricity, roading, pools, shops, food, education, health care…

Can you not see how irresponsible it is to make new houses?

(I’m just following the natural logic here)

Let’s leave those homeless people on the street.  This is clearly better for the environment.


– Matthew Hutching, Newshub


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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.