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  • SwissKiwi
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    No new building + leaky building + more people + earthquake = expensive houses.


    Hows that?


    They will take a year and loads of money - so I'm sure their conclusions will be quite different...

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  • Keithw
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    Time to retire I think Egan123
    I must confess to having similar feelings of contritian, dispair, disbelief (although I should know by now that we should never be surprised at the idiocy of Govt actions )

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  • egan123
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    I NEVER THOUGHT I'D SAY THIS, BUT, I GIVE UP, What a load of tripe, and waste of OUR money. Someone, please, shoot the messanger. I WANT OUT. Oh My G, Oh also, don't forget to give the committe large salarys, then drop the rate, and wait for them to go to court to argue that they need the rate agreed to, SOUND FAMILIAR, LIKE THE MAORI BOARD.

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  • cube
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    And by the way, the NZ Freight Industry is one of the lowest margin industries around - only economies of scale allow the likes of Mainfreight, Freightways and CourierPost make any money!

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  • cube
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    Originally posted by Keithw View Post
    Oh great, another committee with no members on it that actually relate to the subject
    "lets see now, its an election year, so if we make it look like we are doing something but not get the results until after the election, that should score us some votes."
    Don't worry, there will be a leaked 'preliminary findings' report in October that will say that high property prices are the fault of 'investors' (i.e. speculators') and that a CGT should be considered - a recommendation that will then be quietly dropped from the final report.

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  • PeterEmpowerEd
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    I saw a comment in discussion on another site which must remain nameless ...

    Originally posted by the_dc
    Next up ... a commission to investigate where the sun goes at night.
    Funny!

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  • Keithw
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    Oh great, another committee with no members on it that actually relate to the subject
    "lets see now, its an election year, so if we make it look like we are doing something but not get the results until after the election, that should score us some votes."

    & just to be sure we will have committee members that have totally screwed things up in the past (Treasury),

    someone that really knows their stuff about the public sector - ie not in any way related to the private sector housing market or export market, except in that they know how to be totally obstructive to it, - oh & be sure not to get any council "Planners" involved

    & an expert in management because our high cost of housing must be due to mismanagement of the building industry & high transport costs must be due to mismanagement of freight companies !!!!
    Last edited by Keithw; 01-04-2011, 10:02 AM.

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  • TheLiberalLeft
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    What makes this a laughable exercise is that the people who should be happy are moaning b/c they see it as report for the Act boys.

    I'll go out on a limb and say there'll be no discernable change as a result of this report. You heard it here first.

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  • Davo36
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    What We Need is Another Report

    Houses are expensive. What to do about it? Yep, let's all pay for yet another report!


    Govt orders investigation to housing cost




    MARTIN KAY


    A DRAG: Finance Minister Bill English says the cost of housing can hurt the economy.


    The Government has ordered a new body aimed at boosting economic performance to investigate the cost of housing. The Productivity Commission, set up under National's governing agreement with ACT, has been asked to report on issues including the cost of building a home, the efficiency of taxes, levies and charges and the impact of Government regulations.
    The commission has also been told to inquire into international freight transport services, including transport costs and port charges.
    The areas are the first two to be investigated by the commission, which is closely modelled on a similar body in Australia.
    Finance Minister Bill English said the areas had a bearing on New Zealand's export competitiveness.
    The cost of housing could have implications including higher interest rates, which in turn could lead to a higher dollar, making New Zealand's exports more expensive to overseas buyers. Freight charges also impact on the cost of exports.
    English said the Government was concerned about the sharp rise in house prices during the past decade and the resulting decline in housing affordability and home-ownership rates and large increases in household debt.
    ''That accumulation of debt has made the New Zealand economy more vulnerable to external shocks like the global financial crisis. It has also most likely contributed to higher interest and exchange rates, raising the cost of capital for businesses and reducing exporters' returns.''
    The inquiry into international freight would look at issues including the effectiveness and efficiency of existing infrastructure and rules and regulations.
    Regulations Review Minister and ACT leader Rodney Hide said boosting export returns was critical to greater productivity in New Zealand and increasing economic performance.
    English and Hide also announced the appointment of two new commissioners to work alongside commission chairman Murray Sherwin.
    They are former Treasury secretary and past ACT candidate Graham Scott, who is now executive chairman of Southern Cross Advisers Ltd, a company specialising in public sector reform, and Victoria University management school head Sally Davenport.
    The commission formally begins its work tomorrow.
    The housing inquiry report is due by February 1 next year and the freight inquiry by April 1, 2012.



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