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    After Davos, a reality check for Jacinda Ardern
    2 Feb 2019
    Quote Originally Posted by Stuff
    Ardern arrived back from Davos to a KiwiBuild shambles, an unsettled back office, cancer waiting times, cost of living gripes, state sector strikes, (another) employer backlash over industrial relations reforms, fresh NZ First rumblings, tensions with China, and a bunch of political headaches that are about to land on her desk. As a New York Times headline on Friday showed, even domestic issues can follow you around on the international stage. It noted that, after promising 100,000 houses, Ardern had delivered just 47. Welcome home, prime minister.

    Fixing KiwiBuild, meanwhile, is going to require more than tweaking. It should have been obvious to all that the policy is too big to fail – yet on the evidence so far, that is the road it is headed down. Twyford, like some of Ardern's other underperforming ministers, is on notice. By delaying her Cabinet reshuffle till after the May Budget, she has signalled that it will be more substantive than if she had moved now, as previously signalled. Her back office is in a state of flux, with a number of key staff leaving and others forced to reapply for their jobs as a result of restructuring.
    Wonder how the feelings of wellbeing are, among the PM's office staff?

    That probably contributed to the sense of crisis when a bumbling Twyford filled the political vacuum at the start of the political year by admitting the Government wasn't going to meet its first-year targets for KiwiBuild.
    An after-the-fact admission. That must've been a really difficult thing for Dhil Twitford to figure out!

    Labour's Nation state:

    Broken-down and generally chaotic, inside and out, no valid rego or WoF, and the towing vehicle at the wrong end and facing the wrong way.

    Seems about right.
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    But Ardern is surely fuming that minister Phil Twyford made the admission when he did, that the Government didn't have a hope in hell of reaching its first target now abandoned.
    Having missed its first-year target, the Government has scrapped targets for this election cycle but says it still aims to build 100,000 affordable homes - half of them in Auckland - during the next decade.
    Do Labour really imagine voters will give them extra terms in which to break more BS pre-election promises?

    I wonder how much eager anticipation Dhil Twitford has, as he ponders the Cabinet review, in a few months? Maybe he'll be shuffled off where he can do less damage?
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    Who would take it on though Perry? Bit of a hospital pass right?
    Squadly dinky do!

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    Not really. No one expects it to be a success so it is the perfect portfolio to take on. If it fails you’ve met expectation, if you do better you get the glory.

    In my years in large corporations people would find ways to move into a underperforming business unit knowing that if they turn it around they’re a hero... knowing that the bar has been set low enough you can step over it...it makes careers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Perry View Post
    Do Labour really imagine voters will give them extra terms in which to break more BS pre-election promises?
    They probably do.
    Scary thing is, people will vote for them again.

    But now the PMs CV is padded, expect her to see me on the move by next election with a "so long suckers" bumper sticker.
    Last edited by Perry; 11-02-2019 at 06:58 AM. Reason: fixed typo

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    this week Reserve Bank governor Adrian Orr put it in simple terms as he explained what it meant for KiwiBuild to "crowd out" the private sector.

    "If they [KiwiBuild] were going to build 100 houses, that means that between 50 and 75 houses elsewhere aren't built."

    Because of the slow start, the Reserve Bank warned that so far, KiwiBuild may have sucked up so much resource that the programme may have caused as many houses not to be built as it had completed.

    KiwiBuild was conceived to help those who were pushed out of the housing market, but to a large considerable extent, KiwiBuild is pushing developers out of the market.

    For all that Housing and Urban Development Minister Phil Twyford has said about the housing market not delivering the houses New Zealanders need, the scheme is just adding demand in a market where the constraints are more regulatory than free market failure

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    Ground control to Major Dhil: do you copy?

    Oh, that's right.

    Major Dhil: Ahhh just assumes that's not goin' to happen.

    Now,
    (says Dhil) remind me, where was that sand spit located?

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    16 May 2019
    Quote Originally Posted by Stuff
    High-profile house builder Mike Greer wants the Government to broaden the criteria for KiwiBuild homes to bring in more buyers. Mike Greer Homes has so far built seven KiwiBuild houses in Canterbury. None of have yet sold, while five have been on the market for more than 80 days.
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    Ha, drelly called it perfectly back in 2012, see the very first post in this thread.
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    Labour is struggling to build 50-odd houses.
    This Bunnings - Clever Living outfit is building that many without too many problems:

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/h...es-competition

    And is seems there's other companies able to perform as well.
    Phil Twyford and friends should step aside and encourage private enterprises to go for it if they want to increase the housing stock.
    Instead he's discouraging developers and investors which is increasing the housing shortage.
    None so blind as those who will not see (Stupid people can't see the consequences of their actions).


 

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