Why is Auckland infrastructure so hard?

OK, so Auckland is a bogged down disaster. That’s plain and simple. What’s harder to understand is the inability of governments to understand why it is bogged down, and how to fix the problem. The Auckland Council is reported to have 400 planners on its staff. If this is so, then they should all have to…

National’s Housing Minister Nick Smith as slippery as always

Nick Smith is proud of increases in building consents. New building consent figures released today by Statistics New Zealand confirm the strong progress being made in increasing housing supply, particularly in Auckland and Christchurch, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says. “These positive signs follow a general pattern of strong growth that has continued…