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…

Overseas buyers not a big problem in Auckland says Nick Smith

Overseas radio advertisements for NZ property are claiming that foreign purchasers can count on collecting half the weekly wages (about $500) off renters. The ads are being run in Singapore, China and Malaysia. Singapore’s 90.5 Gold radio station plays the ad, asking listeners: “How would you like the people in New Zealand to give you…