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A holiday.
62% (150 votes)
A wedding.
27% (65 votes)
A house.
5% (13 votes)
A car.
5% (11 votes)
Education.
2% (4 votes)
Total voters: 243

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Housing Affordability

English eyes more state house sales

New Housing NZ Minister Bill English plans to ramp up Housing NZ sales to accelerate social housing reforms and boost affordable housing supply

Plenty of affordable homes in Auckland

An Auckland Council report finds almost 40% of Auckland homes sold last year were affordable for first home buyers

Capitalising poor productivity into house values

John Bolton shows what a property developer is up against when constructing houses. The costs of system inefficiencies get priced into the properties

Are JAFA’s about to roll over the Bombay Hills?

Gareth Morgan responds to Eric Crampton in his typically aggressive way; promising that RMA reform will offer cheaper housing and solve child poverty is "drivel" he says

Friday's guest Top 10

Elizabeth Davies on student debt struggles, a 20c tip, dining below the line, cookies and rent, happiness and bravery (or stupidity), the definition of success, Dilbert & more

Five areas where NZ should be bold

David Hisco calls for bold moves from the newly elected government in education, technology, the environment, housing and tourism

Housing unaffordability a key factor in child poverty

The NZ Initiative's Eric Crampton says improving housing affordability is a key step the Government can take to reduce child poverty

Auckland development land up for grabs

Bayleys expects a surge of land suitable for housing to start coming on to the market

Planners not a handbrake on developments

Town planners blow their own trumpet on processing resource consents

Goodbye to Auckland's competitive, depressing housing market

Elizabeth Davies on why she's trading in renting in Auckland for home ownership in Mount Maunganui/Tauranga