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31 May 16, 4:22pm
Labour and Green parties sign first ever Memorandum of Understanding to work together to change Government
31 May 16, 2:37pm
Justice Minister confirms Govt accelerating 2nd round of Anti Money Laundering rules to include real estate agents, solicitors and lawyers by mid 2017; move follows Panama Papers publicity
31 May 16, 11:49am
Smith says National Policy Statement on urban land development set for release on Thursday; Could be operative by October; Smith defends developer contributions and dismisses proposal for targeted rates to service infrastructure bonds
29 May 16, 5:00am
The Budget showed the Government was still jumping at debt shadows when it needed to be breaking Auckland's housing infrastructure log-jam by borrowing at record-low interest rates
27 May 16, 3:57pm
Key says the National Policy Statement on urban land use will direct Auckland Council to release land if it fails to meet targets
27 May 16, 12:53pm
PACT Group pulls out of deal to buy and manage 348 Invercargill state houses; Horowhenua Council and HNZ to 'package' 365 homes for sale; Greens, Labour say Govt's state house sales plan in tatters and call for its cancellation
26 May 16, 2:03pm
Govt sees NZ$0.7 bln OBEGAL surplus in 2016/17; rises to NZ$6.7 bln by 2019/20; NZDMO to borrow NZ$2bln less this year and repay NZ$9.2 bln of debt by 2020; NZSF contributions to restart 2 yrs earlier in 2020/21
25 May 16, 3:46pm
Paula Bennett announces plan to offer $5,000 to homeless Aucklanders and state house tenants to leave Auckland live in provinces; policy developed in recent days; Govt accused of flailing and making policy on the run
25 May 16, 10:49am
Twyford points to collapse in home ownership rates in South and West Auckland since 2006 and investors hoover up properties; PM says home ownership rates falling all over the world, points to KiwiSaver HomeStart; Debate rages on 'crisis' and motel debts
24 May 16, 1:48pm
English, Bennett signal 'significant' social housing announcement in Budget 2016; Bennett acknowledges housing crisis for homeless; English slams Auckland Council again; Smith denies housing crisis
23 May 16, 4:03pm
Nick Smith announces deals done for developments on three Government-owned land sites in Auckland to build 740 homes; sites in Manukau, Mt Albert and Waterview; homes to be built within 18 mths
22 May 16, 5:02am
New Zealand's risk-averse savers would dearly love to invest in infrastructure bonds to fund Auckland's growth. The Auckland Council and the Government should help make that happen
19 May 16, 11:03am
English capitalises on Labour call for Auckland to abolish urban boundary; ramps up pressure on Council ahead of Unitary Plan decision; Greens, ACT support Labour too, with caveats; Darby tells Govt to back off; Goff wants Govt funding help
18 May 16, 1:00pm
Labour calls on Govt to abolish Auckland's Rural Urban growth Boundary and relax density controls in upcoming National Policy Statement; also calls for new way to fund infrastructure for developments
17 May 16, 11:48am
Electricity Authority proposal for new transmission pricing system would raise power bills in Auckland, Northland, Ashburton and Westland by up to NZ$100/yr; Tiwai Pt smelter charges to drop NZ$21 mln a year
16 May 16, 4:42pm
Key says Govt looking at $3 bln tax cut, either in Budget 2017 or before 2017 election; still committed to cutting net debt to 20% of GDP
16 May 16, 10:05am
Key defends Govt's actions on affordable and social housing as reports emerge of Auckland families living in garages, cars and containers; suggests families talk to Work and Income; Smith flags land release directive; sees ChCh as model
15 May 16, 5:02am
Circle August 19 and November 30 in your 2016 calendars because decisions on those days by the Auckland Council and the Reserve Bank respectively could determine house prices, interest rates, the Kiwi dollar and mortgage lending limits for years to come
12 May 16, 7:16pm
Finance Minister says Govt expects Auckland Council to approve Unitary Plan that caters for housing supply growth needs; says August vote on Plan 'probably the single biggest issue for house prices across the country'
12 May 16, 12:48pm
English says Budget 2016 to include spending brought forward from 2017; says money set aside for tax cuts in 2017 reprioritised for debt reduction; still committed to tax cuts 'over time' and either in 2017 or after
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