The New Zealand Herald reports how councils have rejected the government's proposed 'affordable' housing policies.
Naturally, councils report how the bureaucratic ways of dealing applkying them will not work and will add costs to councils and homeowners overall.
However, I will give Liarbour some credit. The cost of housing is no longer an issue they can ignore, even if Liarbour has a tendency to come up with the wrong solutions to a problem it helped cause itself.
As noted many times before, restrictive land use policies have pushed up section prices, Liarbour's higher government spending has fuelled interest rate rises, and Liarbour raising the top rate of income tax fuelled the growth of property investment, which boosted house prices faced by the less well-off.
Anyway, while Maryann Street has no sympathy for young people, at least Shane Jones is showing some promise with an idea to make the consents process easier, saving several thousand dollars per house. Still a drop in the ocean though.