Barely a week passes when housing in New Zealand is not in the news. Either because house prices are too high or impressive gains are being made.
The New Zealand Initiative’s latest report, Priced Out: How New Zealand lost its housing affordability by the Hon Dr Michael Bassett and Luke Malpass, examines the development of housing in New Zealand since the early 1900s, the current state of the housing market, and its journey to this point.
The report also looks at the different trends and fashions in the regulation of housing, the changing roles of local and central governments, and changing social circumstances. It puts the development of New Zealand’s housing market into a historical context.
Join us for an informative and thought-provoking discussion with Dr Bassett on housing affordability in New Zealand.
About the speaker
Hon Dr Michael Bassett was elected to the Auckland City Council and to New Zealand’s Parliament in the 1970s, serving over a period of six years in the 1980s as Minister of Health, Local Government, Internal Affairs, Civil Defence, and Arts and Culture in the governments lead by David Lange and Geoffrey Palmer. Since retiring from politics in 1990, Dr Bassett has been a lecturer and professor at various universities.
He is one of New Zealand’s foremost political historians, has written a number of books on New Zealand history, and has spent ten years on New Zealand’s Waitangi Tribunal.
Date: Tuesday, 11 June 2013
Time: 5.30 PM - 8.00 PM
Location: The New Zealand Initiative, Level 12, Bayleys Building, 36 Brandon St, Wellington