In the DC comic story, a flying Superman spies Lois Lane tied across a railroad line. A fast-moving passenger train is but metres away. Superman swoops down. With a single out-stretched arm he stops the iron monster dead in its tracks. He has saved Lois. What else could matter? Well, the comic book did not do a cost-benefit assessment. But the plausible tally is one life saved and hundreds killed or injured in the concertinaed train. Enter WorkSafe NZ. Read more
Housing affordability is an important issue to all New Zealanders and a pressing concern for many kiwi families. The high cost of housing is also one of the drivers of New Zealander’s high level of private indebtedness, and is an issue of intergenerational equality.
The Initiative’s research into housing affordability takes a different approach to the usual proposals of either just freeing up land and dropping regulations, or compelling a reluctant population to live in high density estates.
Instead our research focuses on the context in which development takes place: local government. In particular we examine the link between local government finance, and the incentives for local councils to develop land for housing.
There is a missing link between discussions of housing affordability (or rather a lack thereof) and finding workable financing management that allows local government to fund required infrastructure upgrades. By examining international best practice, we aim to close this gap with our research project.