Andrew Washington is a respected Wellington senior valuer and as such we should listen to what he has to say on property matters.
In a letter in the Dom-Post commenting on the rating system Andrew caused widespread alarm with his final sentence when he referred to “this increasingly scarce resource (land).”
Good Lord, I had no idea the world’s land surface was, like its human population outside of Africa, actually shrinking. Hitherto I had laboured under the belief it was growing thanks to wide-spread reclamations.
Indeed as archaeologists world-wide dig down to reveal past human habitations I’d always assumed the land surface, far from shrinking, was constantly rising. This is indeed worrying news.
Perhaps Andrew could elaborate and tell us where the disappearing land is actually going and how long we’ve got before we all start building rafts.