In our desire to build state rental homes we’re instead largely creating Coronation Street style future slums which hardly fit the bill for family homes.

When the first Labour government embarked on this programme back in the late 1930s they built homes, each different from their neighbours and all sitting on large plots allowing space for front and back lawns plus decent sized vegetable gardens. I know as I grew up in one.

In line with its highly desirable expressed policy of building a “home-owning democracy” the first National government in 1949, in return for tenants raking up deposit of a few hundred pounds, effectively converted the previous rental to interest and principal repayments, thereby allowing the occupants to buy their first homes. This was a highly desirable social action in creating communities in which the occupants as owners felt an involvement in their well-being. We have a unique opportunity to repeat this right now.

That is to design those sorts of suburbs we once built then offer them to Chinese construction companies to build.

Currently, grossly over-built China’s huge construction industry is wallowing in deep trouble, lacking any work. They could fly in thousands of workers who will gladly work 60 or more hour weeks and construct those houses at a fraction of the cost should we do it, not that we have the manpower to do so anyway. This will knock the top of the demand-supply problem.

Our housing crisis is unnecessary given this unique opportunity.

And having done this we should continue with National’s original scheme and allow the occupants, in return for mustering up a down payment, to covert their rent to interest and principal payments.

In other words, achieve the social stability implicit in their original goal of a home-owning democracy.

This is the same principle I out-lined a few months back re the backlog and waiting time for diverse medical operations. That was to fly plane-loads of patients to the countries such as Thailand, the Philippines and India that have created a surplus of surgeons as a foreign exchange earner and who offer such operations at a fraction of the cost we’d incur, trying in vain to catch up with the backlog demand.

Iran is doing this, targeting European nations and the pioneer in this exercise, Cuba, has been doing in for decades. This way we can in rapid time eliminate the backlog in our public hospital waiting lists and restore some balance in demand and supply.





Bob. Just all too logical I’m sorry. I fully agree, having had dental work done in Chiangmai by Germany trained, Phd qualified folk at a fraction of the local expected pricing.

I bet that a lot of people will miss your writings when you close down the blog after the election.
Hopefully, you can keep the materials on the blog alive so people can still access them in the future. It is rare to find a writer that can write in a witty, succinctly, funny, perceptive, and often right on the money way. A touch of Darlymple.
A dream scenario would be that you also include as much of your past writings on this blog. It would be an absolute gem if all your writings are available online for future generations to enjoy.

Sound ideas but will the vested interest of large corporate builders allow it?

Have we not learned anything from history, as Labour and National Continue building large blocks of small units that will no doubt eventually become ghettos . Is it really urban sprawl if new cities are built in the outer areas, along with commerce and industry to sustain them.

A Good Solution focused answer to a major current problem…

With scale, they could deliver their own infrastructure requirements; rather than wait for Councils and Central Government to get their act together.

There would be so many positive effects; namely competition of material costs, with increased supply of housing reduced purchase and rental prices, reduced government subsidies on accommodation grants, reduce motel rates for travelers, etc

Unfortunately, vested interests; who have captured politicians, will see this doesnt happen…and we all know who they are…their exported dividends are sucking us dry…

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