Australia: Tackling housing unaffordability: a 10-point national plan

Looks like Australia is having similar problems as New Zealand is facing.

The widening cracks in Australia’s housing system can no longer be concealed. The extraordinary recent debate has laid bare both the depth of public concern and the vacuum of coherent policy to promote housing affordability. The community is clamouring for leadership and change.

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Is NZ ready for $10b of Chinese cash about to drop on property market?

Is New Zealand prepared for the big wave of Chinese cash heading our way to invest in properties ranging from luxury homes lapped by the Waitemata Harbour to Auckland-wide retail, industrial and commercial…

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I find the coincidence astonishing that our government does not seem to be interested in regulating property prices while council rates are bound to property valuations and many politicians are in real estate.

I wonder why any politician would be interested in solving this housing crisis. Real estate revenues would go down, so would rates, all while Auckland at least is already having rates issues and budget problems.

The Productivity commission did a report in 2012 and outlined many issues, actually a very interesting report to read. Another updated draft report was just released two weeks ago and contains pretty much the same findings. Yet again I note that the issues have not changed in 3 years, are well documented and yet not addressed.

This leaves me with some assumptions:

a) Politicians have not read the report

b) Politicians have read the report but not understood it

c) They have read and understood it but are not interested in it

d) They have not read it and are not interested in it

Chinese investors are only interested in NZ property because of the good return. If there was no money making in property, the issue would go away.

However, I still like to make a difference between Investor and Speculator. The first one supposedly builds something up and creates value and amenity. The latter ones are just after the money without adding any real benefit to the community. So at least my idealistic thinking.

Ingo @ Green Living Show: Smarter House Design – Affordable And Sustainable Homes For New Zealand

I will be presenting at the Green Living Show 2015 at the ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane, Room 3, 10:30 am on Sunday 28 June.

The subject will be: “Smarter House Design – Affordable And Sustainable Homes For New Zealand”.
Executive Summary: Land and resources become scarcer and more expensive, energy usage hikes while greenhouse gas emission continues to rise. New concepts like tiny houses and words such as energy poverty appear. We increasingly hear about urban masterplanning, the Auckland Unitary Plan, intensification and increase in density. How can we achieve affordable and sustainable houses and neighbourhoods in New Zealand, how can we be smarter in what we are doing?

While I will skip most of the external factors for unaffordable housing, ie political and economical factors, we will hear a bit about the internal factors, ie the things that we all can do to make housing more sustainable and affordable.

Please pop in if you have some time. They have some great speakers like Paul Waddell, Eion Scott & Dana Darwin, 

Electric powered 1972 Datsun 1200 gives drag-racing fraternity a shake-up.

Cool, just plain cool. This Taupo based car is great. And there’s hardly anything under the hood. Hope this will change the perception of some petrol heads…

Bright yellow, battery-powered 1972 Datsun 1200 gives V8 drag-racing fans a shake-up. There’s something strange about Tom Short’s little yellow Datsun 1200. It might be that it can clear a…

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BBE Certificate in Ecological Building and Design

Registrations are open for the online course:
BBE Certificate in Ecological Building and Design at http://bbe.org.nz/education

This online study programme covers the fundamental concepts of Ecological Building and Design. It is suitable as a complement to existing careers in building and design, or for those who wish to build or renovate. The course is designed to challenge and change the way we live and work in the world and nurture a respect for living in harmony with the natural environment.

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Government partnership kickstarts Wynyard Quarter’s push to be exemplar of sustainable city building | EECA: Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

Some great news. And an amazingly well done website for the Wynyard Quarter in Auckland. Maybe we will be getting a good waterfront after all…

A quest to make Wynyard Quarter an international exemplar for sustainable development has had a major boost today with the launch of an online tracking platform and a new Government partnership.The Wynyard Quarter Smart website captures and analyses multiple sets of data tied to ambitious sustainability targets for the area on building performance, climate change mitigation, resource efficiency, environmental quality, and transport.

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How Much Room Do We Need To Supply The Entire World With Solar Electricity?

Very impressive map graphics as to how much desert space we’d need to supply world energy.


In 2009, the total global electricity consumption was 20,279,640 GWh. The sun creates more energy than that in one hour. The tricky part is collecting that energy and converting it into useful electricity with solar panels. How much area would need to be covered with solar panels in order to capture enough energy to meet global demand? Actually, it’s not as much as you’d think.

Source: How Much Room Do We Need To Supply The Entire World With Solar Electricity? | IFLScience

Press Kit | Tesla Motors

Some interesting stuff. I did not really know about some of their other products.

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Tesla is not just an automotive company, it’s an energy innovation company. Tesla Energy is a critical step in this mission to enable zero emission power generation.With Tesla Energy, Tesla is amplifying its efforts to accelerate the move away from fossil fuels to a sustainable energy future with Tesla batteries, enabling homes, business, and utilities to store sustainable and renewable energy to manage power demand, provide backup power and increase grid resilience.Tesla is already working with utilities and other renewable power partners around the world to deploy storage on the grid to improve resiliency and cleanliness of the grid as a whole.

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