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While Key Relaxes at his $5.6 million Luxury Pad in Hawaii, NZ is Being Sold Off to the Wealthy, 41K+ are Homeless and House Prices are Now ‘Severely Unaffordable’

Whilst as far as we know the man himself is currently sunbathing in Hawaii at his $5.6 million holiday home, back here by all accounts, folks from afar are buying up property like there’s no tomorrow in the hopes of escaping the ‘apocalypse’ that the spin doctors aka whore media are whipping up.

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Photo Credit: Wikipedia

Super-rich American “preppers” are buying up New Zealand land to escape to in case the US collapses or the poor rise up in revolt against them, The New Yorker reports…Foreigners bought over 3500 square kilometres of New Zealand in the first ten months of 2016, over four times as much as they did in the same period in 2010. Read more

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There are more than 40,000 people now homeless in NZ, a country that once prided itself in full employment and housing for all

41K+ Kiwis are Now Homeless

You only need scan Fascistbook for evidence of the spin. It gets more ridiculous by the hour and meanwhile, with NZ’s child poverty third worst in the developed world (UNICEF), more than 41K+ homeless Kiwis (2013 estimate) are sleeping in cars and garages. It’s to be hoped the new immigrants don’t have mental health issues.

Health Services are Strained to the Limit

In Christchurch recently a family removed their 51 year old relative from the Christchurch Mental Health Clinic because he was placed…

“in this room that has no windows, no air conditioning, crumbling ceilings and cracks in the walls. It would give anyone nightmares let alone someone having a psychotic episode.”

“The concerns with the clinic became public after an email from Associate Health Minister and Christchurch Central MP Nicky Wagner, which said the whole of Canterbury’s medical system was under stress while the city was rebuilt after the earthquakes”.

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Princess Margaret Mental Health Clinic Christchurch, severely deteriorated  Photo: Wikipedia

Further, “The Christchurch earthquakes have been linked to at least 40 suicides, a Herald investigation of coroners’ reports has found”. Read more

“While the city was rebuilt after the earthquakes?” Five years have gone by and under John Key’s watch little has been done. One woman said that…

She has been dealing with her insurer, IAG, for the past two years on reaching a settlement. “It’s just been a continual rigmarole. It’s been absolutely crazy. They’re still denying the extent of my damage. They bought a geo-tech in that completely denied the impact on my property. I mean, you can see the impact.”  Source

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A home in Christchurch destroyed by the 2011 earthquake … people are still waiting for insurance claims five years on    Photo: Wikipedia

I know of people still living in caravans who lost their homes. Meanwhile Christchurch City Council has built a multi million dollar complex for themselves and helped fund art works in the Avon River.

The Christchurch City Council spent $502,000 on the pair of figures, garnering criticism at a time when rates were rising. Read more

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Christchurch City Council has spent 502K on ‘much needed’ art works following the 2011 quake   Photo: Radio NZ

Of course everybody knows a decimated city grieving the death of 185 people needs art works more than it needs housing for the homeless don’t they?

Housing Severely Unaffordable

And on the topic of the homeless, we learn of another of Key’s ‘wonderful’ legacies. Auckland’s housing market is now fourth least affordable in the world, with prices at ten times the median income. Radio NZ reports that housing in many NZ cities is ‘severely unaffordable’.

 The annual Demographia survey, which compares prices to income in 404 cities, has ranked Auckland’s housing market the fourth least affordable in the world, the same as last year, with prices at 10 times the median income…

Hugh Pavletich, one of the report’s authors, said Auckland’s extreme house prices were a sign of failure, not success.

“It is actually a very serious situation. That’s double what a severely unaffordable market should be (5.1 or over). It’s a crisis situation in Auckland.”

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NZ houses are now severely ‘unaffordable’ … ‘if govt had been moderately competent it would have worked to keep prices reasonable’ Mr Pavletich            Photo: Radio NZ

“Mr Pavletich told Morning Report when National took office in 2008, house prices in Auckland were 6.4 times the median income.

He said if the government had been moderately competent, it would have worked to keep prices reasonable.

“And if they had actually gone on and actually done something, and actually quietly reduced prices over the last eight or nine years, our house prices would be about four times incomes now, and roughly about $330,000 for Auckland.”  

Mr Pavletich urged the government to free up land supply and called on Prime Minister Bill English directly to lead all the political parties towards a consensus on how to deal with Auckland’s high housing costs.” Read more

And then there’s child poverty.

NZ’s Child Poverty Third Worst in Developed World (UNICEF)

Does Key feel any shame when viewing this on the UNICEF website? Or has he even seen it? The world is discussing how to alleviate NZ children’s poverty, while NZ’s ex PM is holidaying in a $5.6 million luxury pad?

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Who Has Key Really Been Working For?

But really, are we surprized? Key who said pre election when garnering votes he would be working for NZ, has proven to have worked only for himself and his rich mates. Watch an exposé of his activities by the late Evelyn Gilbert (RIP Evelyn) interviewed by Vinny Eastwood at this link. (You can read more of Evelyn’s revelations on the banking industry at this link.)

Gareth Hughes from the Green Party reviewed Key’s accomplishments last year in Parliament. He summarizes them really well, worth the five minute listen.

And reflecting himself (?) on his proud legacy of homelessness, child poverty, pollution, asset sales, indebtedness and more, Key is sunbathing at his $5.6 million luxury pad in Hawaii. A severe case of ‘let them eat cake’. Not for one minute do I believe his timely departure had anything at all to do with Bronagh’s tiredness.

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From the wide, shady “lanai” deck of John Key’s $5.6 million Maui holiday home, the view of the Pacific Ocean and Wailea Beach is sweeping. Below is the gated community of Ho’olei, part of the Wailea Beach development on the southern side of Maui – 600ha of world-class resorts, 2000 condominiums and 500 private homes, three championship golf courses, a dozen world class restaurants, countless pools, several luxury spas and the 12-court Wailea Tennis Club. It is the playground of the super wealthy, mostly American business people who have a second, third or fourth home at Wailea.  Read more

Key’s Holiday Views Overlooking the Wailea Blue Golf Course, Hawaii

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Key’s holiday home overlooks the Wailea Golf Course in Hawaii    Photo: WaileaGolfClub

Key the Banker

Finally, watch Key’s gaze as Auckland anti-corruption activist Penny Bright calls him out on his banking activities and the very pertinent question, is he profiting personally from NZ’s very large debt? ..

See further videos exposing Key’s financial activities here.

LINKS:

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/business/322858/housing-in-many-nz-cities-‘severely-unaffordable’

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10550376

https://newzeelend.wordpress.com/tag/john-key-villa-in-hawaii/

http://aotearoaawiderperspective.com/2012/07/27/the-serious-fraud-squad-should-investigate-john-key-and-merrill-lynchs-involvement-with-the-cullen-fund/

http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/297089/five-years-on,-why-is-chch-still-waiting

http://m.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11622371

http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/news/national-news/88759544/Disgust-at-mental-health-care-conditions-at-Christchurchs-Princess-Margaret-Hospital

Key, Bringing on the Pre-Election Lollipops … ‘Delivering Fairness to Everybody & a Bit More to Lower Incomes’

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Key hinting at the goodies he’s considering for prospective and gullible voters

Watch Key in the Newshub video (link in article below) gesticulating with his hands, bumbling along, trying to describe a package that might just possibly garner a few votes from the folks who have effectively wiped him now. It will make you nauseous I warn you. He is moving craftily from ‘let them eat cake’ to rations of sugary election sweets, which we all know won’t last beyond election day.

This is a man, a former banker, who has basically raped and pillaged our nation since he was elected, selling off our assets with little accountability, unloading our state housing  stock that just happens to sit on prime real estate … while heartlessly ignoring the 41,000 plus who are  homeless, promising lollies here for the poor … having ignored growing child poverty in his midst,  taxing himself 2.8% and the real workers 28%, and telling us he has a family package that will aim to … get this …

“deliver fairness to everybody, and a bit more at the lower income level”

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This is breathtaking arrogance. Having quickly forgotten he grew up in a state house himself, he is totally ignorant of the true state of the nation under his watch. Unbelievably, he thinks he can just front up with a little lolly scramble to titillate the voters. For a reminder of what has happened under his watch listen to Green Party’s Gareth Hughes earlier this year delivering an apt and succinct overview…

For a full transcript of this speech go to The Daily Blog.

“Kia ora

Prime Minister, I’ve sat and listened to all your speeches opening Parliament and I’d like to congratulate you on delivering your 8th speech.

It’s a real accomplishment and you must be now thinking how history will remember you.

Just outside of this debating chamber are the portraits of our great leaders.

From Seddon, to Savage and Fraser to Kirk how do these giants who established universal suffrage, a caring state in the midst of a depression and world war and a modern independent, bicultural New Zealand compare with you?

Is the flag it?

Your desperate, lumbering, grasping attempt at building a legacy with a flag won’t mask the realities.

Hungry kids up
Inequality up
Pollution up
Debt up
Housing costs up
Electricity costs up
Foreign ownership up
Corruption up …”

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See Bryan Bruce’s excellent coverage of growing child poverty in NZ

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Here then is the article from newshub.co.nz, including the video… if you can tolerate listening to the hypocrisy…

Key: Families first in line for tax cuts

The Prime Minister has indicated any tax cuts offered next year are likely to be delivered with a scalpel, rather than a hammer.

The 2017 Budget will be delivered in May as usual, about six months ahead of the general election, where John Key is expected to seek a fourth term.

Speaking on The Nation on Saturday, Mr Key said there is a “range of options”, but hinted that he’s leaning towards tweaks to Working for Families and the accommodation supplement.

Simply cutting tax rates or lifting the thresholds at which higher rates kick in wouldn’t be “fair to everybody”.

“If you lower the bottom rate, you give it to everybody at the top and it costs a fortune,” he explained.

“Whereas you might be able to do some integrated family package… which delivers fairness to everybody but a bit more meaningful at the lower-income end.”

But changes to income tax brackets haven’t been ruled out. Presently, the top rate of 33 cents in the dollar kicks in at $70,000. As incomes rise, more people find themselves earning enough to start paying the top tax rate.

“People are getting bumped into the top personal rate without doing too much,” says Mr Key.

Asked if beefing up the accommodation supplement was on the cards, particularly in areas where rents have risen sharply, Mr Key said: “That may well be right.”

He hasn’t yet decided whether any changes would come in Budget 2017 or used to woo voters in next year’s election campaign.

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For more insights into John Key’s banking past and the various anomalies we see under his watch go to ‘categories’ (left of any page) for further articles… see ‘banking’ in particular.  Or use the search box. 

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Agenda 21 is right on track in NZ … Key’s legacy

John Key’s legacy spelled out in scathing terms by Green Party MP Gareth Hughes on February 11th this year (2016). “Hungry kids … up, inequality … up, pollution … up, electricity costs … up, housing costs … up, foreign ownership … up, debt … up, corruption … up … “. His legacy if you like, epitomizes everything Agenda 21 is about.

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Published on Feb 11, 2016

Green Party MP Gareth Hughes, Debate on Prime Minister’s Statement – Part 48.

See a full write up of the speech on our blog here https://www.greens.org.nz/news/speech…

Kiwis lose $871 million from power company privatisations, power is up 3.8% & the elderly freeze

Whilst many elderly are stopping in bed all day to keep warm because they are paying outrageous prices for power (courtesy of Smart Meters) the CEOs of the powercos are on salaries of 1-2 million dollars. This is the insanity of corporate greed at its finest.

Today’s business corporation is an artificial creation, shielding owners and managers while preserving corporate privilege and existence. Artificial or not, corporations have won more rights under law than people have – rights which government has protected with armed force
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Recent articles in Nelson have illustrated what can happen following the installation of Smart Meters with accounts coming in at double the normal price and beyond. (Post to come on that one). The Greens in this article have highlighted the nonsensical world of privatisation … a thinly veiled scheme that clearly benefits the corporate world while claiming to benefit all. Remember, we were told the asset sales would get us out of debt (clearly wrong as our debt continues to climb). We were also told that more powercos meant more competition (free enterprise, the market and all that)  which would mean lower prices … wrong again.
“…free enterprise, [is] a term that refers, in practice, to a system of public subsidy and private profit, with massive government intervention in the economy to maintain a welfare state for the rich.”   Noam Chomsky

“New analysis of the financial statements of Genesis, Mighty River Power, and Meridian released by the Green Party today shows that National’s partial privatisation of power companies has cost New Zealand taxpayers $871 million, the Green Party said.

“The latest data shows that National’s sale of 49 percent of shares in the power companies was a massive transfer of wealth from the people of New Zealand to a few select investors, many who live overseas,” Green Party energy spokesperson Gareth Hughes said.

“If the Crown still owned 100 percent of these companies, taxpayers could collectively have earned another $381 million this year alone and a whopping $775 million since the selloff.

“Add to that the $96 million of costs associated with the sale process, including bonus shares to sweeten the deal for private investors, and the New Zealand taxpayer is $871 million worse off because of National’s failed privatisation plan.

“Consumers are hurting because power prices are up 3.8 percent – meanwhile power companies are paying out massive salaries to their CEOs and directors.

“The CEOs of the three partially privatised power companies now all earn over a million dollars each, and Meridian’s CEO gets close to $2 million when extra perks are included.

“Rising salaries for power company CEOs are cold comfort for Kiwi households facing higher power bills,” said Mr Hughes.

Mighty River Power’s announcement today of a special shareholder dividend means it will pay out almost $300 million for the year, and caps off a string of recent profit announcements from the partially privatised power companies. Contact and Meridian are also paying special dividends, while Genesis’ profit doubled from the previous year.

The Green Party has released new analysis, undertaken by the Parliamentary Library, of the financial statements of the recently partially privatised power companies Genesis, Mighty River Power, and Meridian.

SOURCE: https://www.greens.org.nz/news/press-releases/kiwis-lose-871-million-power-company-privatisations

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