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Bernard Hickey

Bernard is an economics columnist for the NZ Herald

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  • 24 Jul, 2016 5:00am
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The Government has wrapped its entire supply-led strategy for dealing with Auckland's housing crisis/challenge into the Auckland Unitary Plan.
  • 10 Jul, 2016 5:00am
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COMMENT: John Key is more worried about the short-term fates of leveraged-up speculators and developers than the long-term fate of Generation Rent.
  • 19 Jun, 2016 5:00am
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COMMENT: The figures confirmed the Auckland housing market is running hot through the winter and the heat from that "halo" is spreading around the country.
  • 29 May, 2016 5:00am
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Auckland Council made it perfectly clear last week it could not pay for the $17b of roading, water and other infrastructure needed to build all the extra houses.

Bernard Hickey: Land tax is long overdue

  • 1 May, 2016 5:00am
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COMMENT: Now that the Prime Minister has let the land tax genie out of the bottle we should all have a good close look to see which version suits us best.

Bernard Hickey: Time for action on high house prices

  • 17 Apr, 2016 5:00am
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COMMENT: It's easy to assess the value of an asset in a liquid and rising market, but the future liabilities are not so easy to see.

Bernard Hickey: How Kiwis get rich

  • 3 Apr, 2016 5:00am
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COMMENT: How do New Zealanders get richer? It seems an obvious question, but it's one we seem to be ignoring, writes Bernard Hickey.
  • 31 Jan, 2016 5:00am
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Making a movie about collateralised debt obligations and credit default swaps that is both compelling and accurate is quite some achievement.
  • 22 Nov, 2015 5:00am
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Just imagine if someone told you the ratepayers of Auckland and the taxpayers of New Zealand were giving billions of dollars to the wealthiest property owners.

Bernard Hickey: More faith in market than in Govt

  • 25 Oct, 2015 5:00am
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The Productivity Commission report this week into land use for housing used a surprising word to describe what was needed to solve Auckland's housing crisis: credibility.
  • 18 Oct, 2015 5:00am
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House-price inflation averaged more than 7 per cent a year in Auckland for the past decade and average wage growth has averaged just over 2 per cent.

Bernard Hickey: Beware the 2029 backlash

  • 20 Sep, 2015 5:00am
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Imagine what an election debate in 2029 might look like.
  • 6 Sep, 2015 5:00am
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If Kiwis had been honest about finding a flag that reflected the national character, it would have been an open-home flag, writes Bernard Hickey.

Auckland needs to grow up

  • 14 Jun, 2015 5:00am
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Auckland needs to grow "up" and it needs political leadership to convince those on the isthmus to embrace that growth, writes Bernard Hickey.

Bernard Hickey: Dodgy deals to come out in wash

  • 7 Jun, 2015 5:00am
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The elephant in the room of Auckland's property debate is whether some of the money pouring into Auckland is money laundering of ill-gotten funds, writes Bernard Hickey.

It's a Super time to be old

  • 31 May, 2015 5:00am
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The latest episode in our non-debate about superannuation has been like watching a car crash in slow motion, writes Bernard Hickey.
  • 17 May, 2015 5:00am
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Watching the Reserve Bank grapple with the housing market has been like watching someone blowing up a long party balloon and trying to twist it into one of those sausage dogs.
  • 10 May, 2015 5:00am
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Why should Aucklanders pay a rates hike 9 times greater than inflation because the Govt could not or would not control an unprecedented net migration surge?
  • 3 May, 2015 5:00am
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As the Govt ploughs on with its supply approach to Auckland's housing shortage, it faces tough choices about how far it can push ahead without stumping up serious money, writes Bernard Hickey.
  • 5 Apr, 2015 5:00am
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Chaos theory calls it the butterfly effect. It's the idea that a butterfly flapping its wings in the Amazon could cause a tornado in Texas, Bernard Hickey writes.

Bernard Hickey: Blame it all on Basel

  • 1 Mar, 2015 5:00am
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In a KPMG report this week, bank executives mused that foreign cash buyers were pumping up asset values. Are too few houses being built in Auckland?

Bernard Hickey: Where is the promised inflation?

  • 14 Dec, 2014 5:00am
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Is New Zealand's low inflation a structural change or just cyclical? The Reserve Bank's lack of certainty is causing exporters and businesses grief.
  • 30 Nov, 2014 5:00am
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Expectation is a powerful thing. It's the reason 45,000 sections in Auckland are sitting there ready to go, with all the connections to water, power and roads - but no houses.