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Bernard Hickey: 5 ways Trump could hurt us
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Bernard Hickey: 5 ways Trump could hurt us

COMMENT: If Trump carries out his trade and defence threats, NZ would face the risk of slower global economic growth, higher interest rates and fewer capital flows.

Hickey: Auckland's bill will be a doozy
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Hickey: Auckland's bill will be a doozy

COMMENT: A look at this week's new population projections should give Phil Goff and his council a sobering reminder of the massive task ahead of them.

Hickey: Wrinkles to owning apartments
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Hickey: Wrinkles to owning apartments

COMMENT: If everything goes according to the Unitary and Govt plans, Auckland is about to embark on an apartment building spree like it has never seen.

Shooting for the housing moon
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Shooting for the housing moon

Nasa's budget had tripled in one year to US$5.4 billion ($7.6b) and the space programme went on to cost US$34b.

Housing stakes still sky-high
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Housing stakes still sky-high

The Government has wrapped its entire supply-led strategy for dealing with Auckland's housing crisis/challenge into the Auckland Unitary Plan.

Hickey: The great housing down-trou
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Hickey: The great housing down-trou

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.

How to pop a housing bubble
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How to pop a housing bubble

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.

Bernard Hickey: Land tax is long overdue
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Bernard Hickey: Land tax is long overdue

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: How Kiwis get rich
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Bernard Hickey: How Kiwis get rich

COMMENT: How do New Zealanders get richer? It seems an obvious question, but it's one we seem to be ignoring, writes Bernard Hickey.

Bernard Hickey: Want some free money?
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Bernard Hickey: Want some free money?

Just imagine that one day the Reserve Bank deposited $1000 in your account, and that of every other citizen in New Zealand, writes Bernard Hickey.

Short, sharp lesson due on prices
New Zealand

Short, sharp lesson due on prices

Making a movie about collateralised debt obligations and credit default swaps that is both compelling and accurate is quite some achievement.

Bernard Hickey: In hole for millions
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Bernard Hickey: In hole for millions

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.

The dragon keeps raging
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The dragon keeps raging

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.

God defend the open home
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God defend the open home

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.

Bernard Hickey: Don't get too comfy
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Bernard Hickey: Don't get too comfy

Bernard Hickey writes: Just how long will governments and central banks be able to use public balance sheets to turn the tides of markets?

Bernard Hickey: Let's talk migration
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Bernard Hickey: Let's talk migration

Net migration is increasing our population by more than 1 per cent a year and that's not counting natural population growth, writes Bernard Hickey.

Bernard Hickey: Rash spending a costly risk
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Bernard Hickey: Rash spending a costly risk

What should be done with KiwiSaver pots once they're free to be dipped into at 65? This issue is rapidly creeping up on KiwiSavers and the Govt, writes Bernard Hickey.

Auckland needs to grow up
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Auckland needs to grow up

Auckland needs to grow "up" and it needs political leadership to convince those on the isthmus to embrace that growth, writes Bernard Hickey.

It's a Super time to be old
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It's a Super time to be old

The latest episode in our non-debate about superannuation has been like watching a car crash in slow motion, writes Bernard Hickey.

Bernard Hickey: Watch that LVR twist
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Bernard Hickey: Watch that LVR twist

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.

Recipe for a hot time
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Recipe for a hot time

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?