The stoush between the Wellington mayor and a movie industrialist (NZ Herald, April 21) encapsulates what is wrong with the property industry.

In response to Sir Peter Jackson's criticism of the style, taste and transparency of a proposed development on a former seaplane air force base, the mayor's defence seemed to be only that there was a housing crisis.

The mayor's "something has to be done" spin can equally apply to Auckland. In the past 20 years, while Sir Peter Jackson built a success-driven sustainable industry with an acute attention to detail, the property industry has