Does no Minister of Housing mean no housing crisis?

One of the most used slogans in the media lately is the ‘housing crisis’ we are apparently in. What makes this more interesting is the fact that Mr English has recently disestablished the role of Minister of Housing (previously held by Nick Smith). Today we look at both of these.

First off I am not sure that the current situation constitutes a ‘crisis’. A crisis is defined as

a stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events, especially for better or for worse, is determined; a turning point’.

I don’t think it’s a secret that New Zealand would like to have more homes, but does this constitute a crisis? I know a lot of people who would like to have more money but that doesn’t mean we are in the middle of money crisis – possibly one that has lasted for a few hundred years. In all fairness there are probably degrees of housing shortages in certain parts of New Zealand but overall I don’t think this shortage has reached a crisis level.

Putting whether we are in a housing crisis aside I also don’t think the removal of a Minister of Housing is going to have a detrimental effect on any crisis that does exist. If anything this move is likely to have a more beneficial effect. By reducing the number of decision makers and the number of people responsible means that those left (Nick Smith – Construction and Amy Adams – Social Housing) will be more directly accountable, and more able to make the necessary decisions.

While the hope is that less bureaucracy will result in better decisions we shall have to wait and see. In the meantime some more houses (in certain areas) would be nice.


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