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The NZ man and his lost castle

Filed under: General — Downunder @ 9:42 am Wed 6th November 2013

A man’s home is his castle. That’s a saying, not so old as when knights were bold – that bastion of freedom, where every man had the opportunity to own and occupy his piece of land, with little interference from the state or another man.

But within the time of living memory this has changed rapidly to a point where the house is a source of revenue not only to the demands of the banks, the local bodies, industry and worst to the aggrieved wife, not happy with her lot in life.

Now we have taken another turn for the worse and one which is seeing the New Zealand man stripped of citizenship, effectively reduced to residents in a South Seas rendition of Rome.

Making this increasingly obvious is the recent changes to housing policy applied by the Reserve Bank to home buyers. I cringed when I saw this and where we were headed.

I hold the Prime Minister to account on this one because I believe he is financially astute enough to be aware of where this policy would take us and that he actually supported the outcome.

If there was a genuine attempt to restrict runaway house-prices and support New Zealanders into homes, the policy would have been directed at speculators and multiple-home owners by increasing the cash requirement to be invested.

The heat in the housing market comes from speculation, not genuine home owners entering and exiting the market.

Why then would you want a policy that makes it substantially harder for New Zealanders to break into the housing market and own their own home – the answer is this.

By restricting Kiwi home ownership you make more houses, particularly in Auckland available to speculators, who in turn fuel the building-supply-industry along with a limited number of trade people connected to speculators.

The end product is quickly looking pretty and ready for sale to the highest bidder, which includes plenty of overseas buyers who bleed more money than we collectively have blood.

That continues to fuel our housing market but also funds our economy. We are effectively selling our real estate so we can look good on paper and politicians can gloat about how well our economy is doing.

For the man in the street, housing is no longer housing, it is expensive accommodation and set to get more expensive.

When this little economic burst translates into a rise in interest rates there’s going to be a lot of sad faces, especially in Auckland when they see what they are paying the bank. No wonder any sensible young family is becoming wary of entering the housing market.

Before any one tells me this is not a men’s issue just remember our forebears fought for this piece of dirt and they didn’t do that so it could be sold out from under us. Nor do we need men, who are genuinely committed to their families, stressed to breaking point to pay for this stupidity.


  1. hornet says:

    Fri 15th November 2013 at 2:26 pm (Edit)

    60 above response to ALISON –

    Another item which we should all be discussing because it relates directly to POWER and PROFIT is this link”¦

    If I need to explain how this relates to Family court, and Child support tax and FREEDOM of speech – let me know and Ill explain”¦..

    Comment by Downunder — Fri 15th November 2013 @ 5:37 pm

  2. Hey guys

    A father here is trying to get in touch with his child.(11years old)
    He wants to send her a letter but is feqaring that It will get intercepted by the mother and the daughter will not see it.

    any ideas on how to get his contact going with the child?

    Comment by kiranjiharr — Mon 18th November 2013 @ 1:17 pm

  3. Is this within New Zealand or between countries?

    Comment by Downunder — Mon 18th November 2013 @ 2:24 pm

  4. between countries.. father in OZ , child in NZ.

    Comment by kiranjiharr — Mon 18th November 2013 @ 7:58 pm

  5. It is always a risk that the mail won’t get through but then again if you don’t try you’ll never know.

    Some schools/teachers will co-operate, allowing children to receive and reply to emails from school.

    I am assuming that there is NOT a protection order in place, which might make things messy.

    Comment by Downunder — Mon 18th November 2013 @ 8:22 pm

  6. @ Downunder- no protection orders.
    The fathers objective is to get thru to the daughter. He wants to try for access again but he needs to get some form of contact going without being obstructed by the mother.

    he knows that the daughter wants to be in contact but won’t happen while the mother intercepts every attempt at contact.
    He feels that if he can get thru to the daughter once, then she will know at least he hasn’t given up on her.

    Comment by kiranjiharr — Tue 19th November 2013 @ 1:54 pm

  7. Why not just use the telephone and talk to her?

    Comment by Downunder — Tue 19th November 2013 @ 2:08 pm

  8. Wish it were that simple… The mother is obstructive.. doesn’t let the father talk to the daughter.

    Comment by kiranjiharr — Tue 19th November 2013 @ 2:45 pm

  9. Ring up a florist near her school and get them to send a nice bunch of flowers, card attached of course, with her name, and just ‘Love from Dad’, on it.

    That should probably get the message through.

    Comment by Downunder — Tue 19th November 2013 @ 3:21 pm

  10. hey thats a lovely idea.

    Comment by kiranjiharr — Tue 19th November 2013 @ 6:50 pm

  11. Hey Downunder.
    That worked. the flowerers got through.
    He expresses his gratitude.

    Comment by kiranjiharr — Thu 21st November 2013 @ 3:59 pm

  12. There’s only one way around a bitch – to be more devious. Believe me, I’ve done the apprenticeship.

    That’s great news, hope it works out for him.

    Comment by Downunder — Thu 21st November 2013 @ 4:40 pm

  13. how true.. . Thanks again.

    Comment by kiranjiharr — Thu 21st November 2013 @ 5:09 pm

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