Why is housing so expensive in Aotearoa?

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The reality is complex, there is not one reason as to why housing is expensive and there isn’t one solution for making it more affordable.

From systems that perpetuate and encourage self-centred behaviour, to global economic markets, to rules and regulations that generate supply issues, to the gap between the cost of manufacturing nuts and bolts and their resale cost. There are many factors that influence the cost of housing not to mention its quality.

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“Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family, including food, clothing, housing and medical care and necessary social services, and the right to security in the event of unemployment, sickness, disability, widowhood, old age or other lack of livelihood in circumstances beyond his control.”

— Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights