House prices top election priority

  • A property ladder missing its bottom rungs, an underperforming education system, and a fear of foreigners doing business in New Zealand.

These were just some of the issues the New Zealand Initiative thought the next Government would need to tackle to create a better country for everybody.

The business-sponsored think tank has drawn on more than 30 reports it has published since 2012 to produce an election policy manifesto it said was aimed to better inform voters about the country’s challenges.

“Politics is far too important to be left to politicians,” New Zealand Initiative executive director Oliver Hartwich said.

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Escalating house prices have split the country into homeowners and those locked out of the housing market.