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Why does housing remain such a problem in New Zealand?

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From Kaitaia to Bluff, the one thing all New Zealanders need is a place to call home. But that’s not such a sure bet these days. 

Despite years of acknowledging the housing situation as a crisis, it seems like this country is always in an uphill struggle against under-supply and over-pricing. 
Add to this the expensive materials, backlogged supply chains and growing concerns over climate change – and you have a complex issue to which there are no easy answers. 

So what will it take to make sure Aotearoa has enough dry, warm homes for our population? And why have we struggled so much to find a political solution to this issue? 
Today, John Tookey, a professor at the AUT school of Future Environments, explains to Damien what New Zealand gets wrong about housing and how we go about fixing that. 

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Host: Damien Venuto
Producer: Shaun D Wilson and Paddy Fox
Executive Producer: Ethan Sills

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