Michael Bassett


Free to build: restoring New Zealand’s housing affordability

Executive Summary: New Zealand’s housing market needs urgent reform. For too long, the rate of building has fallen below what is needed to keep up with household formation and demographics. It is difficult, costly, and time consuming to build a new house or dwelling. Rather...

Different places, different means: why some countries build more than others

This report is a summary of international fieldwork examining different property markets and systems of local government. Using Switzerland, Germany, Britain and Texas as comparisons to New Zealand, the report examines how they interact with local regulators, how the incentives at local government level affect...