First home buy­ers

Waikato Times - - LETTERS -

The prob­lem fac­ing first-home buy­ers was fi­nally ad­dressed by Mayor Jim Mylchreest in your pa­per on Satur­day Septem­ber 9. It is the in­dus­try who dic­tated the mar­ket, he says. It only wants big­ger and more ex­pen­sive but why?

Firstly , it is the de­vel­oper who cre­ates the new sub­di­vi­sion and sells the sec­tions. That is all fine. But who are the buy­ers? They are fran­chise hold­ers who are buy­ing 10 sec­tions at the same time.

But how can they af­ford 10 sec­tions at $250,000 to $300,000, which is $ 2.5 to $3 mil­lion? They buy un­der builders terms which is a 10% de­posit with the bal­ance due on sale of the prop­erty. So they buy 10 sec­tions for the price of one. Then they sell off the plan with a de­posit up­front.

Up to there, all fine. Now a young cou­ple wants to buy a new home and dad is an elec­tri­cian, the fa­ther-in-law makes kitchens and the young man him­self is a painter. Not one fran­chise holder will sell you a new home where you can sup­ply your own kitchen, paint your own house and dad sup­plies the elec­tri­cal. They have their own sup­pli­ers so they can charge a mark-up for each sub­con­trac­tor. Fur­ther more, you pay 15% min­i­mum fran­chise fees for the plans, the same plans as your friends or their neigh­bours.

So that leaves us with the fol­low­ing op­tions. 1. The cou­ple buys an older home and, with the help of fam­ily, up­grade this af­ter work and on Satur­days. Well done. They de­cide to sell the house and make the next step. They want to buy a bet­ter home, start a fam­ily and with the profit can do so. No says Labour, you made a profit and should pay cap­i­tal gains tax. But we worked at night and on Satur­days.

Op­tion 2. Buy your own sec­tion in a new sub­di­vi­sion, choose your own builder un­der your terms. Only this can be done, Mr. Mylchreest if your coun­cil gives re­source con­sent to devel­op­ers who have to put, for ex­am­ple 50% of sec­tion on the open mar­ket.

Thomas Beuker

Hamil­ton

Ma¯ori lan­guage would be pro­tected at the time of the Treaty of Wai­tangi.

Ma¯ori lan­guage was de­clared an of­fi­cial lan­guage of New Zealand in 1987. It’s a shame that 30 years on you can still find poorly trained teach­ers teach­ing their classes to mis­pro­nounce Ma¯ori words. Tax­pay­ers’ money is be­ing wasted pay­ing th­ese teach­ers for teach­ing gib­ber­ish.

The teach­ing of mis­pro­nounced Ma¯ori is dan­ger­ous be­cause it sows the seeds for racism. It forms a bar­rier to un­der­stand­ing be­tween the cul­tures. When Ma¯ori have their names mis­pro­nounced they feel they are be­ing put down. Worse still, many have been forced to adopt Pa¯keha¯ names just so they can be fairly treated. Cor­rect Ma¯ori pro­nun­ci­a­tion can be taught in the same time it takes to teach the false pro­nun­ci­a­tion but the dif­fer­ence is that cor­rect Ma¯ori pro­nun­ci­a­tion can be uni­ver­sally ap­plied and pro­vides the words with sen­si­ble mean­ing. The Ed­u­ca­tion Min­istry is derelict in its duty to the peo­ple of New Zealand.

Rainga Wade

Ki­hik­ihi

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