Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


RBNZ rate hike equals more pain for home owners

RBNZ rate hike equals more pain for home owners


12 June, 2014


Today’s Reserve Bank interest rate hike means home owners with a floating rate mortgage of $250,000 will pay more than $1200 a year extra in interest than they did in March, Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman said.

“Inflation is currently well below the 2.0 percent target and this third interest rate hike since March whacks home owners, to say nothing of exporters, who will have to grapple with an ever-rising New Zealand dollar.

“Home owners and those aspiring to home ownership got no assistance in last month’s Budget and today have been slammed again, plus the bank promises more hikes this year and next despite Governor Graeme Wheeler saying inflation and wage inflation is moderate,” Dr Norman said .
The RBNZ lifted the Official Cash Rate by quarter of percentage point to 3.25 percent. Annual inflation is 1.5 percent and actually was lower in the year to March than it was the previous quarter.

“People on floating rate mortgages will be hit immediately and even those on fixed rates will eventually be punished,” Dr Norman said.

“Governor Wheeler has signalled more rate rises ahead. Most families are already stretched. On a mortgage of $250,000, you will likely, by the end of this year, have $1500 less a year disposable income. Many home owners, especially in Auckland, have considerably larger mortgages than that.”

The RBNZ is virtually the only central bank around the world hiking interest rates. Some, such as the European Central Bank, are actually cutting rates.
“In the March Monetary Policy Statement, Mr Wheeler said the exchange rate was unsustainably high and he repeated that today. But today’s hike, and with more hikes promised, exporters can expect more pain,” Dr Norman said.

“The Government’s failure to manage the housing sector, where the median house price has risen 33 percent and 44 percent in Auckland on John Key’s watch, is a key driver of today’s RBNZ action.

“Instead of a hands-off approach, the Green Party would more actively manage the housing sector to reduce the attractiveness and profitability of housing speculation.

“The Green Party will take the heat of the housing market by building more state houses and funding third party organisations to provide more affordable houses. We also will curb property speculation through a capital gains tax (except on the family home) and restrict non-resident purchases of property,” Dr Norman said.

Ends

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Syriza Win Greek Election: The Rumblings Of The Left

Binoy Kampmark: The left – and by this, the genuine, progressive, unmanagerial left – is getting noisy. The Greek elections are upon us, with the similar challenges being played out from 2012. There are fears of Grexit – a heavy breathing departure from the eurozone that will do everything to rattle the central currency mechanism that has been taking a battering...

Much of this has been triggered by the moral outrage and political response of the left grouping centred on Syriza of Greece. The movement has been said to have similarities to a new constellation of power in Spain, led by Podemos. Syriza, led by Alexis Tsipras, has promised to renegotiate the terms of Greece’s 240 billion euro international bailout arrangements. Both parties point out to the distance between elector and the elected, a creeping death of democratic accountability in favour of market propriety. More>>

 

Transport: Auckland Looks To Light Rail

The Board of Auckland Transport has called for an investigation into a light rail network, which could relieve traffic congestion on some of the region’s busiest roads. This stems from work in 2012 (the City Centre Future Access study) which responded to a government request to develop a robust and achievable solution for access to the CBD. More>>

ALSO:

RMA: Smith's Claims Don't Match Evidence - Greens

The Motu group’s research into the impacts of planning rules looked at the costs related to housing development but not the benefits of environmental protections and does not recommend significant changes to the RMA to reduce the cost of new house builds. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Similarities Between John Key And David Cameron

For years now, David Cameron has been the closest available thing to a mentor/analogue to our Prime Minister, such that Key watchers could be interested in an analysis of Cameron that appeared in the British press over the Christmas break. More>>

Gordon Campbell: On Ian Fletcher Resignation & GCSB’s New Role

It may well be that after being shoulder-tapped in Queensland for the GCSB job, three years of living in Wellington has been enough for Fletcher and his family, given that the pending review of the GCSB would have required an even longer commitment from him. Three years of Wellington’s weather is enough for anyone... More>>

ALSO:

Ian Apperley: $10m Or $100m For New Wellington Council IT System?

I feel a Tui Billboard coming on. I commented the other day that it looked like the Council’s Ninth big project was a potential $100 million plus... The Mayor has responded: “I am reassured by the Chief Executive and by Anthony Wilson that the proposed budget is in the region of $10 million.” More>>

ALSO:

Southern Ocean:
Navy Intercepts Illegal Fishing Vessels

Foreign Minister Murray McCully today put illegal fishing vessels operating in the Southern Ocean on notice and vowed to take action against their owners. “As part of a multi-agency operation, the HMNZS WELLINGTON has intercepted two vessels claiming to be flagged to Equatorial Guinea, fishing illegally in the Southern Ocean.” Mr McCully says. More>>

ALSO:

Get More From Scoop

 

LATEST HEADLINES

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Parliament
Search Scoop  
 
 
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news