Generation Rent

BWB Texts

Book 30
Bridget Williams Books
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The decline of home ownership has struck at the heart of the Kiwi dream – so perhaps it is time to fashion a new one.

House prices may boom or bust but the long-term trend is clear: for more New Zealanders than ever, home ownership is out of reach. Incomes simply have not kept pace with skyrocketing property prices. Generation Rent calls into question priorities at the heart of New Zealand’s identity.

In this BWB Text, Shamubeel and Selena Eaqub investigate how we ended up here, and what can be done to ensure all New Zealanders – home owners and renters alike – live in affordable and secure housing.
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About the author

Shamubeel and Selena rent. They have different backgrounds but similar interests. Selena was born and raised in Auckland, going to Epsom Girls Grammar School and studied Economics at University of Auckland. She worked at GoldmanSachs JBWere, Reserve Bank of New Zealand, Statistics New Zealand, and is now a fulltime mum.

Shamubeel migrated to New Zealand in the early 1990s from his birth country of Bangladesh, via a three-year stay in Samoa. He studied at Lincoln High and Lincoln University. He has worked at Statistics New Zealand, ANZ in Wellington and Melbourne, GoldmanSachs JBWere and is now at NZIER, a private economic consultancy.

Selena and Shamubeel met at work, have been together for a decade and married for half of that. They enjoy economics – and to relax: good food, wine, friends, family and travel.

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Bridget Williams Books
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Jun 4, 2015
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Political Science / Public Policy / City Planning & Urban Development
Political Science / World / Australian & Oceanian
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