Billion estimated costs
Estimated cost of leaky dwellings as a percentage of 2014 GDP
Years since the first reports of leaky buildings
The Fifth National Government twice commissioned reports on the extent of weathertightness failure in New Zealand dwellings. Each one brought bad news. In each case, Government tampered with the news.
Over a long career John Sutherland has held numerous roles in architecture including NZIA President from 1983 to 1985 and foundation Head of School at the Unitec School of Architecture in Auckland from 1996 to 2000 followed by six years there as an Adjunct Professor.
"John Sutherland considers Peter Dyer’s comprehensive investigation into one of the country’s most costly human-made disasters – New Zealand’s leaky building syndrome."
Read the Architecture Now review here.
Mike has held many industry leadership positions including terms as Chairman and President of the Registered Master Builders Association, Director of Building Research New Zealand, and as a founding member of the Construction Strategy Group.
"It is a must read for anyone aligned to the industry as it clearly explains what went wrong and who caused it — and, not surprisingly, most roads lead to the Beehive."
Read the Building Today review here.
John Braddock Writes for the World Socialist Web Site.
"The value of Dyer’s book lies in its thorough exposure of various factors that combined to render what was an entirely preventable disaster inevitable."
Read the WSWS review here.
Branko Marcetic is a staff writer for Jacobin magazine and a 2019-2020 Leonard C. Goodman Institute for Investigative Reporting Fellow at In These Times.
Branko speaks with Peter Dyer about his book Rottenomics, and the "confluence of industrial, legislative, historical and cultural factors" that led to a failure of the building industry to provide NZers with warm, dry homes.
Listen to the interview here.
Christine Dann is a political activist and blogger with an MA Hons in Political Science and a Ph.D. in Environmental Policy.From The Daily Blog:
"Dyer tells three heart-wrenching stories from people who were victims of this new consensus, leaving them sick and a lot poorer. There are many more, and they keep coming as buildings continue to fail.”
Read Christine's article here.
Money and Consumer affairs reporter, Stuff.co.nz
"The 'Rottenomics' of the $47 billion leaky homes market failure”
Read Rob's article here.
TVNZ 4 October 2019
"Rottenomics author says leaky buildings saga has cost New Zealand $47 billion"
See the TVNZ interview here.
Afternoons with Jesse Mulligan
National presenter, Radio NZ
"Expert: Peter Dyer on the leaky homes crisis"
Listen to the Radio New Zealand interview with Jesse Muligan.
Investigative journalist, photographer and authorNovember North & South article Reprinted on “Noted” 13 November 2019
“A dirty rotten scandal: The leaky homes saga”
Read the Noted article here.
National presenter, Radio NZFrom the interview:
"The idea that if you turn the business of government and industry to the private sector and get government out of the way, we'll end up in a neo-liberal paradise where everything will be better quality and less expensive. Of course that didn’t happen, especially not in the building industry."
Listen to the Radio New Zealand Podcast with Anna Thomas.
Journalism Head, Massey University
"All of us are paying higher rates because our local councils have ended up footing the bill for the careless incompetence of our national politicians and those who advised them, who took a functioning building safety system and wrecked it.
If all this sounds too strong, you should read this book. The first and only comprehensive investigation into the disaster, it is meticulous, well-sourced and referenced."
Read the full review on Stuff.co.nz.
"Overall, New Zealand owes a debt of gratitude to Dyer for his determination to stick with the leaky homes story, and to tease out all of its contributing causes and implications. ... His book not only sheds light on a poorly understood part of our recent history but - if it finds the audience that it deserves – Rottenomics will help to ensure that New Zealand doesn’t blithely go ahead, and make the same mistakes all over again."
Read Gordon's full review on scoop.co.nz.
Peter Dyer was born in 1953 in Kansas City, Missouri, USA. He lived in New Jersey until he shifted to California to go to university in 1970. Married in 1979, he and his wife lived in California until they shifted to Palmerston North in January 2004. They have lived in Wellington since 2008.
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