Opinion by Political Editor Duncan Garner
The Government has announced it wants the Auckland Council to release more land to help developers build more housing.
It's the Government's answer to getting the cost of housing under control in the country's biggest and most expensive city - but it's stopped short of forcing the council to do anything.
In the other change, it will make sure all medium-sized consents, about 1600 of them a year, must be signed off within six months.
At the moment, most take about nine months on average but some can take three years or more.
Labour says this is just tinkering around the edges. I'd go further than that and say of today's changes, so bloody what? What's the big deal?
If you're a low income family today hoping to buy a house in the next couple of years I see nothing in here for you.
Head to Timaru and get a job - you'll have a better chance of buying a house there.
This will have a limited effect or no effect in the short-medium term. It may have some marginal impact long term - as Auckland's population grows by 1.2 million people over the next 30 years - but don't hold your breath. I doubt you'll notice anything.
There is nothing bold in here at all. It is tinkering while Auckland burns in the face of unsustainable house prices.
National does not believe in intervening in the economy and we've seen that again today.
The horse has bolted in Auckland and National's changes won't go anyway towards catching it. It has shied away from getting hands on or even getting its hands dirty.
It will not build and oversee new social and affordable housing projects in the city.
It's going to hold a market-level inquiry into affordability in the construction sector. Big deal.
It will not introduce a capital gains tax. Bold measures are missing.
At best it's a prod and a push to Len Brown to release land to build more low rise townhouse complexes and more suburbs. He may help - he may not.
Did the Government help him with his CBD rail tunnel pet-project? No is the answer. How willing will he be here? Remember he has his own plans too around housing and growth.
So don't get too excited about today's changes. They can barely be called that.
Bill English warned today that there are no quick fixes in Auckland. That's for sure. The Government hasn't even cracked a sweat producing today's "list" of changes.
I have one word for this: underwhelming.