The Reading / Listening - Home Buyers - Level 6

New Zealand's government has announced a ban on the purchase of homes by foreigners. Soon-to-be Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Tuesday that the ban would begin in early 2018. The measure is to address the current housing crisis in New Zealand. For the past few decades, overseas buyers have been snapping up houses as investments or for holiday homes in New Zealand. This has created an increased demand for properties, which has seen house prices soar. Prices have risen by more than 50 per cent in the last decade. New Zealanders are up in arms at the inflated prices they now have to pay to buy a home. Many citizens have simply been priced out of the market and cannot afford to get on the housing ladder.



Ms Ardern expressed her determination to end the practice of overseas investment increasing property prices. She said: "We are determined to make it easier for Kiwis to buy their first home, so we are stopping foreign speculators buying houses and driving up prices. Kiwis should not be outbid like this." However, the new measure will not apply to Australians. Furthermore, overseas investors will still be able to buy land. Ardern said the changes would not stop non-residents or non-citizens from buying residential land to build a house on. She stated: "Our position has always been that if you're adding to supply…then you will be able to build." Ardern said she hopes the ban will "take some of the heat" out of the property market.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Home Buyers - Level 4  or  Home Buyers - Level 5

Sources
  • http://www.reuters.com/article/us-newzealand-politics-housing/new-zealand-pm-says-ban-on-foreign-home-buyers-to-start-early-2018-idUSKBN1D00AR?il=0
  • http://www.radionz.co.nz/news/political/342781/foreign-home-buyers-to-be-banned-pm
  • https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2017-10-31/new-zealand-to-slap-home-buying-ban-on-foreigners-to-ease-market


Make sure you try all of the online activities for this reading and listening - There are dictations, multiple choice, drag and drop activities, crosswords, hangman, flash cards, matching activities and a whole lot more. Please enjoy :-)



Warm-ups

1. HOME BUYERS: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about home buyers. Change partners often and share your findings.

2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?

       New Zealand   / homes / foreigners / housing crisis / house prices / housing ladder /
       determination / investment / speculators / measure / overseas / position / property

Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.

3. OVERSEAS INVESTORS: Students A strongly believe overseas investors should be allowed to buy homes in other countries; Students B strongly believe they shouldn't.  Change partners again and talk about your conversations.

4. NON-CITIZENS: Should non-citizens be allowed to do these things in your country? Why / Why not? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

Allowed to…

Yes (If they…..)  / No?

Why / Why Not?

buy a house    
drive    
work    
start a business    
vote    
stay for one year    
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5. HOUSE: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "house". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.

6. INVESTMENTS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best investments at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • art
  • gold
  • stamps
  • education
  • houses
  • stocks and shares
  • foreign currency
  • Internet start-ups

 

Vocabulary

Paragraph 1

1. purchase a. A time of intense difficulty, trouble, or danger.
2. measure b. The process of being able to buy your first house and then perhaps sell it and buy a more expensive one.
3. address c. Get something by paying for it.
4. crisis d. Think about and begin to deal with an issue or problem.
5. soar e. A plan or course of action taken to achieve a particular purpose.
6. up in arms f. Increase rapidly above the usual level.
7. housing ladder g. Very angry.

Paragraph 2

8. practice h. Being strong in your desire to do something.
9. determination i. People who invest in stocks, property, or other projects in the hope of getting more money.
10. speculators j. Make something needed or wanted available to people.
11. outbid k. The actual use of an idea, belief, or method as opposed to theories about it.
12. residential l. A building or buildings and the land belonging to it or them.
13. supply m. Designed for people to live in.
14. property n. Offer to pay a higher price for something than another person.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if a-h below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The ban on foreign home buyers will begin in 2019.     T / F
  2. There is a housing crisis in New Zealand.     T / F
  3. Overseas investors have been buying up homes in NZ for centuries.     T / F
  4. The article said New Zealanders want to buy a ladder for their house.     T / F
  5. New Zealand's leader wants to make it easier for kiwis to make nests.     T / F
  6. Australians can still buy houses in New Zealand.     T / F
  7. Non-citizens can still buy residential land in New Zealand.     T / F
  8. NZ's leader wants to cool the property market down.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. announced
  2. measure
  3. soar
  4. inflated
  5. afford
  6. determination
  7. apply
  8. buy
  9. build
  10. position
  1. resolution
  2. high
  3. stance
  4. pay for
  5. purchase
  6. construct
  7. increase
  8. made public
  9. action
  10. be relevant

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. address the current housing
  2. overseas buyers have been snapping
  3. which has seen house prices
  4. New Zealanders are up in
  5. cannot afford to get on
  6. Ms Ardern expressed her determination
  7. make it easier for Kiwis
  8. the new measure will not
  9. residential
  10. take some of the heat" out
  1. arms
  2. of the property market
  3. to end the practice
  4. the housing ladder
  5. apply to Australians
  6. crisis
  7. land
  8. soar
  9. to buy their first home
  10. up houses as investments

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
snapping
decade
purchase
ladder
crisis
inflated
measure
soar

New Zealand's government has announced a ban on the (1) ____________ of homes by foreigners. Soon-to-be Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Tuesday that the ban would begin in early 2018. The (2) ____________ is to address the current housing (3) ____________ in New Zealand. For the past few decades, overseas buyers have been (4) ____________ up houses as investments or for holiday homes in New Zealand. This has created an increased demand for properties, which has seen house prices (5) ____________. Prices have risen by more than 50 per cent in the last (6) ____________. New Zealanders are up in arms at the (7) ____________ prices they now have to pay to buy a home. Many citizens have simply been priced out of the market and cannot afford to get on the housing (8) ____________.

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
residential
determined
apply
heat
practice
supply
able
speculators

Ms Ardern expressed her determination to end the (9) ____________ of overseas investment increasing property prices. She said: "We are (10) ____________ to make it easier for Kiwis to buy their first home, so we are stopping foreign (11) ____________ buying houses and driving up prices. Kiwis should not be outbid like this." However, the new measure will not (12) ____________ to Australians. Furthermore, overseas investors will still be (13) ____________ to buy land. Ardern said the changes would not stop non-residents or non-citizens from buying (14) ____________ land to build a house on. She stated: "Our position has always been that if you're adding to (15) ____________ …then you will be able to build." Ardern said she hopes the ban will "take some of the (16) ____________ " out of the property market.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1)  The measure is to address the current ______
     a.  housing crisis
     b.  housing cry sighs
     c.  housing cries is
     d.  housing kisses

2)  This has created an increased demand for properties, which has seen house ______
     a.  prices soar
     b.  prices sore
     c.  prices thaw
     d.  prices saw

3)  Prices have risen by more than 50 per cent ______
     a.  in the lasting decade
     b.  in a last decade
     c.  in the last decade
     d.  in the last decades

4)  Many citizens have simply been priced out ______
     a.  of the marketing
     b.  of the marketed
     c.  of the markets
     d.  of the market

5)  cannot afford to get on the ______
     a.  house in larder
     b.  housed in ladder
     c.  housing ladder
     d.  housing ladle

6)  end the practice of overseas investment increasing ______
     a.  property's prices
     b.  property prices
     c.  property price
     d.  property's price

7)  so we are stopping foreign speculators buying houses ______ prices
     a.  and drive in up
     b.  and driven up
     c.  and driving up
     d.  and driving in up

8)  However, the new measure will ______ Australians
     a.  not reply to
     b.  not apply to
     c.  not comply to
     d.  not supply to

9)  the changes would not stop non-residents or non-citizens from buying ______
     a.  residence shall land
     b.  residents shall land
     c.  resident shall land
     d.  residential land

10)  Ardern said she hopes the ban will take some ______
     a.  of the heat out
     b.  of the heated out
     c.  of a heat out
     d.  off the heat out

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

New Zealand's government has announced (1) ___________________ purchase of homes by foreigners. (2) ___________________ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Tuesday that the ban would begin in early 2018. The measure is to address the current (3) ___________________ New Zealand. For the past few decades, overseas buyers have been snapping up houses as investments or for holiday homes in New Zealand. This has (4) ___________________ demand for properties, which has seen house prices soar. Prices have risen by more than 50 per cent in the last decade. New Zealanders are (5) ___________________ at the inflated prices they now have to pay to buy a home. Many citizens have simply been priced out of the market and cannot afford to get on (6) ___________________.

Ms Ardern expressed her determination to (7) ___________________ of overseas investment increasing property prices. She said: "We are determined to (8) ___________________ for Kiwis to buy their first home, so we are stopping foreign speculators buying houses and driving up prices. Kiwis should not (9) ___________________ this." However, the new measure will not apply to Australians. Furthermore, (10) ___________________ will still be able to buy land. Ardern said the changes would not stop non-residents or non-citizens from (11) ___________________ land to build a house on. She stated: "Our position has always been that if you're adding to supply…then you will be able to build." Ardern said she hopes the ban will "take some of (12) ___________________ of the property market.

Comprehension questions

  1. When will New Zealand begin the ban on foreign home owners?
  2. What kind of crisis is there in New Zealand?
  3. What two reasons did the article give for foreigners buying homes?
  4. By how much have house prices in NZ risen in the last decade?
  5. What can't many New Zealanders afford to get on?
  6. Who does NZ's leader want to make things easier for?
  7. Who will the new measure not apply to?
  8. What can non-citizens in NZ still buy?
  9. What did NZ's leader say it was OK to add to?
  10. What does Jacinda Ardern want to take out of the property market?




Multiple choice quiz

1) When will New Zealand begin the ban on foreign home owners?
a) December
b) next Summer
c) early 2018
d) it hasn't been decided yet

2) What kind of crisis is there in New Zealand?
a) a housing crisis
b) a construction crisis
c) a health crisis
d) an environmental problem

3) What two reasons did the article give for foreigners buying homes?
a) investments and holiday homes
b) renting and selling
c) business and commerce
d) to live and get a visa

4) By how much have house prices in NZ risen in the last decade?
a) less than 50%
b) more than 50%
c) exactly 50%
d) around 50%

5) What can't many New Zealanders afford to get on?
a) a cruise ship
b) a bus
c) the roof of their house
d) the housing ladder

6) Who does NZ's leader want to make things easier for?
a) everyone
b) Kiwis
c) Australians
d) themselves

7) Who will the new measure not apply to?
a) Australians
b) the leader
c) Kiwis
d) everyone

8) What can non-citizens in NZ still buy?
a) visas
b) voting rights
c) residential land
d) apartment buildings

9) What did NZ's leader say it was OK to add to?
a) the number of kiwis
b) the population
c) public funds
d) the supply of housing

10) What does Jacinda Ardern want to take out of the property market?
a) heat
b) people
c) ladders
d) positions

Role play

Role  A – Houses

You think houses are the best things to invest in. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these investments (and why): Internet start-ups, stocks and shares or education.

Role  B – Internet Start-ups

You think Internet start-ups are the best things to invest in. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these investments (and why): houses, stocks and shares or education.

Role  C – Stocks and Shares

You think stocks and shares are the best things to invest in. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these investments (and why): Internet start-ups, houses or education.

Role  D – Education

You think education are the best things to invest in. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their things. Also, tell the others which is the worst of these investments (and why):  Internet start-ups, stocks and shares or houses.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'home'

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  • ________________
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  • ________________
  • ________________
  • ________________
  • and 'property'.

  • ________________
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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • end
    • easier
    • driving
    • apply
    • build
    • heat
    • soon
    • address
    • snapping
    • soar
    • arms
    • ladder




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - New Zealand to ban foreign home buyers

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'house'?
    3. Should foreigners be allowed to buy homes in your country?
    4. What is the best thing about home ownership?
    5. What is the housing market like in your country?
    6. What is a housing crisis?
    7. Is it better to buy or rent a house?
    8. How can a country make sure there are enough houses for people?
    9. How important is it to get on the housing ladder?
    10. How difficult is it to get on the housing ladder?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'property'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. Why is overseas investment in houses bad?
    5. How good is property to invest in?
    6. Where would you like to buy a house?
    7. What kind of house would you like to buy?
    8. What kind of place do you currently live in?
    9. Will the ban "take the heat" out of the housing situation?
    10. What questions would you like to ask the soon-to-be prime minister?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    New Zealand's government has announced a ban on (1) ____ purchase of homes by foreigners. Soon-to-(2) ____ Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Tuesday that the ban would (3) ____ in early 2018. The measure is to address the current housing crisis in New Zealand. For the past few decades, overseas buyers have been (4) ____ up houses as investments or for holiday homes in New Zealand. This has created an increased demand for properties, which has seen house prices soar. Prices have (5) ____ by more than 50 per cent in the last decade. New Zealanders are up in arms at the inflated prices they now have to pay to buy a home. Many citizens have simply been priced out of the market and cannot afford to get on the housing (6) ____.

    Ms Ardern expressed her determination to end the (7) ____ of overseas investment increasing property prices. She said: "We are determined to make it easier for Kiwis to buy their first home, so we are stopping foreign (8) ____ buying houses and driving up prices. Kiwis should not be outbid like this." However, the new measure will not (9) ____ to Australians. Furthermore, (10) ____ investors will still be able to buy land. Ardern said the changes would not stop non-residents or non-citizens from buying residential land to build a house on. She stated: "Our position has always been that if you're adding to (11) ____ …then you will be able to build." Ardern said she hopes the ban will "take some of the (12) ____" out of the property market.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     a     (b)     that     (c)     the     (d)     this    
    2. (a)     be     (b)     being     (c)     been     (d)     becoming    
    3. (a)     begin     (b)     began     (c)     benign     (d)     being    
    4. (a)     snapping     (b)     slapping     (c)     swapping     (d)     snipping    
    5. (a)     arisen     (b)     rising     (c)     rose     (d)     risen    
    6. (a)     scale     (b)     stairs     (c)     steps     (d)     ladder    
    7. (a)     practice     (b)     practicum     (c)     practical     (d)     practitioner    
    8. (a)     speculative     (b)     spectators     (c)     spectacles     (d)     speculators    
    9. (a)     apply     (b)     relevant     (c)     request     (d)     exert    
    10. (a)     seven seas     (b)     overseas     (c)     deep-sea     (d)     undersea    
    11. (a)     reserve     (b)     supply     (c)     demand     (d)     serve    
    12. (a)     heat     (b)     hot     (c)     heating     (d)     heater

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. noauncedn a ban
    2. the pruhesca of homes
    3. arssded the current housing crisis
    4. For the past few ceeasdd
    5. an increased demand for oereripstp
    6. up in arms at the afnitedl prices

    Paragraph 2

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    2. stopping foreign eputsrcosal
    3. the new amsuere
    4. non-cizestni
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    6. adding to ppuyls

    Put the text back together

    (    )     Ms Ardern expressed her determination to end the practice of overseas investment increasing property

    (    )     investors will still be able to buy land. Ardern said the changes would not stop non-residents or non-citizens

    (    )     like this." However, the new measure will not apply to Australians. Furthermore, overseas

    (    )     decade. New Zealanders are up in arms at the inflated prices they now have to pay to buy a home. Many citizens have

    1  )     New Zealand's government has announced a ban on the purchase of homes by foreigners. Soon-to-

    (    )     up houses as investments or for holiday homes in New Zealand. This has created an increased demand for

    (    )     prices. She said: "We are determined to make it easier for Kiwis to buy their first home, so we are stopping foreign

    (    )     the current housing crisis in New Zealand. For the past few decades, overseas buyers have been snapping

    (    )     from buying residential land to build a house on. She stated: "Our position has always been that if you're adding to

    (    )     be Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Tuesday that the ban would begin in early 2018. The measure is to address

    (    )     properties, which has seen house prices soar. Prices have risen by more than 50 per cent in the last

    (    )     supply, then you will be able to build." Ardern said she hopes the ban will "take some of the heat" out of the property market.

    (    )     simply been priced out of the market and cannot afford to get on the housing ladder.

    (    )     speculators buying houses and driving up prices. Kiwis should not be outbid

    Put the words in the right order

    1. The   the   measure   current   is   housing   to   crisis   address   .
    2. up   snapping   been   have   Buyers   investments   as   houses   .
    3. the   in   50%   than   more   by   risen   have   Prices   decade   last   .
    4. the   citizens   been   of   Many   simply   out   market   have   priced   .
    5. on   get   to   afford   Cannot   ladder   housing   the   .
    6. to   first   it   Kiwis   their   Make   for   buy   home   easier   .
    7. stopping   speculators   houses   are   foreign   buying   We   .
    8. will   buy   still   land   be   Overseas   able   investors   to   .
    9. land   residential   Buying   on   house   a   build   to   .
    10. heat   the   Take   the   of   market   of   out   property   some   .

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    New Zealand's government has announced a ban on the purchase / purchases of homes by foreigners. Soon-to-be Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern announced on Tuesday that the ban would benign / begin in early 2018. The measure is to address / mail the current housing crisis in New Zealand. For the past few decadence / decades, overseas buyers have been snapping / snipping up houses as investments or for holiday homes in New Zealand. This has created an increased remand / demand for properties, which has seen house prices soar / sore. Prices have risen by more than 50 per cent in the last decade. New Zealanders are up in arms / legs at the inflated prices they now have to pay to buy a home. Many citizenry / citizens have simply been priced out of the market and cannot afford to get on the housing ladder / steps.

    Ms Ardern expressed her determination / determined to end the practice of overseas / undersea investment increasing property prices. She said: "We are determined to make it / them easier for Kiwis to buy their first home, so we are stopping foreign speculators buying houses and driven / driving up prices. Kiwis should not be biding / outbid like this." However, the new measure will not apply / appliance to Australians. Furthermore / Furtherance, overseas investors will still be able to buy land. Ardern said the changes would not stop non-residents or non-citizens from buying residence / residential land to build a house on. She stated: "Our position has always been that if you're adding to supply / demand…then you will be able to build." Ardern said she hopes the ban will "take some of the heat" out of the property / prosper market.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

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    Ms _rd_rn _xpr_ss_d h_r d_t_rm_n_t__n t_ _nd th_ pr_ct_c_ _f _v_rs__s _nv_stm_nt _ncr__s_ng pr_p_rty pr_c_s. Sh_ s__d: "W_ _r_ d_t_rm_n_d t_ m_k_ _t __s__r f_r K_w_s t_ b_y th__r f_rst h_m_, s_ w_ _r_ st_pp_ng f_r__gn sp_c_l_t_rs b_y_ng h__s_s _nd dr_v_ng _p pr_c_s. K_w_s sh__ld n_t b_ __tb_d l_k_ th_s." H_w_v_r, th_ n_w m__s_r_ w_ll n_t _pply t_ __str_l__ns. F_rth_rm_r_, _v_rs__s _nv_st_rs w_ll st_ll b_ _bl_ t_ b_y l_nd. _rd_rn s__d th_ ch_ng_s w__ld n_t st_p n_n-r_s_d_nts _r n_n-c_t_z_ns fr_m b_y_ng r_s_d_nt__l l_nd t_ b__ld _ h__s_ _n. Sh_ st_t_d: "__r p_s_t__n h_s _lw_ys b__n th_t _f y__'r_ _dd_ng t_ s_pply…th_n y__ w_ll b_ _bl_ t_ b__ld." _rd_rn s__d sh_ h_p_s th_ b_n w_ll "t_k_ s_m_ _f th_ h__t" __t _f th_ pr_p_rty m_rk_t.

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    new zealand's government has announced a ban on the purchase of homes by foreigners soon-to-be prime minister jacinda ardern announced on tuesday that the ban would begin in early 2018 the measure is to address the current housing crisis in new zealand for the past few decades overseas buyers have been snapping up houses as investments or for holiday homes in new zealand this has created an increased demand for properties which has seen house prices soar prices have risen by more than 50 per cent in the last decade new zealanders are up in arms at the inflated prices they now have to pay to buy a home many citizens have simply been priced out of the market and cannot afford to get on the housing ladder

    ms ardern expressed her determination to end the practice of overseas investment increasing property prices she said "we are determined to make it easier for kiwis to buy their first home so we are stopping foreign speculators buying houses and driving up prices kiwis should not be outbid like this" however the new measure will not apply to australians furthermore overseas investors will still be able to buy land ardern said the changes would not stop non-residents or non-citizens from buying residential land to build a house on she stated "our position has always been that if you're adding to supply…then you will be able to build" ardern said she hopes the ban will "take some of the heat" out of the property market

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    NewZealand'sgovernmenthasannouncedabanonthepurchaseofhom
    esbyforeigners.Soon-to-bePrimeMinisterJacindaArdernannouncedo
    nTuesdaythatthebanwouldbegininearly2018.Themeasureistoaddre
    ssthecurrenthousingcrisisinNewZealand.Forthepastfewdecades,ov
    erseasbuyershavebeensnappinguphousesasinvestmentsorforholid
    ayhomesinNewZealand.Thishascreatedanincreaseddemandforprop
    erties,whichhasseenhousepricessoar.Priceshaverisenbymorethan5
    0percentinthelastdecade.NewZealandersareupinarmsattheinflated
    pricestheynowhavetopaytobuyahome.Manycitizenshavesimplybee
    npricedoutofthemarketandcannotaffordtogetonthehousingladder.
    MsArdernexpressedherdeterminationtoendthepracticeofoverseasin
    vestmentincreasingpropertyprices.Shesaid:"Wearedeterminedtom
    akeiteasierforKiwistobuytheirfirsthome,sowearestoppingforeignsp
    eculatorsbuyinghousesanddrivingupprices.Kiwisshouldnotbeoutbid
    likethis."However,thenewmeasurewillnotapplytoAustralians.Furthe
    rmore,overseasinvestorswillstillbeabletobuyland.Ardernsaidthecha
    ngeswouldnotstopnon-residentsornon-citizensfrombuyingreside
    ntiallandtobuildahouseon.Shestated:"Ourpositionhasalwaysbeenth
    atifyou'readdingtosupply…thenyouwillbeabletobuild."Ardernsaidsh
    ehopesthebanwill"takesomeoftheheat"outofthepropertymarket.

    Free writing

    Write about home buyers for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Only citizens should by able to buy houses in their own country. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google’s search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.

    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.

    3. PROPERTY: Make a poster about residential property in your country. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?

    4. HOME BUYERS: Write a magazine article about citizens being allowed to buy homes in their country. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.

    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).

    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.

    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on residential homes. Ask him/her three questions about them. Give him/her three of your opinions on who can and cannot buy homes in your country. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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