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Ryman wins most trusted retirement village brand

Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:02:39 +1200 | Ryman Healthcare

Ryman Healthcare is the most trusted brand in the retirement village industry, according to Reader’s Digest. More >>

Migrant Workers - In response to Press article

Tue, 22 Jul 2014 17:24:41 +1200 | Tenants Protection Association ChCh Inc

Tenants Protection Association (TPA) has been concerned about the treatment of migrant workers for many years now and is bitterly disappointed that bad practice continues post-Earthquakes.More >>

Prices, Sales Volume Continue To Rise in June Rural Market

Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:30:15 +1200 | REINZ

Data released today by the Real Estate Institute of NZ (“REINZ”) shows there were 70 more farm sales (+14.8%) for the three months ended June 2014 than for the three months ended June 2013. Overall, there were 544 farm sales in the three months ...More >>

Stonewood Homes Extends All Warranties in New Homes

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 17:27:56 +1200 | Stonewood Homes

One of New Zealand’s leading home builders is doubling its warranty on new builds so customers can have full faith and confidence in its people and products. More >>

Embrace falling home affordability, says NZIER

Fri, 18 Jul 2014 10:34:59 +1200 | BusinessDesk

July 18 (BusinessDesk) - Despair over the inability to afford a house is misplaced and should be embraced as an opportunity to invest in more wealth-creating activity, says the principal economist at the New Zealand Institute of Economic Research, Shamubeel ...More >>

Council decides against area-wide rockfall mitigation

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 17:27:40 +1200 | Christchurch City Council

Councillors today decided area-wide rockfall mitigation for Port Hills homes red-zoned by the Crown was not practical for several reasons, including uncertainty around effectiveness and costs.More >>

Fast forward through architecture and planning

Thu, 17 Jul 2014 13:54:19 +1200 | University of Auckland

Outstanding practitioners in the fields of architecture, planning and urban design will present their work for discussion and debate at the upcoming Fast Forward lecture series.More >>

Bridges cannot argue with the CPI –electricity prices are up

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:56:47 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

Today’s CPI gives the lie to Simon Bridge’s claim that power prices only rose by 2.3 % in the last year. Labour’s Energy spokesperson David Shearer says. “Its official; the CPI index says power prices increased by 4.2% in the last quarter. ...More >>

Independent advice to make your home warmer and healthier

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 12:35:11 +1200 | Community Energy Network

More households throughout New Zealand can now get access to independent, personalised advice to make their homes warmer and healthier. The Home Performance Advisor training programme, a collaborative not for profit initiative by Beacon Pathway, Community ...More >>

Water-Proofing Membrane Rescues Flood-Prone Houses in Chch

Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:15:02 +1200 | Seamless Coatings

400 houses in Christchurch — under threat of flooding, as the Avon river, swollen by liquefaction after the earthquakes, pushes up the water table — have been ‘saved’ by a new liquid membrane which insulates the ground floors, turning an $80million ...More >>

Sales volumes continue to trend down

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 15:28:41 +1200 | Real Estate Institute Of New Zealand

5,763 dwellings sold in June 2014, down 12.3% on May and down 6.1% on June 2013 • National median price of $427,250, down $2,750 (-0.6%) on May and up $33,250 (+8.4%) on June 2013 • All regions saw sales fall compared to May, and only two ...More >>

First Housing Accord variation to create up to 3000 homes

Mon, 14 Jul 2014 12:06:18 +1200 | Auckland Council

A group of landowners in Hobsonville have become the first to lodge a plan variation application in an Auckland Special Housing Area (SHA), bringing plans to create up to 3000 new homes a step closer.More >>

Deaths should prompt change

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:49:46 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

Eight adverse reports relating to rest home care in as many months, resulting in several deaths, cannot go unchallenged, Labour’s Health spokesperson Annette King says.More >>

Public Address 11 July 2014 - Five new posts!

Fri, 11 Jul 2014 14:47:33 +1200 | Public Address

Just a quickie post this week, because I’m flat-out with with and conferences and stuff. And besides, there’s Campbell Walker’s prodigious guest post on Peter Jefferies and his work if you want some more reading and listening pleasure.More >>

New consumer protections for building work

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:02:04 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Builders will be required to have written contracts, provide information on their relevant skills, experience and qualifications, and disclose their insurance and warranty cover from 1 January 2015 for residential building work valued at over $30,000, ...More >>

Consents fall well short of targets

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 12:20:53 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

Auckland Council’s chief economist has published data showing Auckland is on track to build only half the number of houses the Council says the city needs to keep up with demand, says Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.More >>

Christchurch Chep workers strike for national pay parity

Thu, 10 Jul 2014 10:41:49 +1200 | First Union

Workers at the Chep pallet plant in Christchurch are going on strike on Thursday 10 July, demanding pay parity with Chep’s Wiri pallet plant in Auckland, according to FIRST Union, the union for workers in the transport and logistics sector.More >>

Taxes and Votes

Wed, 9 Jul 2014 14:17:39 +1200 | ACT New Zealand

On TV1’s Q&A programme, David Cunliffe boasted that his proposed new capital gains tax would collect an extra $5 billion a year. That is the biggest tax hike in the history of New Zealand. Which is saying something.More >>

Open data future becoming a reality

Wed, 9 Jul 2014 13:20:20 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Land Information Minister Michael Woodhouse today released the 2014 Report on Agency Adoption of the Declaration on Open and Transparent Government . More >>

Encouraging progress for Christchurch housing

Tue, 8 Jul 2014 13:14:57 +1200 | New Zealand Government

A new Housing New Zealand Corporation (HNZC) complex of 12 homes in central Christchurch was opened and bids sought for another 450 temporary and affordable homes on two other major Government housing initiatives, Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith announced ...More >>


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