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Govt plan for community input into residential red zone

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 13:15:33 +1200 | Christchurch City Council

Christchurch Mayor Lianne Dalziel has welcomed Prime Minister John Key’s announcement today of a community participation process for the public to have a say on the future use of the residential red zone.More >>

The Co-operative Bank joins Government scheme

Thu, 17 Apr 2014 12:47:33 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today welcomed The Co-operative Bank into the Government’s Welcome Home Loans scheme, bringing the total number of lenders offering the first home loan product to 11.More >>

Call for Formal Review of Christchurch Draft District Plan

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:20:26 +1200 | Property Council Of New Zealand

Property Council has grave concerns for the future of Christchurch as Christchurch City Council reviews its District Plan. More >>

NZ govt, Christchurch council target 700 new housing units

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 12:52:59 +1200 | BusinessDesk

April 16 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand government and Christchurch City Council want to add a net 700 social housing units in the country’s second-largest city in two-and-a-half years and a bigger supply of affordable houses as part of a formal ...More >>

Stock Transfers - A Way Forward for 20% of State Housing

Wed, 16 Apr 2014 11:45:02 +1200 | Community Housing Aotearoa

Community Housing Aotearoa together with the Auckland Community Housing Providers Network and Te Matapihi have released a proposal calling for the establishment of an independent negotiating partner to facilitate the transfer of up to 20% of state ...More >>

“Wish House” Underway at Fairway Bay

Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:47:52 +1200 | Joint Media Statement

The foundations for the Fairway Bay Wish House have been poured, and building work is underway in Pinecrest Drive, Gulf Harbour. More >>

LVR restrictions have been a failed experiment

Mon, 14 Apr 2014 16:42:53 +1200 | Harcourts

The average house in New Zealand now sells for $502,306, which is a record high, up 12% on the same time last year and 8% on October, the month LVR restrictions were introduced.More >>

Building Amendment (Earthquake Prone Buildings) Bill

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 15:30:39 +1200 | Ann Brower

The Select Committee has a great opportunity to improve upon the proposed Building Amendment (Earthquake Prone Buildings) Bill. The bill gives too much time to a group of buildings that is too large. In the 20-30 years that the bill allows, there is ...More >>

Interesting trends emerge in the credit demand cycle

Fri, 11 Apr 2014 12:33:25 +1200 | Veda Limited

New Zealand’s leading credit bureau, Veda, has reported some interesting movements in the credit demand cycle for the first quarter of 2014. Personal loans are up 12.5% on the same quarter in 2013. Hire Purchase applications have risen by 4.3% for the ...More >>

250,000 warmer and drier Kiwi homes

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 12:28:35 +1200 | New Zealand Government

Two hundred and fifty thousand New Zealand homes have now been insulated under two Government programmes set up to make homes warmer and healthier. Energy and Resources Minister Simon Bridges says the Government’s insulation programmes have reduced ...More >>

‘Mind the Gap’ Doco Wins Gold at New York Festivals

Thu, 10 Apr 2014 11:41:35 +1200 | Mediaworks

Bryan Bruce’s documentary Mind the Gap has won a Gold Medal at this year’s New York Festivals International Television & Film Awards, announced in Las Vegas a few hours ago.More >>

Avon River dwellers to shift to allow cleanup

Wed, 9 Apr 2014 12:23:32 +1200 | Christchurch Central Development Unit

Some river dwellers are undergoing a temporary shift as the revitalisation of the Avon River continues from this week. As part of the development of the 3.2km-long Avon River Precinct, the stretch of river between the Montreal Street Bridge and ...More >>

$9700 per property WOF cost for landlords?

Tue, 8 Apr 2014 15:19:36 +1200 | NZ Centre For Political Research

Property investors should be very alarmed that the amount each landlord could be expected to pay for upgrades associated with a proposed warrant-of-fitness scheme is $9700 for each property, Mike Butler of NZCPR said today.More >>

Residential property value growth plateaus

Mon, 7 Apr 2014 15:33:18 +1200 | QV Valuations

The latest monthly property value index shows that nationwide residential values for March have increased 8.8% over the past year, and 0.1% over the past three months. This means they are now 12.6% above the previous market peak of late 2007. When adjusted ...More >>

NZ house values rise at slowest annual pace in 6 months

Mon, 7 Apr 2014 13:28:09 +1200 | BusinessDesk

NZ house values rise at the slowest annual pace in six months in March, QV says More >>

Let’s Find & Fix – a community-led initiative

Mon, 7 Apr 2014 10:33:12 +1200 | CanCERN

Winter is coming, and the race is on to patch up cold, unsafe and unsanitary Christchurch homes. CanCERN in partnership with various agencies and companies has launched a campaign called Let’s Find & Fix that will enable people to have approved temporary ...More >>

Huge opportunity in new state house policy: English

Fri, 4 Apr 2014 18:02:56 +1300 | BusinessDesk

April 4 (BusinessDesk) – Finance Minister Bill English is urging infrastructure and construction firms to recognise opportunities to build the next generation of state houses as he predicts reforms that kick in mid-month will make the government ...More >>

Value still to be had in central Auckland

Fri, 4 Apr 2014 17:27:05 +1300 | Harcourts

Otahuhu is the last undervalued suburb in central Auckland where it is still possible to get a family home for $300,000. Owner of the new Harcourts Otahuhu office Preet Grewal says although he already has an office in Manukau City, he wanted to expand ...More >>

Glen Innes Community Marches Against Social Housing Reforms

Thu, 3 Apr 2014 16:09:37 +1300 | Defend Glen Innes

Today the Glen Innes community is marching against the Social Housing reforms which include a shift of the administration of Housing New Zealand tenancies to Work and Income New Zealand (WINZ). . Social housing is a shift from state-run housing to ...More >>

Christchurch average prices rise over half a million

Thu, 3 Apr 2014 15:49:35 +1300 | Harcourts

Please find attached March residential property market analysis for the Christchurch Metro area from New Zealand’s largest real estate group, Harcourts. More >>


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