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Fourth housing report confirms failure

Wed, 26 Nov 2014 16:57:32 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

The Fourth Auckland Housing Accord monitoring report shows the Accord has failed to make a dent in the city's housing crisis, says Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.More >>

TerraNova Case Appealed To Supreme Court

Tue, 25 Nov 2014 10:59:25 +1300 | Aged Care Association

Today the New Zealand Aged Care Association will appeal to the Supreme Court on behalf of TerraNova Homes and Care Limited in their case with the Service and Food Workers’ Union and Kristine Bartlett.More >>

Smoke Alarms in Rental properties

Mon, 24 Nov 2014 14:13:55 +1300 | Tenants Protection Association ChCh Inc

TPA says recent calls for mandatory smoke alarm installations in rental properties is an opportunity for all parties to come together to improve the safety and quality of rental housing.More >>

Major New Event for Auckland

Fri, 21 Nov 2014 14:47:02 +1300 | Jade Promotions

Jade Promotions, the country’s largest provider of home, garden and lifestyle shows announced today that it is launching a new event in Auckland next year. The Auckland Better Home & Living Show will open in mid-November 2015 at the North Shore Events ...More >>

What Kiwis want – and need – in a home

Thu, 20 Nov 2014 17:05:59 +1300 | HRV

Forget a spa pool, central heating and landscaped gardens like they push on The Block NZ . What Kiwis really want when they are renovating or choosing a new house is for it to be insulated.More >>

National caught out on state house porkies

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 12:52:51 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

Housing NZ’s annual report out today directly contradicts the Government’s claim that one-third of its houses are in the wrong place and are the wrong size, said Labour’s housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.More >>

Auckland Council agrees same rates for same value properties

Wed, 19 Nov 2014 09:11:08 +1300 | Auckland Council

Auckland Council’s Budget Committee has rejected capping rates increases or decreases as part of its proposed rates policy for 2015/16, resulting in a fairer rates distribution among residential ratepayers.More >>

Millbrook Resort builder wins best show home

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 17:32:01 +1300 | Millbrook

A Central Otago building company renowned for its award-winning homes at Queenstown’s five-star Millbrook Resort has been named among New Zealand’s finest builders. More >>

Jalcon Congratulates House of the Year National Winners

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:52:52 +1300 | Jalcon Homes

Jalcon Homes, one of Auckland’s most active home builders, has congratulated the supreme winners of the 2014 Registered Master Builders House of the Year national awards. More >>

Split Council votes on full increases up to and above 40%

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:51:41 +1300 | No More Rates

At today’s Auckland Council Budget Committee several councillors tried to find ways to ease the pain for 126,000 residential ratepayers who face a rate rise of more than 10% next year – including 51,000 who face rises between 15% and 40%+.More >>

Reply to open letter on earthquake repair in Christchurch

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 16:09:27 +1300 | ElderNet

You raise many points and I acknowledge the frustration some people are experiencing when their homes are still not repaired or rebuilt. We have consistently said that the scale and complexity of events has always meant that it will not be till the ...More >>

Arvida launches IPO

Tue, 18 Nov 2014 10:35:32 +1300 | Arvida Group

Arvida Group Limited (Arvida), a new national retirement village group to comprise 17 retirement villages and aged care facilities located in the North and South Islands, has registered a prospectus for an Initial Public Offering and a listing on the NZX ...More >>

Conviction of Auckland handyman serves as timely reminder

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:29:53 +1300 | Plumbers Gasfitters and Drainlayers Board

The recent prosecution of a home handyman who illegally installed a gas fire place and conducted poor electrical work at a home in Auckland, serves as a timely reminder to consumers to stay safe and always use a licensed tradesperson. More >>

Martin Doyle Cartoon: Housing vultures

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 17:16:54 +1300 | Martin Doyle

Is there some way of slowing either our breeding, or levels of immigration, so that we've always got the right number of houses to match the number of people who need them?More >>

Knauf pullback to have "little effect" on housing costs

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 14:14:27 +1300 | BusinessDesk

Nov. 17 (BusinessDesk) - Fletcher Building, New Zealand's largest building company, says the potential scaling back of the local operations of its plasterboard rival Knauf would have "very little effect" on housing affordability.More >>

New initiatives to improve tenancy services

Mon, 17 Nov 2014 11:30:32 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Changes to the delivery of key tenancy services are set to streamline and speed up processes for landlords and tenants, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.More >>

REINZ's O'Sullivan wants pre-purchase inspection standards

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 14:57:39 +1300 | BusinessDesk

Nov. 14 (BusinessDesk) - Real Estate Institute chief executive Helen O’Sullivan wants to see pre-purchase building inspections regulated, a standard set for methamphetamine testing, and property managers come back under the Real Estate Industry Authority.More >>

Homeless is where the heart is

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 12:45:28 +1300 | Melanie Duval-Smith

So, you are not allowed to feed the homeless on the streets of Florida. Last week, a 90 year old man and two Christian ministers were arrested for doing just that. I can hear the cries of the right wingers from here. “Not in our back yard”, ...More >>

The Government has to listen to Olly

Fri, 14 Nov 2014 10:59:50 +1300 | New Zealand Labour Party

When even hard boiled property investors like Olly Newland say first home buyers have been shafted by Loan to Value Ratio lending restrictions, surely it is time for the Government to listen, says Labour's housing spokesperson Phil Twyford.More >>

Reserve Bank wrong on immigration

Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:11:05 +1300 | NZ Association for Migration and Investment

NZAMI, New Zealand's leading professional association for immigration specialists, says the Reserve Bank statement regarding immigration having a big impact on house prices appears to lack an understanding that this is only one factor when looking ...More >>

 

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