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How Renovating with Solar can Save You Money

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:37:07 +1300 | SolarCity

As property prices continue to increase, more homeowners are choosing to renovate and experts say if they include solar in their plans, they should be able to save thousands.More >>

Innovation needed to halt grim future for Hastings retailers

Fri, 27 Mar 2015 16:33:34 +1300 | Logan Store

Stores going out of business and others relocating to new premises outside of the central business district, along with a general lack of interest in main street retailing has seen Hastings city retail occupancy continue to drop over the past year.More >>

KiwiSaver HomeStart Bill passes

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 17:08:44 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Hon Todd McClay Minister of Revenue 26 March 2015 Media Statement KiwiSaver HomeStart Bill passes More >>

Thought for this Day: Empty Houses as Second Residences

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 15:18:29 +1300 | Keith Rankin

On 23 March I wrote in Scoop about Graham Adams' article in North and South (April 2015), which attributed Auckland's housing crisis to easy credit. In the same edition of that magazine is an article ("Running on Empty") by Joanna Wane that features ...More >>

NZ commercial property lending less risky now: RBNZ

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 13:48:37 +1300 | BusinessDesk

March 26 (BusinessDesk) - The Reserve Bank said New Zealand’s $180 billion commercial property sector has become less risky since the global financial crisis because a reduced amount of debt is being used to fund new developments and purchases.More >>

Residential precinct targets new sustainability benchmark

Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:23:29 +1300 | Wynyard Quarter Trust

The path to sustainability is an easier journey if the sustainable behaviours are made easy. That’s the philosophy behind the design of the new residences in Auckland’s Wynyard Quarter development. The residential precinct is the first large-scale development ...More >>

New Social Housing Strategy adopted

Tue, 24 Mar 2015 13:52:15 +1300 | Palmerston North City Council

The Strategy, aimed at providing warm, stable and affordable housing for people on low incomes, was adopted at Council yesterday. The Strategy will help meet the needs of people aged 65 plus, people with disabilities, and people who experience barriers ...More >>

A Snapshot of the Community Housing Sector

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:46:05 +1300 | Community Housing Aotearoa

Community Housing Aotearoa, established 10 years ago, is the national umbrella group for the community housing sector. We represent 74 members, including councils and not-for-profit organisations who are delivering community housing solutions.More >>

Target those in real need

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 16:43:03 +1300 | NZ Property Investors Federation

The Healthy Homes Bill was defeated last week and Peter Malcolm of Closing the Gap is completely wrong to say that Government rejected this bill to save landlords money. More >>

Metlifecare achieves Homestar milestone

Mon, 23 Mar 2015 10:34:20 +1300 | Metlifecare

A retirement development in Glenfield, Auckland has become the first in New Zealand to achieve a Homestar Design rating, denoting a higher level of efficiency and sustainability than standard New Zealand homes.More >>

United States breaks ground on new U.S. embassy in N'Djamena

Sat, 21 Mar 2015 16:03:57 +1300 | US Department Of State

U.S. Ambassador to Chad James Knight broke ground on the new U.S. Embassy in N’Djamena today, a milestone in the enduring friendship with the Republic of Chad. More >>

Seismics and the City 2015: Creating a Greater Christchurch

Fri, 20 Mar 2015 16:58:08 +1300 | Seismics and the City forum

CHRISTCHURCH, 20 March 2015 - Seismics and the City 2015 Creating a Greater Christchurch, a cross sector forum focusing on the post-quake recovery process, progress, problems and solutions, will be held in Christchurch on Friday 27 March.More >>

IMF says LVR limits work in boom times, not busts

Thu, 19 Mar 2015 13:35:29 +1300 | BusinessDesk

March 19 (BusinessDesk) - Restrictions on low-deposit home loans appear to have more effect in times of boom rather than bust, according to an International Monetary Fund working paper.More >>

Healthy Homes Bill Fails

Wed, 18 Mar 2015 21:57:40 +1300 |

A bill intended to bring in minimum standards for rental housing has not passed its first reading. More >>

Challenge to those responsible for the Christchurch recovery

Tue, 17 Mar 2015 16:15:33 +1300 | Empowered Christchurch

The Christchurch earthquake sequence is the most serious natural disaster ever to hit New Zealand. It is of critical importance to learn from this disaster and to look constructively at what has been done and the way in which the recovery has been ...More >>

Kauri Trees Highlight Urgent And Immediate RMA Action Needed

Mon, 16 Mar 2015 11:10:29 +1300 | Michael Tavares

With the Kauri and Rimu trees of Paturoa Road safe while negotiations take place, Michael Tavares and the Titirangi community have shown how powerful voices can be when they are united in their call for change.More >>

Christchurch short-term housing response underway

Sun, 15 Mar 2015 12:52:29 +1300 | New Zealand Government

Hon Paula Bennett Minister for Social Housing 15 March 2015 Media Statement Christchurch short-term housing response underway Vulnerable families and single people in need of housing in Christchurch will be better supported by a new short-term housing service, ...More >>

Housing demand strong in the Coromandel

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 13:40:33 +1300 | Thames Coromandel District Council

Demand for housing is up in the Coromandel - as indicated by the record number of requests we've received for Land Information Memoranda (or LIMs) for the month of February.More >>

Next Steps in Residential Zoning Chapter Considered

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 12:34:34 +1300 | Queenstown Lakes District Council

After lively discussions at drop-in sessions in Queenstown, Wanaka and Arrowtown, QLDC staff and councillors are considering the next steps in the approach to residential zoning in the district plan review.More >>

SBS Bank launches game-changing new home loan rate

Fri, 13 Mar 2015 11:47:03 +1300 | SBS Bank

SBS Bank announces a market-leading fixed five-year home loan interest rate of 4.99% p.a. available for members (existing customers) and their family and friends. The offer is open from 10am Tuesday 10 March 2015 for a strictly limited time.More >>


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