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Foreign Influence Plays Key Role in Housing Debate

Thu, 24 Apr 2014 11:50:03 +1200 | Jamie Neikrie

At his weekly press conference in Wellington last week, Prime Minister John Key was questioned about the idea of reducing or slowing the rate of housing prices by limiting foreign purchases. His response revealed a gap in the New Zealand government.More >>

SolarCity NZ acquires specialist solar installation company

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:31:40 +1200 | SolarCity

To continue the growth of its in-house engineering expertise, SolarCity NZ today announced the acquisition of SmartSparky, a specialist solar design and installation company.More >>

Auckland, Southern Councils join on Quake Prone Buildings

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 17:12:21 +1200 | Joint Media Statement

Auckland and Southern Councils have come together in response to proposed Government changes to earthquake Building rules. Auckland Mayor Len Brown and Dunedin Mayor Dave Cull have written to the Local Government and Environment Select Committee considering ...More >>

Avon-Otakaro Network welcomes new red zone land policy

Tue, 22 Apr 2014 09:42:18 +1200 | Avon

“It is great that at last there is some forward traction on future use of the Avon River residential red zone lands, it is time we started to heal the wound that runs right through the east,” says Evan Smith Co-Chair of Avon-Otakaro Network (AvON).More >>

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 >>


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