Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search


Unit titles law to be reviewed

15 November 2004 Media Statement

Unit titles law to be reviewed

Building Issues Minister Margaret Wilson, today released a discussion document reviewing the law on multi-unit dwellings and developments.

The Unit Titles Act provides a system for creating and owning individual unit titles within a development or high-rise building. It also governs the establishment of bodies corporate to administer developments’ common areas and carry out management and administrative tasks.

“The Unit Titles Act was passed in 1972, when multiple-unit buildings were emerging on our urban landscapes,” said Margaret Wilson.

“There has since been a proliferation of apartments, townhouses and high-rise buildings. For example, about 45,000 Aucklanders live a multi-unit dwelling. This number is due to increase to 500,000 within 50 years.

"The act does often doesn't meet the needs of modern buildings. Many people, from apartment dwellers to property developers, are experiencing frustration with it in its current form.

"For example, the wide range of multiple-unit buildings has created more complex issues around maintaining common property or common utilities.

“There are also questions around how staged developments - where the detail of future development is not fully provided for at initial stages - are managed to protect both occupants and developers.

“Models for governing and administering bodies corporate need to be explored as the types and sizes of, and uses for, unit title developments grow,” Margaret Wilson said. “It’s also important to ensure intensive developments are sustainable."

The discussion document builds on issues already identified by the Law Commission and the Auckland Regional Council.

The discussion document is available on the Department of Building and Housing’s website at Submissions close on 28 February 2005.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

Supreme Court: Worksafe Decision On Whittall Pike River Prosecution Unlawful

The question in issue on the appeal was whether WorkSafe New Zealand acted to give effect to an unlawful agreement of this nature when it offered no evidence on charges against Peter William Whittall for breaches of the Health and Safety in Employment Act 1992...

The Supreme Court... has found that the decision to offer no evidence was made under an unlawful agreement to stifle prosecution. It has granted a declaration to that effect. More>>


Cullen To Chair: Tax Working Group Terms Of Reference Announced

Finance Minister Grant Robertson and Revenue Minister Stuart Nash today announced the Terms of Reference for the Tax Working Group and that the Group will be chaired by Sir Michael Cullen. More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The New Pike River Agency (And The Air Strike Wing)

Much of the sympathy the public still feels for the families of the Pike River miners has been sustained by the sense that the previous government – let alone the mining company and the processes of receivership and litigation – has never dealt honestly, or fairly, with them. More>>


Not Going Swimmingly: Contractor Cut, New Dates For Christchurch Sports Centre

“As an incoming Minister, I have been conducting a thorough review of progress on the Anchor projects and to learn of a $75 million budget blowout on this project was very disappointing..." More>>


Tertiary: Allowances, Loan Living Costs To Get Boost

“From 1 January, student allowance base rates and the maximum amount students can borrow for living costs will rise by a net $50 a week,” says Education Minister Chris Hipkins... further adjusted from 1 April 2018 in line with any increase in the CPI. More>>


Foreign Affairs: Patrick Gower Interviews Jacinda Ardern

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says discussions have already begun on how to bring climate change refugees into New Zealand under a Pacific seasonal employment plan... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Centre Right’s Love Of ‘Nanny State’

You’d almost think it was 2005 again. That was a time when the rugged individualists of the centre-right were being beset by government regulations on the nature of light-bulbs, the size of shower heads, the junk food available at school tuck shops and other such essentials... More>>




Featured InfoPages

Opening the Election