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Home Consents Down 28 Percent In January

Fri, 1 Mar 2024 10:24:19 +1300 | Statistics New Zealand

There were 1,991 new homes consented in January 2024, down 28 percent compared with January 2023, according to figures released by Stats NZ today. “Fewer new homes were consented in January 2024 than in each of the previous five January months,” ...More >>

Stop The Zombie Plan Change: Character Coalition Urges Government To Let Auckland Decide Now

Thu, 29 Feb 2024 17:38:15 +1300 | Character Coalition

A group representing 60 resident and heritage groups across Tāmaki Makaurau is calling on the Coalition Government to act quickly to let Aucklanders decide the future shape of their city. Character Coalition’s spokesperson, Sally Hughes welcomes ...More >>

Residents Of Retirement Villages Need Stronger Protection, Says New Advocate

Sat, 24 Feb 2024 18:22:34 +1300 | Capital NZ

Minimum time for operators to repay capital of 9-12 months Independent dispute resolution service funded by operators Standardised Occupation Rights Agreements for all operators A newly formed advocacy group for residents of retirement villages is calling for ...More >>

Residential Property Management Regulation Takes Centre Stage: REINZ Submits Verbal Testimony

Mon, 19 Feb 2024 10:35:55 +1300 | Real Estate Institute Of New Zealand

19 February 2024: As the discussion around residential property management regulation intensifies, today the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand ( REINZ ) stepped forward to provide crucial insights and recommendations to the Social Services and Community ...More >>

Survey Reveals Changing Attitudes To Home Ownership, Build-to-rent Poised To Reinvent Rental Experience

Mon, 12 Feb 2024 15:06:52 +1300 | Kiwi Property

As it becomes increasingly difficult for New Zealanders to get on the property ladder, new research commissioned by Kiwi Property reveals that Kiwis’ attitudes to how and where we live are changing, and many, particularly the younger generation, no ...More >>

Red Tape Won’t Keep Rooves Over Wellingtonians’ Heads

Thu, 8 Feb 2024 10:57:19 +1300 | Taxpayers' Union

Wellington City councillors have been given advice recommending they alter the district plan to prevent housing intensification across huge swathes of the city. Commenting on this, Taxpayers’ Union Policy and Public Affairs Manager, James Ross, said: ...More >>

Simplicity Living Announces Major Build To Rent Development In Morningside

Mon, 5 Feb 2024 15:47:01 +1300 | Simplicity Living

Simplicity Living announced a further expansion in its Build to Rent programme today, with the purchase of land in Morningside, Auckland to build 256 apartments for long term rent. <img src="" ...More >>

Home Consents Down 25 Percent In 2023

Fri, 2 Feb 2024 10:40:07 +1300 | Statistics New Zealand

There were 37,239 new homes consented in the year ended December 2023, down 25 percent compared with the year ended December 2022, according to figures released by Stats NZ today. “The number of homes consented in 2023 was down from 49,538 in 2022, ...More >>

Unacceptable Number Of Empty Kāinga Ora – Homes & Communities Homes

Thu, 18 Jan 2024 11:49:27 +1300 | New Zealand Government

The number of new social houses sitting vacant across New Zealand is completely unacceptable, Housing Minister Chris Bishop says. “I was dismayed to learn that, as of late last year, the total number of vacant social homes in New Zealand was ...More >>

Kāinga Ora Failings On Display Once Again With Thousands Of Vacant Properties

Thu, 18 Jan 2024 11:07:02 +1300 | Taxpayers' Union

The Taxpayers’ Union is astounded at the failure of Kāinga Ora to deliver for Kiwis with reports of more than 1000 empty new homes sitting empty for four months last year. Commenting on Kainga Ora’s vacant properties, Taxpayers’ Union Campaigns ...More >>

The Right To Housing, Not Vacation Homes

Mon, 8 Jan 2024 19:20:20 +1300 | Independent Media Institute

Can strict regulations on Airbnb solve the housing crisis? Probably not, but they’re a good start. Americans have been on a vacation binge since the easing of COVID-19 lockdowns, traveling for leisure in record numbers, and generating a major boom for ...More >>

Financial Support For More Displaced Homeowners

Fri, 22 Dec 2023 12:11:43 +1300 | New Zealand Government

The Government will extend financial support to more displaced homeowners affected by the severe weather events in late 2022 and early 2023, Social Development and Employment Minister Louise Upston says. The extension will focus on people who are ...More >>

On Nicola Willis’ Impersonation Of A Finance Minister

Thu, 21 Dec 2023 11:05:28 +1300 | Gordon Campbell

“ I don’t make merry myself at Christmas, and I can't afford to make idle people merry. I help to support [the poorhouses].... They cost enough, and those who are badly off must go to them.” – Ebenezer Scrooge, in Charles Dickens’ A Christmas ...More >>

Kainga Ora Review ‘Long Overdue’

Wed, 20 Dec 2023 12:58:59 +1300 | Ohakune Residents and Ratepayers

A community group representing Ohakune residents is welcoming the government’s independent review of Kainga Ora as “long overdue”. Ohakune Residents and Ratepayers Association chairman Barry Murphy says the state housing agency’s plans for the ...More >>

Opinion Piece - Taking on the Affordable Housing Challenge

Mon, 18 Dec 2023 20:24:04 +1300 | Horowhenua District Council

Like many regions across Aotearoa, Horowhenua is grappling with a shortage of affordable housing, particularly smaller one- and two-bedroom dwellings and universally designed (mobility) homes. Limited availability poses challenges for first home buyers, downsizing ...More >>

Govt Gets Its Priorities All Wrong With Kāinga Ora Review

Mon, 18 Dec 2023 20:18:03 +1300 | Green Party

The independent reviews of Kāinga Ora announced today should be focused primarily on building enough houses to make sure everyone has a warm, dry, and affordable place to live. “For this government to be more concerned about debt than giving everyone ...More >>

Building Product Requirements To Improve Sector Efficiency

Mon, 11 Dec 2023 19:24:09 +1300 | New Zealand Police

Building and Construction Minister Chris Penk is welcoming the launch of Building Product Information Requirements, which require manufacturers and suppliers in the construction industry to provide better information about their products to consumers. ...More >>

Renting In Retirement – A Growing Challenge For Older People

Tue, 5 Dec 2023 14:36:45 +1300 | Grey Power New Zealand

A growing number of retirees are facing the challenge of renting as they age. Suitable affordable properties are rare, and often only offer short term tenancies resulting in uncertainty and stress. For those retirees with limited financial resources trying ...More >>

Kainga Ora Shifts Goalposts On Controversial Housing Development To Sidestep New Government

Mon, 4 Dec 2023 10:41:19 +1300 | Ratepayers and Residents Association

The controversy surrounding a large-scale social housing scheme in the small tourist town of Ohakune deepens. Ruapehu District Council (RDC) and Kainga Ora, which are partnering a proposal to build 44 houses in the first of a potential three-stage ...More >>

Cost Of Building A Home Increases By 4.9% Annually

Thu, 30 Nov 2023 10:39:18 +1300 | Quotable Value New Zealand

The average cost of building a home in Aotearoa New Zealand’s main centres has increased by less than half as much as last year. QV CostBuilder is New Zealand’s most comprehensive construction cost database. More than 42,000 rates were updated ...More >>


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