NZ Property News

$10m Christchurch mall upgrade underway

A $10 million retail refurbishment underway at a Christchurch suburban shopping mall is due to be finished before the end of the year.Nicola Dolan, centre manager at Merivale Mall near Papanui, said works had started last May, would...

Source: - Property | 22 Mar 2018 | 11:35 am

Lake Wakatipu superhome on the market for $25 million

Another Wakatipu property has been listed with a stratospheric price tag.A super-home and adjacent bare lot on the highest ridge at Wyuna Preserve, near the top of Lake Wakatipu, is for sale for $24,995,000.The five-bedroom home,...

Source: - Property | 22 Mar 2018 | 9:42 am

South Auckland street to be named after All Black legend Jonah Lomu

A new road due to open will honour one of the world's greatest rugby stars - Jonah Lomu - just a few metres from where he once played as a schoolboy.Jonah Lomu Drive was officially blessed by kaumatua, members of Tainui and a church...

Source: - Property | 22 Mar 2018 | 6:00 am

New Zealand houses now worth close to $1 trillion

The total value of New Zealand residential property is close to $1 trillion, according to a new report.Property Institute of New Zealand and data company Valocity figures show that nationwide, the total value of residential property,...

Source: - Property | 21 Mar 2018 | 10:40 am

Tauranga housing stock valued at $34b - up 63 per cent in three years

Tauranga's residential housing stock is now worth $34 billion after "extreme" growth of 63 per cent over the past three years according to new figures.That's up from $21 billion in 2015, a report from the Property Institute of New...

Source: - Property | 21 Mar 2018 | 10:35 am

Porirua's KFC property under hammer

The freehold land and purpose-designed building housing a KFC restaurant in Porirua will be auctioned next month.The property at 14 Hagley St will go under the hammer at Bayleys Wellington office, at 11am on Thursday, April 12.KFC...

Source: - Property | 21 Mar 2018 | 6:00 am

Donna McIntyre: Made-to-measure lifestyle

The promise of a better lifestyle lured Mike and Diana Patchett and their young son Nelson from Australia to New Zealand and eventually to this lifestyle block at Kumeu."My wife is Canadian, and I am Australian," says Mike. "We...

Source: - Property | 21 Mar 2018 | 6:00 am

Robyn Welsh: Back on 'home' ground

As a child, Olivia Grainger and her family lived a nomadic lifestyle, shifting in and around Christchurch seven times, sometimes to the suburbs, sometimes to semi-rural areas.They lived in the former St Mary's Anglican vicarage....

Source: - Property | 21 Mar 2018 | 6:00 am

Record low vacancy for industrial property

JLL Research says industrial is the strongest performing sector in Auckland with vacancy sitting at 2.1 per cent - the lowest level observed since the agency's records began in 1993.Tom Barclay, JLL's associate director of research,...

Source: - Property | 21 Mar 2018 | 6:00 am

Canterbury homestead with fascinating history

Holme Station, the grand South Canterbury homestead where New Zealand's first Governor General created Britain's Pacific defence strategy, is now for sale.Almost 100 years ago, former First Sea Lord John Jellicoe lived with his...

Source: - Property | 21 Mar 2018 | 6:00 am

Sandra Goodwin: Sea views from farm

A couple wanting to put farming skills into practice found an expansive property with wide sea views handy to Auckland which they've nurtured for nearly 20 years.Chris and Donna David own 'Kauri Downs', comprised of two titles...

Source: - Property | 21 Mar 2018 | 6:00 am

Rangitikei iwi buys Turakina Maori Girls' College

The purchase of the former Turakina Māori Girls' College offers endless possibilities and is really exciting for Ngā Wairiki Ngāti Apa, tumu whakarae Pahia Turia says.The keys were handed over to the Rangitikei iwi...

Source: - Property | 20 Mar 2018 | 8:30 pm

Diana Clement: The money go-round

New Zealand's median house price has hit $530,000, according to the Real Estate Institute's latest figures. So Herald Homes went looking for what that median price will buy for your money. Options range from tiny apartments to lifestyle...

Source: - Property | 20 Mar 2018 | 5:13 pm

Process followed over urban park expansion 'unusual': Hamilton City Council CEO

Hamilton City Council's chief executive has admitted the process it took around its plans to extend Victoria on the River was "unusual" and will be improved, despite councillors saying he reassured them at the time it was not.Councillors...

Source: - Property | 20 Mar 2018 | 4:10 pm

Property manager avoids misconduct charge after death of tattooist in Christchurch quake

A Christchurch property manager who was accused of misconduct after his tenant was crushed to death in the February 2011 quake has avoided charges.Licensed Harcourts real estate agent Christopher Chapman appeared before the Real...

Source: - Property | 20 Mar 2018 | 3:12 pm

Prefab homes a big hurdle for first-home buyers

First-home buyers are being locked out of the prefabricated housing market because most banks won't lend on a house until it is on site because they can't take security over it. A security interest is a legal right granted by a...

Source: - Property | 19 Mar 2018 | 4:13 pm

Property developers set up company to buy buildings after told council interested in them

Two Hamilton property owners told of a council plan to buy and bowl buildings to extend an urban park on Victoria St set up a company to purchase the same buildings before the proposal was made public. Hamilton City Council chief...

Source: - Property | 19 Mar 2018 | 1:44 pm

Big plan for 23,300 new homes in Auckland making slow progress

A $600 million scheme to help Auckland's housing crisis by bringing forward 23,300 new houses in the north and south of the city is still some time away.In July last year, Prime Minister Bill English unveiled a new financing model...

Source: - Property | 19 Mar 2018 | 6:00 am

Real estate agents to MPs: Sledgehammer approach to non-existent problem

Awarding up to $100,000 in damages to victims of a real estate agent's poor behaviour would be taking a sledgehammer to something that isn't broken, real estate agents say.Parliament is considering the Courts Matters & Tribunals...

Source: - Property | 18 Mar 2018 | 7:06 pm

Paul Little: Restricting NZ ownership a great idea - but will it work?

From memory the income sections in the Census didn't include a $1,000,000,000 or more a year bracket, so if the results ever come in they won't tell us how many billionaires are in the population.Billionaires are notoriously reluctant...

Source: - Property | 18 Mar 2018 | 1:33 pm

What Auckland's cooling housing market means for contestants on The Block

A slowing Auckland housing market could cause problems for this year's contestants on The Block: Side by Side.

Source: - Home & Property | 23 Jun 2017 | 4:29 pm

Airbnb headache for long-term renters as Marlborough landlords pull properties

Marlborough landlords fed up with dodgy tenants are jumping ship and saturating the Airbnb market.

Source: - Home & Property | 18 Jun 2017 | 1:01 pm

At home with Jess Daniell, of Jess' Underground Kitchen deli

Jess Daniell, deli owner, caterer and food writer, lives in Te Atatu Peninsula, Auckland, with her partner Jono, a social worker, and their dog Macy.

Source: - Home & Property | 18 Jun 2017 | 5:00 am

One of New Zealand's oldest and most remote holiday homes up for sale

The last time this remote South Island bach was on the market, New Zealand troops were fighting in World War II.

Source: - Home & Property | 18 Jun 2017 | 5:00 am

From house of worship to family home: Take a look at these church conversions

Once the foundations of urban life, over the last century thousands of factories, warehouses and churches were abandoned as city residents moved out to suburban neighbourhoods.

Source: - Home & Property | 15 Jun 2017 | 12:22 pm

Unrealistic market brought under control

Property pros are keeping a sharp eye on policy direction as the market stabilises in an election year.

Source: - Home & Property | 14 Jun 2017 | 8:51 pm

Fruit trees for small garden spaces

If you think you haven't got space for your own fruit trees, think again. New varieties and new ideas mean there are now great options for small garden owners or even renters to grow their own fruit and harvest nearly all year round.

Source: - Home & Property | 10 Jun 2017 | 12:00 am

'Major implications' for hillside houses after Wellington City Council loses appeal over view-blocking Roseneath fence

Wellington City Council might have to rip up the planning rule book after the High Court rejected its appeal against an Environment Court ruling sparked by Roseneath's "fence-gate" saga.

Source: - Home & Property | 9 Jun 2017 | 8:43 pm

New Zealand properties star in British TV series about 'extraordinary homes'

Watching the first episode of a show about spectacular homes, you can't help but feel a stab of envy. 

Source: - Home & Property | 8 Jun 2017 | 8:01 pm

7 cheap and cheerful kitchen updates

When it comes to getting a new look, our budgets doesn't always match our aspirations.

Source: - Home & Property | 8 Jun 2017 | 12:55 pm

Why I am over the tiny house movement

OPINION: At first it seemed like a cool idea. A tiny house with everything you need to make a home, at a fraction of the price of the real thing.

Source: - Home & Property | 8 Jun 2017 | 11:41 am

Kapiti Coast District Council moves in with 'rapid sneak attack' on macrocarpa hedge at centre of dispute

A giant sculpted hedge has been cut back to wood along its base in a "rapid sneak attack" from the council battling its owners.

Source: - Home & Property | 7 Jun 2017 | 2:16 pm

New ways to think pink

Riding the wave out of the pink, white and grey equation of the last 18 months, the pairing of pink enters an earthy, more 1970s aligned state.

Source: - Home & Property | 6 Jun 2017 | 9:16 pm

Our 25 greatest fictional girl characters

Ours is a book household.

Source: - Home & Property | 29 May 2017 | 5:12 pm

Why roses fail to grow - and how to fix them

I'm a greedy gardener who lusts after every pretty flower face, which is fine in spring and summer but results in a monumental mess when they have had their day.

Source: - Home & Property | 29 May 2017 | 3:00 pm

At home with Waikato artist Angus Walker

Angus Walker, artist and festival worker, lives in Waipukurau.

Source: - Home & Property | 14 May 2017 | 5:00 am

How to create a workable home office in a small space

Many people spend an increasing amount of time on home-based work. Even if you're not actually working from home, you'll probably need an area for a computer, somewhere for paying bills, a place for kids to do homework or a space for hobbies or creative pastimes.

Source: - Home & Property | 14 May 2017 | 5:00 am

At my place: Interior designer Tina Stephen

Tina Stephen, head interior designer and founder of online styling service, lives in an apartment-style new build in Titirangi with her husband Mark, daughter, Mathilde, and Poppy the cat. 

Source: - Home & Property | 14 May 2017 | 5:00 am

5 minute gardener: this weekend's garden tasks

Remove moss (and liverwort, lichen and algae) from where it is not wanted. While it gives charm and character to timber, stone and concrete walls, statues and sculpture, it can make paths slippery. Moss most commonly appears on damp, shady spots.

Source: - Home & Property | 13 May 2017 | 5:00 am

Box clever: The scientific research being done to save our buxus hedges

The future of treasured box hedges and parterres at historic gardens such as those of the National Trust in Britain and at the likes of Versailles may be assured thanks in part to the work of a New Zealand scientist.

Source: - Home & Property | 1 May 2017 | 12:15 am