NZ Property News

Law Commission tells Govt to ditch 50-50 split of family home

The family home should no longer be automatically split 50-50 after a breakup, the Law Commission has told the Government. And partners should be able to share their income for a period after they separate - a move which is partly...

Source: - Property | 23 Jul 2019 | 3:04 pm

Hawk House built under tough circumstances takes four awards

A South Island house developed under sad personal circumstances by a former superannuation fund chief and his wife has won four awards for its builder.Spearhead Developments won the Registered Master Builders southern supreme house...

Source: - Property | 23 Jul 2019 | 8:08 am

Wanaka tiny house owner pulls listing after online abuse

A Wanaka man has removed his online advertisement for a "tiny, tiny house", which measures only 2 metres across, after receiving abusive comments.The property was listed for $290 per week and generated a large amount of online feedback,...

Source: - Property | 22 Jul 2019 | 5:05 pm

Auckland real estate agent fined $3000 for selling house with illegal rooms

An Auckland real estate agent who sold a property with illegal rooms was found guilty of unsatisfactory conduct, fined $2000, reprimanded, ordered to undergo training and told to pay the victim $1000.In the case where the victim...

Source: - Property | 22 Jul 2019 | 10:24 am

Workshop and office property has potential

A freehold commercial property for sale in Newmarket offers multiple opportunities for owner-occupiers, investors and developers.The 695sq m property, at 8 Margot St, is zoned Business Mixed Use, which allows for a multitude of...

Source: - Property | 20 Jul 2019 | 5:00 am

New portfolio for upbeat market

The commercial property market continues to show sustained growth on the back of low vacancy, with demand continuing to outstrip supply, according to the latest independent research commissioned by Barfoot & Thompson Commercial."Our...

Source: - Property | 20 Jul 2019 | 5:00 am

Largest single off-market hotel transaction in NZ

NZ Super Fund's investment in a $300m hotel represents the single largest off-market hotel transaction in New Zealand's history, says the Colliers International specialist who played a strategic role in negotiations.New Zealand's...

Source: - Property | 20 Jul 2019 | 5:00 am

Kaikoura luxury lodge offers slice of beauty, profits

A boutique luxury lodge in Kaikoura has been placed on the market, allowing a new owner-occupier to take over a hospitality business.Manakau Lodge was established in 2012 by Neil and Eileen Protheroe, who identified a niche in the...

Source: - Property | 20 Jul 2019 | 5:00 am

In the mix: Igniting under-utilised urban locations

Mixed-use developments are lifting urban locations and blurring boundaries between property asset classes as international trends play out in New Zealand's commercial real estate market, according to new industry analysis.Large-scale,...

Source: - Property | 20 Jul 2019 | 5:00 am

Office building in city's legal quarter

An office building on Princes St is for sale, offering investors an opportunity to acquire a high-profile Auckland property with add-value potential.The multi-level building, at 2 Princes St, is located on the corner of Eden Cres...

Source: - Property | 20 Jul 2019 | 5:00 am

Choice site hits stage on Broadway

A mixed-use commercial property in a high-profile position on Broadway, Newmarket's main retail strip, is for sale and offers a substantial cash flow from its 17 tenancies, as well as an opportunity for future development. One...

Source: - Property | 20 Jul 2019 | 5:00 am

Land here, take off: Airports key to urban growth

Airports are shaping business location and urban development in the 21st century as much as highways did in the 20th, railroads in the 19th, and seaports in the 18th, according to property research.Analysis of New Zealand's major...

Source: - Property | 20 Jul 2019 | 5:00 am

Watch: French dominate Link Alliance boss ranks at $4.4b City Rail Link signing

The French were out in force this morning at a major event in Auckland when the Link Alliance signed the station and tunnel contract of New Zealand's largest infrastructure project, the $4.4 billion City Rail Link.The dominance...

Source: - Property | 19 Jul 2019 | 2:58 pm

$4.4b City Rail Link milestone: tunnel contract sealed as officials sign up Link Alliance

Auckland's $4.4 billion City Rail Link project hit another milestone this morning with the signing of the tunnel and station contract between state officials and the winning Link Alliance bid.The Government/Auckland Council entity,...

Source: - Property | 19 Jul 2019 | 10:32 am

'Rampaging at night': Remuera tenant wins $2500 from landlord because of wild neighbour

An Auckland tenant has won $2500 compensation after her landlord didn't do enough to evict a second tenant who was "rampaging around at night, causing a disturbance".According to a recently published Tenancy Tribunal decision, Anne-Michelle...

Source: - Property | 19 Jul 2019 | 10:06 am

Colliers agents still have to pay over $700,000 after appeal

Two Colliers International agents still have to pay more than $700,000 to a former client after they challenged that amount from a High Court decision last year.Colliers commercial agents Grant Robert Lloyd and Philip James Leslie...

Source: - Property | 19 Jul 2019 | 7:10 am

National house shortage hits 130,000, could rise to 150,000: Kiwibank economists

New Zealand is short of 130,000 homes, the tally having risen lately by 30,000, two economists say.Jarrod Kerr and Jeremy Couchman, Kiwibank economists said: "This time last year we showed a shortage of 100,000 homes across New...

Source: - Property | 18 Jul 2019 | 2:04 pm

Repayment uncertain: Ex-Hawkins business owes lender McConnell $23m

The failed Orange H Group construction businesses, once part of New Zealand's second-largest builder Hawkins, owe secured lender McConnell Ltd $23.4 million but it remains uncertain how much of that will be repaid.Andrew Grenfell,...

Source: - Property | 18 Jul 2019 | 7:21 am

Developers seek urgent sales, plans for 68 Auckland residences ditched

Developers are quitting Auckland projects and instead of building 68 new residences are now seeking urgent or fire sales, an agent says.James Law of James Law Realty on Shortland St yesterday said this about the Shanghai-based owner...

Source: - Property | 17 Jul 2019 | 4:17 pm

$200m leaky building lawsuit: Victims win latest court discovery round against James Hardie

Leaky building litigants claiming more than $200 million have succeeded in their latest round against building cladding manufacturer and supplier James Hardie over its Harditex, Monotek and Titan products.Justice Christian Whata...

Source: - Property | 17 Jul 2019 | 11:32 am

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