NZ Property News

Tauranga real estate agents Rose Tondi and Greg Purcell censured

A Tauranga real estate agent who misled a potential buyer and favoured her client instead, has been censured.In a newly released decision, the Real Estate Authority's complaints assessment committee found Rosa (Rose) Tondi breached...

Source: - Property | 27 Mar 2019 | 12:43 pm

Construction begins on eco-village in Paraparaumu

Construction of a $17m sustainable eco-village tucked away in the foothills of Paraparaumu is under way.The village is being created at the Lotus Yoga Centre and Retreat site off Ruapehu St.The Lotus Eco Village will comprise...

Source: - Property | 27 Mar 2019 | 11:19 am

Six factors Kiwi landlords fear the most: new survey

Capital gains tax on rental property, falling house prices and Government demands to improve their places are kiwi landlords' top fears, according to a new survey out this week.Auckland-based property managers Crockers released...

Source: - Property | 27 Mar 2019 | 8:32 am

Westgate site could house new community

The purchase of a big Redhills prime site in Auckland's fast-growing Westgate, would give a buyer the chance to develop an entire community just minutes away from the NorthWest Mall and Westgate Town Centre."A Terraced Housing and...

Source: - Property | 27 Mar 2019 | 6:00 am

Ideal Newmarket location

A 716sq m Newmarket redevelopment property will be less than 100m from the Southern Hemisphere's largest Westfield shopping centre towards the end of this year. Colliers International agents David Burley, Simon Child and Josh Coburn...

Source: - Property | 27 Mar 2019 | 6:00 am

Waikato land block offers multiple options

A 27.7ha Waikato grazing block near Ngatea, just south of Thames, could become a run-off farming unit, a lifestyle block or it might be land banked for possible future residential subdivision.The deceased estate property, at 19...

Source: - Property | 27 Mar 2019 | 6:00 am

Seascape developer needs new consent after fire safety issue revealed

New Zealand's highest planned residential building, Auckland's $300 million, 52-level Seascape Apartments, did not comply with the Building Code's fire regulations according to a Government ministry.But its developer says design...

Source: - Property | 27 Mar 2019 | 6:00 am

$20,000 real estate agent fine 'huge': barrister

A $20,000 unsatisfactory conduct fine against business Bayleys Remuera and two licensees who work for the real estate business is "huge", a barrister says.John Waymouth was commenting on the case where Bayleys' licensees At T'ng...

Source: - Property | 26 Mar 2019 | 5:30 pm

Mainzeal liquidators: Appeals will delay settlement for creditors

Liquidators of failed construction company Mainzeal, which went under owing about $115 million, have voiced disappointment about Appeal Court proceedings announced this week.Brian Mayo-Smith and Andrew Bethell of BDO issued a statement...

Source: - Property | 26 Mar 2019 | 2:29 pm

Jenny Shipley and other Mainzeal directors to appeal $36m High Court decision

Former Mainzeal directors Dame Jenny Shipley, Clive Tilby and Peter Gomm will appeal against a High Court decision ordering them to pay a total of $36 million. The former directors will today file a notice of appeal of the High...

Source: - Property | 26 Mar 2019 | 11:27 am

$40 million leaky building repairs: Auckland's Victopia tower remediation to take two years

Remediation of high-rise apartment tower Victopia in Auckland's CBD has begun and the builder has told residents who are vacating their units that the job could take two years.Victopia is the high-rise on the corner of Victoria...

Source: - Property | 26 Mar 2019 | 7:58 am

Licensing Trust member Paul Davie bullish over social media posts critical of Muslims

The elected official sacked from his day job over Facebook posts critical of Muslims and multiculturalism has made a bullish appearance at the local body he sits on.Paul Davie attended a scheduled monthly meeting of the Portage...

Source: - Property | 25 Mar 2019 | 4:58 pm

The number of Auckland suburbs with million dollar price tags has tripled in five years

One in five Auckland suburbs had median house prices below $500,000 five years ago - but now you won't find a single suburb anywhere in the city that cheap.That's according to the new data by research firm CoreLogic that highlighted...

Source: - Property | 25 Mar 2019 | 2:44 pm

South Waikato iwi advances treaty claim on sites of Mercury dam, power stations

A South Waikato iwi has won the right to challenge a decision over land where NZX-listed power business Mercury NZ has a dam and two stations.The Raukawa Settlement Trust can now progress its position after a successful judicial...

Source: - Property | 25 Mar 2019 | 12:53 pm

Mainzeal's Richard Yan to appeal $36m Mainzeal High Court ruling

Mainzeal's Richard Yan is appealing the High Court ruling which demanded he and other directors pay $36 million, saying the decision had erred in law in its findings.David Chisolm, acting for Yan, this morning confirmed the case...

Source: - Property | 25 Mar 2019 | 11:55 am

Creditors owed $1m after liquidation of Southern Lakes building company

Trade creditors are owed more than $1 million by a Queenstown building company which went into voluntary liquidation this month.Liquidators Colin Gower and Tim Ward, of BDO, were appointed by Fowler Homes Southern Lakes Ltd (FHSL)...

Source: - Property | 25 Mar 2019 | 10:33 am

Auckland's rising seas: Insurance warning as 43,000 at risk

New data showing that more than 43,000 Aucklanders are directly threatened by rising seas has prompted warnings that home insurers may be forced in future to hike prices - or withdraw coverage altogether.An Auckland Council report...

Source: - Property | 24 Mar 2019 | 2:40 pm

Cameron Bagrie: Let's hope we don't ride in Australia's pouch

COMMENT: One of the biggest risks facing the New Zealand economy is our closest neighbour, Australia. A deepening correction in house prices risks engulfing the broader Australian economy and proliferating over here. Australia...

Source: - Property | 24 Mar 2019 | 9:23 am

Simplicity shines through

Leonie and Jan Huisman's favourite home is always the last home they've built. During their 51 years married, they've had five favourites — in Holland, Switzerland, Nelson, Christchurch and here in Northland.Their latest is the...

Source: - Property | 24 Mar 2019 | 6:00 am

Your own resort

Twenty-seven years ago, when Debbie Slater's husband John asked her how much money they had in the bank, she didn't realise he was planning to buy a new property. When she answered him, he said: "We're going to sell our house and...

Source: - Property | 24 Mar 2019 | 6:00 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