Real estate agents censured

Two local real estate agents have been found guilty of misconduct after threatening to bring a disciplinary complaint against another agent unless he paid them commission. The Real Estate Agents Disciplinary Tribunal this week released its decision...... Read More

“She’ll be right“

Research done by New Zealand Certified Builders Association found homeowners are too laid back when it comes to written contracts for building work and assume being licensed means builders have a higher standard of training, skills and experience than...... Read More

Auckland housing plan not a ’rip-off’: PM

Prime Minister Bill English says the government is not ripping off Labour policy by planning to spend billions of dollars building new homes in Auckland. The government will spend at least $2.2 billion building 13,500 new social houses for low income...... Read More

Labour targets the landlords

Labour has signalled housing will be at the core of its election campaign and leader Andrew Little has kicked it off with an attack on property speculators. He's told the party's congress in Wellington a Labour-led government will close the...... Read More

ACT Leader takes a hammer to the housing crisis

In light of Auckland’s continued housing shortage, ACT Leader and MP for Epsom David Seymour has decided it is time for the Government to start building houses. As one of 28 members of the Government, the Under-Secretary will be swinging a hammer...... Read More

Rising building costs leaving homeowners uninsured

Rapidly rising building costs and changes to policy wording mean Kiwi homeowners are uninsured by an average of 28 per cent - according to an industry expert. Jo Mason CEO of NZ Brokers, one of the country's largest insurance brokerage groups,...... Read More

Universities high performing but underfunded

The latest rankings show that New Zealand has an efficient, high-performing university sector that is struggling to maintain its place in the world against a backdrop of underfunding. Chris Whelan, Executive Director of Universities New Zealand, says...... Read More

Auckland targeted rate revision confusing

Mayor Goff’s revision of the proposed Auckland targeted rate on commercial accommodation providers is confusing and even more unfair than the original proposal, Hospitality New Zealand says. "The revised proposal now offers a confusing, tired...... Read More

A new town from the ground up

Agreement has been reached between landowners and Tauranga City Council about the steps being taken to build a new town from the ground up at Papamoa East for 30,000 people. The City Transformation Committee is recommending the council endorse the...... Read More

House prices higher than 2007 peak

House prices in Tauranga are now 40 per cent higher than the previous peak reached in 2007 – just before the global financial crisis hit. Values have risen 17.5 per cent since last year, although rate of growth has been slowing since the introduction...... Read More