Rapist’s victims call for law change after $28k court ruling

The lawyer of a woman ordered to pay a man the court found was likely to have abused her has lashed out at the justice minister for suggesting her client had bad legal advice. Mariya Taylor was ordered to pay $28,000 to Robert Roper, after losing a civil...... Read More

Fire crews delayed by possible drone sighting

A reported drone sighting delayed a helicopter being sent to a fire in Coromandel this afternoon. Four fire crews and a helicopter have now extinguished the scrub fire at Hahei Beach on the East Coast. A spokesperson for Fire and Emergency said at its...... Read More

Lower Hutt building consents at record high

Lower Hutt is bracing for a building boom, after building consents and applications for new buildings reached an all-time high last year. Hutt City Council issued more than 1500 consents last year - 18 percent more than 2017 - and received 529 resource...... Read More

KiwiBuild head Stephen Barclay officially resigns

The head of Kiwibuild, Stephen Barclay has officially resigned from the role. In a statement issued on his behalf, it was announced that he would step down from today. Last month, the Housing Minister, Phil Twyford confirmed that Mr Barclay had not...... Read More

Building boom on the way for Lower Hutt

A building boom is on the way for Lower Hutt, with building consents and applications for new buildings reaching an all-time high. By December 2018 building consents were up 18 per cent on 2017 with Hutt City Council issuing 1500 consents. Council...... Read More

New plans for quashed Shelly Bay development lodged

A new resource consent will be lodged for a multi-million dollar development in Wellington. The $500 million development in Shelly Bay had its consents quashed by the Court of Appeal last month. The resource consents were lodged in September 2016,...... Read More

House price growth stronger in small towns

House values have increased steadily over the past year, despite little change over the peak holiday season. Quotable Value's monthly House Price Index increased 3.2 percent for the year to December, and by 1.2 percent over the quarter. The national...... Read More

Drop in new home building consents

The number of new homes consented in November dipped following a rise in October. Stats NZ figures show building consents for the month dropped a seasonally adjusted 2 percent compared to the month before. The drop erases the 1.4 percent of gains...... Read More