HNZ’s vision for its remaining state housing portfolio

Recent debate focuses upon who will be the purchasers in the government’s state housing sell-off. But what of the 60,000+ houses that will remain under Housing New Zealand (HNZ) ownership? It’s no secret that many state houses require extensive work – in March, Bill English indicated that the cost of deferred maintenance sits in the…

Check that deck!

Auckland Council has recently announced its new policy regarding unconsented building works, which is to be implemented from 1 July 2015. Under the Building Act 2004, building consents are required for all building work that is not exempted. Unconsented works must be removed unless a certificate of acceptance is granted by the relevant council –…

Quality of New Zealand homes in the spotlight

In light of recent deaths, which have been partially attributed to the poor quality of the deceased’s rental homes, the concept of a housing Warrant of Fitness (WOF) has been canvased. The idea is to promote energy efficiency, quality and health and safety amongst rental houses by implementing a checklist to ensure that all homes meet…

Using land for housing – Draft report

Following the familiar theme of housing supply, the Productivity Commission has released its draft report on council processes in relation to provision of land and zoning matter. We noted the upcoming report in an earlier blog post which also set out the areas which the report was to cover (click here to read). A link…

Wild waves and the future of NZ coasts

Over the weekend Wellington’s south coast was hit with wild waves that closed roads and tunnels, leaving boulders and other debris in their wake (watch the videos here). The Greater Wellington Regional Council (GWRC) says that this type of occurrence is becoming increasingly common due to the effects of climate change. This blog looks at the effects of…

Leaky home developer stung with $90k court costs

In December, the Court of Appeal determined that former Kingdom Residential Housing managing director Colin Dallas made a misleading statement in a letter to the Wellington City Council about fixing defects (click here for the judgment). The Court of Appeal overturned the High Court’s dismissal of the claim against Mr Dallas and awarded the Council…

Fit for purpose?

Some New Zealand construction contracts, and many international standard construction contracts, include a fitness for purpose clause. In this article, which was written by Kensington Swan and published in the June 2015 Contractor Magazine, we explore and explain the meaning and impact of fitness for purpose clauses in construction contracts.

Wellington super city decision expected today

Following widespread consultation, debate and division between the nine councils involved in the proposed amalgamation, the decision on whether the region will follow Auckland is expected this afternoon. Initial indications point to the super city being sent back to the drawing board, although it appears that this may not be the end of the matter…