New legislation addresses ‘earthquake-prone’ buildings

In response to recent earthquakes, the government has responded with legislation aimed at improving New Zealand’s resilience. Hon Dr Nick Smith highlights a key component of the strategy being the development of ‘suitable regulatory requirements for identifying and upgrading those older buildings that are significantly below today’s requirements for seismic resistance’. The Building (Earthquake-prone Buildings)…

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Aitchisons awarded costs in Fencegate

The long running Fencegate saga appears to be nearing a conclusion with the Aitchisons (those whose view had been blocked by the structure) being awarded $72,500 in costs. In making this ruling Environment Court Judge Dwyer held that the action of the Walmsleys in erecting the structure and the presence of the structure were offensive…

100km: No easy feat

Sam McCutcheon is a solicitor within the construction law team at Kensington Swan. Sam isn’t just up to speed with construction law but is also quick on the running tracks. Over the weekend, Sam competed in the Ultra Easy Sky Ultra 100km in Wanaka. Sam not only completed the race with an incredible time of…

View-blocking fence objectionable

We have covered Wellington’s high profile fence stoush, dubbed ‘Fencegate’ by the media, in several blogs. In a nutshell, Peter and Sylvia Aitchison’s harbour views were destroyed when their neighbour, David Walmsley, built a fence blocking their view. The Aitchisons sought the assistance of the Environment Court, to demonstrate that the fence should never have…

Attempt to Re-litigate Fencegate

Since our post on the fort that has frustrated a pair of retirees in Roseneath there have been several developments. As we know every story has two sides, and David Walmsley (the owner of the offending fence) has come forward to present his. Mr Walmsley alleges he is merely restoring a fence that was destroyed…