Climate Change Resilient Homes

The Thirty Year New Zealand Infrastructure Plan 2015 developed by the National Infrastructure Unit in October last year identified some of the key challenges facing infrastructure between now and 2045. One of the challenges identified in the plan was the effect that climate change will have on infrastructure. Climate change poses a threat to infrastructure…

Combating the crisis – Special Housing Areas

A tool that has been introduced to combat the Auckland housing crisis is the designation of Special Housing Areas (SHA). SHAs provide an area where fast-track development of affordable housing can take place. The benefits to developers in SHAs include special consenting and approval process which aim to speed up development. The result is a…

HomeStart grants come into effect

The Government’s HomeStart grant came into effect yesterday (1 April 2015) meaning eligible home buyers can now receive a grant of up to $10,000 per person (or $20,000 per couple providing both are in KiwiSaver) when they purchase a new home. The criteria have been publicised for some time now and these include the requirement…

Solution to housing in NZ: Supply or Demand?

There is very little debate that there is a serious housing issue in certain parts of New Zealand. Parts of Christchurch, Tauranga and most of Auckland are seeing dramatic rises in house prices and this pressure is also leading to risky purchasing practices being adopted by those in the market (for example purchasing without properly…

Building up not the answer for New Zealand’s housing shortage?

With the announcement of plans to build the country’s tallest habitable commercial building earlier this year, queries have been raised about whether the housing market in New Zealand will respond to the skyscraper model.  A recent article in the Australian Financial Review’s Luxury magazine, looks at the trends among high-rise buildings internationally. Melbourne is planning…