New clubrooms for those ‘In it for life’

Christchurch newspaper, The Press, is highlighting the changing face of Christchurch with spotlights on some of the latest buildings popping up around the city. Today the Sumner Surf Life Saving Club featured sporting a sleek wooden exterior and curved roof, resembling rolling waves. Lifetime surf life saving supporter David Hill of Wilson and Hill Architects…

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…

Wellington’s sticker collection

At primary school the more stickers you had the more popular you were. Sadly this is not the case in Wellington where a recent study by Motu Economic and Public Policy Research shows that Wellington buildings identified as earthquake prone have dropped 45% in value. The ‘stickers’, refer to the Building Act notice that is…

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…

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…

Harcourts building here to stay

The Environment Court has stuck by its previous decision to refuse consent to demolish the heritage listed Harcourts Building on Wellington’s Lambton Quay. Building owner Mark Dunajtschik had challenged the Environment Court’s decision in the High Court, which sent the issue back to the Environment Court to consider whether demolition was necessary due to the danger that the…

Wellington welcomes Kate back into the Construction Team

Kate Henderson has re-joined the Construction Team in Wellington after completing her six-month rotation in the property team. For those of you who do not know Kate, she has recently won the coveted Society of Construction Law essay competition for 2014 and will be presenting this essay at the upcoming Society event in Auckland and…