A Bill passed by Parliament today by 120 to 1 requiring the upgrade of older buildings will save hundreds of lives in future earthquakes, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith says.
The Government’s emergency housing announcement is the inevitable consequence of National’s failure to address the housing crisis and its stubborn determination to sell-off state houses instead of building more, Labour’s Housing spokesperson Phil Twyford says.
The Auckland Property Investors Association (APIA)says that rental property owners are being unfairly singled out by Labour’s Healthy Homes Guarantee Bill, which has passed its first reading in the House.
Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today launched the Better Homes, Towns and Cities National Science Challenge, which is tasked with conducting research to develop better housing and urban environments for New Zealanders in the 21st century.
The number of written residential property sales in Auckland and Northland last was up 6.5% on April 2015, according to provisional results by Harcourts, New Zealand largest real estate group.
Commentators are tripping over themselves to explain the causes of the Auckland housing crisis - but they are avoiding the patently obvious, says New Zealand First.
432 first home buyers in Palmerston North have been helped in the first year of the Government’s HomeStart scheme.
An innovative New Zealand company, The Ownery Limited, is set to offer a new way for Kiwis to build up a stake in the housing market. Savers can effectively become part owners of carefully selected Auckland houses and get a foot on the property ladder starting with as little as $500.
Property Institute of New Zealand Chief Executive, Ashley Church, is urging the Government to consider options other than a land tax if figures to be released over the next few days show that foreign property investors are affecting the Auckland Property market.
Construction is complete, or near complete, on 19 brand new Housing New Zealand homes that have been built across three Mt Roskill sites and will house tenants in the coming weeks.