Fujitsu fined $310,000 over heat pump claims

Heat pump supplier Fujitsu General New Zealand Limited (Fujitsu) has been fined $310,000 for making unsubstantiated or misleading claims about the energy efficiency and performance of some of its heat pumps. Fujitsu pleaded guilty to seven charges under...... Read More

Rents for urban properties reach all-time high

The cost of renting apartments, townhouses and units in New Zealand is now more expensive than ever as the median weekly rent increased by 6.3 per cent in the last year to $420, according to the latest Trade Me Property Rental Index. Head of Trade...... Read More

Leaky homes crisis hitting poorer families

Sixtween families face losing their homes at a townhouse complex in Manurewa, as the leaky homes crisis takes more of a toll on poorer neighbourhoods. Two of the families have been unable to make the initial downpayment of more than $100,000 for repairs,...... Read More

Red zone projects to bring community together

Cantabrians are a step closer to reconnecting with Residential Red Zone (RRZ) land thanks to a joint effort between the Government and a local trust, Minister supporting Greater Christchurch Regeneration Nicky Wagner says. Ms Wagner today officially...... Read More

A bigger deposit for first-home buyers

First-home buyers will be able to cobble together a larger deposit if National is re-elected to government. The changes announced today mean a couple will be eligible for an extra $10,000 of Government HomeStart Grants, taking the grants to $20,000...... Read More

Damp homes making kids sick

Children living in deprived areas of Nelson are much more likely to be hospitalised from illnesses due to cold, damp and overcrowded homes, new data shows. The analysis has sparked calls for greater focus on lifting standards of housing across the...... Read More

Commercial building pushing the boom

Building consents issued by Tauranga City Council in August were the second highest monthly value of consents ever issued, according to figures released by Priority One today. The $106.2 million is boosted by the highest value of commercial consents...... Read More

No more rental evictions without cause

The Labour Party has promised to stop landlords evicting tenants without good reason, as well as extending notice periods to 90 days, if elected to government. Labour leader Jacinda Ardern says the policy is about making renting a ‘more stable...... Read More

$50 million upgrade for Whangarei School

The government is committing more than $50 million to the full redevelopment of Whangarei Boys’ High School, in one of the largest-ever single investments in a New Zealand school. “The rebuild will see all existing teaching spaces either...... Read More

Tauriko housing development fast tracked

Nick Smith has given approval tofast track about 280 hectares from pasture to housing development at Tauriko West. Tauranga City, Western Bay of Plenty District and Bay of Plenty Regional- have brought about the first use of a streamlined planning...... Read More