Open plan office

Is the Open Plan Office Dead?

It was the office layout everyone dreamed of, but is the popular open plan office layout finally on its way out? This year, Forbes published an article making the point that flexible office spaces are already taking priority over the complicated open office plans and it’s no longer the CEOs who are calling the shots.[1] … Continued
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Gavl app

The New Way to Purchase Property

Attending an auction in person or over the phone will soon be a thing of the past. Property app Gavl will live-stream auctions in real time to potential buyers across the world, all from the site of the auction. All the company needs to launch are investors. The Australian start-up company, Gavl, launched the technology … Continued
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Wellington

Nationwide Housing Affordability Improves

The latest home affordability report by Massey University found that housing affordability has improved across New Zealand. The report looked at house prices, the cost of borrowing and wages across the nation. Out of the 13 regions in the country, seven reported improvements in housing affordability. In the last three months, the report found that … Continued
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Wellington

New Zealanders Choosing to Return Home

For years New Zealanders have been crossing the ditch and moving to Australia. But a more confident New Zealand is continuing to lure back its citizens in strong numbers. Estimates show that nearly 500,000 New Zealanders are currently living and working in Australia, but recently, New Zealand’s numbers have been increasing. It’s not just returning … Continued
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Auckland

Plans for a New City Near Auckland

With housing pressures spreading throughout the city of Auckland, there are plans to set up a completely new city to the south of Auckland. The new city is planned on farmland in Paerata and will provide housing for 500,000 people. The plans were presented at an Infrastructure New Zealand conference in October and the new … Continued
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house

The Latest for New Zealand Housing Costs

Have you thought your housing costs were getting more expensive? You’re probably right. Statistics New Zealand released their household income and housing cost figures for 2017 January – June. The figures show that in the last ten years, housing costs increased by 50.5 per cent while household income rose only 42 per cent. Both of … Continued
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Grace Gives 2017 Recipients

At Grace, we recognise that if not for our local communities, we would not have grown as we have over the years. That’s why we run our Grace Gives initiative each year, to give back to and support and maintain our community connection throughout Australia and New Zealand. It is with pleasure that we announce … Continued
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Taranaki

Taranaki Named the Best Place in NZ

Taranaki has come out on top as the best New Zealand region to live and work in. The region was found to have the best ratio of wage growth and house price growth in the country. Analysis by the Weekend Herald shows that Taranaki’s median weekly earnings grew 19.88 per cent in the four years … Continued
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Wellington

Wellington Statistics Building to be Demolished

Centreport announced on October 10 that it will demolish the Wellington Statistics House building, located on the city’s waterfront. The 12-year-old building was badly damaged in the 7.8 magnitude Kaikōura earthquake in November last year. The building sustained irreparable damage to two floors which partially collapsed. An investigation commissioned by the Ministry of Business, Employment … Continued
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Wellington

Faults in New Zealand Buildings Going Unfixed

Leading Wellington building surveyor, Thomas Wultzer, has revealed details of hidden and sometimes life-threatening faults on buildings. These faults have been found in apartment complexes, including a Wellington apartment block that was not bolted to its foundations. Wutzler also came across a building that had walls so bad there was at risk of people falling … Continued
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