Entries by Hamish

Kiwibuild Reset

Kiwibuild 2.0 Thankfully the government has abandoned the unachievable house build target that was becoming a milestone around its neck.  Kiwibuild 2.0 is born. Even though the government promised it would slash immigration numbers, we are still importing circa 50,000 people per year who need about 17,000 houses.  We can hardly keep up with that […]

My first house – Guest article

When it comes to buying first home, I have big aspirations and dreams. I want a house with garden where I can have a cup of tea and toast sitting on outdoor sofa. A house where my future kids can play freely and get enough space for their activities. A place where I can host […]

Dirty job – We have the man for you

I live next door to a man not given to much excitement.  He is a long time Parnell resident and a senior civil engineer with over 40 years of experience.  He talks stormwater and drains and huffs and puffs when Council do not empty the stormwater catchpits that hug the curbs of our urban roads.

Auckland Unitary Plan (AUP) Guide

The Auckland Unitary Plan is working! More houses than ever are being consented.  But this is only the beginning.  Check out our Unitary Plan Guide which shows that all over Auckland there is development potential.  This is intended as an “idiot’s guide” for accountants, lawyers, agents and to all those home owners who may become […]

The reasons why new houses cost so much

A new report focusing on the cost of new residential developments, commissioned by Fetcher Building, has some surprising findings. “Residential land is the largest cost contributor to new housing development and the cost is highly variable between New Zealand and Australian cities”.  

Trust me on this

This article was originally posted in ‘The Hobson’ magazine March 2019 issue. Long summer nights, barbecues, with a syrah or rose to hand. Life is good. No excess, no deprivation, and you have choice as to when and where you buy your alcohol. Unless you’re in West Auckland. Here, liquor supply is under the control […]

First Home Buyers – the time is now! ….ish

At least that’s the rhetoric I’m hearing now. It’s probably because sales are getting slower in the suburbs first home buyers cannot afford. The average house price in Mt Albert, Royal Oak and Long Bay have declined the most out of all suburbs in Auckland in the last six months. And yet in suburbs like Takapuna […]