Property News

Home ownership remains a strong component of the New Zealand culture. This section aims to provide you with the tools to secure your real estate dreams. We will present news and current market trends which will assist you identify opportunities across the New Zealand Real Estate market - covering Residential, Commercial and Investment properties. For house and flat share properties please refer to our classifieds page. 

Property

NZ weekly rents rise 5.3% in November, upward trend slowing

15 Dec 2014 Property
By Paul McBeth Dec. 15 (BusinessDesk) - Median national housing rents rose at an annual pace of 5.3 percent in November, slowing from a month earlier as rental prices continue to plateau, according to online... more

Trade Me to buy rental property website Viewing Tracker

9 Dec 2014 Property
By Paul McBeth Dec. 9 (BusinessDesk) - Trade Me, the online auction site, has agreed to buy rental property website Viewing Tracker for an undisclosed sum, which it says is not material to its business. The ... more

Auckland house values rise at 'eyewatering' pace

5 Dec 2014 Property
Auckland residential property values are picking up speed at an "eyewatering" pace, with some areas up 5 per cent in only three months - and one North Shore townhouse owner eyeing a $200,000 post-renovation profit... more

Tenancy bond payments to go online next year

5 Dec 2014 Property
Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today welcomed the signing of a contract between the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and information technology company Unisys to build a new... more

Auckland housing market values rise 5 percent in 3 months

4 Dec 2014 Property
Article - BusinessDesk   Auckland housing market values rise 5 percent in three months By Fiona Rotherham Dec. 4 (BusinessDesk) - The latest Qotable Value residential housing sales figures further confirm... more

Auckland house sales volumes, prices rise in Nov: Barfoot

3 Dec 2014 Property By Tina Morrison
Dec. 3 (BusinessDesk) - Auckland house sale volumes and prices increased in November as activity rebounded from a slowdown around September's general election, according to the city's largest real estate... more

Encouraging growth in latest building consent data

28 Nov 2014 Property
Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today welcomed the latest release of figures from Statistics New Zealand which shows the highest number of building consents issued in more than six... more

NZ house building consents bounce back in October

28 Nov 2014 Property
By Paul McBeth Nov. 28 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand house building consents rose at their fastest monthly pace in more than two years in October, after three months of dwindling issuance in the lead-up to... more

Property speculators targeted by IRD

27 Nov 2014 Property
Revenue Minister Todd McClay says Inland Revenue’s proactive strategy to track down those attempting to avoid paying tax is showing big dividends. “There are many ways people and companies attempt... more

More homes coming on board for Christchurch tenants

18 Nov 2014 Property
Social Housing Minister Paula Bennett is impressed with Housing New Zealand’s progress in building, redeveloping and repairing properties in Christchurch following a visit to the city today. Before 2011, ... more

Barfoot & Thomson wins appeal over non-disclosure of suicide

18 Nov 2014 Property
By Fiona Rotherham Nov. 18 (BusinessDesk) - Auckland real estate agency Barfoot & Thompson has won a High Court appeal against a censure it received for selling a Flat Bush property without disclosing a... more

New initiatives to improve tenancy services

17 Nov 2014 Property
Changes to the delivery of key tenancy services are set to streamline and speed up processes for landlords and tenants, Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today. “A new FastTrack... more

Valuations show tale of two cities

14 Nov 2014 Property
Auckland's cheapest property is a $40,000 flat that's worth nearly 1000 times less than the most valuable luxury home - highlighting the growing divide in our nation's biggest city. Data compiled exclusively for... more

NZ burgeoning commercial property market stokes development

12 Nov 2014 Property By Paul McBeth
Nov. 12 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand commercial property prices and sales have been increasing in the past six months, boosted by interest from foreign investors, which in turn has ignited appetite for ... more

NZ weekly rents rise 6% in year to October, Trade Me says

11 Nov 2014 Property By Fiona Rotherham
Nov. 11 (BusinessDesk) - The median weekly cost of renting a house in New Zealand has risen more than six percent on a year ago, underpinned by a heated rental market in Christchurch, according to the Trade Me... more

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News

A summer ‘gift’ for your boatie

19 Dec 2014 News
Helping your friends and family stay safe on the water this holiday season is the gift that lasts a lifetime, Associate Transport... more

Consultation starts on ACC rates for free doctors’ visits

19 Dec 2014 News
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and ACC Minister Nikki Kaye say consultation starts today on ACC support towards free kids’... more

Business

NZ business confidence eases in December, still buoyant

19 Dec 2014 Business News
By Paul McBeth Dec. 19 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand business confidence slipped in December, while staying largely upbeat, as... more

Xero's former chief revenue officer moves to Trade Me

19 Dec 2014 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk   Stuart McLean moves to Trade Me as Xero ditches chief revenue role By Suze Metherell Dec. 19 ... more

Living

New access system for Te Urewera

19 Dec 2014 Lifestyle
‘Hunters from throughout NZ and especially the North Island, will welcome the start of the new access system for Te... more

Fanzones for Auckland’s non-stop summer

19 Dec 2014 Lifestyle
Auckland will turn on a range of free activities this non-stop summer, with the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines Festival and Fanzone,... more

Property

Affordable housing development agreement signed

18 Dec 2014 Property
The Government has signed a development agreement for the construction of 237 homes as part of its affordable housing project on an... more

NZ weekly rents rise 5.3% in November, upward trend slowing

15 Dec 2014 Property
By Paul McBeth Dec. 15 (BusinessDesk) - Median national housing rents rose at an annual pace of 5.3 percent in November, slowing... more

Migration

Immigration rises to a fresh annual record

19 Dec 2014 Migration
Immigration rises to a fresh record, fuelled by returning kiwis, Indian students By Suze Metherell Dec. 19 (BusinessDesk) - New... more

UK pension service Britannia 'pauses' TV ads on FMA warning

19 Dec 2014 Migration
By Suze Metherell Dec. 19 (BusinessDesk) - Britannia Financial Services, a UK pension transfer agency whose advertisements feature... more

Travel

Air New Zealand takes out win on World's Top Ten Airlines

18 Dec 2014 Travel & Tourism
AirlineRatings.com has announced along with its Airline Excellence Awards its Top Ten airlines for 2015. Heading the list is... more

Tourism Holdings lifts annual profit forecast to $17 million

18 Dec 2014 Travel & Tourism
By Suze Metherell Dec. 18 (BusinessDesk) - Tourism Holdings, the biggest campervan rental company in Australia and New Zealand, has... more

Sport

Top local athletes to compete at Colgate Games in Wellington

19 Dec 2014 Sport
The Colgate Games, New Zealand’s biggest annual children’s track and field athletics event, will be held in... more

Badminton Names Bulk of Junior Team for Oceania Champs

19 Dec 2014 Sport
For a number of New Zealand’s brightest young Badminton prospects Christmas and the New Year holiday period just got a little... more

Columns

Gordon Campbell on the Pakistan schoolchildren killings

18 Dec 2014 Column
by Gordon Campbell The slaughter of the children in Pakistan is incomprehensibly awful. On the side, it has thrown a spotlight onto... more

Gordon Campbell on income inequality, and Christmas songs

12 Dec 2014 Column
Article - Gordon Campbell   Gordon Campbell on income inequality, and yo ho ho Christmas songs by Gordon Campbell As 2014... more

Kiwi Success

DreamCatchers launched in UK

18 Dec 2014 People
In association with Kea, The New Zealand High Commission and The New Zealand Society, Dream Catchers was launched at New Zealand House... more

Inspiring Stories :Young Kiwis Making a Difference

8 Dec 2014 People
Wellington, December 8th – At only 15 years old, Auckland student Hunter Williams is the youngest winner of the Inspiring... more

Recruitment

Job ads trending down, says ANZ survey

19 Dec 2014 Recruitment
By Fiona Rotherham Total job advertising has taken an end-of-year dip, falling 0.1 per cent in November after seasonal adjustments,... more

Scheme to fill hard-to-staff health jobs working

18 Dec 2014 Recruitment
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a scheme to fill hard-to-staff health roles is making a real difference to the career choices... more