Archive for April, 2009
Apparently Sydney offers best Australian quality of life but Auckland comes at 4th overall in Mercer’s 2009 Quality of Living Survey. I must say that I do love living in Auckland, I don’t know of any other city that has such an amazing harbour which is so accessible. Sydney has a great harbour but you feel that you can never get away from everybody which is easy in Auckland, just jump on a ferry and you are taken to the numerous islands in the Hauraki Gulf.
Wellington came in 12th overall, above Melbourne (which I’ve always thought of as being more Wellington like) and only just behind Sydney at Number 10 (Our Auckland equivalent?.) So now that we’ve topped the battle of the cities lets try and beat them in a few Trans-Tasman sports competitions this winter!
We often overlook all of the great resources that the Government provide via the various departments however there is a lot of information available for free to the taxpayer once you start looking. As a home buyer, seller, landlord or builder one of the first stops has to be the Department of Building and Housing. The Department of Building and Housing was established in 2004, bringing together building and housing sector policy and regulatory functions, and dispute resolution services from a range of agencies.
The department is responsible for:
- ensuring an effective regulatory environment for the building and housing sector
- delivering effective information, advice and dispute resolution services
- providing policy advice to the Government on the building sector and residential tenancy market
- analysing the housing environment
- administering legislation such as the Building Act 2004, Residential Tenancies Act 1986 and Retirement Villages Act 2003.
The department runs several websites with information and help on the above:
dbh.govt.nz is the primary site for the Department of Building and Housing and has a wealth on information on tenancy, building, leaky homes, statistics on the industry, and building code documents. The site also has contact details for the department if you can’t find the information you are looking for.
Smarterhomes.org.nz provides information on building and creating smart homes – design, water use, energy use, materials and construction. I’m particularly interested in insulation as I feel it is a great way for us to save energy and be more comfortable. New Zealand homes are cold and the sooner we insulate and provide double-glazing the better. There is also a great section on water conservation and re-use which outlines ways we can save and re-use water. I think this is also another key area where the councils should also be looking to encourage greater adoption to conserve out water resources.
www.consumerbuild.org.nz has advice on building, renovating or maintaining a home. The site doesn’t go into great depth on any one topic but it does give you a great ‘leaping off point’ to find other information. If you don’t know where to start on a project or just need a bit of advice to get started then the Consumer Build site is a great resource.
So if you are looking to buy, build, sell, rent or renovate check out the resources at the Department of Building and Housing.
I thought I would start a series of posts on some of the special properties I run across on zoodle and other real estate websites. My first stop is this amazing property on the shores of the Waitemata Harbour. Kellands Real Estate has some great photos and some more details. Growing up I’ve always thought it would be cool to have a boat house. The idea of coming home from work, jumping in the boat and rolling down the launching ramp appeals immensely. Unfortunately this property is slightly out of my price range – time to start saving.
If anyone has any great houses in other parts of the country to share let me know.
One great feature of zoodle is the my zoodle section where you can access any of the reports you have purchased and bookmark any of the properties on the site. My zoodle has several sections to keep your property searching organised:
When buying a property report from zoodle you can be assured that you will always have access to the report online even if you lose the original. We keep a copy of the report for you on your my zoodle page in both HTML and PDF format so you can access the reports at any time from any web browser (This also applies to the free reports). Unlike other property report providers we don’t just give you a window of 2 hours to view your report, after all you’ve paid for it and there is no reason why we shouldn’t keep it online for you in case you loose the original PDF.
Saved properties is a great place to store any properties you are interested in. On any property page within zoodle you can click on the ‘add to my property’ link and save it into your account. Use this to bookmark properties you have been to view or that you might be interested in the future.
If you would like to update your login details or your password then you can do this here. As a side note if you ever forget your password then enter your email address here and we will reset it for you.
Here you can view all of your previous orders and view a copy of the invoice. If you ever need to print off a copy of the invoice or check any of the details you can look at then here.
All of the above are just small features but we think it is really important that you always have access to the data that you have purchased. If there are any other features you would like to see in my zoodle please let me know.
Bulls (Pop. 1755) is a small town near Palmerston North on the west coast of the North Island about 160 kilometres north of Wellington. Recent marketing makes puns with the name, for example “New Zealand gets its milk from Bulls” (Observers may consider the results “commenda-bull” or “horri-bull”).
The town also has its own website unforgetabull.co.nz which highlights the areas history and community. The site also provides information on local events and has a directory of local businesses.
So check out some of bullish photos that Kerry took on her recent trip there and if you are visiting Bulls I’m sure you will have a unforgettabull time…
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