Broken-plan living is changing the way we live
Source: stuff.co.nz It was hailed as the perfect solution to the modern lifestyle, but is open-plan living now falling out of favour? It seems the answer is a qualified yes. Open-plan living is still seen as a good idea when you have limited space, but it's not the solution for an increasing number of architects and homeowners embarking on a new home project or major renovation. Today, it's all about creating a range of connected living spaces for the family – areas that may be...
Mon 23rd May 2016Full post
Lifestyle block sales at 12-year high at start of 2016
Source: stuff.co.nz Lifestyle blocks are in hot-demand after a record-breaking start to the year. More than 2,370 lifestyle properties were sold during the first three months of the year - the highest number of sales in 12 years, the latest figures from the Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) show. A total of 8,719 lifestyle properties have changed hands for the year ending April, up 31.1 per cent year-on-year - the highest number of annual sales...
Fri 20th May 2016Full post
Invercargill CBD to house rare motorcycle collection
Source: stuff.co.nz A rare collection of nearly 300 motorcycles and motorcycle-themed art is moving to Invercargill. Bill Richardson Transport World directors Jocelyn and Scott O'Donnell announced on Monday the museum had bought the New Zealand Classic Motorcycle (NZCM) collection from previous owners Heather and Tom Sturgess. The motorcycles will be moved from their current location in Nelson to Invercargill, where they are expected to go on...
Mon 16th May 2016Full post
Cyclists ride 236km for Westpac Chopper Appeal
Source: stuff.co.nz There were sore legs, sweaty backs and big smiles as cyclists in the Westpac Chopper Appeal sped into Invercargill on Friday. Having completed a 236km bike ride to raise funds for the helicopter and its services, there were hugs, tears and congratulations all around as riders happily dismounted their bikes. The 236km ride was a tough day for the cyclists but many were pleased with how the weather turned out, as rain and low temperatures had been...
Fri 13th May 2016Full post
Southland to step up as international spending forecast to grow $16 billion by 2022
Source: stuff.co.nz International tourist spending in New Zealand is expected to reach $16 billion by 2022 but Southland will only get a slice of the action if the region does more to welcome overseas guests, tourism operators say. The Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment released its New Zealand Tourism Forecast 2016 - 2022 on Thursday, outlining how many overseas visitors are expected to arrive, and how much they are expected to spend, by...
Thu 12th May 2016Full post
Income-based lending restrictions possible
Source: NZ Herald.co.nz New lending restrictions to prevent people borrowing too much relative to their income are on the cards, the Reserve Bank of New Zealand's two most senior officials say. Governor Graeme Wheeler and deputy governor Grant Spencer made the comments at a media conference after the release of the bank's six-monthly financial stability report, which highlighted concern about the resumption of unsustainably high house price inflation nationwide, and especially in...
Wed 11th May 2016Full post
Southland warm homes scheme under threat
Source: stuff.co.nz The future of a scheme which has insulated more than 5000 Southland homes at reduced rates could be in jeopardy. The Southland Warm Homes Trust receives about 60 per cent of its funding from government agency Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority [EECA], but its funding for its Warm Up New Zealand: Healthy Homes programme comes to a close in June after three years. Questions remain about whether the Government will introduce...
Wed 4th May 2016Full post