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Hirepool gets good Kiwi blokes on board

Popular TV personalities Pete and Andy Walker have climbed on board the Hirepool wagon. They’re the stars of the company’s new 30 second television commercial which went to air early in February. “Pete and Andy are good Kiwi blokes and, with their easy going attitude and keen senses of humour, make an ideal fit for New Zealand’s leading equipment hire company,” Hirepool’s sales and marketing executive director Mark Powell says. The ad, which comes in 15 and...
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RMBA says 2013 ended on a high

The latest residential building consent figures released recently confirmed the growth that occurred in November 2013 carried on in December 2013. The 2013 year ended with 21,300 new homes and apartments consented, up 26% on 2012 levels. Statistics New Zealand figures showed 2035 new home and apartment consents were issued for December 2013, the second highest month in 2013 behind November (2267). This was bolstered by continued strong growth in Canterbury where 581 consents were issued and A...
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PlaceMakers bigger and better in Whangarei

PlaceMakers is due to open the doors on a newly built store in Whangarei in the spring of this year — a 6000 sq m site at 18 Kioreroa Road. The new store is being built by local building company Kerr Construction, and has been designed with the customer and the environment in mind. It includes: An expansive and easy access drive-through area, A larger showroom with room to display the latest in building solutions, Sustainable building practic...
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Housing unaffordability catastrophic

A new survey suggesting New Zealand’s houses are more unaffordable than those in London or Los Angeles reiterates the need for urgent attention from central and local governments, according to the Property Council of New Zealand. The Demographia International Housing Affordability survey is a timely reminder that Auckland’s Unitary Plan needs to encourage and facilitate development as a direct means of addressing the housing crisis. The Plan as it stands, has a number of rules whic...
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Research launched to help homes better withstand earthquakes

Findings show homes with variations in the stiffness of the bracing systems performed poorly A key research project to help improve the resilience of the types of homes that performed poorly in the Christchurch earthquakes has been launched. Engineering experts from BRANZ, with research support from EQC, will use computer modelling to assess the impact of simulated seismic action on modern homes with more complex configurations. The research has been prompted by findings that less complex hom...
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