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Leaky homes package contains ‘good news’

Moves by the Government to speed up the resolution of disputes under the Weathertight Homes Resolution Service have been welcomed by the Construction Industry Council (CIC). CIC chairman John Pfahlert says recognition that the system is too slow and that a streamlined service is needed is good news.  “While an eight-month objective for resolution by mediation will be too long for some home owners, the reality is that it is a big improvement on the average 14- month period that has be...
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RMBF welcomes moves to streamline WHRS

RMBF welcomes moves to streamline WHRS

Government moves to resolve issues with the Weathertight Homes Resolution Service (WHRS) by streamlining the dispute resolution process are being supported by the Registered Master Builders Federation (RMBF). Chief executive Pieter Burghout says a number of industry concerns have been addressed in the Government’s changes.  “We are particularly supportive of the Government’s efforts to protect builders and consumers,” Mr Burghout says. “An example of this is t...
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Shake-up for WHRS

Minister for Building Issues Clayton Cosgrove has announced a major shake-up of the Weathertight Homes Resolution Service (WHRS) that will stop gaming of the system, hold building industry professionals to account and get leaky homes fixed faster.  “The WHRS was set up as a ‘call to arms’ to deal with a major problem, and although people have gained successful settlements so far, the service is too slow and is being drawn out by the lawyers and the experts.  “...
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New regulations prompt update of thermal Standard

Changing regulations and technology has prompted the Department of Building and Housing to initiate and fund a revision of the Standard for methods of determining the total thermal resistance of parts of buildings, NZS 4214:2002.  The revision updates the interim 2002 edition with new information, and now includes a method of dealing with ventilated wall cavities. “The revised Standard sets out methods for calculating the total thermal resistance of parts of buildings in steady-...
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Unit Titles Act review under way

Minister for Building Issues Clayton Cosgrove says a comprehensive review of the Unit Titles Act 1972 is being driven by big changes in the types of buildings New Zealanders live and work in. “The fact there will be half a million people living in apartments, townhouses and high-rise buildings in Auckland in 50 years’ time, shows the review’s importance.  “The Act impacts on the growing number of New Zealanders who do not live in three-bedroom homes on quarter-acre ...
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Oaks hotels and resorts enters NZ market

Australian property management group Oaks Hotels & Resorts has crossed the Tasman to launch into New Zealand with the opening of two new properties — Oaks Shores in Queenstown and Oaks on Hobson in Auckland.  Sales and marketing general manager Michael Owens says entering the New Zealand market is an exciting phase for the company. “We opened Oaks Shores in late 2005 and have had a strong response from the New Zealand market,” he says.  “The expansion into...
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