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The vanishing dream of home ownership

NZ Herald, Sat 27 Oct 07 6:00 AM

Just inside the fenceline ringing Auckland's sprawl, a development boom is in full cry. At Westgate, Hobsonville, Albany, Flat Bush, Papakura and Karaka, green fields are sprouting houses as fast as people arrive to fill them. The...

Leaky homes bill $200m and counting

NZ Herald, Fri 14 Sep 07 5:10 AM

The bill to Auckland City ratepayers for the leaky building crisis is between $200 million and $360 million - and will need more ratepayers' money to meet the swelling number of claims. After more than a year hiding the potential...

Major boost urged for fund to protect city's heritage

NZ Herald, Mon 10 Sep 07 5:00 AM

A fund of up to $1.6 million and a rates holiday are being mooted to encourage people to repair and maintain heritage properties in Auckland City. The fund would also be available for conservation on the gulf islands and go into...

Home dream in ruins

NZ Herald, Sun 9 Sep 07 5:00 AM

North Shore primary school teacher Debra Lewis is almost too upset to speak coherently about the mounting debts she faces for repairs to the apartment block she bought into six years ago. She shuffles through piles of invoices...

Repairs on flats force 400 students out

NZ Herald, Sat 8 Sep 07 5:00 AM

About 400 Auckland University students are being forced out of a large Quay Park block because of problems which will cost more than $1 million to fix. The students are living in the 230-unit Railway Campus, which was a major conversion...