Milford plan change approval moves into wider debate

Representatives of the Milford Residents’ Association were surprised at a council meeting last Thursday that a private plan change could be approved without outstanding payments being met by the applicant. Private plan change 34 was approved – but a debate also ensued over how these changes should be handled.

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Accountants take new angle on low productivity level

In recent years I’ve seen a few reports blaming the New Zealand workforce for the nation’s low labour productivity. Having worked in a few countries, and observed workforce patterns in a few more, I faulted the research. Research by Grant Thornton, out today, may be closer to the mark: New Zealand’s laid-back culture means we lack the business edge.

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Propbd on Q F17Oct14 – Dorchester at 81%, HSBC joins Goodman bankers, new Airport ADR programme, Argosy valuation up

Dorchester at 81% of Turners – HSBC joins Goodman banking syndicate – Auckland Airport establishes new ADR programme – Revaluation lifts Argosy portfolio

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Jennian executive pushes for WOF extensions

Jennian Homes Ltd business development manager Dave Wilson issued 2 challenges today: First, he said homeowners should have to upgrade their house to the current building code before being able to sell. Second, he said the Government should extend its warrant of fitness trial on state housing rentals to all New Zealand homes, again preventing compliance before sale.

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Propbd on Q Th9Oct14 – 2 apartments sell, 3 sales at Colliers auction, Kirkcaldie’s settles sale, Dorchester at 60%, PGC suspended

2 apartments sell at Ray White’s – 2 warehouses & childcare centre sell – Harbour City Centre sale settled – Dorchester at 60% in Turners takeover – Pyne Gould suspended

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Selwood says new east-west connection proposal leaves long-term strategy unclear

NZ Council for Infrastructure Development chief executive Stephen Selwood said on Friday the joint NZ Transport Agency-Auckland Transport east-west connection project would address urgent Penrose-Onehunga freight needs but a long-term solution required far more than that, and the strategy outlined on Thursday through 6 options put out for feedback was unclear.

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Propbd on Q F3Oct14 – FMA questions bid collusion, east-west strategy questioned, residential average bounces

FMA pursues Archer & Hutsons over alleged disclosure breaches
Selwood questions east-west connection strategy
Barfoots’ average sale price bounces as $1 million-plus sales rise

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East-west “connections” feedback sought – with no closing date

The NZ Transport Agency & Auckland Transport – under pressure over the east-west transport link (renamed east-west connections), because of the way it was going to bulldoze through communities with completely inadequate consultation – set out a project overview on Tuesday and issued a new request for feedback last night.

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