“New Zealand Architecture” or Overpriced Sheds?

Our readers know that New Zealand homes, infamous for being ‘leaky’ cold and damp, are basically overpriced, poorly constructed sheds. Then again, most of our readers come from first world countries where homes are built to last for 80 years plus and are designed and constructed to be able to withstand adverse weather conditions. It’s…

Migrant Tales – Heading Back to First World Canada

Continuing in our series of migrant tales – first hand accounts of the migrant experience of New Zealand. Today’s tale is from a Canadian, resident in New Zealand for three years. Here’s his reasons for why he’ll be headed home soon. I’m from Canada, and I’d rather spend a winter there where it’s -20C because…

Bill To End Damp, Cold Rental Homes In New Zealand

At last, a Member of Parliament prepared to do something really worthwhile for the people he represents. Green MP, Gareth Hughes, wants to abolish damp, cold rental homes and ensure that all rental property meets minimum standards by 2018. We say good luck to him because he’s got his work cut out. “Wellington, July 23…

Ministry Of Defence Houses “Freezing”

This news item may be of interest to people thinking of emigrating to New Zealand and working for the NZ defence force. Defence housing appears to have exactly the same problems with lack of insulation, damp and heating that other homes have in New Zealand. The women have gone public with their concerns because they’re…

Immigrants Caught In Cold Poverty Trap

Our sympathies go out to Tenoch King and her husband, Mark Steadman. The couple emigrated to New Zealand three years ago, Mr Steadman is a relief secondary school teacher from Australia and his American wife is a graduate and is working part time. They bought an old, uninsulated 1914 villa (wooden)  in Port Chalmers* with…