“The Woeful Quality Of Many New Zealand Homes Is Making Us Ill”

If you’re thinking about moving to New Zealand take a while to familiarise yourself with the problems and many challenges New Zealand’s poor quality housing may present to you, particularly if you have asthma or have children that suffer with it. ‘Toxic homes’ are a nightmare for many in New Zealand and immigrants fresh to…

Toxic Homes Still A Nightmare For Many In New Zealand

A Herald article today highlighted the reality of the ‘cheap’ housing often bought by unwary homeowners and newcomers in New Zealand. It tells the story of a Malaysian couple who purchased a property in Buckland’s Beach, an affluent area in South Auckland that’s popular with immigrants from a number of countries. Mr Chee bought his…

Leaky Homes Issues And "Stiched Up" Migrants

One of the most common problems that migrants from developed countries encounter in New Zealand is the condition of the houses. Almost all of them are wooden framed and range from quaint old Kauri villas to brand new million dollar mansions and there are often problems associated with dampness, poor weather tightness (‘leaky building’) lack…

Leaky Building Syndrome Goes Sky High

The Nautilus Building, some call it a blot on the Orewa landscape, others are less kind. You can’t miss it – it’s the tallest and most out of character construction for miles around, rising from the low lying urban sprawl of the little seaside town like a carbuncle that would have a Prince of the…