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The Labour Party’s claim that “the number of dwellings consented in January was down 5 per cent on where it was in January last year” is just plain wrong, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

“January dwelling consents were up both nationally (to 1752 January 2017 from 1695 January 2016) and in Auckland (to 512 from 506).

“The year to January 2017 also confirms ongoing growth nationally from the previous year (to 30,123 from 27,124) and in Auckland (to 10,032 from 9275).

  • Nick Smith
  • Building and Construction

The 38 streets where building owners need to secure unreinforced masonry (URM) facades and parapets from Hurunui to Wellington within a year have been identified, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

“The Kaikōura Earthquake has increased the seismic risks in Wellington, Lower Hutt, Blenheim and Hurunui over the next three years. It is therefore prudent to require them to be secured and to help building owners with funding of these high-risk, URM parapets and facades to secure them.

  • Nick Smith
  • Building and Construction

Public consultation has opened on proposed legislation to fast track the redevelopment and regeneration of urban areas to better meet housing and commercial needs, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

  • Nick Smith
  • Building and Construction

Building activity is at a record high, topping $19 billion for 2016 after five straight years of strong growth, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

“This is the longest and strongest growth phase in building activity in New Zealand history. It involves record levels of investment in homes, commercial buildings and infrastructure. The total value of consents in 2016, at $19b, is the highest ever and 30 per cent more than the previous peak last decade, in inflation adjusted terms,” Dr Smith says.

  • Nick Smith
  • Building and Construction

High-growth councils have until 31 March to submit final proposals for a share of the $1 billion Housing Infrastructure Fund, Infrastructure Minister Steven Joyce and Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith say.

“Council constraints in financing the necessary infrastructure - the water supply, storm water, waste water and roading - can slow down the opening up of new housing areas, which is why the Government announced the Housing Infrastructure Fund last year,” Dr Smith says.

  • Nick Smith
  • Steven Joyce
  • Infrastructure
  • Building and Construction

A big worry in this Trump era of modern politics is that complex issues are dumbed down to 140 character tweets. The beauty of this annual opportunity you give me as Nelson’s MP is to give a far more considered and thorough account of a topical issue. The focus of this 22nd Rotary address is the steps we are taking to improve New Zealand’s management of earthquake risks.

  • Nick Smith
  • Environment
  • Building and Construction

Unreinforced masonry facades and parapets posing a risk to the public in areas like Wellington with a heightened risk of an aftershock from the Kaikoura earthquake need to be secured within a year, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith has announced.

  • Nick Smith
  • Building and Construction

The number of new homes consented in Auckland for the year to November has topped 10,000 for the first time in 12 years, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith says.

“The 1156 consents issued in Auckland during November makes it the strongest month in more than 10 years. It is more than treble the 325 consents issued in Auckland in November 2008, when National became Government. We need to consistently achieve more than 1000 consents per month in Auckland to match population growth,” Dr Smith says.

  • Nick Smith
  • Building and Construction

Twenty temporary housing units at the Rawhiti Domain used to support families through the Christchurch earthquakes are to be offered to farmers with significantly damaged homes from the Kaikōura earthquake, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today.

  • Nick Smith
  • Building and Construction

The Hamilton City Council is to gain access to fast-track powers to zone new areas for residential development under an Accord with the Government, Building and Construction Minister Dr Nick Smith announced today during a visit with new Mayor Andrew King.

  • Nick Smith
  • Building and Construction

Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones and Civil Defence Minister Rick Barker today announced that the government has approved a $500,000 contribution to a joint fund (with the Northland Re

  • Shane Jones
  • Building and Construction

Speech to the Apprentice of the Year, Boatshed, Wellington

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  • Shane Jones
  • Building and Construction

Ten of New Zealand's best young carpentry apprentices are to be honoured at a national awards dinner in Wellington tomorrow night, with prizes presented by the Building and Construction Minister Sh

  • Shane Jones
  • Building and Construction

Coming to grips with the Building and Construction portfolio has been a bit like running straight off the bench into a rugby scrum...crouch, touch, and engage!

  • Shane Jones
  • Building and Construction

Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones has responded to the criticisms of the Building Act and removed its "gold plated building standards".

  • Shane Jones
  • Building and Construction

A competition that aims to generate innovative designs and creative solutions that will promote good quality, affordable homes was announced today by Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones

  • Shane Jones
  • Building and Construction

A Bill to increase flexibility and efficiency in the building consent process -- the Building Amendment Bill No.

  • Shane Jones
  • Building and Construction

Speech notes for address to National Conference for Property Council New Zealand, Te Papa, Wellington.

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  • Shane Jones
  • Building and Construction

Today's inaugural building forum in Auckland - " Leading for the Future" - has laid down the foundations for the long-term future of the industry, says Building and Construction Minister

  • Shane Jones
  • Building and Construction

 

  • Shane Jones
  • Building and Construction

The registration of retirement villages is a key requirement of the Retirement Villages Act 2003 where government acted to protect the interests of older people in retirement villages.

  • Shane Jones
  • Building and Construction

The Wood Processors sector constitutes a critical part of an industry worth billions of dollars to the New Zealand economy.

  • Shane Jones
  • Building and Construction

Building and Construction Minister Shane Jones today confirmed appointments for the Plumbers, Gasfitters and Drainlayers (PGD) board.

  • Shane Jones
  • Building and Construction

A new statutory Code of Practice for retirement villages, a document setting out the rights and responsibilities of residents and operators, is currently open for public consultation.

  • Shane Jones
  • Building and Construction