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Check Your Plan With Powerswitch

The first step is to make sure you're on the best possible power plan. Head over to the Powerswitch website, a free and independent service that compares thousands of power plans in New Zealand. By answering a few simple questions about your household's energy use, Powerswitch can show you plans that might be a better fit for your needs. Keep in mind that some plans may require specific conditions, like having a smart meter installed or committing to a longer contract. There might also be online payment requirements or upfront costs. Even if you find the perfect plan this time, power prices fluctuate, so it's a good idea to check Powerswitch at least once a year to ensure you're not overpaying.

Set Your Heat Pump

Set Your Heat Pump

Heat pumps, when used efficiently, can significantly impact your power bill. The ideal temperature range for a heat pump is between 19 and 21 degrees Celsius. Locate the controller and switch it to "heat mode" (usually indicated by a sun icon). From there, adjust the temperature to your comfort level within this recommended range. Higher temperatures will not only make the heat pump work harder but also lead to unnecessary expenses.

Turn Off Appliances

Many appliances continue to draw power even when they're switched off. This "phantom power" can drain your wallet over time. Getting into the habit of switching appliances off at the wall when not in use can save you up to $100 a year. Appliances with standby lights are often the biggest culprits, so be sure to turn off your TV, computer, speakers, and game consoles completely.

Shorten Your Showers

Shorten Your Showers

Long, hot showers feel great, but they can also be expensive. A typical 15-minute shower costs around $1. Considering the number of showers taken in your household each day, that cost can add up quickly. By shortening your showers to just 5 minutes, you could save a significant amount. A 5-minute shower translates to a 66-cent saving, which could mean an average of $5 per person per week or a whopping $260 per person per year!

Change Your Washing Machine Settings

Washing Machine Settings

Most washing machines offer a variety of temperature settings. While a hot wash might seem tempting, a cold wash is just as effective for most loads and significantly cheaper to run. A warm wash typically costs around 30 cents, whereas a cold wash comes in at a mere 6 cents. If your family does four loads of laundry a week, switching to cold washes could save you around $50 a year.

Power Heavy Appliances

While switching off appliances and using cold water washes are effective strategies, there are other power-hungry culprits to consider. Cooking a large meal in the oven can cost around $1, whereas a slow cooker uses just 35 cents of electricity to cook the same meal. Similarly, a regular clothes dryer costs about $1 per load. Take advantage of sunny days, and whenever possible, dry your clothes outside for free.

A warm towel after a shower is luxurious, but leaving your heated towel rail on all the time can be a budget buster. Leaving a heated towel rail on can cost you around $3 per week, translating to a yearly expense of roughly $140.

By implementing these simple hacks, you can significantly reduce your power consumption and save money on your power bill. Remember, every little bit counts!

This lack of regulation often results in conflicts where non-cat owners seek ways to deter cats from their properties, while cat owners sometimes face threats from neighbours irritated by their pets' trespassing.

Benefits of Containing Cats

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Cats are natural hunters, not only when hungry but as a basic instinct. Therefore, containing cats not only protects them but also significantly reduces their impact on local wildlife. Some regions in New Zealand have already started implementing cat containment rules, a trend likely to grow as awareness of environmental impacts increases.

Keeping cats indoors or contained within your property greatly extends their lifespan. Such cats face fewer dangers, such as traffic, fights, or consuming harmful substances. Additionally, indoor cats pose less of a threat to wildlife and result in lower veterinary costs for their owners. Contained cats also offer more companionship as they spend more time interacting with their owners instead of roaming freely.

Challenges of Cat Containment

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While safety is a significant benefit, containment can potentially lead to boredom for cats. Owners can overcome this by enriching their indoor environment with various activities that engage their cats physically and mentally. This includes playing with them, providing climbing posts, perches, tunnels, and even interactive toys like puzzle feeders.

Solutions for Cat Containment

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Neil Sanderson, director of Cat Fence.nz, offers two simple solutions. “We sell two systems that are installed on top of fences. The Australian-made Oscillot® system uses aluminium rollers that spin when your cat tries to climb over them so the cat cannot get traction. We also sell Purrfect Fence® from the USA, which has steel arms that extend inward from the fence top and support a barrier of low-visibility poly mesh. The arms are spring-loaded so that even if a cat tries to climb over the mesh, the arms will gently lower them towards the ground.”

Pros and cons of the Oscillot vs Purrfect Fence

“Oscillot is extremely unobtrusive and comes in a range of colours. It does require fences at least 1.8m tall (so that a cat cannot simply jump over them without contacting the roller). The fences need to be in good condition and not have too many changes in direction or height.

Purrfect Fence is more visible, but it is very versatile. The spacing of the arms is not critical, and it easily handles changes in height. It will also work with fences as low as one metre. Plus, we have a freestanding version, which is great if you don’t have a completely fenced area or you want to create a cat zone within a larger fenced yard,” Neil says.

Catio As An Alternative

Catios can also offer a fantastic alternative for cat containment, combining safety with enrichment. These enclosures can be attached to a window, door, or freestanding in a garden, allowing cats to enjoy the outdoors without the risks associated with free roaming. Catios can be custom-built to fit any space and can include various features such as climbing shelves, cosy nooks, and even real plants for a more natural environment. They provide an excellent way for cat owners to enrich their pets' lives while keeping them safe and sound.

These days, many people are creating catios, which are large cat cages, usually attached to the house at a window or door. These enclosures can be very nice, but if you have a very small yard, they can make it hard to use the yard for other purposes. In these cases, a fence-mounted system is a good option.

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It's a powerful symbol of prosperity and stability, promising a year filled with growth and good luck. This year, it's not just about celebrating the Lunar New Year but also about preparing our homes to welcome this abundant year.

Feng Shui, an ancient practice also known as "geomancy" in English, can help us harness positive energy in our homes. This age-old practice, which merges elements of astronomy and geography, teaches us to understand and manipulate the flow of energy around us.

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The Entrance

In Feng Shui, energy enters the home through the front door, just like people. Hence, paying attention to this area is crucial when planning your home's layout and design.

In China, it's commonly believed that "wealth does not enter a dirty door." Therefore, keeping your home's entrance clean and filled with light is important to prevent debris from accumulating there. It's also recommended to place auspicious decorations in the foyer, such as gold decor or crystal trees, which are believed to attract wealth and bring good fortune into the home.

Ideally, the front entrance should not directly face another passageway, such as a window or door. If there is a window or other opening in front of the door, you can use screens, cabinets, or curtains to block the space. Remember, a solid material will be more effective in slowing the flow of energy than something woven, transparent, or visibly porous.

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The Living Room

The sofa placement is perhaps the most crucial aspect of Feng Shui in the living room. Ideally, your couch should be against a solid wall, which represents the face of a mountain. Mountains symbolise support, strength, and wealth. Choose a sofa with a high back or place a cabinet behind it to further strengthen this effect.

If your couch can't be against a wall, make sure it doesn't directly face a door or block hallways. Its placement should make the room feel as open as possible, which is beneficial to the family's qi and ensures energy can circulate correctly.

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The Kitchen

In Feng Shui, kitchens represent fire, the most powerful element. While it is considered a vital life force, too much fire can lead to aggression, conflict, and hostility. For this reason, open kitchens aren't recommended in Feng Shui, as they allow fire to spread too quickly throughout the home. Since this space already has a lot of powerful energy, avoiding colours that are too dark or too strong, such as red or black, is suggested. Instead, opt for softer hues like pastels.

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The Bedroom

The bedroom is where we typically spend long periods resting and sleeping, and its layout will directly affect our physical and mental health. Like the living room couch, placing your bed's head against the wall is the optimal layout. Ideally, the bed should face the room's entrance but not directly in line with the door. Don't position it directly next to a window either, as positive energy could escape through here.

Additionally, avoid beams above the bed, as this can force negative energy downward onto people. They can also energetically separate partners if a beam runs down the middle of a bed.

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Unique Challenges Of Beach Living

Owning a beautiful and relaxing beach house is part of the classic Kiwi dream. However, designing it to be functional and aesthetic requires thoughtful planning. Some bach owners fail to consider the unique challenges that come with having a house close to the shore.

Whether perched on the hillside, nestled in the dunes, or set back from the shore, your house's location impacts the design. Think about the climate, wind patterns, and sun positions throughout the day. The house's position should maximise ocean views and take advantage of natural light and breezes.

Choosing Weather-Resistant Materials

A house near the beach will have higher exposure to the elements. Consider water, sun, sand, and salty air, which can all cause materials to erode quicker than usual, so it’s important to choose weather-resistant materials. Teak, cedar, and stainless steel are popular choices for outdoor furniture and fixtures, as they can withstand the elements while looking aesthetically appealing.

Beach houses often embrace open and airy interior spaces. Think open floor plans that connect the living, dining, and kitchen areas and big windows and glass doors to blur the line between indoors and outdoors. A bach is a family haven; these open spaces create a social and relaxed environment, allowing people to enjoy beach life to the fullest.

While most of your time is spent outside in the sun, the interior shouldn’t be ignored. Whether you choose to hold onto the nostalgia by decorating with retro op shop finds or fully embrace the beach vibe with cool blue tones and driftwood accents, the décor should represent your family dynamic and personal style. The bach should be a respite from everyday life. If your home screams Scandinavian chic, avoiding replicating the same décor at the bach is best.

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Creating Functional Zones In Your Outdoor Area

When thinking about your outdoor space, consider it will most likely take the heavy hitting of those sandy holidays. Design your outdoor area to serve multiple purposes and create functional zones. A large weather-resistant table and comfy chairs to host summer barbeques and family games night under the stars are absolute musts. Think about adding a firepit or outdoor fireplace for cosy evenings by the seas and a shady covered deck with a hammock for those afternoon naps. A built-in outdoor shower with a designated spot to hang wet towels and swimsuits will do wonders for Mum’s peace of mind. Keep in mind all outdoor furnishings need to be sturdy and weather-resistant to hold up to the elements.

Why not embrace the coastal aesthetic in your outdoor space by decorating with a colour palette that mirrors the serene surroundings. Opt for shades of white, soft blues, and gentle greens. Use natural materials like wood, sea glass, and shells to infuse a sense of beachy charm. Consider investing in outdoor furniture made from teak or rattan, which compliments the beach vibe and withstands the elements well.

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Landscaping For Your Dream Kiwi Bach

Design your landscaping to be low-maintenance, drought-tolerant, and sustainable by incorporating native plants and landscaping to harmonise with nature. Well-placed plants can also offer privacy and create a sense of seclusion in your outdoor area, allowing you to relax and enjoy the beach in peace.

When designing your dream kiwi bach, it’s important to strike a balance between aesthetics, functionality, and the unique characteristics of beach living. With careful planning, you can create a beachfront haven that offers stunning views and relaxation and stands the test of time in terms of both beauty and practicality.

It’s important to think aesthetics as well as functionality when it comes to designing a home gym. You wouldn’t want to spend a whole lot of time in a room that was cold and dingy, but a well-lit, warm room will encourage productivity. A space that looks and feels inviting will do wonderous things for your motivation and ensure you’re using the space regularly.

Plan Your Gym Space

Unless you’re lucky enough to have a dedicated full-size gym, most of us have to make our existing spaces work for this purpose. This most likely means converting the spare bedroom or garage into something practical. Consider your available space and how you will make it work for you, particularly how much equipment will safely fit while still allowing you enough room to move around freely.

Say Yes To Wall Colour

Adding a lick of paint or a wallpapered feature wall is the easiest way to change up a room. Something to think about when choosing a colour is the impact it has on your mood. The experts say yellow is a mood booster, while pale blues mellow us out. A question to ask yourself is, how do I need this space to serve me? If your focus is yoga and meditation, you’ll want a relaxing colour, whereas an energising colour will work best if you plan on doing high-intensity workouts.

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Keep Your Home Gym Organised

A gym can be dangerous if not kept well organised and tidy. Avoid accidents by having dedicated homes for all your equipment and accessories. Consider building in shelving or racks for your free weights if you have the freedom to do so, or shop around to find the best storage option to keep your equipment from becoming a trip hazard.

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Function Comes First

The ultimate goal of any design project is to utilise the space. To achieve a practical home gym, make sure anything in your space has more than one purpose. It’s hard to justify sacrificing precious floor space for a single function machine that you can only use for one exercise. Instead, go for versatile strength equipment that can be adjusted for a variety of goals.

Music and Entertainment In Your Gym

The right music is a huge motivation for movement. Playing your favourite music is important to encourage you to push through your workout. Whether you install a full sound system or use a portable speaker, think about what tunes will get you the most energised. Alternatively, set up a TV

in your gym. This is a great option if you’re planning to follow online classes or workout videos. A wall mounted TV is also great for those who need a bit of distraction during those rough cardio sessions.

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Visual Learning

You probably already know that all gyms have at least one wall of mirrors. This does serve a purpose other than flexing! Working out in front of a mirror is the best way to watch your form, allowing you to correct and encourage safe movements. Mirrors also make a room feel bigger and brighter, which is perfect for a makeshift gym.

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Decorate Your Gym Safely

Decorate your home gym with enthusiasm, but keep it practical. Make the space inviting and aesthetically pleasing, but keep safety at the forefront of any design. Consider a great lighting fixture and some inspiring artwork to create an atmosphere to match your goals. Think carefully about whether you want a tranquil space or a room to energise, as your décor will set the tone for your workout. It is worth adding a few personal touches to create a space that will serve you. Maybe you want motivational messages on the walls or air-purifying house plants; whatever you choose, it should enhance motivation.

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From conserving water to enhancing biodiversity, there are numerous strategies homeowners can utilise to create landscapes that are not only aesthetically pleasing but also environmentally responsible.

Water Conservation and Irrigation

One of the primary principles of sustainable landscaping is water conservation. In many regions, water scarcity is a pressing concern, making efficient water use essential. Designing landscapes that minimise water consumption can be achieved through various techniques, including smart irrigation systems that utilise technology to optimise water usage. Xeriscaping is another example to further promote sustainability in landscape design. Xeriscaping involves selecting drought-tolerant plants native to the region, minimising the need for irrigation in the garden. Additionally, incorporating features like rain gardens and permeable paving allows rainwater to infiltrate the soil, replenishing groundwater supplies and reducing erosion.

Soil Health

Healthy soil is the foundation of a sustainable landscape. By enriching the soil with natural resources such as compost and mulch, homeowners can improve soil structure, fertility, and water retention, thereby supporting agriculture and vegetable gardens. Avoiding synthetic fertilisers and pesticides helps preserve soil biodiversity and prevents harmful runoff into waterways. Furthermore, practising techniques like crop rotation and cover cropping can naturally enhance soil fertility while reducing erosion and nutrient leaching.

Agriculture

Moreover, sustainable landscaping practices can also bridge the gap between urban living and agriculture. Incorporating elements such as edible gardens and vertical farming techniques not only promote self-sufficiency but also reconnect homeowners with the origins of their food, fostering a deeper appreciation for agriculture and its role in sustainable living.

Biodiversity Enhancement

Sustainable landscapes prioritise biodiversity by creating habitats that support a variety of plant and animal species. Planting a diverse range of native plants provides food and shelter for pollinators, birds, and other wildlife, contributing to ecosystem resilience and supporting wildlife. Incorporating features like bird feeders, bat boxes, and insect hotels further encourages wildlife to inhabit the garden, fostering a thriving ecosystem and promoting environmentally friendly practices.

Energy Efficiency

Strategic landscape design can also contribute to energy efficiency and sustainability at home. Planting trees strategically to provide shade during the summer months can reduce the need for air conditioning while allowing sunlight to penetrate during winter can help warm the home naturally. Additionally, incorporating solar panels into the design can harness solar energy to power outdoor lighting and irrigation systems, further reducing the ecological footprint of the landscape.

Waste Reduction

Sustainable landscaping aims to minimise waste by adopting practices such as composting and recycling. Yard waste, such as grass clippings and fallen leaves, can be composted to create nutrient-rich soil amendments, closing the loop on organic matter within the landscape and promoting decomposition. Durable, long-lasting materials for hardscaping elements like pathways and retaining walls reduce the need for frequent replacement and prevent waste accumulation, further supporting design practices for sustainability.

Community Benefits

Beyond the individual benefits to homeowners, sustainable landscaping contributes to broader community resilience and well-being. By reducing water consumption and minimising pollution, sustainable landscapes help mitigate the impacts of urbanization on local ecosystems and water resources. Moreover, green spaces provide opportunities for community engagement and connection with nature, fostering a sense of belonging and enhancing the quality of life for residents. Implementing sustainable landscape design principles not only beautifies the earth but also preserves it for future generations.

Economic Considerations

In addition to its environmental and social benefits, sustainable landscaping can also yield economic advantages for homeowners. By reducing water usage, energy bills, and maintenance costs, sustainable landscapes offer long-term savings and return on investment. Furthermore, properties with well-designed and environmentally friendly landscapes often command higher resale values and appeal to eco-conscious buyers, contributing to the sustainability movement.

Sustainable landscaping offers a holistic approach to creating outdoor spaces that are both aesthetically pleasing and environmentally responsible. By implementing water-conserving practices, prioritising soil health and biodiversity, and promoting energy efficiency and waste reduction, homeowners can play a vital role in preserving and enhancing the natural world around them. Embracing sustainability in landscape design is not only a choice for the present but an investment in the future of our planet and generations to come.

Introduction:

The construction industry in New Zealand plays a crucial role in driving the country's economy. With a constant need for improvement and innovation, it is essential to stay informed about the latest trends and practices. In this blog post, we will explore how NZ Contractor magazine and Build and Renovate are at the forefront of promoting excellence and innovation in the construction industry.

NZ Contractor Magazine: Catering to Diverse Construction Segments

NZ Contractor magazine is a comprehensive resource that caters to various segments of the construction industry. Whether you specialise in residential construction, commercial projects, infrastructure development, or specific trades, the magazine offers articles and features tailored to your interests. Its diverse content ensures that professionals from all areas of construction can find valuable insights and information.

Building Magazines NZ: A Wealth of Resources

In addition to NZ Contractor Magazine, there are several other prominent building magazines in NZ. These publications provide their unique strengths and areas of expertise to the industry. For instance, "Construction Today" focuses on commercial construction projects, while "Home Builders NZ" provides insights into residential construction trends. By exploring multiple building magazines, professionals can gain a broader perspective and access a wealth of resources.

Master Builders Christchurch and Auckland: Shaping the Construction Landscape

The cities of Christchurch and Auckland are known for their vibrant construction industries, largely influenced by master builders. These skilled professionals bring innovation, sustainability, and creativity to their projects, transforming the cityscapes. From iconic commercial structures to sustainable residential developments, master builders in Christchurch and Auckland continually raise the bar for excellence in the industry.

Empowering Contractors and Builders: Insights from NZ Contractor Magazine

NZ Contractor Magazine recognises the pivotal role of contractors and builders in the construction ecosystem. The magazine offers practical insights, expert interviews, and project showcases tailored to their needs and interests. Whether it's project management strategies, cost estimation techniques, safety protocols, or tips for successful collaborations, NZ Contractor Magazine provides a wealth of knowledge to help contractors and builders excel in their work.

Build and Renovate: Supporting Growth and Success

Build and Renovate is a trusted brand committed to supporting the growth and success of contractors and builders. Through partnerships with industry organisations, they provide access to valuable resources, training programs, and expert advice. Their extensive experience in delivering quality construction projects makes them a reliable partner for professionals seeking guidance and support.

FAQs:

Q: What are some emerging construction technologies worth exploring?
A: Emerging construction technologies worth exploring include Building Information Modeling (BIM), prefabrication, drones for site surveys, and sustainable construction materials.

Q: What are green building practices, and how can I incorporate them into my projects?
A: Green building practices focus on minimising environmental impact and maximising energy efficiency. They involve using sustainable materials, implementing energy-efficient systems, and incorporating renewable energy sources into construction projects.

Q: What advice do you have for someone starting a construction business?
A: When starting a construction business, it is crucial to conduct thorough market research, develop a detailed business plan, build a strong network of industry connections, and prioritise safety and compliance with regulations.

Conclusion:

NZ Contractor Magazine and Build and Renovate are driving forces behind excellence and innovation in the New Zealand construction industry. By offering comprehensive coverage, practical insights, and valuable resources, they empower contractors, builders, and master builders to stay informed, connected, and inspired. The collaboration between NZ Contractor Magazine and Build & Renovate ensures a prosperous future for the construction industry, benefiting professionals and contributing to the overall growth of New Zealand's construction sector. Stay engaged with these industry leaders to shape the future of construction in New Zealand.

Introduction:

The construction industry in New Zealand plays a pivotal role in the country's economy. With the construction sector contributing significantly to GDP, employment, and infrastructure development, contractors hold immense importance. This blog post highlights the economic impact of the construction industry, showcases notable projects led by contractors, and explores the resources available through our NZ Contractor Magazine and Master Builders associations.

The Importance of Contractors in Construction Projects:

Contractors in New Zealand have demonstrated their expertise and problem-solving skills in numerous noteworthy projects. For example, the development of the Auckland International Airport and the Christchurch Rebuild Project are shining examples of the critical role played by contractors. Despite challenges such as seismic activity and complex architectural requirements, contractors successfully completed these projects, contributing to the growth and resilience of the construction industry.

Collaborating with Building Magazines and Master Builders Associations:

Contractors benefit from the wide array of resources and support offered by building magazines and Master Builders associations. NZ Contractor Magazine provides industry insights, showcases innovative projects, and offers a platform for contractors to share their knowledge. Master Builders associations in Christchurch and Auckland provide training programs, networking opportunities, legal updates, and access to a collaborative community. By collaborating with these organisations, contractors enhance their professional growth, stay up-to-date with industry trends, and foster partnerships for subcontracting and collaboration.

Regional Impact: Christchurch and Auckland:

Contractors in Christchurch and Auckland have significantly influenced the economic and urban development of these regions. The Christchurch Rebuild Project, led by contractors, transformed the city after the devastating earthquakes. The construction of innovative and sustainable buildings, including the Christchurch Town Hall and the Justice and Emergency Services Precinct, demonstrates the contractors' commitment to shaping the city's future. Similarly, in Auckland, contractors have played a pivotal role in the development of the Waterview Connection Tunnel and the SkyCity Convention Centre, contributing to the city's infrastructure and economic growth.

FAQs:

Q1: What licensing and certifications are required for contractors in New Zealand?
A1: Contractors in New Zealand need to hold a valid license issued by the New Zealand Building Practitioners Board. Specific certifications may be required depending on the type of construction work and the associated regulations.

Q2: How can I find reputable contractors for my construction project?
A2: To find reputable contractors, consider seeking recommendations from friends or colleagues, checking online directories of certified contractors, and reviewing testimonials or references from previous clients. It is also advisable to conduct thorough interviews and request detailed project proposals before making a final decision.

Q3: How can contractors adapt to emerging technologies and sustainability practices?
A3: Contractors can adapt to emerging technologies and sustainability practices by actively seeking training and educational programs offered by industry associations and organisations. Staying informed about advancements in construction methods, green building techniques, and energy-efficient systems is crucial for contractors to remain competitive in the evolving construction industry.

Conclusion:

Contractors play a vital role in the New Zealand construction industry, contributing to economic growth and infrastructure development. Notable projects led by contractors in Auckland and Christchurch have reshaped the cities, showcasing their expertise and dedication. Collaborating with building magazines like Build and Renovate, and associations such as master builders Christchurch and Auckland provides contractors with valuable resources, networking opportunities, and professional development support. As the construction industry evolves, the expertise and collaboration of contractors will continue to be crucial for building a thriving and sustainable future for New Zealand.

If you are thinking about subdividing a property, it’s useful to review the steps you’ll need to take.

Whether you are thinking of carving off the back of a section to make two lots, or developing a lifestyle block or a site that could be a large multi-development subdivision, the process is similar - it’s just the scale that changes.


Checklist:

• A feasibility study provides a thorough report on the subdivision options for the site as well as any restrictions, issues or considerations that should be known about before proceeding
• A site investigation, including a geotechnical assessment
• A topographical survey, is required in most instances for subdivison/engineering design
• A Subdivision Scheme Plan is then prepared with input from a Licensed Cadastral Surveyor
• Civil Engineering design for earthworks and site access, including roading, footpaths, driveways.
• Infrastructure design for the provision of sewage, water supply, stormwater drainage, power and telecommunication services
• A subdivision consent is required for all types of subdivision and will include an Assessment of Environmental Effects
• Site works are then undertaken to form access, building platforms and to install infrastructure
• On completion of those works s.224c Certification is obtained from the Council
• The Land Transfer Survey can then be completed and new titles sought.


Derek Wood, principal surveyor at Envivo Engineering, Surveying & Planning, says, “Christchurch Council has made allowance for more infill subdivisions, particularly if an existing building has been condemned there’s more leeway to develop sites.

“There are some good opportunities to look at sites in new ways – to maximise the developments and ensure that we make the most of each property.”

For first time developers it can be daunting to review all the steps that need to be taken in order to subdivide. The most frequently asked question is ‘how long will it take me to subdivide?’ – followed swiftly by ‘how much will it cost?’

The feasibility study enables Envivo to answer these difficult questions recognising that every site is unique.

Christchurch Council has a wealth of advice on their website with diagrams and tips on managing the subdivision process.

The Council requires regular monitoring is undertaken throughout the process to ensure that all works and services are carried out and installed to the Council’s Infrastructure Design Standard.

Derek adds, “One of the key factors that should be considered is availability of consultants. Find out contractors’ availability as that will have a huge impact on the speed a development gets underway – and ultimately how much it will cost.

“Our teams are very responsive and can be on-site quickly, it’s our point of difference. Plus we offer comprehensive experience; over the last 18-years we have carried out over 1,000 subdivisions, and over 4,000 topographical surveys.

“We can help you assess whether you can subdivide your property, guide you through each step of the process and manage it smoothly for you.”

Information provided courtesy of Envivo Ltd
info@envivo.co.nz  | www.envivo.co.nz

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