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November 18, 2019

Most developments, big or small, require some level of earthworks. That might be scraping the grass away and digging foundations, putting in a retaining wall or larger cut and fill operations.  In all cases you need to think about where all the dirt (“silt and sediment...

November 11, 2019

With the rising costs of property, many people are looking to maximise the use of their land by bringing a business ‘back home’ and establishing a ‘home office’. A home office (also called a “home occupation”) is a business, work activity, craft or hobby that is run fr...

November 3, 2019

At the end of the Whangaparaoa Peninsula you will find a treasure - Shakespear Open Sanctuary. A few years ago, I was involved in obtaining the resource consent for the predator fence surrounding the park, so was interested to learn how the Sanctuary’s doing.

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October 30, 2019

With our ever expanding cities and demand for more and more land for urban use, productive lands are coming under increasing pressure to be developed. People often forget however that this is the land that grows our food, supports our dairy and meat industries and prov...

October 21, 2019

Got a tree on your property that you need to remove? Depending on the size of the tree, it may not be a job that you can handle yourself. You also need to check that the tree isn’t protected. It may be protected by Council planning rules (and would need a resource cons...

October 10, 2019

The resource consent process can seem complicated and full of unknowns and jargon. To be honest, it can be, but it doesn’t have to be. Through our weekly blogs we aim to give you free information on the resource consent process, changes to related legislation, and info...

October 7, 2019

Development on your own land- you’re the only one who gets a say right? Wrong! If you need a resource consent, one of the two assessments that the Council will do relates to notification; basically, who can have a say. There have been some recent changes to the Resourc...

September 30, 2019

An important part of any development is servicing. Almost all activities will need access to potable water and some way to manage stormwater and wastewater. You should spend time thinking about this at the start of your project, as it can sometimes be much more complic...

September 24, 2019

Elections of members of local authorities are held once every three years, on the second Saturday in October. The next elections are coming up on the 12th October 2019. Why should you vote ...