Auckland

Ring-fencing

  Inland Revenue has released an “issues paper” on ring-fencing losses. Revenue Minister Stuart Nash says the policy is an effort to “level the playing field” between speculators and investors. Feedback is being... Read more

Well-beings and oil wells

It’s been a big week in politics. Last week saw the first reading in Parliament of the Local Government (Community Well-being) Amendment Bill. The purpose of the Bill is to reverse changes made to the Local Government Act in 2012 by the then... Read more

Bright line test and discrimination

Last week the Revenue Minister Stuart Nash made good on Labour’s promise to extend the current two-year bright line rule to five years. The change will come into effect once the Tax Bill before Parliament is given the Royal Assent, which is... Read more

Warning signs and social housing

Interest rates Last week the Reserve Bank left the official cash rate (OCR) unchanged at 1.75 per cent. That was not a surprise, but as is often the case, the commentary was a useful pointer of things to come. Acting Governor Grant Spencer said he... Read more

Tenancy changes ahead

By the end of the year, the new coalition government is likely to have introduced a number of changes to the Residential Tenancies Act intended to “fix” the rental market. The Minister of Housing said he wanted to introduce laws that... Read more

Holiday homes

A recent news report from Stuff had some interesting facts and figures about bachs and coastal property. In the Far North, Homes.co.nz estimates the median value of for all properties in the region to be about $370,000 . But within 100 metres of the... Read more

Mini-budget delivers on promises

The new governments’ mini-budget presented to Parliament on 14 December delivered on Labour’s promise to reverse the legislated tax cuts that were to come into effect on 1 April next year, and instead direct that money into welfare. The... Read more

LVR relaxed and mini budget looms

This week the Reserve Bank announced it has loosened its grip on bank lending, making it a little easier for low deposit house buyers. Acting Reserve Bank Governor, Grant Spencer, said, ‘LVR (Loan Value Ratio) policies have been in place... Read more

High standards imposed by insurance companies

It seems insurance companies are requiring landlords and property managers to be much more vigilant in the way rental property is managed. The implications are that if a rental is not managed in a manner that minimises risks to an insurer, then they... Read more

From Xero to hero

Xero is a New Zealand success story. It is now the most widely used online accounting system in New Zealand and is expanding rapidly into Australia and the UK – and to a lesser extent the USA. Not only has it managed to disrupt the accounting... Read more