Articles: Speak Easy

Why Building  Standards Are  Being Given Away with Michael Botur

Why Building Standards Are Being Given Away with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 10, Oct 2018

Builders have plenty of reason to get frustrated around building rules and standards. The rules can be loopy; the standards can be expensive or complicated to follow (even the NZ Standard building contract, NZS 3902:2004 is 56 pages long).

Where Are We Up To With Women In Construction? with Michael Botur

Where Are We Up To With Women In Construction? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 03, Oct 2018

The 2016 PwC report looking at female participation in building and construction found the number of women joining the industry increased 45 per cent.

Builders Can Now Get Microcredentials. Have We Set The  Bar Too Low? with Michael Botur

Builders Can Now Get Microcredentials. Have We Set The Bar Too Low? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 26, Sep 2018

Recently I mused on the panic around the skills shortage in NZ which has seen tens of thousands of overseas workers let into NZ on building visas. 

We Want Houses Fast, Good And Cheap.  Can We Only  Pick Two? with Michael Botur

We Want Houses Fast, Good And Cheap.  Can We Only Pick Two? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 19, Sep 2018

People have been going nuts at government and councils because Kiwibuild houses haven’t sprung up quickly enough. Can we really rush homes, though? It would be a disaster if expedited building led to more pollution or more leakiness.

Mike’s Monetary Solution For The  Skills Shortage with Michael Botur

Mike’s Monetary Solution For The Skills Shortage with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 12, Sep 2018

Please don’t laugh, but often when I want to hear the truth, I check what the politicians are saying.

Is Rightsizing  Right For  Retirees? with Michael Botur

Is Rightsizing Right For Retirees? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 05, Sep 2018

Downsizing: it’s not just a Matt Damon movie that nobody watched. Downsizing is a reality for more and more New Zealanders because:

Upsizing: Is Bigger Always Better? with Michael Botur

Upsizing: Is Bigger Always Better? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 29, Aug 2018

If you’re like my friend Rose in Dargaville, you’ve had so many babies that they could turn your whanau into a 1970s sitcom.

On-Sale Value:  What To Look  Out For with Michael Botur

On-Sale Value:  What To Look Out For with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 22, Aug 2018

“Location, location, location is foremost for a lot of people, that’s my first pick,” Al adds. “A lot of people buy the location first on the principle that over time it’ll capitalise in value better. The phrase ‘buy the worst house on the best street’ remains a good formula in any purchasing of property.

Thanks, Plumbers,  For Civilising Us with Michael Botur

Thanks, Plumbers,  For Civilising Us with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 01, Aug 2018

Crawling around in the muck to fiddle with pipes had never been a part of my life til I bought my own home. It’s not as if the councillors in charge of the city’s reticulated water, gas and power will ever get down in the dirt either (with the exception of Sir John Thorn, who was a plumber before becoming mayor of Port Chalmers).

Should Meth Decontamination Cost with Michael Botur

Should Meth Decontamination Cost with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 18, Jul 2018

Should Meth Decontamination Cost A Property Manager $32,000?

I’m Tidying Up A Rental For Sale. Can I…  with Michael Botur

I’m Tidying Up A Rental For Sale. Can I…  with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 11, Jul 2018

In May, a landlord was ordered by the Tenancy Tribunal to give compensatory damages to two tenants over interference with the tenants’ right to reasonable peace, comfort, and privacy.

Can You Fight  For Your Right  To Party? with Michael Botur

Can You Fight For Your Right To Party? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 04, Jul 2018

We live in an extremely free country, with social welfare, oodles of free speech and very little corruption.

Can I Take The Lim Off The Shelves? with Michael Botur

Can I Take The Lim Off The Shelves? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 27, Jun 2018

Can I Walk Into My Local Council Office And Take The Lim Off The Shelves?

Can The Internet  Really Know The  Value of  My Property?  with Michael Botur

Can The Internet Really Know The Value of My Property?  with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 20, Jun 2018

Homes.co.nz estimates the market value of my house at $380,000.

What’s The  Problem With  Prefab Homes? with Michael Botur

What’s The Problem With Prefab Homes? with Michael Botur

Speak Easy: 13, Jun 2018

To help release more houses onto the market, PrefabNZ – an association formed just a few years ago to advocate for more faith in prefabs – has been working with banks to come up with the solution for bridging finance for prefab homes, as well as urging banks to agree to finance prefabs at a 20% LVR instead of 50% LVR.

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