The Lowdown on Bulls

The Lowdown on Bulls

The prospect of keeping a bull is not an attractive one for most lifestyle block owners. Firstly, there is the cost of the bull, which might be as low as $1000 but more likely between $5000 and $10000 for a bull with a decent performance record.   The cost is heavily influenced by the genetic […]

Popular Chicken Breeds for Lifestyle Blocks

Popular Chicken Breeds for Lifestyle Blocks

Fowl Play  Popular Chicken Breeds for your Lifestyle Block If you’ve got a lifestyle block and you want to enjoy fresh-laid eggs for your breakfast, we’ve put together a list of popular chicken breeds for NZ lifestyle blocks. Whether you’re after great layers or chooks that are great for meat, these five chicken breeds cover […]

Summer Planting Guide

Summer Planting Guide

Summer is nearly here with the days drawing out and the weather hotting up! You know what that means – more time to spend in the garden! December is a great month in the garden. The cold is behind us and there’s still time to get flowers and veggies in and get the garden tidied […]

Guide to Resource Consent Part 4

Part 4 – Resource Consent Assessment of Environmental Effects &  Public Consultation – Resource Consent Assessment of Environmental Effects If you need to obtain a Resource Consent, then the district/city or regional council should also explain how to go about preparing an assessment of environmental effects (AEE). Every application for a Resource Consent must include […]

Guide to Resource Consents part 3

Resource Consents Part 3 Resource Consents part 3 – If you’re thinking about buying some land, a business or a building, or you want to subdivide land, discharging waste water into a stream, moving earth, or discharging pollution into the air and these plans fall outside the rules in your regional or district Plans you […]

A goodGround Guide to Resource Consents: Part 6

Costs Councils will normally charge you an administration fee for considering your application, and they may also charge for ongoing monitoring.  Costs range from council to council, but generally non-notified consents cost between $500 and $3000 and notified consents cost between $3000 and $10,000. From July 2010, if the council does not process an application […]

A goodGround Guide to Resource Consents: Part 1

The Resource Management Act (RMA) integrates environmental management.  In 1991 it replaced fifty different statutes that dealt with air quality, noise control, water and soil conservation, town planning and coastal management.  It covers all the effects on our environment that we rely on and value, such as breathing clean air or swimming at an unpolluted […]