The hidden costs of building in Northland

The hidden costs of building in Northland Building a new home is an exciting and rewarding journey, but before you begin, finding out the hidden costs of building in Northland will help make that journey smoother. What many people don’t realise is that the total building cost is more than just the price of the […]

Land Covenants in Northland

What are they, and what do they mean for you? Land covenants in Northland are restrictions or limitations placed on a piece of land and registered against the title. Covenants cover a range of activities, from how big a dwelling must be to restrictions on any further subdivision. Land covenants may cause frustration when you’ve […]

Flood Zones in Northland

What to look for and what to be aware of Flood zones in Northland – what to look for and what to be aware of With a moderate annual rainfall and large number of rivers running through it, flood zones in Northland have been carefully mapped and are analysed to identify land at risk of […]

How much are rates in Whangarei?

How much are rates in Whangarei? Rates in Whangarei are calculated using a differential rating system according to how land is used. There are five property categories which rates are based on: residential or lifestyle, multi-unit, rural farming, commercial or industrial and miscellaneous. The Whangarei District Council website also has a rates database where you […]

Unusual lifestyle block uses in NZ

Unusual lifestyle block uses in NZ – from ducks and chillies to tamarillos! Completed surveys from the recent Northland Field days revealed some interesting and unusual lifestyle block uses in NZ. The goodGround team were thrilled to receive so many surveys, and we were surprised by what people in Northland are using their lifestyle blocks […]

Popular Chicken Breeds For New Zealand 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 […]

Whangarei Living Environments

Living Environments or Zones? Understanding Whangarei District Council City Plans Running a city can get complicated, so to avoid confusion, WDC has renamed the different zones of Whangarei. The zones are now known as Environments, and, as with every other town or city in New Zealand, these Environments break our city up into sections to […]

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 […]