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Diminution of value or the cost of cure: assessing the “normal” measure of damages in leaky building claims

Written by Christina Bryant on February 3rd, 2014.

Johnson v Auckland Council [2013] NZCA 662
Mr and Mrs Johnson purchased a leaky home in a mortgagee sale.  They were aware at the time of purchase that the house might leak.  The house had a code compliance certificate and the Council admitted to negligence in failing to identify the defects and in issuing the certificate.

New NZS Construction Contracts

Written by Nick Gillies and Michael O'Brien on January 30th, 2014.

For ten years NZS 3910:2003 was the form of construction contract most commonly used in New Zealand.  However, following industry feedback, NZS 3910:2003 has now been superseded by three new building and civil engineering contracts:

New Zealand Construction Report

Written by Nick Gillies on November 26th, 2013.

The Government has released its Construction Report, which takes an in-depth look at the state and direction of NZ’s construction industry.  Construction is one of the largest sectors in NZ’s economy.  The report signals an unprecedented boom and a strain on capacity over the next decade. 
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