New Zealand Property Investors' Federation, (NZPIF) is the umbrella body for 20 local Property Investors' Associations throughout New Zealand.

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NZ Property Investors Federation Activities

Monday, Jul 01, 2013

Rental Property Warrant of Fitness

An unfortunate aspect of this year’s Government Budget was the announcement that a rental property Warrant of Fitness was to be introduced for State Houses. There was also a strong indication that it would eventually be introduced to private rental properties.

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Saturday, Jun 01, 2013

June '13 President's Report

Latest market statistics from the REINZ show that while median house prices have increased over the last year, 90% of the increase came from Auckland and Canterbury, with most of the increase coming from Auckland. These two areas accounted for just over half of all property sales in New Zealand.

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Wednesday, May 01, 2013

Tenancy Tribunal Issues

A few weeks ago I had a meeting in Central Auckland and parked in a commercially owned Pay-And-Display carpark. The meeting was expected to last half an hour so as you could only buy time in Half Hour lots of $5, I paid for one hour to account for time to get to the appointment.

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Monday, Apr 01, 2013

Nick Smith to look at Warrants of Fitness for Rental Property

Following a recommendation by the Childrens' Commissioner, New Minister of Housing, Nick Smith, has requested that his officials look into the feasibility of a Warrant of Fitness for rental property.

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Friday, Mar 01, 2013

Can any worker can own a home?

After last months article on housing affordability, where I looked at reasons why we do not have a housing crisis, I started to wonder if in fact anyone who was employed could own a home.

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Friday, Feb 01, 2013

Housing affordability myth

The housing market is continuing to take a battering from well intentioned but misinformed lobby groups and political parties concerned about house prices. Facts do not back up their beliefs however.

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Tuesday, Jan 01, 2013

Jan 2013 President's Report

The Waikato Property Investors’ Association and indeed the New Zealand rental industry lost a real asset with the passing of Brian Hancock shortly after the Waikato Conference last year.

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Saturday, Dec 01, 2012

NZPIF 2012 Roundup

This has been quite a year for the Rental Property industry. Since 2008, the NZPIF has been saying that the housing market is likely to be quiet until 2012 and this seems to have been a fairly accurate prediction. While it is certainly early day’s, the housing market is now nearing boom like increases in some parts of the country and is likely to move in other parts soon.

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Thursday, Nov 01, 2012

NZPIF Conference '12 Report

This years NZPIF conference in Hamilton was another major success. Attendees experienced a full weekend of devouring property related information plus sharing war and successes stories with other attendees. The mood was buoyant with many attendees looking to take advantage of market conditions.

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Monday, Oct 01, 2012

NZPIF rejects call for Rental Property WOF

The Childrens’ Commissioner established the grandly titled “Experts Advisory Group on Solutions to Child Poverty” in March this year. This group has recently produced its first report which included a number of proposals that the group claimed were “ambitious, but they are also realistic, cost-effective, based on evidence, and take into account New Zealand's economic and fiscal context”.

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Saturday, Sep 01, 2012

Insulation survey

The NZ Property Investors’ Federation needs to gain more information on rental property insulation for both lobbying purposes and obtaining discounts for members.

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Saturday, Sep 01, 2012

High vacancy rates may limit rent growth

Rental prices in New Zealand have grown well over the past few years, however this growth has slowed through this years winter months. The median rental price grew from $330 in January this year to $340 in May, but fell in July to $320.

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Wednesday, Aug 01, 2012

If it aint broke, don’t fix it

Presidents Report: The opposition Labour Party have recently accused landlords of ripping off tenants who receive the accommodation supplement (AS).

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Sunday, Jul 01, 2012

Rental Property back on top

Presidents Report: The latest quarterly investor confidence survey from ASB Bank confirmed that rental property is again the top investment that people felt would give them the best return. This is the first time that rental property has been at the top of the list for over two years.

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Friday, Jun 01, 2012

Be careful who you trust

There are many indicators pointing to an improving property market. The economy is doing well, affordability is back to levels last seen 10 years ago, Interest rates are predicted to stay low for longer, demand is increasing yet new building consents are still quite low.

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Tuesday, May 01, 2012

NZPIF Survey shows long wait for Tribunal

The announcement that the Department of Building and Housing (DBH) was to be moved into the new “Super” Ministry came as a shock to the industry last month. DBH had already been restructured for “efficiencies” and the general perception from all industry participants was that the service level had fallen dramatically.

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Sunday, Apr 01, 2012

Professionalism and Profitability

Having recently re-let a rental property, some of the comments from prospective tenants made me think about the service level of some rental property providers. Our rental was a nice place in nice condition and somewhere I would happily live. But it was by no means a mansion. It had not been renovated or improved for some time and we had just provided some basic extra cleaning in addition to the previous tenant’s efforts.

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Thursday, Mar 01, 2012

Should you be putting your rents up?

There has been quite a bit of media attention on increasing rental prices recently. This is a common occurrence at this time of the year, as many people are change their circumstances in the new year and University Students are coming back at the start of the new academic year. But does that mean we can all put our prices up?

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Wednesday, Feb 01, 2012

Clear thinking from Productivity Commission

The New Zealand Productivity Commission as an independent Crown Entity established by the Government in December 2010. The Commissions purpose is to help the Government improve laws and regulations that guide and incentivise how individuals, businesses and other organisations make their decisions.

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Sunday, Jan 01, 2012

What are you going to do this year?

The start of a new year is an excellent opportunity to examine your rental property, look at the investment environment and make some plans for what you want to achieve over the coming year. By the time you read this, hopefully you will still be on your Christmas break and will have some time to have a good think about what you are doing with your property, free from work or business commitments.

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Tuesday, Nov 01, 2011

Tenancy Tribunal Hearing Delays

A common problem that I have been hearing for most of this year is how long it takes to get a Tenancy Tribunal hearing. I know from recent personal experience how frustrating it is to have a tenant living in your property and refusing to pay rent. You feel powerless as you wait for the hearing date to finally arrive.

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Monday, Aug 01, 2011

The Politics of envy

The NZPIF has had two meetings this year with senior Labour Ministers. At both these meetings we asked about Labour's housing policy and if any new taxes were being considered. We were told that a land and capital gains tax had been looked at, to pay for extra planned spending, but there were problems with both and would not be part of their policy.

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Friday, Jul 01, 2011

July Presidents report

Last month the NZPIF held a communication meeting in Wellington for all affiliated Property Investor Associations around the country. This is an annual event and a marvellous opportunity the us to tell the PIA’s what we are doing, hear what they would like us to do and also share information among themselves on how to make their associations better for their members.

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Wednesday, Jun 01, 2011

Property dodges budget bullet, but still in some sights

The Minister of Finance did not include any surprise new taxes for property in this years’ budget. He has obviously seen that the changes from last years budget, which came into affect in April this year, have had quite an impact on the industry already and that we have made our contribution to these tough economic times.

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Sunday, May 01, 2011

Thank you Martin

It was the end of a very special era last month, when NZPIF President Martin Evans decided not to stand for re-election after four years in the job.

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Friday, Apr 01, 2011

Presidents report

The half a percentage point reduction in the Official Cash rate will be good for the economy and a welcome relieve for rental property owners. The timing of the interest rate cuts is excellent, coming just as building depreciation allowances are being removed for residential rental properties. However the interest rate cuts will not fully compensate for the tax changes that came into place on the first of April. In addition, rental prices only increased by an average 3% last year while general inflation was at 4%. Combined with an increase in demand and weak supply, almost everything is pointing to higher rental prices.

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Tuesday, Feb 01, 2011

The risks associated with long term property investment

There is a particular risk that has showed up recently and that is building a property portfolio in a single area. The recent events such as the Christchurch earthquake and the Queensland floods have caused huge problems for the local populations and even loss of life. These natural disasters have also caused many problems for property investors and their tenants in both areas. These problems will have been especially bad for investors who had all their properties in the one area.

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Sunday, Aug 01, 2010

Current market conditions favour investors

In my travels around the Property Investor Associations I have picked up on quite a few experienced members increasing their portfolios. In fact even some of the less experienced investors are learning to be counter cyclical from other members and either starting or expanding their investments.

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Sunday, May 24, 2009

President's May/June Report

RTA Amendments tabled again. QV Insider updates. Communication Meeting. Another special for NZPIF Conference.

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Thursday, Apr 23, 2009

President's April Report

Drugs in rental properties. Responsibility for Outgoings. Submission on the Unit Titles Bill. Changes to Associated Persons rules. Monthly reports from Thomas Chin. HERS and NZBCD proposal.

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Tuesday, Mar 24, 2009

President's March report

Meeting with Minister of Housing. Assisting with revision of RTA Amendment Bill (no 2). Second survey on property managers. CHRANZ Aged Housing Workshop.

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Tuesday, Feb 17, 2009

President's February Report

Outlook for 2009. Property investors will find opportunities. Important to consider the hardship of others. Rents likely to rise.

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Thursday, Jan 29, 2009

President's January report

The promise of the New Year. Opportunities this year for cash flow properties. Acknowledging our national sponsors. First Executive meeting on February 21.

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Tuesday, Dec 23, 2008

President's December report

Findings of the Survey for Ministry of Justice Review Team. Check the property market while in relaxed holiday mode. New style membership cards being designed. Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year.

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Monday, Dec 01, 2008

President's November Report

New Minister of Building and Construction. Effects of the global economic crisis. Meeting of DBH National Customer Service Council. Survey for Ministry of Justice Review Team. 2008/2009 NZPIF Executive.

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Wednesday, Oct 29, 2008

President's AGM Report

Martin Evans reviewed the last year for members at the AGM held on October 24 in Rotorua. This, he said, has been a year of change during which the NZ Property Investors' Federation has shown leadership.

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Tuesday, Sep 23, 2008

President's September report

In Martin's absence, Andrew King writes about the Housing NZ 'P' case, tenant damage in Christchurch, importance of regular inspections and of checking the details of the cover your insurance policy provides you.

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Friday, Aug 29, 2008


The report covers Housing Affordability, Lawyers and Conveyancers Act, Housing Policies of the Kiwi Party, National Party, NZ First and Green Party.

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Thursday, Aug 28, 2008

President's August report

Positive response to Code from media. Rental market slow around country. MPs appreciative of NZPIF input to RTA Bill. Recent visits to PIAs.

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Thursday, Jul 17, 2008

President's July Report

Code of Ethics launched. New Landlord of the Year Award. Comments to politicians on RTA Amendment Bill. Online transaction facility organised. High profile speaker’s tour of 7 Associations.

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Friday, Jun 27, 2008

NZPIF President's June Report

RTA Amendments tabled in Parliament. Annual Communications Meeting held. New National Sponsor - Generation Developments. 08/09 Agreement with DBH - New Landlord Seminars

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Thursday, May 22, 2008

NZPIF President's May report

This month Martin Evans is re-elected as President of NZPIF for a further term. The fifth ANZ Property Investment Survey findings are released and NZPIF is involved in exploring future needs for social housing.

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Monday, Apr 14, 2008

NZPIF President's April Report

During April we have a campaign to tell non member investors that they can tap into a lot of experience and knowledge by joining a PIA. I gain information from a Tenancy Services Customer Meeting and I outline our plans for lobbying between now and the election

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Thursday, Feb 21, 2008

Rental property buyers are not the root cause of New Zealand’s housing unaffordability problem

Commerce Select Committee members were told today by Martin Evans, President of the NZ Property Investors’ Federation.

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Thursday, Oct 25, 2007

President's Address to AGM 2007

It was an interesting and often worrying year for property investors. The government led by Treasury blamed us for fueling the economy and forcing house prices out of reach of first homeowners. We explained that homeowners buy with their hearts and investors buy using their heads. Homeowners will pay anything to purchase the house they have fallen in love with. Whereas the investor will back off and look for the next opportunity, which have been few and far between in this market.

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Wednesday, Aug 22, 2007

Property Investors - Responsible Business Operators or Public Enemy No 1?

With the collapse of seven finance companies in the last 16 months, including three in the last eight days, Martin Evans, President of the NZ Property Investors� Federation, says that the worry for investors in managed funds and shares is the prospect of who might be next.

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Wednesday, Mar 07, 2007

President's Report

The property market at last seems to be cooling. This is good news for property investors as Treasury and the Government try to hurry the downturn in the property cycle by suggestions of restricting our business.

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Monday, Feb 28, 2005

Making it easier to find absconding tenants

The NZPIF has presented a submission on information matching between Government Departments. We believe that No government agency or its processes should shield those who have broken laws or contracts or those who are deliberately avoiding their financial obligations.

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Thursday, Dec 09, 2004

NZPIF Member Newsletter - Issue 1 - Spring 2004

During the past couple of years the Federation has made significant progress on many fronts...

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Thursday, Oct 21, 2004

NZPIF Depreciation Submission

Submission on the issues paper 'Repairs and Maintennance to the Tax Depreciation Rules'

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