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Snapshot on links, week to 13 November 2011

Contents:

Bank seeks views on Basel III

Construkt hires

Wes Edwards’ passion for urban design

Political watchdog collates manifestos

There are more than 1100 direct links to external websites on the Bob Dey Property Report links page. If your site’s listed on the Useful links page, please let me know when you introduce new material. If it’s not listed and it should be, send me an email: bobdey@propbd.co.nz.

10 November 2011:

Bank seeks views on Basel III

The Reserve Bank released a consultation paper on Tuesday on the implementation of Basel III capital adequacy requirements in New Zealand and wants submissions back by 27 January.

 

Deputy governor Grant Spencer said the bank proposed to adopt most of the proposals, except for those that are less conservative than already in place or aren’t suited to New Zealand circumstances.

Link: Reserve Bank consultation paper, Basel III capital adequacy requirements implementation

9 November 2011:

Construkt hires

 

Construkt Architects Ltd, headed by David Gibbs, has just hired a number of graduates and has upgraded its website, focusing on the theme “shaping space” – doing that in urban design as well is in individual buildings, so I’ve added Construkt to the urban design section of this website’s links page as well.

Link: Construkt Architects

Wes Edwards’ passion for urban design

Chartered engineer Wes Edwards established Wes Edwards Consulting Ltd in Auckland in 2002, with “a particular interest in best practice urban design and designing liveable streets – residential streets that promote low traffic speeds and that are nice to live in…. We have a passion for making better places, better streets & better cities.  We specialise in urban masterplanning & street design, achieving balanced solutions for all users of the street or neighbourhood – streets for people.”   Beyond that, the professional traffic engineering, transport planning & urban design consultancy offers a range of services.

Link: Wes Edwards Consulting

Political watchdog collates manifestos

 

Muriel Newman’s NZ Centre for Political Research has collated all the parties’ election manifestos plus their opening broadcasts.

Link: Election manifestos

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The return of the Snapshots on links & world property…..

Published 6 November 2011

In December 2010 I wrote about “the return of…” and it lasted a few weeks. I’ve been working in recent months on 2 “returns of”, links & world property, each with an updated section in the Useful Links patch of the website.

Of course, I’d gather a few items, set them aside then not quite complete, and then they’d gather dust. Waste my time, no use to you.

What’s got me going on it again, though, is that so much valuable information slips through the cracks. I read a lot of it but don’t pass it on.

When I read the online comments about business affairs on newspaper websites – too often inaccurate, distorting, defamatory, supposedly written by people with enough acumen to know something about business – I wonder: Should they have to practise the alphabet forwards & backwards before they roll their first dooby of the day, and again immediately after?

Fortunately, those people don’t seem to have found their way across to this website yet. So for you, a more select band of readers, the Snapshot on links will be a mixture – some items so short you mightn’t know what they’re about, others with a short story; some on political, economic or property issues I think are worth knowing about, some pure digression, but all intended to get you thinking.

And the Snapshot on world property is, I think, a more effective way of letting you know about many overseas property events, succinctly, rather than trying to put a handful of them into “proper” story format… and losing the lot because I don’t have time to do that.

I mentioned the world property snapshot to John Dakin of Goodman Property Trust in the street a few weeks ago, saying the wider Goodman Group had been phenomenally active around the world this year but probably few New Zealanders were aware of any of that. At the trust’s annual meeting he spoke about the regular conversations between group heads, which gave them far more depth of insight and made the trust far less of a candidate for internalised management than others in the New Zealand market. I felt that point was hard to understand – unless you were tuned into something like these Snapshot pages.

There are others – Lend Lease, Brookfield & Westfield, for instance, and some of the European funds. Then, this week, I noticed a reference to Valad as a European fund. Oh? Yes, it’s built up an international portfolio worth several billion dollars but it still has an Australian web address. Last we heard of Valad here, it was scuttling back home wounded after selling out of boomtime buys in New Zealand.

I abandoned the snapshots on world business & property and local business & property in February 2004, among a few other changes to the website at the same time (but kept the Snapshot on external links going, if intermittently). Go back to those pages now and you see a jumbled mess, but before the pages’ conversion to a new host site they didn’t look so bad. When I reverted to a single website, those pages ended up at the bottom of the Market section. Now I’ve lifted them to Forward thinking – because that’s what they’re about – and the updated links to stories & websites will run at the top of the Useful Links section.

In short, what you will get are snappy (but some not so snappy) items of interest, with links, on the Snapshot on external links, and snappy references to world property news, with links, on the Snapshot on world property. And to go back to a recent link, all you will have to do is click on Useful Linksin the top navigation bar to find them.

Links: Useful Links

Snapshot on links, week to 6 November 2011

Snapshot on world property, week to 6 November 2011

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Snapshot on links, week to 6 November 2011

Contents:

Of Cleese, and cheese….

World boomtowns

620 pupils, not one walks to school

Blodget on Occupy Wall St

How the CPI hid the housing bubble

There are more than 1100 direct links to external websites on the Bob Dey Property Report links page. If your site’s listed on the Useful links page, please let me know when you introduce new material. If it’s not listed and it should be, send me an email: bobdey@propbd.co.nz.

6 November 2011:

 

The return of the Snapshot on links…..

 

Of Cleese, and cheese….

I was led to a delightful blog today, Making sense of things, to get the John Cleese take on the state of political warfare in Europe (or something like that). Then I read the bloggists’ very simple method of creating brie. Of the authors, I know this: “This blog is authored by Carly (female, 31) & Jean (male, 32), who wish to remain anonymous. It aims at helping us frame & articulate our ideas on topics of interests, including societal, environmental, international & more questions, in order to, ultimately, allow us to construct an ecosophical approach to life.”

Links: Making Sense of Things

John Cleese on ‘Alerts to terror threats in 2011 Europe’ – very funny!

How to make brie cheese at home

 

World boomtowns

 

“… a surprising new crop of boomtowns, from the Middle East to Mali, are seeing their populations leapfrog to the top of the list,” Kedar Pavgi wrote in the latest online edition of Foreign Policy magazine. “And no, they’re not all in China,” he added. I’ll be impressed if you pick any of the 7 (I managed one).

Link: The 7 fastest-growing cities in the world

 

620 pupils, not one walks to school

This link is a reminder of the disparity between what we talk about in the sprawl v compact argument, and what Americans talk about. The item, on the Strong towns blog, highlights a school where not one of the 620 pupils walks from home, not helped by 90kmh traffic whizzing past on 4 lanes, an intersection with another 4-lane road that has no traffic lights, and there’s no footpath.

The kids don’t walk, even those who live a block away. My family reminds me (more often than is reasonable) of the time we were staying in Florida and decided to walk to the shops “a couple of blocks away”. Their blocks can stretch for kilometres and might have nothing between.

We’re quite different in that respect, but we have an issue all the same, between completing the highway network so it functions well and establishing a well functioning public transport network. Each has different imperatives for the proximity of shops, schools, work etc.

In the draft Auckland Plan there is an assumption that 60% of New Zealand population growth will occur in Auckland over the next 30 years, so the plan is being prepared to accommodate another million people.

In the US, many older industrial cities are discovering their populations are shrinking, as much of Europe has also discovered. Along with planning for growth, we should also be asking the questions: Why here rather than there? (Why on the outskirts of Auckland rather than Hamilton or Dunedin?) Should we shrink & compact at the same time – or do neither? How do we accommodate people both better (as in quality of home and in access to services & amenities) and more closely together?

A theme on Strong towns is: We have grown inefficiently, beyond any reasonable means we have to maintain the infrastructure systems we have created. Recognise the concern?

Links: Strong towns blog

The long drive to school: ignoring the new normal 

Blodget on Occupy Wall St

The Occupy Wall Street protest has slowly gained recognition in the US and spread internationally in reaction to the continuing advances of the wealthy top few.

Henry Blodget produced a series of charts a couple of weeks ago showing what the protests are about – but a number of those charts stop at 2007, thus ignore the subsequent downturn. The lead comment provides some balance to the anger side of the equation, but can also leave you with a question: Where to now?

The other question which might be in the back of your mind is: Who is Henry Blodget? He’s editor & chief executive of business news & analysis website The Business Insider, and a host of Yahoo Daily Ticker. He & DoubleClick founders Dwight Merriman & Kevin Ryan created Business Insider in 2007.

For the notorious Henry Blodget, go back just a few short years: He entered the securities sector in 1994 and became a highly influential equities analyst at Merrill Lynch during the dotcom bubble in the early 2000s. Emails in which he gave stock assessments conflicting with what Merrill Lynch publicly published led to charges of civil securities fraud and a permanent ban from the securities industry in 2002 – but not, obviously, from writing about it.

Links: Business Insider

Charts: Here’s what the Wall St protesters are so angry about

How the CPI hid the housing bubble

Brisbane economist Cameron Murray has written an intriguing blog entry, How the CPI hid the housing bubble, which may be at least partly applicable in New Zealand as well.

The reweighted CPI (consumers price index) in New Zealand was used for the first time on 25 October, when Statistics NZ published the September quarter CPI. The Australian Bureau of Statistics has also just made changes to its analytical living cost indexes, starting with the September quarter. The analytical series, started in 2003, uses the outlay approach, but according to Mr Murray it hasn’t reflected the land price boom of the early 2000s.

Statistics NZ uses the acquisitions approach for its main CPI index, the same as the Australian bureau, and gives larger weightings to housing & household expenditure than Australia’s bureau (NZ up from 20% of CPI in 2006 to 23.55% in 2011; Australia down from 15.3% in 2003 to 7.1% in 2006). Australia & (since 1999) the NZ CPI have excluded mortgage interest payments from the all groups CPI, but in New Zealand an analytical all groups plus interest series is available. Both Australia & New Zealand appear to have removed the cost of land from their housing component, which contains construction costs for new homes plus fees such as agent & legal.

Mr Murray writes the blog, Observations of an economist environmentalist. His questionmark on how the CPI dealt with the housing bubble appeared under the name Rumplestatskin on MacroBusiness in September and again under his own name in OnLine Opinion in October.

Links: OnLine Opinion, CPI article

MacroBusiness, CPI article

11 October 2011: Statistics NZ reweights CPI

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Snapshot on external links, week to 6 February 2011

This week’s new links & changes:

Russia Today Utne Reader Southern Poverty Law Centre The Atlantic Wire Business Spectator, Egypt, social media and the rise of ‘clashmobbing’ PR disasters White House, Better buildings initiative Engineering News-Record story Architectural Record ArchNewsNow

There are more than 1100 direct links to external websites on the Bob Dey Property Report links page. This page is devoted to bringing site updates to your attention. If your site’s listed on the External links page, please let me know when you introduce new material. If it’s not listed and it should be, send me an email: bobdey@propbd.co.nz.

 

6 February 2011:

You know what’s going on in Egypt because you see TV, you see newspaper stories… And along comes Russia Today, the Russian Government-sponsored multi-media business (web, and an expanding global TV audience). As Intelligence Report writer Sonia Scherr’s article was headlined in an excerpt on the Utne Reader website, it’s The conspiracy channel, with a larger staff than Fox News, a worldwide Russian TV network spreads a unique brand of anti-American propaganda. Is it biased – or more biased than mainstream Western media?

The first story I looked at today, This is how democracy happens – the West on Egypt, reads in the style of the London Telegraph – clipped, straight to the point but, yes, the slant is different. The next one, Patriot Act prolongation prompts privacy debate, highlights the very obvious contradiction of this act from the day it was born post-September 2001 attack on New York – slashing freedom to protect freedom.

None of these news outlets is about property or even business in particular. What they do emphasise is how hard it has become to find balance – you can now get all your news from a source of your political persuasion – and, equally, how hard it is to evaluate whether you’re getting balance or bias.

The one comment on the story on the Utne Reader website about “the conspiracy channel” read like it came from Russia Today’s editor, and there was no more comment over the next 4 days (reminding me how lonely contributors to my own forum are): “I am as far from a ‘patriot movement’ than anyone, yet when I want to know what’s really going on in my own country, I watch RT. I have found our corporate mainstream media in the US to be full of spin, or garbage about Paris Hilton. RT tells it like it is, and anyone that really keeps up with reality will see that right away. Our media is fine for those hypnotised or brain-dead, but I just can’t stomach it. I see through the spin and sometimes outward lies instantly. Sometimes it’s hard to face the truth of what our foreign policy does around the world, but I’d rather deal with reality than pretend like we are always the good guy….”

The Utne Reader except was from Intelligence Report, a quarterly published by the Intelligence Project of the Southern Poverty Law Centre, which is “a non-profit civil rights organisation dedicated to fighting hate & bigotry and to seeking justice for the most vulnerable members of society”.

Links: Russia Today

Utne Reader Southern Poverty Law Centre

For another view of the world, The Atlantic Wire’s newsletter offers a spread of 5 columnists/day (not the same 5 every day). It’s US-centric, but the website’s editors describe it as “your one-stop portal for opinion news”.

Link: The Atlantic Wire

And how did I get on this wandering track? Clearing the inbox of the many bits & pieces I sift through daily, before putting out the first pages of the U column for the weekend – some light international relief helps…. First up, on Business Spectator’s weekend edition, this article caught my eye: Egypt, social media and the rise of “clashmobbing”. At first I thought it was a take on “flashmobbing” – rent-a-crowd turning up at a shop or some other place. But no, it went right back to the football hooligans of the UK in the 1970s – an intriguing piece throwing light on where & how change can occur, and explaining better than my assumptions on why the Egyptian Government closed down the internet.

On Business Spectator there was a link to PR Disasters, the website of the author of this “clashmobbing” article, Gerry McCusker. Now that’s one I must return to.

Links: Business Spectator, Egypt, social media and the rise of ‘clashmobbing’ PR disasters

Another of today’s pieces which got me going was an item on President Obama’s state of the union message about his Better buildings initiative because it was based on subsidy, which always masks the real cost and often leads to bubble-type spending. Apart from that point, it’s handy to know what ideas are emanating from the US on advancing building efficiency & reducing costs. The story came via Engineering News-Record & Architectural Record, and then ArchNewsNow

Links: White House, Better buildings initiative Engineering News-Record story Architectural Record ArchNewsNow

 

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Snapshot on external links, week to 9 January 2011

This week’s new links & changes:

 

Billion Prices Project@MIT

Congressional Budget Office Congressional Budget Office, director Douglas Elmendorf’s blog National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Fiscal reform commission’s Moment of truth report Federal Reserve, international finance discussion paper

US Treasury

There are more than 1100 direct links to external websites on the Bob Dey Property Report links page. This page is devoted to bringing site updates to your attention. If your site’s listed on the External links page, please let me know when you introduce new material. If it’s not listed and it should be, send me an email: bobdey@propbd.co.nz.

 

9 January 2011:

 

The Billion Prices Project at Massachusetts Institute of Technology is an academic initiative that collects prices from hundreds of online retailers around the world on a daily basis to conduct economic research. “We currently monitor daily price fluctuations of ~5 million items sold by ~300 online retailers in more than 70 countries. This webpage showcases examples of average inflation indexes that we created to illustrate the type of statistical work that can be done with this type of data. Our team is currently working on developing econometric models that leverage the data to forecast future trends and conduct economic research.”

Link: Billion Prices Project@MIT

 

I ran several links with today’s story on the US economy and have repeated most of them here.

Links:

Congressional Budget Office Congressional Budget Office, director Douglas Elmendorf’s blog National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility and Reform Fiscal reform commission’s Moment of truth report Federal Reserve, international finance discussion paper

US Treasury

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Snapshot on external links, week to 2 January 2011

This week’s new links & changes:

Irredeemable

Bringing Obama back to earth Inside the Republicans’ race to the right

Port Phillip Publishing

US energy codes programme

There are more than 1100 direct links to external websites on the Bob Dey Property Report links page. This page is devoted to bringing site updates to your attention. If your site’s listed on the External links page, please let me know when you introduce new material. If it’s not listed and it should be, send me an email: bobdey@propbd.co.nz.

30 December 2010:

Melbourne PR man Phil Quin, involved quite a while back in New Zealand politics and more recently an advisor to 2 Australian Labor politicians, writer of the Irredeemable blog, has contributed 2 thought-provoking columns to Business Spectator this month on the US 2012 presidential election prospects. The more intriguing of them is the second, setting out 5 grounds for Republican optimism & Democrat nervousness – 5 topics, each with the ability to turn the favouritism suddenly.

Links: Irredeemable

Bringing Obama back to earth Inside the Republicans’ race to the right

The Daily Reckoning Australia has finished the year by asking its contributors (all writers of financial newsletters) for their best performing investment idea of the year. Oh – and how to embarrass an expert – their worst performer as well, plus a look into 2011. In some detail. This crew spends a lot of time writing about long-term investment strategies, brought down to specific investments.

Link: Port Phillip Publishing

The US Department of Energy, through its Energy Efficient & Renewable Energy division, says it “encourages using new technologies & better building practices to improve energy efficiency. The building energy codes programme works with the ICC, ASHRAE (the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating & Air Conditioning Engineers), IESNA (the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America), American Institute of Architects, the building industry and state & local officials to develop & promote more stringent & easy-to-understand building energy codes and to assess potential code barriers to new energy-efficient technologies.”

Link: US energy codes programme

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Snapshot on external links, week to 12 December 2010

This week’s new links & changes:

Public Citizen

Sunday Star-Times, Finlay MacDonald, State scrutiny a one-way street

The Australian, Julian Assange, Don’t shoot messenger for revealing uncomfortable truths Daily Reckoning, Don’t bet on NZ’s recovery Sue Collis

Spiked Laurence Kotlikoff Bloomberg, 11 August 2010, US Is bankrupt and we don’t even know it Fisher White & Associates Roger Kerr Business Roundtable

AlexanderDorrington Catalyst Consulting Scribble Know It All Investigations

There are more than 1100 direct links to external websites on the Bob Dey Property Report links page. This page is devoted to bringing site updates to your attention. If your site’s listed on the External links page, please let me know when you introduce new material. If it’s not listed and it should be, send me an email: bobdey@propbd.co.nz.

 

12 December 2010:

The Update on links page has languished this year but will be a regular feature of an upgraded website in 2011. This week’s links list is, first up, an addition from today, followed by a certain amount of catch-up – links to local real estate & professional businesses and a couple more from overseas.

Your link may well be missing from the catchup list below – if so, don’t complain to somebody else in the office just email me with the details: bobdey@propbd.co.nz.

I’ve read a few bits & pieces about WikiLeaks over the weekend, including an opinion piece in The Australian by founder Julian Assange, Don’t shoot messenger for revealing uncomfortable truths (via the Daily Reckoning), and an article about a confidential Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement (TPPA) negotiating paper authored by New Zealand which came to light only through the Public Citizen advocacy group in the US. (My link to that one was via Finlay MacDonald’s Sunday Star-Times opinion piece, highlighting the state-versus-citizen stance). And then, in the US, the new Republican-dominated Congress will have outspoken Texan critic of many things mainstream, Ron Paul – the libertarians’ favourite – overseeing the Federal Reserve. On my trip through the Daily Reckoning, I also discovered a missive from Richard Lee, working on a global macro fund at Agora Financial, who penned a short article, Don’t bet on NZ’s recovery. Handy to know who’s taking pot-shots from where & for what audience.

Link: Public Citizen

Sunday Star-Times, Finlay MacDonald, State scrutiny a one-way street

The Australian, Julian Assange, Don’t shoot messenger for revealing uncomfortable truths Daily Reckoning, Don’t bet on NZ’s recovery

And now back to ground level and some of the links that have been a long time getting posted…..

Sue Collis – ex-Colliers & Bayleys – has set up own independent broker business, Collis Property Solutions Ltd.

Link: Sue Collis

 

Spiked is a London-based “independent online phenomenon dedicated to raising the horizons of humanity by waging a culture war of words against misanthropy, priggishness, prejudice, luddism, illiberalism & irrationalism in all their ancient & modern forms. Spiked is endorsed by free-thinkers such as John Stuart Mill & Karl Marx, and hated by the narrow-minded such as Torquemada & Stalin. Or it would be, if they were lucky enough to be around to read it”.

Link: Spiked

 

Laurence Kotlikoff, an economics professor who’s been consulted by organisations around the world, including the NZ Treasury, wrote an opinion piece on Bloomberg in August, US Is bankrupt and we don’t even know it. He wrote: “What it can & must do is radically simplify its tax, healthcare, retirement & financial systems, each of which is a complete mess.” He noted an IMF paper which said: “Closing the fiscal gap requires a permanent annual fiscal adjustment equal to about 14% of US gdp.” In a column last week, he said Ireland must end “trust me” banking, likening faith-banking to General Motors’ Chevrolet Corvair, the car consumer advocate Ralph Nader warned in 1965 was “unsafe at any speed”.  Among other roles, Professor Kotlikoff is a professor of economics at Boston University, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a fellow of the Econometric Society, a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research and president of Economic Security Planning Inc, a company specialising in financial planning software. His most recent book is Jimmy Stewart Is Dead, out in February.

Link: Laurence Kotlikoff

Bloomberg, 11 August 2010, US Is bankrupt and we don’t even know it

Mike Fisher & Barry White opened their own insolvency practice 4 months ago – Fisher White & Associates Ltd. Mr Fisher has worked in banking & finance for most of his career, giving him a practical & commercial approach to resolving issues. Mr White worked at 2 international accountancy firms before taking over a small firm, was also a corporate chief financial officer, carried out some entrepreneurial ventures and was senior associate at a mid-sized accountancy firm.

Link: Fisher White & Associates

I’ve been meaning for a long time to provide a link to the writings of Business Roundtable executive director Roger Kerr on economic issues. Before the Business Roundtable, he was a senior official at Treasury & the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Link: Roger Kerr

Business Roundtable

Property-focused Auckland law firm AlexanderDorrington has created a blog to voice its ideas & updates on property law. It will send a monthly highlights package on email. Topics will include property development, commercial leasing, residential investing & unit titles. Latest entries include pitfalls in property development and gifting your house to the trust – does it really work?

Link: AlexanderDorrington

Wellington & Auckland architecture firm Catalyst Consulting Ltd describes itself as “much more than an architectural practice, Catalyst is leading New Zealand as the ‘one-stop-shop’ for commercial space design & build.” It’s headed by directors Tony Short & Nigel Shaw in Wellington. Its Auckland office is at the Ferry Building, headed by director Colin Depree.

Link: Catalyst Consulting

Marissa Pearson established Scribble in 2003 after seeing an opening in the architectural market for a high quality documentation service that would operate alongside designers & building owners. Katie Smith joined her as a director in 2007. Based in Devonport, Scribble provides documentation for residential, commercial & light industrial architectural projects.

Link: Scribble

Know It All Investigations Ltd director Lynn Fisken came out of the housing sector, where she managed state & privately owned rental properties in South Auckland, then moved on to work with people living with disability by facilitating modified housing to cater to their individual needs and case-managing customers who were identified as having complex needs which affected them maintaining sustainable housing solutions. Her last role at Housing NZ Corp was as with the investigations team, which entailed working through cases of fraud where people had been identified as providing false or misleading information to gain housing or cheaper rent.

Link: Know It All Investigations

 

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Snapshot on external links, week to 3 January 2010

This week’s new links & changes:

 

Irongate Property

Fast Company

Portfolio Group

Capital Care Finance

Blakey Scott

Gerry Rea Partners

 

There are more than 1100 direct links to external websites on the Bob Dey Property Report links page. This page is devoted to bringing site updates to your attention. If your site’s listed on the External links page, please let me know when you introduce new material. If it’s not listed and it should be, send me an email: bobdey@propbd.co.nz.

 

3 January 2010:

 

St Laurence Property & Finance Ltd changed its name on 16 December to Irongate Property Ltd and released its interim result on 24 December – improved, but still a loss. Executive chairman Kevin Podmore said of the rebrand: “This report is the first under the new company name. We believe the new name & branding will clearly signal to the market the company’s new strategic direction and also distinguish Irongate as a separate entity from its 34% shareholder & manager, St Laurence Ltd.”

Earlier story, 31 December 2009: Irongate (ex-St Laurence P&F) improves bottom line, Albany leasehold takes most blame for continued loss

Link: Irongate Property

 

FastCompany.com is “a blended media website & community platform for people passionate about business ideas. Our core topics of concern are innovation, technology, leadership, management, social responsibility, design, careers & work/life balance. The site combines world-class journalism with expansive community tools for members to create their own content. Member content is prominently featured alongside staff work.” It seeks to uncover best & "next" practices, has blogs by sector experts and has a social network called the Company of friends to enable contributors to get to know each other. I came across Fast Company when I was reading a story on the New York High Line – the railway line that’s been pulled up, leaving a raised line that’s been turned into a city feature – and found the concept intriguing.

Link: Fast Company

 

Portfolio Mortgage Co Ltd (Ken Weatherburn & Jennie Walsh) is based in Takapuna and sources most of its funding through a committed credit line provided by mortgage funds administered by ING (NZ) Ltd. Mr Weatherburn has 25 years experience as a commercial property finance specialist. He was a senior manager at CBA Finance Ltd, Westpac Merchant Finance Ltd & Westpac Banking Corp, responsible for a diverse portfolio of corporate & private property investors & developers, and was part of the team which instigated the establishment of the first specialist property finance unit within Westpac & associated lending & credit policies. This unit was subsequently replicated by Westpac throughout Australia, and ultimately adopted by all the other major banks in New Zealand. Since leaving Westpac 8 years ago, Mr Weatherburn has focused on his own property & other investments, a property consultancy & lending business and, in the past 5 years, his involvement with the Property Mortgage Co group. Additionally, he’s performed advisory roles in relation to property finance for major clients such as the Auckland & Wellington City Councils, investment banks, licensing trusts & insurance companies. Jennie Walsh has 18 years’ experience in the finance & banking sectors. Before the establishment of the Portfolio Mortgage Co group, she worked at Ford Motor Co Ltd, Countrywide Bank Ltd & Westpac Banking Corp. Her 11 years with Westpac included terms as property finance relationship manager, Auckland business banking area manager responsible for about 20 lending managers & their support staff, and senior strategy & credit roles. Ms Walsh has completed independent property finance advisory contracts for commercial businesses, property developers, Auckland & Wellington City Councils & insurance companies. She holds a BA (Economics) & a BCom (Management) from Auckland University and has completed a number of papers towards a Bachelor of Property degree. Parker Joyce, a chartered accountant & 30-year veteran of the going-concern sector, has recently retired as chief operating officer of Mt Wellington Trust Hotels Ltd (which owns the Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre & other liquor businesses). Mr Joyce is the manager of the Mt Wellington Charitable Trust and is involved with a number of other community organisations. His part-time role with Portfolio Mortgage Co focuses on developing the broker network and on building the company’s profile directly with investors in the going-concern sector.

Link: Portfolio Group

 

Chartered accountant Stephen Robertson operates as a commercial & residential broker & independent financier through Capital Care Finance Ltd, on Anzac Avenue, specialising in structuring funding packages to specifically match client requirements. He has ongoing, established relationships with a wide range of commercial lenders.

Link: Capital Care Finance

 

Richard Blakey & Robert Scott set up specialist planning consultancy Blakey Scott Planning Ltd in Auckland 5 years ago. Their firm provides town planning & resource management services to private sector, local government & central government clients. Andrew Wilkinson became the firm’s third partner 3 years ago. 

Link: Blakey Scott

 

Former KPMG partner & Equiticorp Group statutory manager Gerry Rea has 2 partners in the specialty insolvency firm he began in 2000, Gerry Rea Partners Ltd – Paul Sargison (ex-KPMG Christchurch) & John Leonard (previous roles include 7 years at the Serious Fraud Office).

Link: Gerry Rea Partners

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Snapshot on external links, week to 15 November 2009

This week’s new links & changes:

 

National Multiple-use Approvals Service

Space Studio

Productspec

 

There are more than 1100 direct links to external websites on the Bob Dey Property Report links page. This page is devoted to bringing site updates to your attention. If your site’s listed on the External links page, please let me know when you introduce new material. If it’s not listed and it should be, send me an email: bobdey@propbd.co.nz.

 

13 November 2009:

 

The Department of Building & Housing’s National Multiple-use Approvals Service starts work on 1 February 2010, providing volume builders with a new service designed to fast-track the building consent process.

Website: National Multiple-use Approvals Service

 

Space Studio Ltd, formed 5 years ago & based in Parnell, is headed by Vee Smit, with associates Alex Kelly & Devi Nair. Their focus is on the hospitality, retail & commercial sectors. Projects have included Bendon Lingerie Worldwide, Radisson Resorts & Sheraton in Fiji and The Grand Papua Hotel in Port Moresby.

Website: Space Studio

 

Productspec Ltd (Estefania Galinanes-Garcia & Jon Thompson, Wellington) enables users of its website to source & specify more than 52,000 architecture, design & landscape products, specifications & CAD details.

Website: Website: Productspec

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Snapshot on external links, week to 27 September 2009

This week’s new links & changes:

 

Homepage Daily Homepage Daily, Glenn Beck article

The Domain Michael Hammer article Jennifer Marohasy blog On Line Opinion

Todd Property Group

Paul Hastings

Queens Wharf

Auckland Transition Agency

Findspace

Bullet Freight

Pidgeon Law

There are more than 1100 direct links to external websites on the Bob Dey Property Report links page. This page is devoted to bringing site updates to your attention. If your site’s listed on the External links page, please let me know when you introduce new material. If it’s not listed and it should be, send me an email: bobdey@propbd.co.nz.

 

21 September 2009:

 

It’s a while since I’ve added a news site to the links. This one, Homepage Daily, I’ve visited a few times and found interesting – the article that drew my attention today was Glenn Beck, constitutional soldier. It was a putdown by John Santore of Glenn Beck, of Fox News, one of the leading campaigners for removal of Van Jones from US Government staff because of his radical (allegedly communist & terrorist) views. Mr Beck has also described President Obama as a racist. While in charge of channel-surfing at the weekend (ie, I was alone), I made it through to the 90s & Fox News, discovered Bill O’Reilly chatting to Mr Beck and came to the quick view that deception & distortion were likely to be methods of their broadcasting that the viewer would need to keep a watchful eye for. In the article on Homepage Daily, which describes itself as “the world’s first global student newspaper”, Mr Santore referred to a cut from Mr Beck’s show, then presented the full excerpt from which Mr Beck had produced an edited version, and in doing so turned the Beck argument upside down. It intrigued me: Why would a campaigner try to deceive in such a way, knowing opponents will instantly come forth with conclusive rebuttal? Perhaps Mr Beck believed the edited version was what Mr Obama really meant, or really thought but wasn’t saying out loud. It’s an odd thing in US politics, and in US news, that we don’t experience to the same degree here: the newsreader campaigns on behalf of his/her audience majority. Not too much lies straight.

Websites: Homepage Daily

Homepage Daily, Glenn Beck article

 

I got to Homepage Daily via National Forum: The Domain, an Australian website which runs feeds from Australian political blogs. Among those today was a piece from Jennifer Marohasy’s blog by Michael Hammer, who turned out to be a Melbourne engineering scientist, not an Auckland retail property consultant. Even so, I read on. This Australian Mr Hammer wrote an article, Why I am an anthropogenic global warming sceptic, where he gave 14 reasons for his view, each one succinctly put. We’ve had a government deciding recently on an emissions scheme, and I confess to not knowing answers on either global climate issues or on the sense of emissions schemes. I referred in an email this morning to having watched the New Zealand barometer on Saturday night – a rugby test – and I can tell the All Black coach immediately (he may have heard me) how to do his job. There may be a fair bit of science in rugby, but a large part of it is art. In these climate matters, though, I can’t decipher right or wrong, sense or nonsense in scientific arguments. I know I don’t have the knowledge to understand many of the specifics, and certainly not the knowledge to spot the deliberate error. The climate change debate intrigues me, because it’s an important environmental debate from which many of us are precluded by our ignorance. I – we – can’t take sides, unless on a hunch, without expertise. Still, I read many of these pieces in the hope that I’ll get a better understanding. The Hammer piece was succinct, but even before lunch it had been ripped apart. What’s important about it, though, is that The Domain (like On Line Opinion) is a forum for constructed debate on major issues. Sure, there’s plenty of shooting at passing messengers, but the ideas are laid out as well. Sign of a maturing society across the other side of the Tasman.

Websites: The Domain

Michael Hammer article

Jennifer Marohasy blog

On Line Opinion

Todd Capital Ltd – which ousted Greg Olliver in mid-2008 from the Landco property group he founded – has changed the identity of the whole group. Todd Capital formed a new company, Todd Property Group Ltd, on 4 August, taking over the Landco business, although a number of Landco companies remain.

Website: Todd Property Group

 

Paul Hastings began his Wellington real estate company, Paul Hastings & Co Ltd, 46 years ago, and has also built strategic relationships with other agencies around New Zealand while maintaining its independence. It specialises in commercial & industrial property and is based on Lambton Quay.

Website: Paul Hastings

 

The Queens Wharf website has been set up with the subtitle, Opening the red gates, for the competition on designs & ideas on developing the Auckland wharf. The website has a competition timeline – entries close this Friday, 25 September. The winner is to be announced in mid-November.

Website: Queens Wharf

 

The Auckland Transition Agency – the agency established by the Government to amalgamate the councils across the Auckland region into the new Auckland Council by the next local body elections, in October 2010 – has its own website.

Website: Auckland Transition Agency

 

Justin Ryan, of Christchurch, has created the Findspace website, which lists business-related real estate for sale or lease throughout the country. Findspace provides all users with a url link to all of their listings on the site and lets them add their own searchable features or select from a large lis
: “Unlike other sites which restrict what you can enter, our system is free flow text so you can enter what is important to you.” Mr Ryan’s other companies include Ezypay Ltd, Admin Temps Ltd & Payroll Systems Ltd.

Website: Findspace

 

Dean Ruscoe, chief executive of Bullet Freight Systems Ltd (managing director Owen Ferguson, chairman David Henry) called me to argue the case for a freight section of The Bob Dey Property Report’s external links page, and I had to agree: Land use & transport are increasingly being interwoven in planning for the Auckland region. The transport industry needs to know about those plans, particularly how they’ll affect congestion but also where to site a business. Bullet Freight Systems was incorporated in 1997, operating from small Otahuhu premises, but has grown into a multi-million dollar company with 2 primary centres of operation, East Tamaki in Auckland & Sockburn in Christchurch. “Bullet now provides high-quality nationwide freight, warehousing & distribution services to a wide variety of clients, which include some of New Zealand’s leading companies.”

Website: Bullet Freight

 

Joanna Pidgeon, who’s on the boards of a number of property sector companies, has started her own boutique law firm, Pidgeon Law, which specialises in property, commercial, trust & asset-planning law. She was previously a partner at Hesketh Henry, and before that at Russell McVeagh and is a member of property law committees of both the New Zealand & Auckland law societies. Her office is at 48 Greys Avenue – the former building society headquarters at the corner of Mayoral Drive now owned by Gary McNabb and home to his company, NZ Mint Ltd, of which Ms Pidgeon is also a director.

Website: Pidgeon Law

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