Your new Bob Dey Property Report column
This new page on The Bob Dey Property Report is called simply U.
It contains a mixture of property and other information, company formation, the down side of business, market bits & pieces, probably fairly cryptic and rushed.
The weekly Snapshots tend to contain formal information, while other stories on the website are generally structured. U will contain snippets, less often from formal sources, maybe unstructured and incomplete.
19 August 2001
Adrian Chisholm, still awaiting judgment in his High Court case against Auckland City Council over the “Sludgegate” case on Waiheke Island, has been appointed to run Kiwi International hotel group owner Ray Schofield’s New Zealand operations. Mr Schofield’s New Zealand chief executive, Ron Lane, has moved up to become chief executive for both Australia & New Zealand, based at the Kooralbin resort inland from Brisbane.
17 August 2001
A bunch of 80s survivor Gerald Williams’ companies were placed in the hands of liquidators John Buchanan & Steve Hotchin this week. Mr Williams’ listed property development company, Mayfair Corp Ltd, and Mayfair Developments Ltd, won agreement for a scheme of arrangement in 1990, but Messrs Buchanan & Hotchin took charge of Mayfair Developments and Mayfair Developments NZ Ltd in September last year. Four more added to the liquidation pile on Wednesday were Mayfair Developments North Shore Ltd, Mayfair Developments Parnell Ltd (which had plans for airspace over a council carpark on Parnell Rd), Mayfair Investments Ltd and Mayfair Investments Christchurch Ltd. Also wound up is Argyle Residential Ltd (where Christopher McGregor-MacDonald of MacRennie Construction Ltd was also a director).
Halifax Finance Ltd (Paul Francis Brownie, Nelson) has applied to wind up the Jaffe Trust Co Ltd (Fay Jaffe), the company which came to the rescue of now-jailed fraudster Eric Isadore Jaffe in 1998, when his deals had unwound and the ASB Bank took his home and three other Ring Terrace apartments overlooking St Marys Bay to mortgagee auction. Mr Jaffe stepped up as the buyer at the Barfoot & Thompson auction, but the trust company was registered in his wife’s name. Mr Jaffe was sentenced in May to four years’ jail. He turns 80 on 28 August.
Laurie Newhook has joined the Environment Court bench in Auckland after 25 years as a partner at Brookfields (and its predecessors). The court also got a new commissioner this month, Heather McConachy, while Andrew de Lisle is heading case management at the Environment Court in Auckland and will shortly have two assistant case managers to serve the Auckland-resident judges. Day-to-day management of Auckland cases will also revert to the court’s Auckland office, instead of having to be passed to Wellington and back again. The court has two courtrooms in Auckland and will add a third. Next up will be an increase in workload for counsel and experts working on resource management cases as they try to appear in three courts at once, followed, presumably, by an increase in the number of counsel and experts — or, maybe, the case managers will be extremely effective, the process will be streamlined and fewer appearances will be needed.
Rod Webber leaves his role as marketing man at Colliers Jardine next week to join the growing forces of HG Livingstone Ltd, leasing retail space. Livingstone’s, of Christchurch, is growing its mall management business, with five under its wing after taking on Pacific Plaza at Whangaparaoa. It has Bayfair in Tauranga, Southmall in Christchurch, Goldfields in Thames and is in Palmerston North.