Why You Should Hire Building Inspector?

Buying a new property is not easy but at the same time, it is not that difficult. There are many things that one should do before they invest in any building. One of the most important things that one should consider is to get building and pest inspection done by professionals. It is advised by almost every real estate advisor. Many people are unaware of building and pest inspections in Adelaide. One of the advantages of having it done is that you can get a detailed report of the current condition of the property. The presence of termites and pests can damage the property and can also harm people emotionally.


Whats Included In A Building And Pest Inspection?

The process of building and pest inspection includes inspection of areas like doors, ceiling, walls, ventilation, and other areas where there may be pests. Sometimes, it is very difficult to check the presence of termites and pests with naked eyes. In some cases, they are present in areas that are out of reach. Removing them is necessary as they can cause serious damage to your property. Doing it yourself is not that easy. You have to hire a building inspector for the job.


The team of building inspector has all types of equipment and is well-trained for finding the defects present in your house. They give you a detailed report on the condition of your house. They will also suggest you the solutions for the damage done by pests. All you need to do is hire a good building inspector. They can be of great help if you are considering buying a property because they will give you a detailed report on the current condition of the house. After all, it is all about your hard-earned money. They ensure …

How to pick a digital marketing agency- Important factors to consider

Digital marketing is the need of the hour for every business of the present times as it helps you to reach your targeted audience within a short span of time. But it is a difficult task and you might not have the experience and expertise for handling the marketing needs of your business. This is the reason why you need to hire a reliable and reputable digital marketing agency named Oxygen Media agency. But you should first find out how to pick a digital marketing agency so that you will get the assistance of experts who will handle this task in the best possible manner. Outsourcing this task is far more cost-effective than hiring professionals in-house for managing the digital marketing needs of your business.

When hiring a digital marketing agency, the most important thing that you will need to consider is the reputation and experience of the company. You need to hire a company that will understand the needs and requirements of your business so that you will get the best assistance. Determining the credibility of the agency is also an important factor and for this, you will need to visit the website of the company. From there you can gather all the information that is required ensuring that you have experts who will handle the marketing needs of your business. Checking the online presence of the company is also very important because it will mean that you are hiring the best professionals who will offer you the best value for your money.

Assessing the experience and training of the professionals of the company is also very important because when you hire someone with a good reputation, you can rest assured that you have the best professional assistance. Finally, you should demand transparency in the working of the …

How To Pick The Right Caterer in Christchurch

There are numerous interesting points concerning arranging the ideal party catering services in Christchurch. From music to stylistic layout to solicitations, everything must be consistent, particularly your catering service in Christchurch. There are a couple of inquiries that you should pose to yourself before pushing ahead with any organization.

Understanding the occasion itself is something that will assist you with conveying proficiently when you are looking for food providers. Is this a wedding, an infant shower, or a birthday celebration that may require a cake? Will you need a service that can prepare just as a cook? Do you have an ethnic theme that you want to follow? It doesn’t look perfect for enrolling a spirit food cook for an Asian combination themed gathering. A ton of cooks guarantees assorted variety and a broad menu at the same time, by and large, if you need authentic food its best to discover a supplier that represents considerable authority in that specific food.

Ask the catering service in Christchurch what the most extreme sum and least measure of individuals they regularly serve is. You would prefer not to overspend by contracting a service that periodically helps more significant gatherings than yours. Yet, you additionally would prefer not to overpower a littler less expensive food provider and get shoddy service. Get a healthy head tally and make your visitors RSVP. Show the numbers to your cook before you sign any agreements.

Before you pick a food service, it’s critical to comprehend the setting, the courtesies it offers and the earth it gives. On t, he off chance that you choose to get your occasion served by a store, you need a setting that will provide refrigeration. On the off chance that you want to help hot food , you must be confident …

Government stalls high country rent hearings

Resolving the highly contentious issue of rents for South Island High Country Pastoral Lessees will not happen this season as farmers had hoped according to Federated Farmers High Country chair Donald Aubrey.

“Crown Law, acting on behalf of David Parker, the Minister of Land Information, has decided to bring in outside help in the form of a Queen’s Counsel. A combination of Queen’s Counsel unavailability and that of the tribunal, now means the hearing that was anticipated to start in April, is likely to be delayed until around election time.

Mr Aubrey says is very disappointed that this important hearing has been held off. The hearing in Dunedin in front of the Land Valuation Tribunal is now tentatively set for Monday 13 October 2008.

“The Prime Minister has said that she wants High Country families to be able to continue to farm. However proposed rentals are based on scenery rather than economic viability,” said Mr Aubrey.

“High country farmers have been forced to go to the tribunal in order for their farming business to survive and this is not a position they have chosen. Proposed rentals are based on scenery rather than economic viability. The imposition of rents based on “amenity values” is simply not affordable.

“Delaying the date of the hearing means that if the judge concludes the government is entitled to collect such rents, then they will be payable retrospectively. That means this delay could result in enormous additional costs and make it even more difficult for farmers to pay,” Mr Aubrey said.…

Government blows out DoC budget

The Department of Conservation is paying the price for bad government decision-making says the High Country Accord, commenting on the news that the department is having to slash 56 staff in order to live within its budget.

“There is an entrenched belief in the Labour-led government that the nation’s conservation values can be protected only by state ownership. This has led them on an immense spending spree, buying up vast tracts of high country real estate,” says High Country Accord chair Ben Todhunter.

“How much better it would be for taxpayers and the economy if DoC was encouraged to work with private land holders to maximise conservation values on private land.”

He says the Crown already owns more than half the South Island and under the present government was well on its way toward acquiring another 1.5 million hectares of tussock grasslands along the eastern flanks of the Southern Alps and in Central Otago.

“This land grab is over-burdening an already over-stretched department. Not only is there the cost of the land, which is then removed from production, it has to be maintained at substantial expense – an expense which was previously paid for by the farmer.”

Mr Todhunter says the Green and Clarkson review of the New Zealand biodiversity strategy showed that only 2-3 per cent of the existing DoC estate was being intensively managed for biodiversity protection. It highlighted major concerns about the degradation of wetlands, and the adverse effects of introduced weeds and pests on threatened species and forest ecosystems.

“Under these circumstances the government is guilty of a gross misallocation of a limited conservation budget by expanding Crown ownership of high country farmland,” he says.

“It also richly ironic that farming families who have stewarded vulnerable high country eco-systems for 150 years are now being told

Merino supply collapse as predicted

Lands minister David Parker is being “too clever by half” when he blames farmers for a big drop in Merino wool production, says the High Country Accord.

“A Lincoln University report in 2004 predicted a “devastating” 31 percent cut in Merino wool supply if the government didn’t change the way it went about tenure review,” says Accord chair Ben Todhunter.

“The report, and a peer review from Professor Keith Woodford confirming its findings, was pigeon-holed by the Cabinet policy committee when it discussed tenure review in February 2005. Apparently the loss of the Merino industry was seen as a reasonable price to pay for creating a network of 22 new high country parks.”

Mr Todhunter was responding to a media report that the New Zealand Merino Company is having to use Australian wool to meet some of its contracts because of a 20 per cent drop in New Zealand production, due in part to tenure review.

The Accord, which represents farmers in the South Island high country, says tenure review involves an exchange of property rights. Farmers sell their perpetual leases at market value to the Crown, in return for buying freehold title to those parts of their property that aren’t wanted by the government for conservation parks.

“Farmers want security of freehold title so they can run modern diversified farming businesses. Some thought they could do this under leasehold title, but the government has made it very clear it will change the law and rules applying to leases if it doesn’t get its own way,” he says.

“This had made it very difficult for lessees. If they go into tenure review, they have to do it on the government’s terms.

“They have to surrender most of their mid- to high-altitude tussock country to the Crown, even though this land …

Brower book should be read with a ‘pinch of salt’

High country farmers say the views of environmental activist Ann Brower should be taken with a pinch of salt.

Ms Brower’s book on the high country, due out today, will almost certainly repeat the inaccuracies and falsehoods which have characterised her past utterances, says High Country Accord chair Ben Todhunter.

“Since coming to New Zealand in 2003, Ms Brower has waged a campaign to cast doubt on the legal status of high country farms with perpetual leases from the Crown. An accomplished self-publicist, she has used her status as a Lincoln University lecturer to get substantial media coverage.

“Yet far from being an objective academic, Ms Brower came to New Zealand in 2005 from the United States with a track record in environmental activism and for courting media controversy.”

In February 2006, Ms Brower published a report criticising tenure review in the South Island high country, saying “government contractors and government officials are giving away the crown jewels and paying the recipients to take them away.”

Victoria University professors Neil Quigley and Lewis Evans, in a critique of her report, said her claims were “entirely unfounded”, that she had “completely misinterpreted the available data” … and had made a series of claims about the outcome of the process that were “entirely erroneous”.

In late 2007, Australian property law lecturer John Page and Ann Brower published a paper in the Waikato Law Review claiming that holders of high country perpetual leases do not have exclusive possession rights to their properties.

Again, these conclusions were discredited. This time, in a Crown Law Office opinion which described their conclusions as “unconvincing”.

“In fact it would be impossible for the [lease]holder to undertake farming operations without exclusive possession of the land,” said crown counsel Malcolm Parker in his opinion.

Mr Todhunter says Brower’s claims …

Christmas won’t be found in a courtroom

Fish & Game must have thought all their Christmases had come at once when they learned that a couple of academics had written a paper arguing that high country pastoral lease holders don’t have the right to control trespassers on their farms.

Here at last was the opportunity for hunters and fishermen to claim wander-at-will rights over a big chunk of South Island high country farmland.

I don’t want to be the Grinch who steals their Christmases. But Fish & Game’s claim that pastoral lessees do not have exclusive possession of their land conflicts with a forthright Crown Law Office opinion. It’s also based on the opinions of an environmental activist whose utterances on the high country have been mired in controversy.

Crown counsel Malcolm Parker, in his opinion, says it would be impossible for a leaseholder to undertake farming operations without exclusive possession of the land. He says pastoral leases grant lessees exclusive possession as intended by legislators, and this is supported by legal precedent.

His opinion was in response to an academic paper last year by Australian property law lecturer John Page and American academic and environmental activist Ann Brower.

Their paper was based on Australian leases and precedents that don’t apply to New Zealand. There was no analysis of New Zealand law or legal precedent; there was no analysis of the substance of a pastoral lease; and the authors misinterpreted the Australian High Court case that was central to their argument.

For these reasons Mr Parker said he didn’t find the paper convincing and disagreed with its conclusions.

Of course, a Crown Law Office opinion is just that, an opinion. But before dismissing it, Fish & Game should have looked carefully at the credibility of the contrary opinion.

Ann Brower came to New Zealand in 2005 with …


How much high country land has Labour acquired?

In 2002, the Labour-led government set its sights on acquiring 1.3 million ha of tussock grassland from pastoral leases in the South Island high country (about 60% of the 2.19 million ha of land in pastoral lease in January 2002).

This was to be done largely through tenure review and outright property purchases.

By 31 May 2008, 56 of 303 leases had completed tenure review and nine had accepted substantive proposals from the Crown. From these properties, 48% of the land (165,266 ha) had been or was to be bought by the Crown from the lessee and 52% (189,539 ha) by the lessee from the Crown.

Four leases totalling 49,242 hectares – Twin Burn, Michael Peak, Birchwood and Hakatere Stations – had been bought outright by the Crown. In addition, the government declined to renew the Mount Ida “Soldiers’ Settlement” grazing licence in Otago – a further 8401 ha.

In summary, between 2002 and May 2008 the Crown transferred 229,909 hectares of high country pastoral farmland to the conservation estate. All this land, plus the 180,000 hectare Molesworth Station that has been transferred from Landcorp, has to be maintained by the Department of Conservation – a department that struggles to protect endangered species on its existing estate.

The purchase of St James Station adds a further 78,196 hectares to the Crown estate and takes the total area transferred to DoC to 488,105 hectares — an area 2.6 times the size of Stewart Island (185,000 ha).

Most observers would conclude that such a major transfer of land out of productive use must be justified on ecological grounds. This is not the case. An independent review for the Department of Conservation states that high altitude tussock grasslands are well-represented in the DoC estate. Other …

St James Park – an irresponsible last hurrah

The decision of the government to buy St James Station and add it to the conservation estate is irresponsible says a high country farming group.

“This looks like a last hurrah for prime minister Helen Clark.  At a time when the government’s books are empty, there is still money for the prime minister’s pet projects,” says High Country Accord chair Ben Todhunter.

“The government is guilty of a gross misallocation of taxpayer funds by expanding Crown ownership of high country farmland, especially in the wake of the dire predictions for the economy over the next decade.

“The high country is prone to weed invasion and has to be maintained at substantial expense – an expense which was previously paid for by the farmer. The prime minister has just handed this burden to taxpayers and DoC, a department that struggles even in the best of times to control weeds and pests on its vast estates.,” he says.

“How much better it would be for taxpayers and the economy if DoC was encouraged to work with private land holders to maximise conservation values on private land.”

Mr Todhunter says since 2002 the government has taken an area of high country more than twice the size of Stewart Island, and at vast cost removed it from farming and added it to the conservation estate.

“To speed this process up, the government last year cynically changed rental formulas on leasehold properties so that in some cases, rents are higher than gross farm incomes. This is forcing farming families to sell and, under these circumstances, the Crown is often the only buyer.”