Rodney Times - - YOUR PAPER, YOUR PLACE - - Rhon­wyn

Do your due dili­gence - that’s my rec­om­men­da­tion to any­one look­ing to pur­chase a house in New Zealand, in par­tic­u­lar an older build. My fam­ily was keen make to a move - a bit more land for the kids and our dog - and we found a house in Orewa that ticked so many boxes. While I had al­ready moved the fam­ily in (in my mind), my slightly more prag­matic hus­band or­gan­ised the es­sen­tial checks. It may be tempt­ing to skip the $500-odd for a thor­ough build­ing in­spec­tion, but bet­ter that than be strad­dled with a leaky home that may cost tens of thou­sands in the fu­ture. It’s al­ready hard to men­tally move my fam­ily out of the house, but I know it’s the right de­ci­sion. On that note, if you’re look­ing to pur­chase a home in Orewa, or any coastal area, be aware of the tsunami risks and evac­u­a­tion routes. As our cover story re­veals, Orewa tops the list of com­mu­ni­ties with the largest pop­u­la­tion ex­po­sure in Auck­land’s tsunami evac­u­a­tion ar­eas.

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