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New development delays are pushing the family to the brink of financial collapse | Instant News

Sheng Guo and his partner Maggie Law have had their final inspection on their home delayed nearly a year after a dispute over the driveway with their builder. Photo / Brett Phibbs

Maggie Law’s 2 year old son peeked over his arm.

Their future looks secure as they sit comfortably in the lounge of their newly built Bucklands Beach dream home east of Auckland – but Law doesn’t smile.

He said a dispute with their builder had delayed approval of the final inspection of their home by almost a year and pushed them to the brink of financial collapse.

He then took builder Jared Guojun Cha and his I Home Furture company to Dispute Court, winning a $ 30,000 payment.

But Cha puts the company into voluntary liquidation, leaving Law feeling he has little hope of seeing the cash owed him.

Cha told the Herald on Sunday that his company had no money to pay and that he had no regrets because he thought the Dispute Court ruling was unfair.

Law says he now wants to warn others about Cha – who continues to run another building company – as well as the risks of hiring an unproven builder versus using a leading brand.

Law’s new home is just one of thousands mushrooming across Auckland as developers rush to fill the city’s housing shortage and cash in on soaring selling prices.

But while most have been built by professional developers, mothers and fathers are also increasingly devoting their attention to building projects.

Law and his partner Sheng Guo formed their idea of ​​building the dream family home after purchasing the Bucklands Beach mansion built in the 1970s on a 597 square meter block in 2014.

Then – after meeting Cha at a party – they pushed forward in 2019 with plans to hire his team to manage the project and build a new home behind their property, allowing them to then rent or sell the house that is up front.

Cha not only offered to build a new home for $ 420,000 – cheaper than most major building brands – but Guo had known him in the past as well.

Guo and Cha previously studied English in Palmerston North together and are from the same hometown in China.

At first the construction of the house went well, with the couple enjoying a good working relationship with Cha.

But towards the end of the project in early 2020, after most of the houses had been built, problems arose with concrete work on the driveways, Law said.

Cha argued that some of Law’s concerns over entry were not things he had to deal with; including for the concrete driveway near the old house.

Access roads on newly built properties need to be installed with permeable concrete so that rainwater can seep into the ground rather than flooding neighboring roads or properties, Law said.

He claimed Cha had no experience installing permeable concrete.

He then refused to repair his work or to concrete the remainder of the shared driveway that stretched from the new house to the old house, he said.

Cha then dropped the tool on the dispute.

That leaves the final building inspection of the house still unfinished nearly a year later, while rubbish remains strewn across the courtyard and the decking and retaining walls also remain unfinished.

The delay also left Law and Guo to pay off two mortgages and unable to rent or sell the existing front home to cover part of their costs.

The Dispute Court will later side with Law, saying evidence shows Cha had misplaced the concrete and that he was also responsible for concreting the remainder of the shared driveway.

Cha told the Herald on Sunday that he respects the Dispute Court, but considers the decision unfair because he doesn’t have enough time to prepare evidence himself.

He also said it was unfair to expect him to make concrete in the driveway near the old house because he had been hired to build the new house.

“From our point of view, building a new house is building it within the boundaries of the new property, not outside the boundaries,” he said.

He said he had spent $ 390,000 on building the house, leaving a small margin of the $ 420,000 payment.

“I don’t want to go into liquidation, but when you suffer a customer this difficult, you have no choice,” he said.

He said that Cha had founded I Home Furture solely to build his house.

He then appears to be structuring it without assets so that it acts like an empty company to take payments from him and make payments to his subcontractors, Law said.

That means it appears to have no assets and little cash that can be reclaimed in a dispute, Law said.

And while that’s a common way of structuring companies in the building industry, Law says he now hopes he has written more protections into his contracts.

That could include clauses that require Cha to be personally responsible for the project or one to withhold a larger share of the $ 420,000 payment until the house is completed, he said.

Law now believes these additional requirements are needed with new builders.

“I think a well-known company will never liquidate over $ 30,000, so you can trust they will finish your payment, complete your project and do whatever they can to make sure they maintain a good brand name,” said Law.

After desperately borrowing from friends and family, the couple now needed a further bank loan as Cha $ 30,000 wouldn’t pay them off so they could complete the driveway and get final building approval for the property.

“I’m just grateful that we have come this far because I think a lot of people will be left in the rubble,” said Law.


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An MPI investigation is underway into how snakes got into New Zealand | Instant News

A snake found at a construction site in Papakura was brought in by the Ministry of Primary Industries for further investigation. Photo / Provided

The investigation to understand how a snake crossed the New Zealand border and entered an Auckland construction site yesterday is underway.

The snake has been officially identified as a juvenile male carpet python with no risk of reproduction.

Biosecurity New Zealand water health and environmental team manager Michael Taylor said the snake was too big to be a hatchling but was not yet sexually mature.

“There’s nothing in his gut to suggest he hasn’t eaten for at least two to three weeks.”

He said that while investigations were underway to determine how the snake got into the country, early indications suggested it had entered a pipe which was then sealed at both ends before being imported from Australia.

There is no evidence of any further snakes and no threat to the public.

Taylor said the 115 cm long snake was probably still alive when it was found by the contractor.

“The snake was reported dead when Biosecurity New Zealand was notified, but it appears that the snake was still alive when it was found by construction workers.”

University of Queensland venom researcher Brian Fry said it was likely that the snake came from Australia.

He said carpet pythons were found all over Australia but with the greatest diversity found in the warmer regions of the country.

A carpet python cannot survive New Zealand’s colder temperatures, he said.

“It won’t last long.”

A photo of the snake found at the Papakura construction site was posted on Facebook yesterday.  Photo / Provided
The photo of the snake found at the Papakura construction site was posted on Facebook yesterday. Photo / Provided

“Being late summer, it might last a while. It might have been up in someone’s attic but they need to be able to bask in order to get warm enough to properly hunt and feed.

“Even if he climbed into someone’s attic, he would slowly starve to death because it wouldn’t be warm enough to eat or sunbathe.”

He said snakes need to bask after eating to warm up and digest their food properly.

“Or the food will rot in their intestines if it gets too cold after being fed.”

The MPI said about one or two snakes cross the border every year, while four to eight snakes are found at the border.

“They are usually not venomous and most of them die because of the maintenance of imported cargo. Five snakes were detected at the border in 2020, all of them died.”

The snake was found at a construction site in Papakura yesterday where the contractor dumps the new pipe.

The contractor was dumping a new pipe at a construction site in Papakura before laying it down, which is when the snakes came out.

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New Zealand Broadband traffic is surging under a new lockdown but manageable – Chorus | Instant News


Broadband traffic is up 55 percent today compared to last Tuesday with Auckland residents stuck in the Level 3 lockout which was responsible for much of the increase.

The Auckland area saw a 96 percent increase in traffic, while the rest of New Zealand saw a 13 percent increase, Chorus said in a statement.

The dominant copper and fiber line operator UFB said broadband traffic on its network peaked at 1.75 terabits per second (Tbps), which is still far short of the company’s maximum peak capacity of 3.5Tbps.

At the end of March 2020, at the start of the first Level 4 lockdown in response to Covid-19, traffic reached 3.03Tbps per second.

Upstream traffic, which has increased with higher use of applications such as video conferencing, across the country increased 41 percent today to 0.236Tbps.

The Auckland area saw a 61 percent increase in traffic, while the rest of the country had a 14 percent increase.

“The little spike that occurs every half hour, seen in the second chart below, appears to coincide with the start of the online video conference.”

The increase in traffic is expected as households across the country enter alert status 2, with those in the Auckland area at alert level 3, said Chorus.

Technicians use appropriate PPE when working at homes and businesses and maintain social distancing, the company added.

In Auckland, Chorus will screen customers to check whether households have someone with Covid-19 symptoms or who is a confirmed case. The technician will only go to a house where the customer is comfortable for them to attend.

“There’s no jam on the Chorus network.”


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Karachi: Three family members arrested on drug trafficking charges – Crimes | Instant News

Published in 03 February 2021 16:43

Police arrested the suspect involved in the murder of ASI Safeer Butt

KARACHI (Dunya News) – Police in Karachi arrested six suspects including husband, wife and children who were involved in drug trafficking and supply.

Malir City Police arrested three family members involved in drug supply during a raid near Gharibabad. The accused included father, son and mother. More than three kilograms of marijuana and cell phones were recovered from the suspects who were arrested.

According to police, more than 20 drug cases have been registered against the suspect. In another operation, police arrested two suspects involved in trafficking drugs from a railroad in Landhi Sharafi Goth. More than one and a half kilograms of drugs and cash were recovered from the defendant. The defendant was involved in the sale of various types of drugs.

On the other hand, Jamshed Quarters Police arrested the accused involved in the murder of ASI Safeer Butt and took illegal weapons from his possession.

The defendant was arrested based on information from the Baloch Para area. Pistol and bullets without permission were recovered from his possession. The defendant killed ASI Safeer Butt in 2011.

In another operation, Adnan alias Partai, who was accused of robbing a house, was arrested.


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The tractors will be distributed to farmers under PM Imran – Pakistan’s ‘Kamyab Kisan’ program | Instant News

Published in 28 January 2021 15:09

PM Imran will visit Sahiwal on Friday and officially launch the program.

SAHIWAL (Dunya News) – Prime Minister Imran Khan has decided to launch the ‘Kamyab Kisan’ program in which tractors will be distributed to farmers.

Special Assistant to the Prime Minister for Youth Affairs Usman Dar confirmed that the prime minister will visit Sahiwal on Friday (tomorrow) and officially launch the scheme under the banner of the Kamyab Jawan program.

Usman Dar said that the remaining farmers will be helped by this program. Farmers are exploited in India but Pakistan is working for their prosperity, he said, adding that Pakistan will make progress as farmers develop.


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