New app said to make renting process 'a bit less painful' rumoured to have New Zealand in its sights

A new app which lets prospective tenants bid for rental properties could make the process "a bit less painful" but it is still unknown if it could inflate rental prices according to the director of Barfoot and Thompson. 

US Company Rentberry is launching in Australia this month and is rumoured to have New Zealand in its sights. 

According to the app's website, it is a "price negotiation platform uniting tenants and landlords".

"It automates all the standard rental tasks from submitting your personal information, credit reports and custom offers, to e-signing rental agreements and online rental payments".

Barfoot and Thompson director Kiri Barfoot says while technology can make the process of finding a rental property "a bit less painful", she isn't sure if it will cause a spike in rent prices. 

"Tennents and landlords have been negotiating since the middle ages about rents and we are already getting tenants negotiation now when the market is really busy," she told TVNZ 1's Breakfast programme this morning. 

Ms Barfoot said that at the end of the day landlords still want a "good reliable tenant" and that is the deciding factor over whether someone else who could "pay another $50 in rent".

She said that if tenants believe there landlords are charging more than market rent, they can apply to the tenancy tribunal to have that reviewed. 

Barfoot and Thompson director Keri Barfoot says she is unsure if the ‘Rentberry’ app will inflate rental prices. Source: Breakfast



'Disgusting' treatment says woman forced to give birth to dead baby at Rotorua Hospital with no help

A complaint has been made to the Health and Disability Commission over the case of a woman who was forced to give birth to a stillborn child with no medical help at Rotorua Hospital.

Jamie Bowman sat in the room holding her dead baby boy for 25 minutes afterwards.

Stuff reports the Taupō woman's ordeal started eight days earlier, on March 1, when she had a scan and found her baby's heart had stopped beating.

She was referred to Rotorua Hospital obstetrics the next day for a dilation and curettage.

Ms Bowman said she had to explain to four or five staff members why she was there, was told another scan was, then wasn't needed, and eventually told to go home by an obstetrician who said he was only training.

Ms Bowman returned to Rotorua Hospital five days later to take the first of two pills that manage late miscarriages.

"By then he had already been dead inside me for who knows how long," Ms Bowman said.

Her mother drove her to Rotorua Hospital for her second dose on March 8, but she went into labour on the way and was told on arrival the nurses were changing shifts and would help when they could.

Ms Bowman gave birth soon after with only her mother there.

"It is absolutely disgusting people can treat mothers this way and get away with it. We were left completely alone and not a single person wanted to help," Ms Bowman said.

A complaint has been made to the Health and Disability Commission.

Lakes District Health Board said Ms Bowman's treatment is being investigated.

"Lakes DHB always regrets when patients do not have a good experience during their visit to one of our hospitals," the board's risk and clinical governance director Dr Sharon Kletchko told Stuff.

"We sincerely regret any distress for this patient and her partner." 

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Washout could affect Napier to Wairoa railway reopening

Kiwirail could have to delay the re-opening of the Napier to Wairoa railway line after recent severe weather has washed out part of the track.

An section of the track is suspended in mid-air after heavy rain earlier this month washed the earth out from beneath it.

"The washout happened just north of Raupunga during the severe weather which hit the region earlier this month. It extends over a distance of around 45 metres," a spokesperson from Kiwirail said.

"Our teams are continuing to assess the damage and any impact it may have on the planned reopening date for the line."

Kiwirail initially stated the mothballed logging line would be back in action by December. 

About 50 metres of track was undermined by heavy rain, potentially delaying the line's reopening. Source: 1 NEWS


Iwi's 'pain and anguish' at plan to rename Great Barrier Island

An iwi which has occupied Great Barrier Island since the 1700s is outraged another group of iwi will officially rename the island.

The island, which lies off Hauraki Gulf and about 100km north-east of Auckland, will be renamed Aotea - Great Barrier Island by a group of Hauraki iwi, based from North Auckland to Coromandel.

It is one of 52 geographic sites across the North Island being renamed as part of the Pare Hauraki treaty settlement.

It's a small change on paper, but to the people of Ngātiwai ki Aotea, it means much more.

Ngātiwai Iwi trustee Aperahama Edwards said Hauraki had no right to make decisions over the island.

"It's almost impossible to describe the pain, the anguish [and] the grief that we are already feeling.

"Rights and interests have been afforded to Hauraki tribes by way of redress and one of them is the right to re-name Great Barrier Island. We believe that's our privilege, that's our right."

The name-change dispute adds to a long list of overlapping claims among iwi.

They occur when two or more iwi have ties to the same area of land, but the Crown recognises one group's rights to the land over another through settlement redress.

Mr Edwards said Ngātiwai had occupied Great Barrier Island for centuries.

"We have two marae there, we have whānau who remain there and keep the fires burning, our fires have never been extinguished.

"We're the only people that live there, everything. From a tikanga-based perspective it's our whānau that place rāhui and all of those sorts of things."

Ngātiwai are not the first iwi to oppose the Hauraki treaty settlement, which was signed last month.

In opposition to the settlement, 16 claims have been filed to the Waitangi Tribunal.

Pare Hauraki lead negotiator Paul Majurey has fiercely defended the iwi's historic connections and rights to different areas in the North Island.

And he continues to defend their rights on Great Barrier Island too.

He wouldn't be interviewed, but sent through a statement made by the Māori Land Court in 1998 that shows the iwi of Hauraki do have historic connections to the island - and have established wāhi tapu or sacred places there.

Ngātiwai kaumātua Opo Ngawaka lives on the island.

He said he was completely blindsided by the redress included in the Hauraki settlement.

"It's about our rights to make decisions on what goes forward here, and not something that sits behind closed doors.

"All of a sudden we get this picture of what they intend to do, and that's the difficult part of it."

Mr Ngawaka said Ngātiwai had made numerous attempts to meet with the people of Hauraki.

"There hasn't been any discussion back on our marae with them and if there is going to be a name-change come and talk to us on our whenua and on our marae and discuss this out.

"We would never do that to anyone else, it's not in our nature."

He said a tikanga-based process, where iwi resolved issues among themselves without the Crown involved, had been forgotten.

By Te Aniwa Hurihanganui

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