Now that we are extending our house and the boys are busy outside with foundations and framing, we get an increasing flood of targeted advertising and service offerings delivered into our letterbox. you wonder why that is, as the construction cannot be seen from the road – not at all. Also noticeable is that the way the address is written is exactly as per our building consent application.

So our assumption is that council is passing on all the building consent application and is making it public. You will find it on websites like “”. However, there is a privacy act in New Zealand. So I wonder how that ties in. After all, I cannot recall having opted into anything relating to the release of my personal contact information.

And the stuff i my letter box is annoying, plus: It comes too late to the party. We have our contractors already.