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Caniwi commits another $26m to property portfolio

Monday, July 24, 2017

Wellington-based investment group Caniwi Capital has spent $26 million in two regional commercial property plays: $21m for a specialist cool store in the so-called 'Golden Triangle between Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga, and a $5m...

Waikato-Tainui nearly doubles annual profit

Monday, July 24, 2017

Waikato-Tainui nearly doubled its annual net after-tax profit from $72.8 million last year to $137.8m in the latest period, partly due to gains on its property portfolio, accounts show.Waikato-Tainui's Waikato Raupatu Lands Trust...

Ponsonby real estate agent guilty of more crimes after admitting drug charges

Monday, July 24, 2017

A Ponsonby real estate agent has admitted three more charges, including deception, after earlier pleading guilty to methamphetamine-related crimes.Samuel James Clough, 28, pleaded guilty in the Auckland District Court today to obtaining...

Want a piece of scientific history? The former home of Joseph Priestley, who discovered oxygen, is on the market

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

A former courthouse – in pictures

Monday, July 24, 2017

Not for those of a guilty conscience – the law hangs heavy in this listed courthouse with attached police house in Downham Market

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Price gap between best and worst energy tariffs widens to £109 on average

Monday, July 24, 2017

Difference between big six energy companies’ fixed price deals and standard variable tariffs widens by more than half

The gap between the best and worst energy tariffs offered by the big six suppliers has widened by more than half since a round of price hikes over the winter.

The difference between the firms’ cheapest fixed deals and their most expensive ones, standard variable tariffs, jumped from £70 last November on average to £109 in June, according to challenger supplier Bulb.

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Auckland rents still NZ's most expensive, rising slower than national figure

Monday, July 24, 2017

Auckland rents for all residential properties are not rising as fast as the national figure and are well below Wellington's rises, according to a Trade Me index.But one category of Auckland property is proving extremely popular,...

Buy-to-let: how many properties do I need to own to set up as a company?

Monday, July 24, 2017

NBR Rich List: Who's made the list of NZ's most wealthy?

Monday, July 24, 2017

New Zealand's top 10 wealthiest people are collectively worth more than $25 billion - $2b more than last year.The National Business Review 's Rich List was revealed this morning in a live broadcast.There are 19 newcomers to the...

Revealed: the insidious creep of pseudo-public space in London

Monday, July 24, 2017

Pseudo-public space – squares and parks that seem public but are actually owned by corporations – has quietly spread across cities worldwide. As the Guardian maps its full extent in London for the first time, Jack Shenker reports on a new culture of secrecy and control, where private security guards can remove you for protesting, taking photos ... or just looking scruffy

  • Explore the map – and tell us what we’re missing
  • A Guardian Cities investigation has for the first time mapped the startling spread of pseudo-public spaces across the UK capital, revealing an almost complete lack of transparency over who owns the sites and how they are policed.

    Pseudo-public spaces – large squares, parks and thoroughfares that appear to be public but are actually owned and controlled by developers and their private backers – are on the rise in London and many other British cities, as local authorities argue they cannot afford to create or maintain such spaces themselves.

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    Should frustrated savers gamble on the stock market or play it safe?

    Monday, July 24, 2017

    Hopes of seeing an interest rate rise have been dashed this week – so what should you do next? We look at the best strategy

    For savers it has become known as the lost decade. While there had been some prospect of the Bank of England raising interest rates in the near future, the hope was dashed this week when inflation figures fell unexpectedly for June.

    Also dashed were the hopes of savers that they would get something approaching a healthy return from their cash reserves. It was in July 2007 when the Bank of England last raised rates – they now languish at an all-time low of 0.25%.

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    Get Laid Beds and Tuffnells are giving me nightmares over my creaky bed

    Monday, July 24, 2017

    The courier picked up my faulty bed but then denied doing so – and the bed firm says it won’t refund me

    I bought a bedframe for £387 from a firm called Get Laid Beds, the price including delivery. Once assembled it creaked badly, but fortunately the firm was happy to take it back and offer a refund. The courier company it sent – Tuffnells – duly made the collection and I assumed that would be the end of the matter, and a refund was on the way.

    Apparently my bed never arrived back with Get Laid Beds, and I am now doing battle with the company to try to recoup my money. Tuffnells is denying it ever picked it up. It was a tablet sign-off so I am unable to provide evidence of collection, as I was not given a paper receipt.

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    Real estate agent faces trial over Auckland property deals

    Monday, July 24, 2017

    A real estate agent who faces up to seven years in jail if convicted over two property deals in which investigators say he personally benefited by more than $850,000 will go on trial today.Former Barfoot & Thompson agent Aaron Hughes...

    New teachers quit city, delay kids, due to unaffordable housing

    Monday, July 24, 2017

    Two-thirds of Auckland's new teachers plan to leave the city, and many female teachers are postponing parenthood because of the city's housing costs, a new survey has found.The survey of 450 new teachers in the primary and intermediate...

    Fletcher blow-out $231m: Analysts

    Monday, July 24, 2017

    Costs on two big Fletcher Building projects have blown-out by an estimated $231 million and the company's construction division faces further potential losses, analysts say.New Zealand's biggest construction company has also seen...

    State pension changes will cost 7 million people £10,000 each

    Monday, July 24, 2017

    Analysis shows each person affected may lose £9,800 after government announces raising pension age earlier than planned

    More than 7 million people will lose just under £10,000 each because of new government plans to increase the state pension age earlier than planned.

    Last week the government announced it would raise the state pension age to 68 for those now in their late 30s and early 40s. The change will affect Britons born between 1970 and 1978, who will now have to wait another year to receive their state pensions, a move which the government found would save £74bn.

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    What's your most embarrassing pet story?

    Monday, July 24, 2017

    For our upcoming Pets Issue, we want to hear from you about a time your dog, cat, bird, rabbit, iguana, or other feathered or furry friend left you red-faced.

    Families set to make the move to Kaitangata

    Sunday, July 23, 2017

    The tiny Clutha town of Kaitangata is set to welcome more than a dozen new families following its campaign for new blood last year.More than 5000 messages were left with the mayor of Kaitangata from people around the world eager...

    Welcome to the Super Bowl of Sausage, and the ultimate tribute to life's underdogs

    Monday, July 24, 2017

    Meet America’s metaphor, the racing dachshund. Meet the biggest underdog of them all.

    Modeled on a standard cannoli, with legs like baby cigars, a wiener dog doesn’t waste steps. With wheels like that, he’s also no one’s idea of a four-star recruit. Won’t ever rock the Rose Bowl or thrill an Olympic...

    What's Selling Now: Homes That Sold for Around $1,500,000

    Sunday, July 23, 2017

    Recent residential sales in New York City and the region.

    Great Estates: Inside the historic hall that's played host to film, fashion and music stars

    Sunday, July 23, 2017

    Sixt took me for a ride over car hire cover

    Sunday, July 23, 2017

    It failed to include even basic insurance in its headline price, leaving me liable for up to €24,000

    For the second year in a row, I recently hired a car with Sixt (via the Kayak price comparison site) for six days in Corsica costing €146 (£129). Essentially, my complaint is that it hid a major change in its included insurance.

    I hire cars abroad a few times a year so have an excess insurance policy that covers me for any damage I cause up to £5,000. However, this year Sixt told me that in effect the car came with no insurance, so my liability would be up to €24,000 in the event of theft or damage (third-party was included). Balking at this, I felt I had to buy the basic level insurance, which reduced the excess to €1,500. This cost me an unexpected €96 – two thirds of the original rental fee.

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    Off the wall: at home with a giant ice-cream and 20 fish | Kate Edgley

    Sunday, July 23, 2017

    Ceramics, the seaside and sex all provide eye-catching displays in this artist’s home, says Kate Edgley

    When artist and interior designer Ellie Howitt bought her flat in Forest Hill, southeast London, five years ago, she saw it as a blank canvas. “It’s ex-council, built in the 70s, and what strikes me about that era of social housing is the proportions of the spaces. They are very respectful. Once you get into the 80s, they get tiny and impractical again. There’s also a simplicity and flow to the space.”

    The cats found me within a few weeks of each other. I adopted all seven in four trips to car boot sales

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    This week, we love to buy | Alice Fisher

    Sunday, July 23, 2017

    Lemons, lips and watermelons on lampshades, Lucienne Day’s classic flower brick and super-light ear-plugs for the festival season… These are some of the things we love this week

    Graphic designer Kendra Dandy has created a new range of prints. Choose from lemons, lips and watermelons for your blinds, lampshades and walls. Bouffants & Broken Hearts range, from £90, surfaceview.co.uk

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    Don’t water plants on sunny days? Three horticultural myths exposed

    Sunday, July 23, 2017

    Some sage old sayings are based on facts – others are not worth the bother

    While many age-old gardening practices are now supported by scientific evidence, some of the most common ones have consistently been shown to be either unnecessary or downright counterproductive when put to the test. So simply not bothering with the following three conventional pieces of gardening “wisdom” could save you time and effort, and will almost certainly give you the same or even better results. Old school horts, look away now…

    Not bothering with three conventional pieces of gardening 'wisdom' could save you time and effort

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    Second home owners are destroying rural economies | Letters

    Sunday, July 23, 2017

    Incomers raise property prices and have little respect for history and culture

    The difficulties communities in rural England face in preserving their integrity will strike a chord west of Offa’s Dyke (“Why rural Britain needs a new deal”, Special Report).

    The problems described in your report are exacerbated in large parts of rural Wales, where the language and culture are under enormous pressure from a seemingly endless tide of second homers and elderly English retirees, whose main impact is to price local youngsters out of the housing market.

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    More than a third of homes for sale in London have asking prices slashed

    Sunday, July 23, 2017

    Ask Real Estate: Aging and Rent Stabilization

    Sunday, July 23, 2017

    If one spouse moves out of a rent-stabilized apartment, does the other one have the right to stay, even if her name isn’t on the lease?

    A wedding gift they'll actually use: 'The 8 x 8 Cookbook' and a classic Pyrex dish

    Sunday, July 23, 2017

    If you want to give a wedding gift that will actually get used, consider giving an 8x8 baking dish.

    And a copy of "The 8x8 Cookbook."

    The 8x8 baking dish is the unsung hero in any kitchen — but especially a tiny kitchen — because it can do everything from bake brownies to mac and cheese, and its...

    It's wedding season: We've got the hottest gifts on this year's registries

    Sunday, July 23, 2017

    First comes love, then comes the wedding registry.

    In fact, when it comes to starting a life together the first march down the aisle for nearly weds is usually done at their favorite home furnishings store, bar scanner in hand, check list at the ready.

    According to a 2016 study by online wedding...