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500th home at Hobsonville completed

The Government today marked the 500th completed home at Hobsonville Point and the launch of a new precinct at the Auckland housing development with a visit by the Prime Minister and Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith.

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Concern increased retirement contributions could result in backdoor education cuts

Concern increased retirement contributions could result in backdoor education cuts

The education sector union NZEI TE Riu Roa is calling on the government to come clean about how increased employer contributions to Kiwisaver and other retirement schemes will be funded for the education sector.

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ASB lowers 3-year fixed home loan rate

ASB has lowered its 3-year special fixed home loan rate by 0.30% from 4.79% p.a. to 4.49% p.a.

The rate change, applied to the three-year fixed rate, celebrates the All Blacks as three-time world champions.

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'Large pay gap' in state sector

The release of the remuneration of public service and state sector chief executives has been welcomed by the PSA as great example of transparency but one that reveals a large gap between the senior managers and other staff in the state sector.

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Inland Revenue service rated highly by chartered accountants

Chartered accountants working in public practice and corporates are generally happy with the service provided by Inland Revenue (IR).

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Discretionary spending increases

Discretionary spending increases

Figures released today by Paymark, which processes around 75% of all electronic transactions in New Zealand, show that Kiwis spent a total of just over $4.6 billion in December via Paymark's network, pushing the annual growth rate up slightly to 3.4 per cent.

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Antarctica comes to Auckland Museum this August

Step ‘inside’ the historic huts of Antarctic explorers Captain Robert Falcon Scott and Sir Ernest Shackleton to relive a time of extraordinary polar exploration in a new exhibition based around the work of New Zealand photographer Jane Ussher.

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Property Institute supports RMA reforms

Property Institute of New Zealand Chief Executive, Ashley Church, has applauded Government plans to overhaul the Resource Management Act (RMA) but says that the changes being proposed don't go far enough to quickly resolve the Auckland housing crisis.

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