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Govt challenged to make all NZ homes safe

Leading home builder Jennian Homes has challenged the Government to reduce the number of serious home-related injuries by extending the rental home warrant-of-fitness scheme, proposed by several political parties, to cover all homes in New Zealand.

KiwiSaver & Saving
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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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Kiwibank raises floating loan and deposit rates

Kiwibank has raised its variable interest rates from 6.40% p.a. to 6.65% p.a. The increase is effective tomorrow (July 30) for new customers and August 12 for existing customers.

Employment
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CTU: Falling economic growth - wage rises overdue

"The lower GDP growth in the three months to June is further evidence that growth has peaked. New Zealand’s economy is on the way down to mediocre growth rates," says CTU economist Bill Rosenberg.

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'Meaningful path' needed to ease tax burden

The Taxpayers’ Union is calling on the National Party to announce a meaningful plan to reduce New Zealanders' tax burden in its expected tax cut announcement this afternoon. Taxpayers’ Union Executive Director Jordan Williams says:

Prices & Spending
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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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Services lead to growth in GDP

Strong growth in service industries saw gross domestic product (GDP) rise 0.7 percent in the June 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today.

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