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Real estate figures 'prove quick flick tax will hit Auckland more'

The Government’s new bright line test to tax any capital gain realised from residential property sold within two years of purchase (excluding people’s main home) will make a greater difference in Auckland where speculation is more pronounced latest figures prove, says Geoff Barnett, National

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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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NZFSG to offer BNZ home loans

BNZ home loans will be available to New Zealand Financial Services Group (NZFSG) customers later this year. The partnership announced by the two organisations today marks the first time BNZ has offered its mortgages through a third party in just over 10 years.

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Flexible working opportunities highly sought after - report

40% of professionals say they would reject a job offer if it lacked flexible working opportunities, a new whitepaper from professional recruiter Robert Walters reports.

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Minister welcomes $74 million for tax compliance

Budget 2015 continues the Government’s investment in ensuring fairness in the tax system by pursuing those attempting to avoid paying tax, Revenue Minister Todd McClay says.

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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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'Integrated approach needed' for Maori economic development

Integrated approach needed for Māori economic development Business and asset development, employment opportunities and wealth creation must contribute to Māori well-being, according to iwi at the launch of a Māori economic development research report in Whakatāne.

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