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Home consents hit 44-year high

A total of 33,576 new homes were consented in the year ended January 2019, the highest number of new homes consented in a year since early 1975, Stats NZ said today.

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.

Home Loans
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Kiwibank slashes five-year rate

Kiwibank is slashing its five-year home loan rate in response to market conditions as a result of the Reserve Bank’s change in outlook today (Wednesday 27 March).

Employment
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'Hundreds of shoppers show support for a lift in pay at their supermarket'

The Pak n’ Save Picket for Decent Work at the Auckland Glen Innes store today (27/03/19) saw hundreds of customers filling out forms and handing them into checkout operators to show support for the hard work they do.

Tax
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Strengthening the TPB's role in protecting consumers of tax services

Chair of the Tax Practitioners Board (TPB), Mr Ian Taylor, welcomes tonight’s Federal Budget announcement to provide the TPB with ongoing additional funding.

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.

Investing
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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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Oranga Tamariki Chief Executive youth advocate appointments approved

The New Zealand Law Society’s Board has approved the Chief Executive of Oranga Tamariki/Ministry for Children (or his/her appropriately authorised delegate/nominee) as an approved "body, officer, or person" for direct instruction of barristers for the purposes of rules 14.5.1(h) and 14.6 of the

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