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Rental market continues to tighten, new report shows

The Massey University Residential Market Report, which tracks mean rents and rental bond numbers, shows a steady increase in the number of people renting, coupled with a decrease in vacancy rates, over the past decade.

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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LVR start date deferred until 1 October 2016

The Reserve Bank is deferring the start of the proposed changes to investor loan-to-value restrictions (LVRs) nationwide from 1 September to 1 October 2016, based on feedback from the banking industry from its recent consultation on the proposals.

Employment
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Govt invests further $3m to tackle Bay of Plenty youth unemployment

Minister of Employment Willie Jackson announced at today’s Bay of Connections annual forum a further $3.08 million investment to tackle youth unemployment in the Eastern Bay of Plenty.

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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Kiwi kids 'will be better off with money thanks to Banqer boost'

Banqer, the online financial literacy platform that sees New Zealand primary school students paying tax, saving for retirement and buying property, is set for another boost.

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