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The following articles are sourced from The New Zealand Herald

Desperate renters queue for houses in Auckland
Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00
Auckland's booming property market is running out of student accommodation.At one inner-city property this week, up to 150 desperate renters queued up at an open home.Experts say the worsening shortage reflects soaring house values...


John Roughan: Child poverty - a lesson for Key's team
Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00
In the flush of election victory, John Key said something about tackling child poverty in this term. He was looking for fresh ideas from ministers in the new year.I hope the books Anne Tolley (social development), Paula Bennett...


Quay to style and security
Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00
For Joanna Chen, one of those idle 'Wouldn't it be nice to live up there?' thoughts over an al-fresco lunch has turned into six years of apartment living -- it's better than she could have imagined.Joanna and her husband, both from...


Enchanted gardens let the soul bloom
Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00
Once bare land, then housing a weekender half barn, Robin and Lyn Franklin's lifestyle block overlooking the Kaipara Harbour is now the setting for their large home and magnificent garden.Lyn says Robin was "born with a green thumb"...


Oceans gentle soundtrack plays at clifftop eyrie
Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00
Things didn't go to plan when David and Debbie Graham decided to buy a slice of beachfront land north of Auckland they could park their caravan on.David reckons they drove to the end of every coastal road around the Matakana area,...


Storybook concepts a reality
Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00
A long-ago visit to the island of Nantucket, on the northeast coast of America, left a lasting impression on Heather Mills.Not only did she have a great time there with members of her American dad's extended family, but she fell...


Sunny side up in the Bay
Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00
Life in a 1930s terraced house in Kent and a brick detached house in Suffolk was all that Englishman Peter Taylor had ever known about home ownership before he moved to New Zealand in 1997.Certainly he had never aspired to building...


Design stands the test of time
Sat, 31 Jan 2015 05:00
Paritai Drive is well known as one of Auckland City's most ostentatious streets.But this property -- the sixth to be built on the Eastern Suburbs' dress circle street -- is notable for the timeless, classic beauty of its good design.Built...


Chinese buy two Auckland islands for $41.5m
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 13:38
Chinese interests have bought two Auckland islands linked to the mainland in a $41.5 million deal and they are now planning to develop a $130.6 million six-star luxury resort and native reserve.The Overseas Investment Office has...


Malcolm Rands: Housing with emphasis on homeliness
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 09:30
Auckland: "There are few places on earth one might change so radically and so fast" - Nat Cheshire, architect.Tamaki Makaurau has the advantages of a beautiful location, a temperate climate and a diverse mix of cultures. Add to...


Three Kings tenants face years of earthwork as quarry apartments get green light
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00
The Government has approved a new special housing area for up to 90 apartments - but the tenants will potentially have to tolerate years of a quarry being filled up at their back door.Prime Minister John Key told reporters after...


Opinions split on Irish example
Fri, 30 Jan 2015 05:00
Could Ireland's housing woes beset New Zealand?Some readers said we should take heed of the Celtic Tiger's demise, while others were more inclined to point out how different our economic situation is.Brian Gaynor of Milford Asset...


Chinese biggest buyers of NZ land in 2014
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 16:56
Americans have been the biggest buyers of New Zealand land in the past five years although the Chinese topped the list in 2014 alone.Figures released by Land Information New Zealand of approved investments since 2010 shows a breakdown...


Housing affordability fell 14 per cent last year
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 11:03
Housing affordability across New Zealand fell 14 percent in the year ending November 2014, with Auckland's lack of affordability set to reach levels it hit during the height of the global financial crisis, according to the latest...


Reaction to John Key's state housing policy: 'He's forgotten where he came from'
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00
Prime Minister John Key grew up in a state house on Hollyford Ave in Bryndwr, in west Christchurch.Yesterday, many residents of the quiet, tree-lined street, which is made up of a mixture of privately-owned homes and red brick and...


Mayor Len Brown joins house-hunting fray after selling five-bedroom South Auckland home
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00
First Mayor Len Brown left his town hall office for a new one in an Albert St high-rise tower - now he's sold his house and is hunting for another in the city's pressure-cooker housing market.Mr Brown and his wife, Shan Inglis,...


Future Auckland: Pros and cons on city's health card
Thu, 29 Jan 2015 05:00
5 Great Things 1. High-quality health services which are among the best in the world. ( Auckland Regional Public Health Service physician Dr Michael Hale and Dr Allan Moffitt, clinical director at Procare, New Zealand's larges


Andrew Little focuses Labour's image on being the 'jobs party' in first major speech
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 07:21
Labour leader Andrew Little has begun broadening Labour's image as as the "jobs party," not just a party for working labour, but for wealth-creating business, especially small business, and for those who want to be their own boss.Small...


Invercargill 'cat lady' ordered to get rid of 22 cats
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 06:27
Invercargill woman Averil Gardiner has 21 days to dispose of 22 of the cats at her city home after a district court judge found charges against her proved yesterday.Neighbours and the Invercargill City Council have been trying since...


Keep cash rate on hold - shadow board
Wed, 28 Jan 2015 05:00
NZIER's monetary policy shadow board believes the Reserve Bank should leave the official cash rate on hold at 3.5 per cent tomorrow but that the next best option would be a cut.The board is a panel of nine economists and business...


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