Better to rent or buy?

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He doesn't regret missing 4 years' capital gains by not buying a house. And he's an economist.

What's it like to be a renter?

5 times a charm for property king

Real estate agent Steve Koerber has sold 48 houses on the same street including one $2 million property he's sold five times.

One real estate agent has sold 48 homes on a single Auckland road, including one house he's sold five times.

Hope pinned on remote road

Developers of Kahurangi Ridge, south of Karamea, are hoping for a road which would radically shorten travel times in the ...

An isolated community at the top of the South Island, and one developer, want a road through a national park.

Renovators out of pocket

Papakura woman Sue Kemp said she paid Jonathan Sommers to renovate her house but was left with an unfinished kitchen, ...

Victim of runaway building contractor regrets not being more 'clued-up'.

Herding sheep milk's potential

Keith Neylon's sheep milking sheds were pioneering for the commercialisation of the milk product.

Sheep milk producers believe they can grow a high value, high sustainability sector over the next 15 years.

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No insurance for pregnancy

Southern Cross health insurance does not cover claims related to pregnancy.

Woman told a painful condition would not be covered because being pregnant was a "choice".

'Time to pop housing bubble'

Real estate agent Steve Koerber has closed 48 sales on the Remuera street he lives on – including one $2 million ...

OPINION: What does a millionaire look like ... Dome-headed Daddy Warbucks? The top-hatted Monopoly man? Or a frazzled Auckland homeowner?

Auckland: the $1m city

0311914 NEWS Photo Charlotte Curd / Fairfax NZ.  Houses for sale in New Plymouth

Houses in NZ's biggest city have cracked the magic million, much sooner than expected.

Armed police in Thames

Police were executing a search warrant in Thames.

Armed callout not linked to manhunt for Joshua Kite.

Warehouse mailer praised for wheelchair model

The catalogue in question.

Mum of twins, both of whom need wheelchairs, praises Warehouse for including disabled child in its mailer.

Fly Buys morphs into money

Smoothie-making is a modern obsession.

Instead of saving points for luxury items, more people are using them for things like supermarket vouchers.

'I was hacked'

Air New Zealand said it was investigating after the images went public.

The Air NZ flight attendant at the centre of the leaked images saga says an ex-friend stole her videos and photos.

WhatsApp to share data

WhatsApp has one billion users worldwide and counting.That's nearly one in seven people on Earth.

Facebook takes first step toward making money from its WhatsApp deal and lots of users aren't happy.

Auckland: the $1m city

0311914 NEWS Photo Charlotte Curd / Fairfax NZ.  Houses for sale in New Plymouth

Houses in NZ's biggest city have cracked the magic million, much sooner than expected.

Housing Key's Waterloo

The average house price in Auckland is tipped to top $1 million.

Affordable housing campaigner predicts house prices will be so high on the eve of the next election they will be "Key's Waterloo".

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Auckland: the $1m city

0311914 NEWS Photo Charlotte Curd / Fairfax NZ.  Houses for sale in New Plymouth

Houses in NZ's biggest city have cracked the magic million, much sooner than expected.

Housing Key's Waterloo

Affordable housing campaigner predicts house prices will be so high on the eve of the next election they will be "Key's Waterloo".

KiwiSaver investments illegal?

New scam warning

Panama Papers

Govt accepts foreign trusts plan video

Tax expert John Shewan has called for a shake up of New Zealand's laws around foreign trusts.

John Key accepts foreign trust rules need a radical overhaul following warnings not enough's being done to counter money laundering.

Judgment day for trusts video

The foreign trust inquiry by John Shewan has helped the Government save face.

NZ's foreign trust regime is a good little earner for some, but time may be running out.

Mossack Fonseca staffer held

Geneva prosecutors led a police raid of Mossack Fonseca's local office in which computer equipment was seized.

Computer specialist at the Panama law firm is taken into custody over huge leak.

Pedro Almodovar's Julieta video

Director Pedro Almodovar leaves the Juliet' premier.

"If the Panama Papers were a film," the acclaimed Spanish director said, "we wouldn't even be credited as extras."

small business

Bugs in water, $57 off rates

Traces of E.coli were found in one of several water tankers filled in Hastings, being used to supply residents in ...

Good news for Havelock North ratepayers; they won't be charged for the water that made them sick.

Easter Trading a step forward

Wanaka Paper Plus manager Chris Lumsden.

New Easter Trading legislation will almost create a level playing field between Queenstown and Wanaka, a Wanaka retailer says.

Kiwi troupe to set Stromboli alight

The Mirror Man, a popular member of the Kiwi entertainment company, Highly Flammable.

A New Zealand company is running a ''fire festival'' on a famous volcanic Italian island.

Shocked seamstress changes mind

Lee Mancer has made New Plymouth her home and will keep her business open.

"It was the initial shock of it all that you just lose it for a moment."

better business

Bullying: NZ leads the world

"You have to write a note and die to prove a point [about bullying]."

Office bullying is the second worst in the developed world - and that's nothing to be proud of.

Making a bad boss

Forget the alarm, snuggle down and get to sleep for business success.

OPINION: Turn off that alarm clock. When it comes to business sleep is an enabler.

$30k fines for illegal dump site

Stuart Fisher's unofficial dump site in Hawera was filled with a mix of contaminants.

Moral of the story? Know where you have consent to dump rubbish.

Messy desk, creative mind video

Kirsty Angus has a very tidy desk at her advertising agency.

Research finds an untidy desk may encourage creativity while a tidy desk might promote something else entirely.

opinion & analysis

What good is growth?

"For a holistic view on economic progress, our measures of progress need to grow up. We have to reject that growth in ...

OPINION: We celebrate economic growth. But why?

When things don't smell right

Mike O'Donnell likens shares in Rakon to a shaky Suzuki he once called Godzilla.

OPINION: Rakon and an once-fabulous motorcycle have a lot in common, according to Mike O'Donnell.

Growing the log industry

Brian Stanley is Chair of New Zealand's Wood Council.

Slapping restrictions on exports would do little to increase log availability, but a lot to damage forest investor confidence.

Give credit card insurance a miss

The cost of credit card insurance can add up.

OPINION: Cover for plastic debt is expensive and payouts are limited.

farming

$60k for moving stream

The stream was diverted into the constructed channel (centre) from its natural course (shown by the natural vegetation).

He dug a 430 metre trench to divert a stream, then claimed nature did it.

Infant formula directors at odds

Carrickmore chief executive Chris Claridge being interviewed by Chinese TV.

"Virulent" accusations followed a breakdown between the two directors of infant formula maker Carrickmore.

Seeka profit rises 92 per cent

Seeka Kiwifruit CEO Michael Franks.

Bumper kiwifruit and avocado seasons have paid off for Seeka Kiwifruit.

He didn't amend his ways

Thousands of workers are needed to service the growing Marlborough wine industry each year.

He was warned, but a Marlborough labour contractor was back to underpaying staff within a year.

world

Uber loses US$1.3b in 6 months

Uber investors were told that the biggest source of the company's losses is subsidies its pays for its drivers.

Uber may be gaining riders. It may be on the cutting edge of technology. But it's also a money-loser.

World's first self-driving taxis debut

An autonomous vehicle is parked for its test drive in Singapore. The world's first self-driving taxis, operated by ...

Dozens sign up to hail a free ride in driverless taxis through their smartphones.

A $100 million problem

Sirtex boss Gilman Wong can't find any suitable investments.

Australian Gilman Wong can't find anything he wants to buy with the pile of cash from his cancer treatment company.

Making staff rich is glorious video

Blackmores boom.

Vitamin products firm Blackmores boosted its staff bonus to the equivalent of 44 days pay.

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