Elderly revolt over bank plan

News: Raglan Westpac bank.

What happens when an age-old tradition dies in an old-age town?

Sale gives $2.5m to charity

The Rangitoto Avenue home has a 2014 Auckland Council valuation of $1.56 million.

Huge windfall from an Auckland house that sold for almost $1m above valuation.

Buyers battle for new build

The brand new Washington Valley Rd house that sold for $495,000.

Jonathan Carson heads along to two Nelson house auctions as part of the Close to Home project.

No price, no problem

Summit Nelson auctioneer Ben Nalder says more house sellers are opting for auctions.

Sellers do away with asking prices and let buyers duke it out at auction in a competitive housing market.

Meridian Energy to pay special dividend

Meridian boss Mark Binns says shareholders will be paid a special dividend.

Meridian Energy sells more power at higher prices in New Zealand and Australia.

Households use less power

Vector has to build a network the size of Hamilton's every five years, its chief executive says.

Declining power consumption one of the issues facing the electricity industry.

Battle to save the bank

Raglan Ward Councillor Clint Baddeley says it doesn't make sense to shut the Westpac bank when there's growth.

Westpac's proposal to close a number of banks around the country has the residents of Raglan riled.

Hating your job can harm your health

Researchers have found job satisfaction in your late 20s and 30s appears to be linked to your health in your 40s.

Loathe your job in your 20s or 30s? That may hurt your physical and mental well-being by your 40s.

Why people flee NZ's cities

Businessman Gary Alway swapped Auckland for Waihi Beach near Tauranga.

Many dream of escaping to a better, more relaxed life. Some do more than dream - and love it.

Finance companies refund $1.5m

The refunds by Adelphi Finance and Shaw Personal Finance follow on from a case in March where payday lender, Cash in a ...

Action by the Commerce Commission has led to borrowers being refunded $1.5 million from two finance companies.

Briber's company in trouble

Gregory Hutt, pictured, appeard for sentencing in the High Court in Wellington in 2012, after earlier pleading guilty to ...

Company linked to man tied up in ACC bribery scandal runs into multi-million dollar trouble.

Love can't recall bank account

Sir Ngatata Love arrives at the High Court in Wellington on Monday, during his trial on fraud charges.

Maori leader said he had no memory of an account in his name used for a deposit on a beachfront property.

Record $42.85m asset seizure video

William Yan in 2012, with Dover Samuels, after being found not guilty on five immigration fraud charges.

High Court orders NZ's largest asset seizure ever, taking $42.85m worth from businessman.

Squirrel Money launches secondary market

John Bolton is managing director and founder of Squirrel Money. He says the new secondary market offers more flexibility.

Investors will be able to on-sell their loans, for the first time.

The good and bad of renting

Auckland mum Aiesha Cunningham will keep trying to find a house, despite looking without any luck for over a year.

Life should be getting easier for tenants - but this mother-of-two keeps getting turned away.

Bogus texts say accounts overdrawn

The customer service team at BNZ has apparently been fielding calls from concerned customers all morning.

Suspicious texts are telling BNZ customers their accounts have been overdrawn.

House buyers panic

Skipping due diligence might save you $1000 in the short term but prove much more costly in the long run.

Would you put in an unconditional offer to secure your dream property?

Ticket retailers breaching the law?

Reader Hamish McNaughton was caught out while trying to buy Panic! At the Disco tickets for his daughter.

Customer upset to find $12 in fees added after he had chosen tickets to purchase.

How to get loyalty scheme value

Customers may over-estimate the value they get from rewards schemes.

Kiwis love loyalty schemes but have high expectations of them, researcher says.

Provincial rugby on the brink

The popularity of women's sevens is inspiring more females to sign up for provincial rugby.

Smaller rugby unions are doing well, but their big-city counterparts are in the red.

KiwiSaver bankruptcy raid law

The planned law would give banks the hammer to crack open the KiwiSaver accounts of debtors.

OPINION: Allowing banks to raid KiwiSaver is logical, and really sad.

Celebrity real estate agents

Sally Ridge and Warren Fenning are aiming to join Bayleys in Ponsonby.

Real estate agency lures big names, the latest being TV personality and socialite Sally Ridge .

A stock exchange in Nelson?

Masada Services Limited on the top floor of 140 Collingwood St, Nelson.

A so-called global stock exchange claims to be based in a Nelson office. But staff there have never heard of it.

Ending the 'extended warranty' hustle

Appliance overload is bad enough without a warranty that doesn't buy you anything you've already got under the law.

It's time to learn your rights as a consumer, and unleash your inner bush lawyer.

Tickets $15 - or not...

Parents who bought tickets to the Baby Show in Auckland this weekend found the $15 online earlybird ticket price was in ...

Parents frustrated by unavoidable transaction fees charged on earlybird tickets to Auckland Baby Show.

Warning as borrowers ditch banks

ANZ chief economist Cameron Bagrie said the "extreme" restrictions on banks for lending could drive buyers to options ...

Fears that desperation will force buyers to turn to "monster" of underground borrowing.

NZ Super gets more super

Being able to afford to stay warm in winter requires more than NZ Super.

Life on NZ Super is hard, but it is getting easier to live a no frills lifestyle on the pension.

Should you care about the fees?

Commission for Financial Capability spokesman David Boyle says anything that gets people thinking about their KiwiSaver ...

KiwiSaver fees should drop, academic argues. But some providers say they aren't the most important thing...

No logic to KiwiSaver fees

Fund fees are like the manager taking a slice of your cake. It's okay, but the size of the slice mustn't be too large.

There's a KiwiSaver fee bonanza going on, and some KiwiSavers are overpaying for their funds.

No tender for movie museum

An impression of the combined convention centre and movie museum, which is expected to cost $150 million.

Council has already agreed deal with developer to build $150m project.

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