Top 10 open homes under $500k gallery

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2:54 PM  Planning on a little bit of house-hunting this weekend? These are our top 10 to check out around the country.

Aussie cricketers $9.6m mansion

Shane Watson has spent $9 million on a Bronte, Sydney mansion.

1:53 PM  The cricketer has followed in the footsteps Michael Clarke and spent serious cash in Sydney.

Consents hit 7-year high

CHRISTCHURCH CONSENTS UP 27 PER CENT: Pictured is a design for an apartment building in Barbadoes Street, Christchurch, designed by Context Architects.

Consents for new dwellings jumped 16 per cent last year, to levels not seen since 2007.

Make your own terrarium gallery

A terrarium created by Michele Weymouth; ?I always put something gold in my terrariums, Weymouth says, "It?s my signature." Illustrates TERRARIUMS (category l), by Lindsey M. Roberts, special to The Washington Post. Moved Thursday, January 22, 2015. (MUST CREDIT: Washington Post photo by Linda Davidson.)

Easy to care for and easy to make yourself, terrariums are a fun addition to any style of home decor.

Move over The Block...

NEW HOME RENO': This house will be part of another home renovation series hitting our screens early February. Three houses in total were purchased in West Auckland at the end of last year, and three couples will work to renovate the do-ups in hopes of a profit.

What can viewers expect on the new home renovation show hitting our screens next month?

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house of the week

House of the week: Rangiora gallery

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A substantial family home in an exclusive enclave of Rangiora has all the qualities of a beach house.

HOTW: Banks Peninsula gallery

A Christchurch couple have created the ultimate year-round holiday experience in Banks Peninsula.

House of the week: Arrowtown

House of the week: Island Bay

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