Home affordability improves outside Auckand

Professor Paul Gallimore The latest Massey University Home Affordability Report underlines New Zealand’s ‘two-track’ housing experience. Figures from the most recent quarter – December 2014 to February 2015 – show an improvement in affordability across New Zealand of 6%, but Auckland and three other regions bucked this trend. When you look at the past 12 months, houses in Auckland are…

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Personal stipulations thwart contract values

Abdulazeem Abozaid –  Rules governing contracts should serve the purpose of fulfilling the contractors’ needs in a just, positive and productive manner. Therefore, contractors in Sharia are not allowed to make personal stipulations that may annul the contract rules. Naturally, a contractor, when given an absolute right in making stipulations, tends to tilt the scale to his favour probably at…

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Funding will boost innovation    

Phil O’Reilly –  Incentives for firms to invest in innovation are welcome. The government announced $80 million increase in funding for Growth Grants announced on April 14, 2015. This funding will provide more incentives for companies to increase their research and development, The Growth Grants, administered by Callaghan Innovation, are allocated to firms that spend at least $300,000 per year,…

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Fast growing suburb attracts old and new

Toetoe land across East Tamaki Venkat Raman –  One of the most significant characteristics of cities and their suburbs in New Zealand is their colourful history, dating back to the early settlers. Most of them have undergone vast changes in demography, lifestyle and environment but miraculously retain their original flavour of simplicity, friendliness and the spirit of good neighbourhood. Among…

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Couples in Partnership: Mehernosh and Diana Kotwal

Inadequate cover puts life in jeopardy Venkat Raman Insurance is serious business but its importance is undermined by untrained practitioners and its benefits are unexplained to a large segment of the community, according to an experienced couple. Mehernosh and Diana Kotwal said that the New Zealand market in general and the Auckland region in particular host an overcrowded insurance sector…

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Healthy competition lifts service standards

Immigration Matters NZ Limited An Immigration Adviser who claims 100% success in cases related to Partnership and 96% on other cases as an overall success rate must have a long line-up of applicants and potential immigrants with hopes of being included in these lists. Immigration Matters New Zealand Limited, a Papatoetoe based company, probably does. “We are working with full…

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