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English sanguine about record high NZ$

English says record high NZ$ good for consumers, but hard for exporters; won't press RBNZ for OCR cut; defends social housing reforms; concerned about NZ$1.2 bln Housing NZ repair bill

Tamaki project frustration growing

Frustration growing over slow house-building progress at Govt's flagship Tamaki Redevelopment project with Council and Housing NZ at Glen Innes

Auckland house prices 'lost from sight'

BNZ chief economist sees little chance of regions catching up the Auckland house price rises during this economic cycle

Is Graeme Wheeler a control freak?

Rodney Dickens looks at the RBNZ's housing experiments, its exchange rate game, and assesses what sort of a Governor Graeme Wheeler is

Govt eyes new Auckland intervention

Smith says Govt planning new regulatory interventions in Auckland; says tough decisions needed on Heritage overlays restricting supply; Govt addressing RBNZ densification concerns

Financial freedom means being radically different

Elizabeth Kerr suggests that you behave differently to everyone by committing to financial independence with your everyday lifestyle choices

Property mentoring: Are two heads better than one?

Elizabeth Kerr questions if property mentoring companies are a waste of money - or could they in fact boost your money machine?

Beware the bank gift

Elizabeth Kerr says you should always take the money when banks offer you non-rate home loan incentive choices

Housing NZ not short of capital

Housing NZ on track to build 2,000 new homes by end of 2015; says not capital constrained; able to raise funds by selling land in Auckland

What you see is what you get

Elizabeth Kerr blames television for sabotaging our financial future