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Stop being house greedy - keep the change instead

Elizabeth Kerr says the social pressure to keep 'buying up' stops people from utilising their money and time to their best advantage

Amazingly disastrous Auckland

Bernard Hickey looks inside the RBNZ's Financial Stability Report & finds out just how much Auckland's housing market dictates NZ's finances

Key details Government's plans

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Key lists Governments plans for reforms of social housing, social welfare, RMA, first home buyer rules, labour laws and trade agreements in third term

Smith blames RMA for land price escalation

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New Environment Minister and Housing Minister Nick Smith argues for RMA reform to focus on housing affordability; says RMA responsible for Auckland land price surge

Key eyes major social housing reform

Key signals big shift towards community-provided social housing from pure state housing in creating 'super group' of housing ministers; part of drive to reduce child poverty

'Robust demand in the household sector'

Treasury reviews the August economic indicators; expects dairy prices to recover, labour markets to tighten, and stabilisation in the housing markets

Dwelling consents hit six year high

Dwelling consents rose strongly in July, mainly driven by a jump in Auckland

$218 million HomeStart package for first home buyers

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New package to help about 90,000 lower and middle income first home buyers over the next five years, says Nick Smith

Time to nationalise Auckland?

Auckland is growing consents too slowly. Len Brown needs to push back the NIMBYs or face Wellington nationalising Auckland's building consenting

Building consents up 3.5% in June

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Building consents rebound 3.5% in June, but mostly in Canterbury; Auckland consents up 2%, but still not enough to catch up with population; Twyford says Govt plan failing