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'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

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

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

Auckland's rental property bubble

Why is rental inflation in Auckland much lower than house price inflation? Will the bubble burst or just get bigger?

Home improvement boom

Home alterations are booming in Auckland, the Waikato and Christchurch but slow in Wellington

Winston targets Chinese parent migrants

NZ First's Winston Peters attacks Government on high number of Chinese parents applying for parent reunification category of migration visas

Govt warns Auckland's NIMBYs

English, Smith and Adams call on Aucklanders to push council to open up more land; tell NIMBYs to do what's right for economy and allow development

Booming apartment numbers

But building consents for new houses, excluding apartments, fell 5.2% in April, according to Statistics New Zealand