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On the first day of Christmas...

Here's Elizabeth Kerr's version of The Twelve Days of Christmas to keep you on the right financial path over the holiday season

How cavemen & women's descendants became shopaholics

Just because something is on sale does not mean you should buy it. Elizabeth Kerr asks if you are 'spaving' - spending to save

You are entitled to nothing

Elizabeth Kerr thinks a good life is getting tangled up with a goods life; Says gratitude is the antidote to entitlement

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

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

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