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The Kitchen Is The Deal Breaker

With the new season of MasterChef New Zealand starting last night, more home buyers will be looking for that perfect kitchen. Once just serving as a functional room, the kitchen is now becoming a home’s major selling point. The emphasis is on plenty of storage, lots of bench space for preparation and sleek stainless steel … Continued
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Don’t Get Caught With Cable Confusion

Once upon a time, moving your television was as easy as unplugging it from the wall. Today, most televisions are connected to a dvd player, set top box, Wii, PlayStation, surround sound, Foxtel and a range of other gadgets. This myriad of cables can be a movers nightmare and without careful planning could see you … Continued
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Kiwis Don’t Know Their Neighbours

It seems Kiwis wanting to become Aussies, don’t know the culture as well as one would think. According to information released to Australian newspaper The Advertiser in Adelaide, only 72.6 per cent of New Zealanders passed the Australian citizenship test. Despite coming from the opposite side of the world, applicants from Sweden, the Netherlands, Finland and … Continued
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Get More For Your Auckland Home

Real estate agent, Barfoot & Thompson, reported yesterday that the average price of homes sold in Auckland increased by $41,590 or 7.7 percent in 2012 to $584,715 when compared to 2011’s average price. Peter Thompson, Managing Director of Barfoot & Thompson, said December 2012 was one of the best with 920 sales in the month … Continued
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Don’t Get Into Trouble Overseas

If you’re thinking of sending your employees to work overseas, the last thing you want to do is end up in hot water. Travelling with improper immigration status and conducting activities that are not allowed under business visas is a serious matter. Breaches can result in fines for both the employer and employee, and potentially … Continued
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New Zealand Experiences Boom In New Houses

Statistics New Zealand has revealed the number of new houses consented grew 22 per cent in September 2012, compared with September 2011. There were 1520 new houses consented in September, including 186 apartments. Industry and labour statistics manager Blair Cardno said Canterbury experienced the most growth, particularly from Christchurch city as well as Waimakariri and … Continued
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