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No let-up in booming rental market

Over the past five years, the median weekly rent across New Zealand has risen by 23.5 per cent from $340 per week in April 2010 to $420 per week last month. Head of Trade Me Property Nigel Jeffries said the majority of this $120 per week increase had occurred since the middle of 2013. Median weekly rents continued to grow steadily in the 12 months to April, rising 6.3 per cent. That equated to tenants paying $25 more per week in April 2015 than they were a year ago, or, as Nigel Jeffries says; “In basic terms, across New Zealand tenants are digging into their bank accounts to pay about $1,300 more per annum to rent a property. Across the country, the rental market has consistently delivered median rental growth north of seven per cent year-on-year in 2015, accelerating on growth of about five per cent over the same period last year.” He said it was too early to assess the impact of the raft of property and tax changes announced by the Government over recent weeks. Smaller homes in Auckland and Wellington saw increases of 5.3 per cent and 4.8 per cent respectively. The largest rise in rents for smaller properties was in the Bay of Plenty, up 11.5 per cent over the past year to a new record high of $290 per week. The Auckland apartment market saw...

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Imported bug gets ok for privet control

Franklin’s privet trees could be under attack soon after the Environmental Protection Agency approved a Waikato Regional Council application to import and release the privet lace bug. The privet lace bug (Leptophya hospita) is planned to act as a biological control agent for privet, and the regional council made an application to the EPA on behalf of the National Biocontrol Collective, which represents 12 regional councils/unitary authorities and the Department of Conservation (DOC). Privet is considered to be a significant weed, and is too abundant in many regions to be controlled by conventional methods. It is proposed the privet...

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Plunket and fashion in Pukekohe

The stylish Lisa O’Neill arrived at the Pukekohe Cosmopolitan Club with her What a Woman Wants show, in association with Farmers, showcasing the latest fashion styles and how to wear them as part of a fund raising event for Pukekohe Plunket. Ticket holders on Tuesday enjoyed an evening of light-hearted entertainment that promised to inspire them to clean out your wardrobe and never to have that feeling of ‘having nothing to wear’ ever again. A fashion stylist and motivational speaker ,Lisa O’Neill has been running workshops for the past five years to help women to look the very best...

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Valuable message at kindy

Four year old’s Samantha Hopping and Olivia Williams were among youngsters who got a safety message from St John at Waiuku Kindergarten last week. The newly-renovated kindy, which now has some spaces available, hosted St John’s Sue Lowry, who had the children entranced as she read them a picturebook detailing the importance of calling 111 in an...

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Rare chance for Pollok’s Aliah Jan

Local photographer, Aliah Jan from Pollok, is one of only 13 participants to have been selected to be participate and learn from Thomas Dworzak in a special photographic workshop. In conjunction with the Auckland Festival of Photography and for the first time in New Zealand, Magnum Photos has announced the new workshop in Auckland at Whitecliffe College of Arts and Design from May 28th to June 1st. “I was quite shocked when I received the news that I was selected because it was by submission of a portfolio of works and being Magnum Photos, I also knew the chances were pretty low. But I felt I had to try because this was one opportunity of a lifetime right here in Auckland.” says Aliah. She looks forward to learning from Thomas the coming week and to be part of the group with participants traveling over to Auckland from Australia and Asia as well. Aliah will be sharing her own experience with her students from the No More Horsing Around photography course that she is currently...

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Toy library offers trial during special week

The Franklin Community Toy Library in Pukekohe is celebrating the value of play during this week’s Toy Library Awareness Week. They are inviting families to have a free trial of their toy library for two weeks, and the first five people to become new members will also get a free gift. This offer is open until the end of May. For 25 years toy libraries have worked together through the International Toy Library Association (ITLA) to encourage play around the world. Play helps children develop physically, mentally, emotionally and socially, a spokesperson for the group said. “Despite play being a...

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