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Alanah Eriksen

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Crowd cheered explosions without realising

  • 14 Nov, 2015 11:50pm
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A Kiwi at the Stade de France stadium in Paris said the explosions outside the arena were greeted by cheers by a crowd unaware of what they were.
  • 23 May, 2015 7:45am
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Christopher and Robert are on the brink of extinction as children's names. But other old standards such as Brian, Kevin, Peter, Paul and Stephen are even rarer, having all but died out since last century.
  • 18 May, 2015 5:00am
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His sister is jet-setting around the world, staying in first-class hotels and fielding song-writing requests from musical megastars but Angelo Yelich-O'Connor got his own taste of luxury.
  • 19 Jul, 2014 5:00am
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TV mogul Julie Christie has placed her Auckland Viaduct-based sports bar on the market, along with her extensive personal collection of sports memorabilia.
  • 20 Jun, 2014 5:00am
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A tiny, almost untouched 100-year-old cottage with its original toilet and bath still under the house will likely sell for close to $1 million, despite needing a major renovation.
  • 17 Jun, 2014 4:15am
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Alanah Eriksen reaches dizzy heights and has a few low moments on a culinary safari through Peru.
  • 13 Jun, 2014 5:00am
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If you live in Auckland and neighbouring houses have sold for unheard-of prices in the past two months, you can expect your home's official value to shoot up.
  • 7 Jun, 2014 5:00am
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Auckland house prices have surged so much that the cost of just one bedroom in the suburb of Remuera is more than four times the price of an entire house in Tokoroa.
  • 5 Jun, 2014 5:00am
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Areal estate brochure dug out from 1996 features a seven-bedroom villa in Herne Bay - now the country's most expensive suburb. The asking price? Just $190,000.
  • 24 May, 2014 12:04pm
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The country's most expensive state home has sat empty for 18 months while neighbours in the same driveway endure rowdy trespassers - sparking a government-ordered review.
  • 21 May, 2014 5:30am
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An old backpacker hostel, worth $4.21m, has been bought by a company boss who plans to knock it down and build a mansion in its place.
  • 18 May, 2014 12:17pm
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When Acting Sergeant Steve Pike was shielding himself from a gunman who’d just shot another officer four times, he was expecting ‘‘bullets to go flying’’.
  • 17 May, 2014 1:45pm
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Real estate agent Jason Trowbridge didn't bother tidying up the rooms for the photos of the Grey Lynn villa he's trying to sell - he says any likely buyers will see past the mess.
  • 15 May, 2014 5:00am
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It won't matter if you spill red wine on the shag-pile carpet and white sofas in this $2.65 million luxury launch — it just slides right off the specially made fabric.
  • 9 May, 2014 5:00am
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Denise Halloran's Avondale home went on the market on Friday morning and she had a winning offer on it by the time she watched Coronation Street that night.
  • 6 May, 2014 5:00am
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The three-bedroom bungalow with an asking price of nearly $900,000 in Sandringham is "a compelling call to first-home buyers", the agent says.
  • 5 May, 2014 5:00am
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The buyers of a 114-year-old Ponsonby villa will also get a new car, free power for a year, a home theatre system and whiteware.
  • 3 May, 2014 5:00am
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A family dispute over a seaside home expected to sell for more than $2.3 million led to an Auckland couple taking their son and daughter-in-law to the High Court.
  • 1 May, 2014 7:00am
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A large chunk of residential land for sale will enable the building of hundreds of new homes as the Auckland Council tries to solve the city's housing crisis.

CEO: My pay is ridiculous

  • 26 Apr, 2014 4:15am
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The Warehouse Group boss Mark Powell thinks his $1.7 million salary package is a ridiculous amount of money.
  • 21 Apr, 2014 4:15am
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The proportion of house sales to first-home buyers has gone down in 90 Auckland suburbs since the Reserve Bank's mortgage lending limits came in.
  • 10 Apr, 2014 4:15am
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The number of first-home buyers in the market has declined since mortgage-lending restrictions came in. So where are the worst-hit centres? Use our infographic.
  • 7 Apr, 2014 4:15am
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Fancy staring down the home stretch of a racetrack from your bedroom window? An Auckland racing club is selling land to try to clear its $2.75m debt.
  • 4 Apr, 2014 4:15am
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A "financial coaching" company which can avoid new mortgage-lending limits placed on banks is offering 100 per cent finance to families wanting to buy their first home.
  • 3 Apr, 2014 4:15am
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Homeowners could save more than $90,000 over the life of their mortgages by shopping around, according to an analysis of 95 floating home loans.

Double that 5+ A Day

  • 2 Apr, 2014 4:15am
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Experts say a healthy diet should include 10 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, double that of New Zealand's 5+ A Day campaign.
  • 2 Apr, 2014 4:15am
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New Zealand is on a list of the top 10 most searched for countries by Chinese house-hunters, figures compiled from China's largest property search engine reveal.
  • 10 Feb, 2014 5:30am
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She may have long blonde hair, but Jemima Pegg is hoping casting directors will remember her for the face of Annie.

Hillary property on market

  • 10 Feb, 2014 5:30am
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Buyer of Remuera plot will have to obey wealthy mansion owner's height restrictions.
  • 7 Feb, 2014 10:29am
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An Auckland-based developer behind multi-million dollar projects has had a property owned by one of his companies put up for mortgagee sale by a company he borrowed money from.
  • 6 Feb, 2014 5:30am
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Atiny untouched beach shack surrounded by million-dollar mansions at an east coast beach has been snapped up by an Auckland doctor who plans to keep it just as it is.
  • 3 Feb, 2014 5:30am
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On paper, it looks like Andy Davies owns half of Auckland. In real life, the $75 million-plus man wears holey jerseys and lives in a Freemans Bay 'do-up'.

Squeezed in city of rising rents

  • 28 Jan, 2014 5:30am
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Renters are paying up to $70 more a week than they were four years ago in some of Auckland's city fringe suburbs.
  • 27 Jan, 2014 11:00am
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A Far North beachfront mansion has had its price slashed after a struggle to sell - and is now being offered for $1.25 million below its valuation.

Our Lorde takes star treatment

  • 27 Jan, 2014 5:30am
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Kiwi songbird and Grammy favourite Lorde has been rubbing shoulders with pop royalty ahead of the music world's biggest awards ceremony.
  • 22 Jan, 2014 5:30am
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Police are trying to track down the owner of an Auckland rental property bought for almost $1 million last year which was destroyed by the young tenants.
  • 20 Jan, 2014 10:30am
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Rusty taps, creepy dolls on beds, dishes on the bench, dirty washing in the laundry and even cat bowls with cat food scattered around them.
  • 11 Jan, 2014 3:23pm
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There's nothing more romantic than being proposed to on New Year's Eve by the Eiffel Tower after a champagne dinner and walk along the river to Paris' Pont de l'Archeveche.

Parnell site to top $20m

  • 11 Jan, 2014 5:30am
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A 3361sq m chunk of land in the centre of Parnell is expected to sell for more than $20 million.
  • 7 Jan, 2014 5:30am
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Watching tennis from their own apartment with a never-ending beer supply, a 24-hour concierge and six of their closest friends wasn't a bad way to ease in.
  • 3 Jan, 2014 5:30am
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When Trelise Cooper moved out of this spectacular beachfront holiday home, another powerful woman moved in.

My bach: Sir Peter Leitch

  • 2 Jan, 2014 5:30am
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  • 1 Jan, 2014 5:30am
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When John Key bought his holiday home on Omaha's Success Court 23 years ago, he probably had no idea how apt the street name would turn out to be.
  • 31 Dec, 2013 5:30am
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It has been nicknamed "Brad's Pit". And after its redevelopment, yachtsman Brad Butterworth's Beach Parade mansion on Waiheke Island would surely satisfy any Hollywood movie star.
  • 28 Dec, 2013 5:30am
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David Shearer's getaway spot doesn't have a pool or even a house. The former Labour leader goes for good old-fashioned camping during his summer holidays.
  • 27 Dec, 2013 9:20am
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Well-known New Zealanders living abroad and locally escape to the beach for their summer holidays. Property reporter Alanah Eriksen looked at some of the baches of the rich and famous
  • 20 Dec, 2013 5:30am
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One of the last untouched Kiwi baches at a popular surf beach - surrounded by million-dollar mansions - has gone on the market for the first time in more than 60 years.

The faces of Auckland

  • 10 Dec, 2013 5:30am
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When Jack Linklater retired 25 years ago, moving to Auckland seemed the obvious choice.
  • 23 Nov, 2013 5:30am
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A 3,550sqm chunk of land with two sprawling back-to-back mansions in the heart of Remuera is for sale as part of a $16.6m property portfolio.
  • 23 Nov, 2013 5:30am
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Only a third of nearly 150 homes sold during three days of auctions at Auckland's biggest real estate agency this week, suggesting new mortgage-lending rules have cooled the buoyant market.
  • 20 Nov, 2013 5:30am
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A four-bedroom Meadowbank home bought for $973,000 in May was sold for $162,000 more three months later despite no renovations.

Grammar zone pulls $500k premium

  • 9 Nov, 2013 5:30am
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What a difference a zone makes. In this case, try $500,000.
  • 8 Nov, 2013 5:30am
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It will be like the United Nations on The Block come Christmas time when the new owners of the houses made famous on the TV3 renovation series move in.

Buyers of Block winner live in China

  • 1 Nov, 2013 5:30am
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The couple who bought the winning home on TV3's The Block live in China and have never seen the show.

The Block winners: Homes were 'a steal'

  • 31 Oct, 2013 11:20am
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The winners of The Block say they think the other homes on the TV3 series were "an absolute steal'' at last night's auction.

'Fair price' for run-down villa

  • 31 Oct, 2013 5:30am
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In need of an extensive paint job and a garden makeover, this run-down three-bedroom Grey Lynn villa has sold for $1.215 million.

Trade Me to hike fee for selling homes

  • 31 Oct, 2013 5:30am
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People trying to sell their homes may have to fork out an extra $230 to have the property listed on Trade Me - on top of fees they already pay.