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Andrew Laxon

News Editor, NZ Herald

andrew.laxon@nzherald.co.nz

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  • 6 Dec, 2016 5:00am
Employers are exploiting international students, who put up with illegal wages and working conditions so they can get a visa and stay in New Zealand.
  • 6 Dec, 2016 5:00am
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One of NZ's biggest schools for international students has been given a no confidence rating after an inspection found "widespread evidence of systemic plagiarism".
  • 5 Dec, 2016 5:00am
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Schools with thousands of international students have been warned after officials fear they showed similar problems to a college shut down after a cheating scandal.
  • 22 Apr, 2016 5:00am
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House hunters who say they can't afford to buy a home in Auckland need to give up Sky TV or expensive cars and just save harder, says a mortgage broker.

Home Truths: Market daunting for singles

  • 22 Apr, 2016 5:00am
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House prices in Auckland have risen so fast that many single people on ordinary incomes now find it impossible to buy a first home on their savings.

Tougher lending rules tipped

  • 20 Apr, 2016 5:00am
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The Reserve Bank could expand mortgage lending restrictions in an effort to head off the housing boom as it rolls down the country, economists say.

Few housing options left in Auckland

  • 19 Apr, 2016 5:00am
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Cecile Bourgeois, 39, would like to buy a house in Auckland, but experts agree her most realistic option is leaving the city and setting up somewhere else.
  • 18 Apr, 2016 5:00am
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Aucklanders are buying at least 20 per cent of properties in nearby regional main centres, as soaring city prices force house hunters to look elsewhere.

Should we stay or should we go?

  • 18 Apr, 2016 5:00am
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Gemma Mann and Mike Alsweiler are thinking about leaving Auckland to find a house they can afford, even if it means saying goodbye to their families.

Even the elite are locked out

  • 17 Apr, 2016 5:00am
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The number of highly paid professionals and managers unable to afford to buy a home in Auckland has almost doubled in just over a decade.

What y'all can buy for US$1 million

  • 17 Apr, 2016 5:00am
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How do Auckland property prices compare with the rest of the world? Andrew Laxon finds it all depends on where you look.
  • 16 Apr, 2016 5:00am
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Auckland house prices are now so expensive that most young first-home buyers cannot afford to buy without help from rich parents, says an expert.

Our week below the breadline

  • 26 Sep, 2015 5:00am
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Some Kiwis have been living on $2.25 of food and drink a day this week to experience Third World poverty. Andrew Laxon decided to join them.
  • 4 Sep, 2015 12:00pm
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Andrew Laxon found the best way to convert his teenage children to the delights of travelling in India was to do things, not look at them. Here are some of his highlights.
  • 11 Apr, 2015 5:00am
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Rolling Stone magazine this week retracted a story of alleged university gang rape after an investigation found it was a “journalistic failure”. Andrew Laxon examines the fallout.
  • 7 Mar, 2015 5:00am
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Former country cop Gavin Benney talks to Andrew Laxon about policing in shorts and Jandals, getting ambushed by colleagues and how the job isn’t fun any more.
  • 27 Sep, 2014 5:00am
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If it’s September, this must be New Zealand... Andrew Laxon catches up with the students and Kiwi founder of an international travelling school which has arrived in Auckland

The price of milk

  • 6 Sep, 2014 5:00am
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It’s our number one export and the backbone of our economy. But has the dramatic growth of the dairy industry come at too high a cost for our streams and rivers?
  • 9 Aug, 2014 5:30am
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Lindsay Jones has no desire to knock down his 129-year-old church at the top of Queen St. But as things stand, the senior pastor and his congregation can't afford to keep it open either.

Church stunned by $8m quake upgrade

  • 9 Aug, 2014 5:00am
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Only 10 years ago members of the congregation at St Benedict's Catholic church in inner-city Auckland raised about $2 million to lovingly restore their Victorian red brick church.

Quake plan: critics force big rethink

  • 9 Aug, 2014 5:00am
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A billion-dollar earthquake upgrade affecting about one in 10 commercial and multi-storey apartment buildings is set for a major overhaul.
  • 31 May, 2014 2:44pm
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Just over a week into his big OE, Jake Green is having the time of his life.
  • 8 Mar, 2014 5:30am
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It's been called the poor man's teleporter, based on the fictional Star Trek invention that beamed humans on to hostile planets and reassembled them, molecule by molecule.

Going up against virtual competition

  • 1 Mar, 2014 2:35pm
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Consumers have never had it so good, thanks to an explosion of cheap, high-quality goods now available globally at the click of a mouse. But gow are traditional stores coping?
  • 23 Jan, 2014 12:00pm
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Growing up and having kids needn't stop you backpacking round the world. It just changes the way you do it.
  • 7 Dec, 2013 10:51am
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A student learning expert has suggested a top-level review of the schooling system after international testing showed 15-year-olds had slipped in maths, science and reading.