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Foreign students 'lower NZ skills'
New Zealand

Foreign students 'lower NZ skills'

International students are manipulating the immigration system to get visas and may be pushing Kiwis out of low-paid jobs, say reports to the Government.

Our house hunters - in their own words
Business

Our house hunters - in their own words

At the end of Home Truths series, the three would-be buyers who invited readers to follow their journey tell Andrew Laxon how they found the experience.

10 ways to tackle the housing crisis
Business

10 ways to tackle the housing crisis

The <i>Herald</i>'s Home Truths series has highlighted the serious problems that make our housing unaffordable - but also pointed to some solutions.

Push for rural land to meet demand
New Zealand

Push for rural land to meet demand

Auckland Council's plans for higher density housing cannot succeed unless the city expands into the countryside, says the council's chief economist.

Buying frenzy puts homes out of reach
Business

Buying frenzy puts homes out of reach

Investors chasing capital gains in Auckland property market are making it harder for first-home buyers to afford a house. Andrew Laxon outlines problems.

'Ditch the Sky TV and start saving'
Business

'Ditch the Sky TV and start saving'

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.

Tougher lending rules tipped
Business

Tougher lending rules tipped

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
Business

Few housing options left in Auckland

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.

Home truths: Jafas rolling into town
Business

Home truths: Jafas rolling into town

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?
Business

Should we stay or should we go?

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
Business

Even the elite are locked out

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.

No rich parents? No house!
Business

No rich parents? No house!

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.

Fear and loathing in Taranaki
New Zealand

Fear and loathing in Taranaki

How did the 19th century murder of a vivacious young Englishwoman affect the invasion of a Maori pacifist settlement one year later?

Our week below the breadline
New Zealand

Our week below the breadline

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.

India: Sight-doing beats sightseeing
Travel

India: Sight-doing beats sightseeing

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.

How could Rolling Stone get it so wrong?
World

How could Rolling Stone get it so wrong?

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.

Cop throws the book at them all
New Zealand

Cop throws the book at them all

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.

Water health may reach tipping point
New Zealand

Water health may reach tipping point

Water pollution from decades of farming may be approaching a "tipping point" which threatens marine life in the Hauraki Gulf, says an experienced scientist.

The price of milk
New Zealand

The price of milk

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?

Church stunned by $8m quake upgrade
New Zealand

Church stunned by $8m quake upgrade

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.

Millions to fix quake-prone buildings
New Zealand

Millions to fix quake-prone buildings

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.

Being there
Lifestyle

Being there

Just over a week into his big OE, Jake Green is having the time of his life.

Next frontier: 3D body parts?
Technology

Next frontier: 3D body parts?

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
Lifestyle

Going up against virtual competition

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?

Five go touring in Thailand
Travel

Five go touring in Thailand

Growing up and having kids needn't stop you backpacking round the world. It just changes the way you do it.

Review education system - expert
New Zealand|Education

Review education system - expert

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.

Meet our super scientist
New Zealand

Meet our super scientist

Last week, microbiologist Dr Siouxsie Wiles won the Prime Minister's Science Media Communication Prize.

Legal highs back on sale
New Zealand

Legal highs back on sale

More than 20 untested brands of synthetic cannabis are now legally on sale and likely to stay on the shelves well into next year.

Wide open university
New Zealand|Education

Wide open university

Thanks to the internet, everyone can now get a free education at the world's top tertiary institutions. Does this mean the end for higher learning or a new beginning?

Get your (ultra mild) legal highs here
New Zealand

Get your (ultra mild) legal highs here

Dunne says internet sales from overseas sites will be banned but sales from local sites will be permitted. The buyer's age will be checked from credit card details, as already occurs on lottery and gaming sites.

K2 manufacturer stops supply to NZ
New Zealand

K2 manufacturer stops supply to NZ

The manufacturer of the controversial synthetic cannabis product K2 has decided to stop supplying the drug in New Zealand until new regulations are imposed.

You're fired... but wait, there's more
New Zealand

You're fired... but wait, there's more

Gordon Faber sacked a bogus refrigeration engineer who falsified his work history, wrecked customers' equipment and almost electrocuted one of his fellow workers. Then he had to pay the man more than $10,000 for lost wages and distress.

Teachers poor at math too
New Zealand|Education

Teachers poor at math too

Up to half of NZ's primary teachers may not have enough maths knowledge to teach children properly under new methods, says the education expert who introduced the changes.