Value increases likely to slow in 2014
Value increases likely to slow in
Nationwide residential property values
increased further in December according to the latest
monthly property value index. Values are up 3.0% over the
past three months, 10.0% up over the past year, and 12.5%
above the previous market peak of late 2007.
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On The Last Rites For The TPP
The Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal is one of those litmus issues that has always had more to do with one’s place on the political spectrum than with any imminent reality.
To date, the Greens have opposed (a) a wide range of the leaked content of the TPP (b) the secretive way it has been negotiated and (c) the undemocratic way in which any final document would be ratified. Labour has shared some of those concerns, but while remaining generally supportive of the deal itself.
National has, for its part, been very enthusiastic about the TPP, while still giving assurances about Pharmac being protected... For the TPP’s friends and foes alike though, the end now seems nigh. More>>