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APPLIANCE RELIABILITY Fisher & Paykel's DishDrawer is New Zealand's most popular dishwasher, but it has too many problems. Our latest reliability survey reveals all.

WOODBURNERS Modern woodburners are more efficient and much cleaner burning than models of yesteryear. We've tested 8 models.

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LIFETIME MORTGAGES If your house is a valuable asset, but you don't have enough cash in the bank to afford the lifestyle you desire, you might want to consider a lifetime mortgage.

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