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Councils cling to illegal millions
The Government is considering retrospective legislation to save councils having to repay up to $100 million in unlawfully collected rates. The move would deprive about 12,000 people in multiple units like blocks of flats, apartments and shopping malls of refunds worth several thousand dollars. But it could also save ratepayers from an average 2.5 per cent rate increase across the country, with councils in the worst-affected cities of Manukau and North Shore predicting increases of 4 per cent if...
Parts of Auckland are at risk of becoming "garage
cities" as desperate families increasingly rent illegal
accommodation to make ends meet, say...
Health experts are warning
against treating eczema with skin creams containing peanut
oil because of a possible link to peanut
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