Property: Long wait to save a home deposit

Nearly one in five Auckland first-home buyers now spends more than six years saving for a deposit, delaying the home ownership dream while prices rise.And for many the financial struggle continues well after settlement day, with…

Property: Auckland 'escapees' thriving

Struggling to buy their first home in Auckland, with twins and another baby on the way, James and Barbara Ryan “did the only thing that made sense”, and left.The pair consider themselves “Auckland escapees” and have fallen in love…

Supporters, opponents of Greek gold mine clash

ATHENS, Greece (AP) ” Police say hundreds of supporters and opponents of a gold mining operation in northern Greece have clashed despite efforts to separate them.Police say more than 2,000 supporters and about 850 opponents of the…

US-Mexico grocery chain pulls all Blue Bell products

SAN ANTONIO (AP) ” Texas-based grocery chain H-E-B is pulling Blue Bell Ice Cream from shelves as a precaution after a recall of some of the ice cream maker’s products that were connected to three deaths.H-E-B, with more than 300…

Kiwi dollar knocks on door of Aussie parity

The New Zealand dollar has been knocking on the door of parity with the Australian dollar over Easter, touching just under 99.7c tonight.The kiwi closed at a post a new post-float high against the Australian dollar before the long…