||Trump vs China - What does it mean for New Zealand
The looming trade war between the United
States and China will have an effect well beyond the two countries' borders,
with New Zealand likely to be caught in the middle. While not directly
involved, trading nations like New Zealand could be adversely affected by the
rise of protectionism, and the general undermining of the World Trade
Organisation. While American and Chinese consumers will take most of the heat,
the war of attrition between the two trading giants will also affect global
markets and the principles of international trade.
||Prices Flat Heading into Winter
New Zealand property values are flat
heading into winter, as stock levels rise, time on market increases, and
Auckland becomes a buyer's market for the first time in years. While the
Wellington market is still strong and certain regional markets are performing
well, Christchurch is down and national figures are cooling. According to
Quotable Value (QV), the average value of all residential dwellings throughout
the country was $677,618 in March, up 7.3 percent compared to March last year.
||Turn your home into a gym
When it comes to exercise, procrastination
is all too easy due to the mental and physical barriers that we put in place.
People who want to get fit are often told to join a gym or buy an expensive
piece of workout equipment - things that cost more time and money than most
people have. There is a solution, however, working out at home. By turning your
home into a gym and getting inspired by your domestic environment, you can
break down the barriers that have been holding you back for so long.
||Health Benefits of Dogs
From Miniature Poodles and Chihuahuas
through to German Shepherds and Great Danes, there’s a reason why dogs are
called man's best friend. Whether you want to get active, improve your social
life, or reduce your stress levels, dogs can do wonders for your health and
wellbeing. Owning a dog has even been linked to having a longer life, so what
are you waiting for, grab your collar and lead or head down to the local pet
shop and introduce yourself to your new best friend.
||Life on Venus?
After decades of searching for signs of
life in the stars, the very thing we've been looking for may have been on our
galactic doorstep all along. A recent article in the Astrobiology journal
suggests there may be life in the clouds of Venus. An international team of
scientists, including researchers from the University of Wisconsin-Madison,
have used evidence from new Venus footage to make these speculations. While
Venus’ atmosphere has everything micro-organisms would need to survive, the
study authors won't know what's really going on until they send a floating
aircraft to comb the skies of Venus.
||Prefab Homes and the Housing Crisis
An imbalance between housing supply and
demand has existed across New Zealand for many years, especially for affordable
housing in the heated Auckland market. While New Zealand was recently
recognised by Demographia as a global leader for restoring housing
affordability, plans to remove the Auckland urban growth boundary and free up
density controls are not enough by themselves. The government is also looking
at more innovative solutions through their Kiwibuild plan, including the
widespread use of prefabricated homes.
||Market Bounce Despite Expected Slowdown
The New Zealand property market is at a
turning point, with limited short-term growth failing to change long-term
forecasts. Despite a short-term bounce in both prices and sales figures during
February, the market remains at the early stages of an expected slowdown in
property values. While low levels of construction activity and high migration
numbers will put pressure on housing for some time to come, some commentators
are suggesting the emergence of a buyers' market.
||Prepare your Home Interior for Winter
While spring inspires cleaning and summer
is made for the great outdoors, autumn is the ideal time to get your home ready
for the cold months ahead. Decorating your home using certain colours, styles
and furnishings can warm your spirits and make a real difference to your mood
in the lead-up to winter. From cool colours and earthy materials through to
lighting fixtures and soft furnishings, let's take a look at some of the best
ways to prepare your home interior for winter.
||Peace & Quiet is Good for your Heart
We all know that peace and quiet is good
for your soul, but according to two new studies, it can also be good for your
heart. Whether it's the roar of a jet engine, the rumble of a highway, or the
screaming siren of an emergency vehicle, it turns out that loud noises can have
a noticeable effect on your cardiovascular health. While research has not
proved that loud noises cause heart disease, noise pollution may increase the
risk of coronary artery disease, hypertension, and heart failure among other
||Smartest Dog Breeds
Dogs are the second most popular type of
pet in the world behind cats, with at least 525 million dogs currently living
on planet Earth. People love dogs for many reasons, with our furry friends
known to make us healthier, happier and more empathic. While all dogs have the
potential to be your best friend, some breeds stand out from the pack when it
comes to working intelligence. Let's take a look at five of the smartest dog
breeds in the world and see which one is perfect for you.
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