||Rents Could Rise on New Tax Break
The end of a historic tax break for New
Zealand landlords could have unintended negative consequences for tenants.
While stopping the tax break on loss-making rental properties has been designed
to even the playing field between investors and first-home buyers, costs are
likely to get passed down to tenants. If the situation does improve for
first-home buyers as a result of the changes, renters may also be adversely
affected due to a decrease in the amount of affordable housing stock.
||Shrinking House Trend
Home sizes are shrinking across the western
world, with rising populations, apartment living, and increasing prices putting
renewed pressure on the size of the family home. While smaller houses are not
necessarily cheaper, they do provide people with more choice in overheated
property markets. Rather than seeing shrinking homes as a negative consequence
of unsustainable population growth, people are embracing the trend for high
quality, high density homes that just happen to have a smaller footprint.
||The Best Time of Day to Exercise
Some people wake at the crack of dawn to
exercise, with others waiting until after work in the late afternoon or
evening. While exercise is great at any time of the day, it seems our internal
body clocks can have a huge effect on the amount of calories that we burn.
Finding the perfect time for your fitness regime is part art and part science,
with each person needing to match their personal preferences with universal
circadian rhythms and innate human physiology.
||World's Untouched Tribes
The recent death of an American missionary
on a remote Indian island has brought the world's untouched tribes into the
spotlight. Commonly referred to as uncontacted or lost tribes, this small group
of indigenous peoples face numerous threats from the outside world. There are
currently thought to be around 100 tribes living completely cut-off from modern
civilisation. Most of the tribes live deep in the Amazon rainforest, with
others existing in the Congo, the mountains of New Guinea, and islands off the
coast of India.
||ASB Finishes the Year with Optimism
The ASB has ended the year on an optimistic
note, with the bank expecting GDP growth in New Zealand to improve over coming
months despite domestic business pessimism and growing global uncertainty.
According to their latest Quarterly Economic Forecast, GDP growth is likely to
reach almost 3 percent at the end of 2018 as the New Zealand economy heads into
the summer break feeling confident and ready to tackle the challenges of 2019.
||House Prices to Fall from 2020
House prices in New Zealand have gone
through a correction phase over recent months, especially in the over-heated
Auckland market. While prices could firm next year due to recent falls in
mortgage interest rates, experts are predicting downward pressure to remain in
2020 and beyond as the market adjusts to new conditions. Despite this long-term
outlook, the median selling price in New Zealand managed to set a new record in
October according to REINZ figures, with house sales also up 15.5 percent compared
to a year ago.
||Leading Tech Products This Christmas
Christmas is just around the corner, which
means it's almost time to get out your credit card and start shopping. From new
gaming devices and wearable fitness gadgets through to household tech and
mobile speakers, technology always plays an important role during the holiday
period. Let's take a look at some of the best tech products available this
year, to give you some ideas for gifts to place under the tree.
||The Health Effects of Microplastics
Plastics are a common feature of modern
life, with different types of plastics found in everything from the clothes we
wear through to the beauty products we put on our skin. While these moldable
polymers are ubiquitous and can be highly useful, they have also been
associated with a range of problematic health issues. Microplastics are causing
particular concern among healthcare professionals, with these tiny pieces of
plastic either directly added to consumer products or created accidentally when
larger plastics break down.
||Bike Use Around the World
When it comes to cycling culture and
infrastructure, some countries have a much better approach than others. While
there are more than one billion bicycles in the world, the distribution curve
is far from equal. Some cities embrace bikes with open arms, and others seem
reticent to set up bike-friendly infrastructure. If adopted, bike use is more
than just a way to get around your favourite city, it also has the ability to
improve your health and reduce your carbon footprint. Let's take a look at the
most bicycle friendly destinations on Earth and how they differ from the
struggling bike culture in Australia and New Zealand.
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