Solid close for housing market
Monday, 23 January 2012
Increased demand for quality properties and a lack of listings resulted in strong residential property sales volumes and prices at the end of last year.

Tree decoration custom endures
Tuesday, 13 December 2011
Howick's pine tree on Stockade Hill was lit, as it is every year, on Midnight Madness night and provides a spectacular entrance to the village.

New times, same worries
Tuesday, 11 October 2011
If there’s one thing the 21st century homemaker shares with the pioneering women of the 1800s, it’s being busy. The difference between the two is their definition of busyness.

Tight market for choice
Monday, 22 August 2011
Buyer interest remains strong in Auckland compared with other parts of the country, and there is guarded optimism that the upward leg in the housing cycle may have started.

Pink patron's perfect hideaway
Monday, 11 October 2010
Using clever pockets of colour in an otherwise neutrally hued home is a sure-fire way to give an abode the wow factor. Vibrant colours like fuchsia, royal blue or sea green add a certain “je ne sais quoi” to décor when teamed up with lighter shades.


Holiday home work
Monday, 20 September 2010
Young designers and gardeners can wow the family with new skills they learn during the looming school holidays. Endless opportunities will inspire creative minds and encourage them to break free from the confines of computers and television.

Survive any catastrophe
Monday, 13 September 2010
Everyone has seen the advertisements on the telly, but few people believe a disaster will really strike. However, the Christchurch earthquake has rocked home that the worst really can happen and it pays to be prepared.

Ghostly visitor calls
Monday, 13 September 2010
When the lights start turning themselves on and off with a frightening flash like lightning, you have to wonder whether a long-gone ancestor has taken it into their head to have a wander around and reacquaint him or herself with the house.

Clean up with household basics
Monday, 13 September 2010
It’s not easy being green. Kermit the Frog once said it, and he was right. When confronted with row upon row of chemical-packed cleaning products in the supermarket, it can seem easier just to give in and grab a gasmask while you’re at it.

Going global with gavel
Monday, 06 September 2010
Competitive spirit is entrenched in the Kiwi psyche but most of the time it’s exhibited from the comfort of a living room with cheers or condemnation for our All Blacks.

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