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    Christmas Eve is the best day for shoppers to bag a bargain

    Christmas Eve is the best day for shoppers to bag a bargain


    Christmas evokes a special love in the hearts of gift-givers everywhere. But this year it's been touch and go for retailers on whether we'll be as generous as in past...

    Christmas evokes a special love in the hearts of gift-givers everywhere. But this year it's been touch and go for retailers on whether we'll be as generous as in past years.
    Elderly women from Tauranga Church group allege $645,000 taken by conmen

    Elderly women from Tauranga Church group allege $645,000 taken by conmen


    Preying on elderly woman through Tauranga Christian groups was how an alleged "double act" of conmen operated, a Tauranga jury has be...

    Preying on elderly woman through Tauranga Christian groups was how an alleged "double act" of conmen operated, a Tauranga jury has be told.
    Generation Now drives buy-now-pay-later schemes

    Generation Now drives buy-now-pay-later schemes


    Buy-now-pay-later platforms are putting pressure on traditional finance companies, a new report...

    Buy-now-pay-later platforms are putting pressure on traditional finance companies, a new report suggests.
    New Zealanders feel treated with 'respect' by our financial service providers

    New Zealanders feel treated with 'respect' by our financial service providers


    Australia may be wracked with a loss of trust in banks and insurers, but a survey by the FMA shows New Zealanders have a much more trusting relationship with their financial service...

    Australia may be wracked with a loss of trust in banks and insurers, but a survey by the FMA shows New Zealanders have a much more trusting relationship with their financial service providers.
    Budget Buster: Does travel insurance cover nuclear apocalypse?

    Budget Buster: Does travel insurance cover nuclear apocalypse?


    OPINION: Just when you thought the pre-Christmas period couldn't get any more stressful, Air New Zealand staff threatened to walk off the job. As many as 120,000 travellers faced the prospect of being delayed or stranded at the worst possible time of...

    OPINION: Just when you thought the pre-Christmas period couldn't get any more stressful, Air New Zealand staff threatened to walk off the job. As many as 120,000 travellers faced the prospect of being delayed or stranded at the worst possible time of year.
    What should first-home buyers ask the bank?

    What should first-home buyers ask the bank?


    We're hoping to buy our first home in the new year and people keep telling us that it's a really good time to get a mortgage because interest rates are low. Apart from my student loan I've never really borrowed money before and I'm not sure how all this...

    We're hoping to buy our first home in the new year and people keep telling us that it's a really good time to get a mortgage because interest rates are low. Apart from my student loan I've never really borrowed money before and I'm not sure how all this mortgage stuff works. My partner is from overseas so he's not very clued up on the New Zealand system and we're both a bit freaked out at the thought of signing up to 25 years of debt! I feel like I've done heaps of research about what to look out for when you're buying a house, but when it comes to banks, I'm a bit lost. What do we need to look out for when we're shopping for a mortgage and who can help us?