The Secret Your Teen's Not Keeping

Careers with Hartwith Jay Hart "I don't know" must be the most beloved teenage mantra. But, behind "I don't know" lurkes a secret. They really do know. And we know this, because right after they say "I don't know", we proceed to foolishly tell...... Read More

Mortgage topup: why worry?

Bruce CortesiPlanwise financial advisor The home loan market is running hot. And the reduction in the Official Cash Rate, announced last week, is creating even more home loan activity. But there are some serious warnings to heed,...... Read More

Back to school before business migration

Smart Lawwith Michelle Carabine of Harris Tate Uplifting roots and making a fresh business start in a new country can be a daunting task. To reduce this stress, it pays to do some homework to get a real idea of what to expect,...... Read More

Getting through Uni

Careers with Hartwith Jay Hart More than one in five New Zealanders drop out of University in their first year. So, how can you make sure you're one of the three (and a bit) who graduates? New Study Habits For most of us, the work ethic we employed...... Read More

Just bought a house recently?

Peter GriffinPlanwise Financial Services Then now is a good time to review your insurances. “But how much insurance should I get?” You may need to cover the debt or mortgage, enough for funeral costs, any other short-term debt you might...... Read More

Go ahead – be bold with it

Careers with Hartwith Jay Hart I was 26 years old and sitting at a long, oval table in the conference room of the 40th floor of a skyscraper in New York City. Across from me sat a 60-year-old male attorney with at least 35 years more work experience...... Read More

Don’t get left out in the cold with new tenancies laws

Nicole WongSmart LawHarris Tate Solicitors, Tauranga New Zealand’s property rental sector is in line for an extra layer of warmth and safety, thanks to a series of new tenancy regulations intended to come into effect later this year. Under...... Read More

Selling your house in a ‘hot’ market – seller beware!

The Advisor with Bruce Cortesifrom Planwise Financial Services With the recent huge increase in prospective purchasers flooding our local market, it’s of concern that we’ve seen some sales practice we would call to question. For example,...... Read More

The balancing act when choosing college courses

Careers with Hartwith Jay Hart I spend a lot of time talking to parents and their teens about choosing college courses. Courses taken in college help prepare our teens for university. But courses taken... or not taken can also limit their options. As...... Read More

The hard reality

Peter GriffinPlanwise Financial Services I’ve been writing this column for more than three-and-a-half years and in that time, in the normal course of my business, we have processed many insurance claims. They have ranged from the not-so-serious...... Read More

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