30 days ago

Free Brand New Russell Hobbs Stick Mixer Parts: Please take them!

Alexandra from Mount Albert

Hi everyone,
I am giving away some brand new Russell Hobbs 650 Watt Mixer Parts for free. They have never been used. This includes: beaker & lid, mini chopper stainless steel blade, mini chopper bowl & lid, and whisk attachment and drive. This would be excellent for someone who already has this product and wants extra/ back up bowls, blades, and beakers.
Please note that the main motor unit and Mixer shaft are NOT included in this give away.

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1 day ago

Tenancy Services Legislative Update - Letting Fees

Sheralee Neighbourly Lead from Te Atatu Peninsula

Prohibiting the charging of letting fees. Today, the Government introduced the Residential Tenancies (Prohibiting Letting Fees), Amendment Bill. This Bill, if enacted, would prohibit charging tenants a letting fee under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986 (the RTA).

The ban is intended to reduce the upfront costs tenants face when they move to a new property and promote fairness among tenants.

Read this article on the Tenancy Services website. Read the Residential Tenancies (Prohibiting Letting Fees) Amendment Bill.

"22 March 2018
The Government has introduced a Bill that, if enacted, would prohibit the charging of letting fees under the Residential Tenancies Act 1986.

Letting fees are currently charged to tenants by letting agents to cover the cost of finding a tenant for a property, such as the cost of time in holding open homes, reviewing applications, preparing tenancy agreements, initial property inspection, etc.

Property managers are usually letting agents, and so are some solicitors.
Private landlords who do not use a letting agent cannot charge letting fees to tenants.

If the Residential Tenancies (Prohibiting Letting Fees) Amendment Bill becomes law, the charging of letting fees would be banned, and so would any other fees for services relating to granting, continuing, extending, varying or renewing any tenancy agreement.

When securing a rental property, tenants could still be asked to pay rent in advance, and usually a bond as well. Read more about rent and bond.

Landlords could still use the services of a letting agent, such as a property management company, but the cost of that service must be met by the landlord.

Key money, which is money the landlord demands from tenants to secure a tenancy, is currently prohibited under the RTA. However, an exemption to this allows letting agents or solicitors charge a letting fee.

Banning letting fees are intended to reduce the upfront costs tenants face when they move to a new property and promote fairness among tenants.

If the Bill becomes law, it is expected to take effect three months after it is passed.

The Bill proposes that anyone who charges a letting fee could be ordered by the Tenancy Tribunal to pay exemplary damages of up to $1000.

Read Minister Twyford’s statement on the Beehive website.
Read more about the Bill on the MBIE website.


1 day ago

Minimum wage rise to $16.50 at the end of next week could cost 3000 jobs.

Brian from New Lynn

Boosting the minimum wage was part of the Government's 100-day plan and is set to take effect at the end of next week, on April 1. In its regulatory impact statement, officials from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment said an increase "may have negative employment impacts which include lower job growth and reduced work hours". "The estimated restraint on employment for a minimum wage of $16.50 is 3000. It also noted that the effect on employment "is heavily debated in economic literature ... there is no clear consensus".
The increased cost of labour for employers will be about $129 million, which could be passed on through higher prices for goods and services. Government departments are expected to absorb the impact within existing baselines. "There is also a risk of a 'ripple effect' due to wages above the minimum wage also increasing faster than expected income growth. This has the potential to have a larger impact on employment, and the economy-wide wage bill." The boost will improve wages for 164,100 workers who are currently paid between the current rate of $15.75 and the proposed rate. About 76,400 are paid the minimum wage. The median wage, as at June 2017, was $24.00 per hour, while the average wage was $30.36. Workplace Relations Minister Iain Lees-Galloway said workers had not had a fair share of economic growth, and the boost to the minimum wage was only one part of the Government's strategy. "The Government considers advice alongside a range of other factors, including prior experience increasing the minimum wage – which has always been positive. "I note that Treasury also advised the best time to raise the minimum wage is while the labour market is strong and tightening. "Treasury forecasts that the unemployment rate will keep falling towards 4 per cent over the next three years, and that average wages will rise on average at about 3 per cent a year over that time, due to a tight labour market."
Labour and New Zealand First have agreed to increase the minimum wage to $20 an hour by April 2021.
Lees-Galloway said outlining that change now provided certainty for businesses.

2 days ago

Proposed sale of Henderson Council Buildings

Tori Tokalau Reporter from Western Leader

Auckland Council is considering selling off it's Henderson centre and relocating services to Albany/Westgate. It's part of an efficient operating model it hopes to create from three major hubs. Do you use the services at the Henderson Council Centre? How would relocation of services affect you?

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