OPINION: From home to asset - Strategies for success in the Spring housing market

For many New Zealanders, the family home is more than just a short-term asset; it represents a long-term investment, a place to put down roots, maybe start a family, and…

How much does it cost to build a granny flat?

Building a secondary dwelling or ‘granny flat’ can be a surprisingly versatile way to maximise the use of your land.

OPINION: Why a recession could be a good thing for the housing market

With the news that New Zealand has slipped into recession, after the second consecutive quarter of negative growth, we have to consider: is this just a technical recession or should…

Volunteer firefighter fights cancer

It was four years ago when a personal tragedy spurred Westpac’s own Carlene Tui to do her bit in the fight against leukaemia.

House prices "slow return to growth" - Economist

Latest real estate figures show New Zealand house prices have bottomed out and are beginning a slow return to growth, Westpac economists say.

NZ’s labour shortage: Things employers can do to ease the pressure

Businesses in New Zealand are optimistic about increasing activity in the coming year but they also  see skill shortages on the rise (Hays Salary Guide, FY 22-23).

OPINION: House price recovery in sight – but disagreement over timing

Treasury (by way of statements made in the recent budget announcement) and the Reserve Bank (through its OCR statement) have reinforced the private sector’s view that the fall in house…

Sextortion: The damaging new scam targeting teenagers

Sextortion involves scammers reaching out and forming relationships with people on social media platforms like Snapchat, Discord or Wizz and later moving the conversation onto other platforms that display friends…

Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust Scholarship 2023: Six Māori students achieve their tertiary education goals

Six Māori students have received a financial boost towards achieving their academic goals through Te Waiu O Aotearoa Trust’s 2023 tertiary study scholarships.

Buying and selling houses privately: What you need to know

Most house sales involve a real estate agent, but it is possible to buy or sell privately - if you’re prepared to do the work that the agent would usually…

Catherine McGrath, Westpac NZ CEO

Increasing access to banking for the most vulnerable

Imagine not having a bank account.

OPINION: Housing economic forecasts are forecasts - not guarantees

The one thing the public is not shortchanged on is forecasts as to where residential house prices are heading.