The financial shocks of the Canterbury earthquakes are being
felt by homeowners throughout New Zealand this month, with
the arrival of insurance bills in the post showing average
increases of up to 30 percent.
New Zealand house prices have been identified as highly
unaffordable in an international study, with Auckland's
market only slightly better than London but less affordable
than those in Los Angeles and New York.
Police say officers are required to take all necessary
precautions, after an incident in which an Auckland man was
shot and tasered while wielding an open LPG gas cylinder that
was leaking flammable gas.