Maximalism in the Modern Home


The days of minimalism in interior design may finally be coming to an end, with home-owners demanding more colour, extra vibrancy, and a greater degree of individuality in their living spaces. Maximalism can be defined as decorating with lots of stuff, with designers in 2018 getting excited again about things like colour combinations, mismatching styles, and good old-fashioned personality. Let's take a look at the state of maximalism in the modern home and see how you can spice up your interiors in 2018.

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Benefits of Ketogenic Diet


The ketogenic diet has become extremely popular over the last few years, with this low-carb diet also known as the keto diet, low carb diet, and low carb high fat (LCHF) diet among other names. While this diet is used in medicine primarily for the treatment of difficult-to-treat epilepsy in children, it has also become widely associated with weight loss and disease prevention. According to a new study published in the journal Science, the ketogenic diet could even be used to slow down the ageing process.

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The Future of Flying


The aviation industry is expanding around the world, as advancements in technology continue to push air travel into exciting new directions. Because new planes are expensive to build and designed to stand the tests of time, the pace of innovation we are witnessing today is only seen once every couple of decades. From electric propulsion and satellite navigation through to long-haul services and supersonic aircraft, let's take a look at some of the trends likely to dominate the aviation industry over the next few years.   

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Listings Slump Across New Zealand


New property listings slumped across New Zealand in December, with sales volumes also low despite a high level of total housing stock. Slower market conditions have yet to reverse prices, however, with the average national asking price reaching an all-time high and median prices also holding up across much of the country. According to many analysts, the lack of urgency has made Auckland a "buyers' market" for the first time since 2011, a situation that could spread around the country if conditions stay cool over summer.

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Mortgage Market Trends in 2017 & 2018


New Zealand's banks stayed strong in 2017, with the five main banks managing to keep hold of market dominance while fending off challengers and holding on to higher interest rates. Reserve Bank data showed a slight jump in mortgage rates over the year, as the country said goodbye to historic lows with much less oomph than expected. Average fixed-rate loans rose between 11 and 17 basis points between December 2016 and October 2017, with a similar situation likely in 2018 as most analysts expect small rate rises rather than big jumps.

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