每日英語跟讀 Ep.K501: About New Zealand - New Zealand property owner stands out with “buy my house, get free Tesla”offer
A New Zealand property owner is hoping to stand out from other sellers by offering a free Tesla to the person who buys their home.
The house - a seven-bedroom, five-bathroom property - has reportedly been on the market for weeks. The owner has thrown in the offer of a new car to try to sweeten the $1.8m deal.
New Zealand house prices have seen their biggest drop in 30 years and were down 10.9% in October - their 11th consecutive month of falling.
"Rising mortgage rates continue to weigh on house prices and sale activity," said Kiwibank economists.
After purchasing the property, the new owner would get to pick the car’s color - the Tesla Model Y has five options - and it will then be ordered and shipped straight from the manufacturer.
New Zealand to ban plastic shopping bags from next year － 紐西蘭明年起將禁用塑膠購物袋
New Zealand announced it will ban disposable plastic shopping bags by next July as the nation tries to live up to its clean-and-green image.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said New Zealanders use hundreds of millions of the bags each year and that some of them end up polluting precious coastal and marine waterways.
A number of countries and states have introduced bans or restrictions on single-use plastic bags, including France, Belgium, Hawaii and California. But a major supermarket chain in Australia changed course several times this year after customers got angry about its plans to start charging shoppers for bags. Under its latest plan, customers at Coles stores will start paying for bags on Aug. 29.
In New Zealand, a host on a radio station was hoping to start a consumer crusade to keep the bags after being inspired by what happened at Coles. Heather du Plessis-Allan told listeners on Newstalk ZB that plastic bags were a great invention.
However, New Zealand’s Associate Minister for the Environment Eugenie Sage said that in New Zealand, the government was taking the lead so that all retailers could make the move fairly and at the same time.
不過，紐西蘭環境部副部長薩齊說，在紐西蘭，政府身先士卒，因此所有零售業者都可以正當且同時採取行動。Source article: https://features.ltn.com.tw/english/article/paper/1559703 ; https://news.ltn.com.tw/news/world/paper/1228126