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Retail laptopNew Zealanders have taken to online shopping with gusto and the growth in the sector for 2012  is expected to be about 20 percent up on figures from 2011.Thirty-five percent of those purchases will have been from overseas websites and that's making many in the domestic retail sector anxious.

The sector - the country's second-largest employer - says the Government could help by charging GST on the tsunami of goods crashing across the border.
But the government says under a certain dollar value it's just not economical.

Penny MacKay looks at the changing face of retail and asks what price can be put on a thriving High Street.