Petrol at new 12 month low

Petrol prices hit a fresh 12 month low on Thursday morning, with the second price cut this week.

10:00 AM  Petrol prices are at a fresh 12 month low after another drop in the price of oil.

Boost for $300m runway plan

An aerial map of Wellington Airport with the runway extension to the south.

Business backing for Wellington's airport project soars with Singapore Airlines' planned arrival.

NZ should be 'proud' of telcos

Spark boss Simon Moutter is among those hoping Kiwis will take a fresh look at the telco industry's achievements.

9:44 AM  They've long been the butt of grumbles from consumers, but our phone companies insist they're amazing.

Get set for cheaper shopping

Don't pin your hopes on dirt-cheap fuel, despite cheap oil.

Everything from airfares to plastic is set to get cheaper for New Zealand consumers as oil prices keep falling.

Police hope to bag poachers

Blenheim sergeant Mike Porter says police will now target poachers "anytime, anywhere".

8:36 AM  Persistent poachers will soon find they're sharing their favourite hunting spots with police.

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Slogan man starts te reo business

Hendrix Brown said he decided to start learning te reo Maori to pass it on to his children, including Rona Tuhakaraina, 3, and Marama Harrison, 4.

Man who wrote "no rubba, no hubba-hubba" slogan enters te reo Maori business.

New health and safety laws

Mike Mitchell

New health and safety law affects volunteers and charities, writes Mike Mitchell in Work To Rule.

Auckland bus union action continues

Bus drivers began taking industrial action in Auckland on Wednesday,  and will continue on Thursday, causing disruptions for passengers.

Auckland bus passengers face more disruption to their daily commutes

New freight hub for Waikato

Northgate managing director Graeme Lee and Waikato district mayor Allan Sanson said the freight hub will bring a raft of employment opportunities.

Ports of Auckland is moving ahead with plans to develop a Waikato freight hub.

Green light for movie museum gallery

The Movie Museum founders Sir Peter Jackson and Sir Richard Taylor

Councillor questions whether Sir Peter Jackson needs ratepayers to build home for his project.

What the cabbie sees video

New Plymouth's Energy City Cabs operations manager Josh Reeves says the company is set to start filming their second season of Through the Eyes of a Cabbie.

Ever wanted to know what taxi drivers have to put up with? Well, this firm has you sorted.

Chinese firm buys Waitaki 'castle'

A Chinese company has bought Campbell Park Estate in the Waitaki Valley.

An affiliate company of NZHouseChina has purchased Campbell Park Estate, located in the Waitaki Valley near Oamaru.

Forlongs' customers share memories video

Hamilton retailer Forlongs is considering shutting shop after 70 years.

Frankton shoppers spanning a few generations remember doing business with Forlongs.

Union unhappy with Sealord plan

Sealord announced the proposal to close down the kirimi line three weeks ago.

Nelson Sealord workers losing one factory job should not have to accept lower pay for doing another one, their union says.

Loyal Forlongs customer hopes store won't close

The pushbike, mohawk helmet and even carpet at Amanda Fitzpatrick's Patetonga home are from Waikato retailer Forlongs, her latest purchases after decades of loyalty.

A customer remembers decking out her first flat and still has an account 30 years later.

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Chinese firm buys Waitaki 'castle'

A Chinese company has bought Campbell Park Estate in the Waitaki Valley.

An affiliate company of NZHouseChina has purchased Campbell Park Estate, located in the Waitaki Valley near Oamaru.

FMA defends deregistration of Vivier

The Financial Markets Authority has challenged a High Court ruling that it breached a company's right to natural justice.

'Gutted' to sell $1.6m house

NZX follows Wall St down

small business

From Wellington to Hollywood

Sophie Howard's love for tea has landed her a unique opportunity serving her tea to the stars at the Oscars.

The who's who of Hollywood will be sipping Wellington-branded high tea at this year's Oscars.

Aro Video gets reprieve

Aro Video owner Andrew Armitage said the store was saved by the community.

Just before the axe fell on the Wellington video store, the community stepped in.

Streets 'tough for girls in heels'

A high heel takes on post-quake Christchurch in 2012.

Christchurch shoe repairer has seen many high heels in "mutilated state" since the earthquakes.

Giblin Group to expand

Giblin Group director Jenni Giblin hopes to expand her business into Australia this year.

Juggling five children and running a successful business seems like child's play for one Hawke's Bay woman.

better business

How to choose an MBA

America's Harvard university has one of the top reputations for business degrees.

It can consolidate your management position, or set you on the path to promotion or a completely different career.

Kea showcases World Class Kiwis

Phil Veal, global chair of Kea New Zealand and passionate advocate of getting Kiwis connected all over the world.

Expat Kiwis are making a powerful contribution to the country.

Driving for more electric vehicles

Transport Minister Simon Bridges is planning an overseas trip to encourage more electric vehicles manufacturers to bring their cars to NZ.

Moves are afoot to get more company fleet cars changing to electric vehicles.

Party over for big-spending car boss

Clyde Campbell is accused of misappropriating and misusing more than $30 million of company money.

How one of the world's biggest car makers ran itself off the road, with a MD accused of misusing more than $32.5m.

opinion & analysis

Tourism strategy a must

Now is the time for New Zealand to implement a proper long-term tourism strategy.

OPINION: OPINION: Tourism only became our number one income earner because of the decline of the dairy sector. But it needs a proper strategy.

Is Gareth Morgan having a laugh?

Gareth Morgan is like New Zealand's eccentric uncle. He's got an opinion on everything, he's slightly annoying, but a good bloke at heart.

OPINION: Crowdfunding the private beach retreat of a multi-millionaire might not be quite as crazy as it sounds.

How to 'steal' a business

Steve Jobs said: "Picasso had a saying - 'good artists copy; great artists steal' - and we have always been shameless about stealing great ideas."

Zany ideas are a dime a dozen, but very few go on to become successful businesses.

Trading Places

NZ Inc has mutated into NZ funds management: the modern way to run an economy.

The national accounts now perch upon a staggering $180 billion raft of derivatives. It is the new way we run the economy. But who can understand it?

farming

Southland dairy applicants dry up

Southland Filipino Society co-ordinator Dorothea Hawkins (in front) in 2013. Behind (from left): Vivian Villanueva, Conchita Escalon, and Editha Villanueva-Peterson.

Fewer Filipinos applying for dairy jobs amid alleged visa scam.

Police hope to bag poachers

Blenheim sergeant Mike Porter says police will now target poachers "anytime, anywhere".

Persistent poachers will soon find they're sharing their favourite hunting spots with police.

Environment CEO's challenges

Ministry for the Environment chief executive Vicky Robertson has pinpointed maintaining and improving freshwater quality as her highest priority.

The state of the country's freshwater is at the top of the agenda for this public service CEO.

Spirits high at field days gallery video

Ryan McLean, 6, of Thornbury, takes a rest from the heat in the tyre well of a John Deere tractor.

Farmers look for bargains to improve production at Southern Field Days.

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FMA defends deregistration of Vivier

Vivier chief executive Luigi Wewege (left) with Bevan Chuang and John Palino.

The Financial Markets Authority has challenged a High Court ruling that it breached a company's right to natural justice.

Beyonce jolts Red Lobster sales

Beyonce performs during the Pepsi Super Bowl 50 Halftime Show at Levi's Stadium on February 7, 2016.

Seafood chain feeling the "Beyonce Bounce" after mention in star's song.

Shkreli sued over $2m Wu-Tang art

Martin Shkreli, former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals LLC, is sworn in to testify at a House Oversight and Government Reform hearing on "Developments in the Prescription Drug Market Oversight" on Capitol Hill in Washington February 4, 2016. Shkreli invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination and declined to answer questions on Thursday from U.S. lawmakers interested in why the company raised the price of a lifesaving medicine by 5,000 percent.  REUTERS/Joshua Roberts TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY

The "world's most hated man" just can't catch a break.

Markets tumble again

Knock-on effects from slumping energy prices are spreading into the financial system.

Bank fears help push down world stock indexes for the third straight session.

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