Housing solution not so super

Australia is considering following New Zealand's lead to allow retirement savings to be used to help fund houses.

5:00 AM  OPINION: Helping some people into the market hasn't changed the problem - houses are unaffordable.

Meth fears over blown?

A meth test can cost between $3000 and $10,000.

5:00 AM  Some property managers claim methamphetamine is too big a risk for first time landlords to manage on their own.

Can you 'speak' money?

The biggest part of being fluent in "money" is learning the vocabulary.

5:00 AM  Money's not an easy language to learn, and it allows people to intimidate others with jargon.

Real life spy

Infidelity is Anna Jeffs' most popular service but she also reconnects adopted children with biological parents, and ...

5:00 AM  If you think your partner is having an affair, you're probably right.

Avoid reno budget blowouts

Often renovations are motivated by trying to house a growing family.

5:00 AM  Having just spent $250K doing up his house, Campbell Hastie has some tips on keeping things under control.

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Playing your cards right

Peter Chisnall says regulation of card payments must reflect their popularity with consumers.

 OPINION; It's not just about rewards points! Peter Chsinall says payment cards offer speed and convenience.

"Fingerprinting" eggs prevents fraud

Egg samples tested at Oritain's Mosgiel laboratory will confirm whether the eggs genuinely came from free range producers.

A Dunedin company's "fingerprinting" of free range eggs and other premium products is helping deter food fraud.

Meet and greet colleagues, clients

Hannah McKnight (left) of The Word Lab, and Dani Rius a life coach with DRR Consulting at BNZ's new co-working space ...

You don't have to be a customer to use BNZ's latest shared work space

Better leader, better business

Business coach Zac de Silva says leadership issues are at the root of struggling firms.

OPINION: Ask yourself the tough questions to be a better leader.

Tax is changing

If you're a contractor, the way you pay tax is about to change.

If you're a contractor in IT, design, or professional services, the way you pay tax is about to change.

NZ's perfect chance

A partial shift from agriculture to horticulture would help lower the emissions rate in New Zealand.

OPINION; NZ is facing growing pressures, but our best economic opportunities have been laid out.

New checklist for retirement villages

There is a lot to take in when you consider moving to a retirement village, the Retirement Villages Association says.

Association issues template to help people compare what's on offer.

White-collar meth use on rise

Crystal Methamphetamine

Meth use in the professional world is a growing problem, as demand for the Class A drug increases.

Modest fashion taking momentum

A burkini designed by Carena West featured at New Zealand Fashion Week last year.

The multibillion dollar market of Muslim fashion is expected to soar in the coming years.

Six steps to home ownership

Nadine Chalmers-Ross: When my partner and I bought our house a colleague was astonished we'd done it without any cash ...

OPINION: An account with the Bank of Mum and Dad could be key to buying your slice of paradise.


Million-dollar prices spread

A million-dollar property on the market in Rotorua.

Seven-figure properties are no longer just found in Auckland.

Where's our coffee table?

Marjan Bassam went to pick up her $400 table, but the shop said it had already been collected.

Bank boss honoured

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small business

I don't like start-ups

Running a business at any stage of its life is tough – especially for start-up founders who are often young and ...

OPINION: A lack of basic business courtesy and not knowing the rules of the game is why they fail.

World Shearing Championships lift ILT sales

Invercargill Licensing Trust general manager Greg Mulvey.

Visitors from the World Shearing Championships lifted ILT sales after a damp January.

Cycleway spells doom for dairy

The owners of Chappies Dairy say their business has fallen away with only one car park now outside their shop. Four were ...

Wellington shop owners say controversial cycleway has killed off customers and forced their retirement.

Take it outside

Hayley Derry, who bought Cornerstone Bar and Restaurant with her husband John Derry, at one of the car parks the couple ...

More outdoor seating for al fresco dining is high on the wish list for the new owners of a central Blenheim bar.

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Kiwi eels a hit in New York

Eels are becoming a more common sight on US restaurant menus.

New Zealand exports to North America more than double, year-on-year.

Geeks fight city hall and win

A bylaw was deemed invalid, so refunds are available for fines for parking a signwritten vehicle in a public place.

A Tauranga bylaw about publicity parking was ruled too broad, so council's giving people their money back.

Who will love these Hatchimals?

24032017 Business Photo: CHLOE WINTER/FAIRFAX NZ. Hatchimals in The Warehouse Tory St, Wellington.

They were the must-have Xmas toy, but interest in Hatchimals could be waning.

Geeks win parking stoush

"This is just ridiculous. We can't operate like this," Geeks on Wheels chief executive Matthew Carr-Gomm thought to himself.

Instead of forking out for parking fines, a computer repair company will be paid $5000.


Six steps to home ownership

Nadine Chalmers-Ross: When my partner and I bought our house a colleague was astonished we'd done it without any cash ...

OPINION: An account with the Bank of Mum and Dad could be key to buying your slice of paradise.

Meth fears over blown?

A meth test can cost between $3000 and $10,000.

Some property managers claim methamphetamine is too big a risk for first time landlords to manage on their own.

Chinese dollars sought for Brighton

Christchurch's New Brighton has been described as "one of the best coast development opportunities in a built up city ...

Christchurch's New Brighton is being touted to potential Chinese buyers as one of the best coastal city development opportunities in the world.

Wellington's housing crisis

Home-building couple Zoe Robinson and Aiden McGillicuddy on their section in Newlands.

Putting a roof over your head: Never has it been harder to buy, build or rent a home in Wellington.

opinion & analysis

Adventures in personal data

Business columnist Mike O'Donnell.

OPINION: You can go nuts Googling job applicants, just apply a healthy dose of skepticism to what you might find.

It's our water

"I don't want to skite, but I doubt I even used 20 litres during the near-crisis," says Michele A'Court.

OPINION: I live in a place where we run out of water when it rains a lot. Try explaining that to your kids.

Sky appeal would be mistake

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OPINION: Sky Television will need to draw a line under its failed merger soon and win back consumers' hearts.

Tell us where our food's from

Gold3, the new gold kiwifruit setting export records is more tolerant to Psa, has more complex flavours, is bigger and ...

OPINION: Kiwifruit "fresh from Opotiki". At least, that's what the sign in the supermarket said.


Carbon forest specs too small

Federated Farmers president William Rolleston says many trees planted by farmers aren't taken into account for emissions ...

Changes to the definition of a carbon forest would help farmers benefit from trading in carbon credits.

Farming apps of the future

A Smart Farm Solutions team are the winners of the AgTech Hackathon after going on a farm to try to come up with ...

Teams of students, start-ups and tech whizzes create apps to tackle common issues farmers face every day.

Positive dairying in the Sounds

Linkwater dairy farmers Jason and Amber Templeman, with son Isaac, are keen to improve the environment.

THE GREEN ISSUE: Desire to highlight positives of dairying drives Marlborough farmers.

Allowances not enough

Shelley Dew-Hopkins believes urban and rural teenagers need the same access to secondary school.

Rural parents have until the end of this month to get their views in on boarding allowances.


How bad can a tweet be for business?

Ryan Holmes' book, The 4 billion Dollar Tweet, is out in April.

What happens if Donald Trump comes after your company on Twitter? Or if you tweet lewd suggestions to a reporter? Nothing much good is the answer.

An era ends for Starbucks

Howard Schultz was born in New York. His dad was an ex-United States army trooper and truck driver.

CEO Howard Schultz is stepping down from his second stint at the helm of the company he built into a global empire

The economist and the sex parties

James Shugg and his accomplices, including Sara Bleta, supplied "wholesale quantities" of drugs.

Australian economist and media commentator jailed for supplying drugs at "chemsex" parties. 

Painter's fake $5.1 trillion deal

"I always wanted to be wealthy, so I could have more free time with my family," says artist Antonio Lee.

An obscure Chicago artist became the world's richest man, and no-one thought to question it.

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