Call to focus on 'human capital'

Deputy Prime Minister Bill English spoke at the Government Economics Network annual conference at Te Papa Museum on Tuesday.

1:09 PM  Deputy Prime Minister says New Zealand's productivity continues to lag and urges investment in education.

Viagra prices triple in US

Soaring prices for impotency drugs have put them out of reach.

1:40 PM  Sex becoming a financial decision for deflated Americans as cost of impotency drugs rise and rise.

Book sales rebound video

Brick and mortar bookstores are making a comeback.

1:40 PM  After a dismal few years for publishers, Kiwi readers appear to be visiting bookstores again.

House prices will stop climbing video

Cameron Bagrie says the fact that house prices are high does not necessarily mean they will dramatically fall.

But will it be a soft landing, a hard landing or a crash landing?

No money? Here's a BMW video

BMW will write off A$50m in loans that it should never have made.

Scathing review of carmarker that lent to Australians with no income to buy luxury German vehicles.

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NZ's best and worst airports

Queenstown Airport came out top in seven categories.

Cleanliness, range of bars and well-kept bathrooms are Kiwis' priorities.

A no-checkout supermarket video

The grab-and-go experience would take some getting used to, with some people feeling like they stole an item.

Just walk out without paying at Amazon's first sensor-filled supermarket in the US.

Origin sells out of NZ

The spin-off company will hold a 50 per cent stake in the Kupe gas project

New company to list in Australia next year.

Ferries running again

Interislander services are running again after the quake.

Interislander ferries are all back up and running after CentrePort earthquake repairs.

Driverless cars towing others

A Nissan Leaf with no one inside pulls a trailer with three other Leafs on it, during a demonstration of the automaker's ...

Nissan testing self-driving cars that can tow vehicles on a trailer to the wharf for loading on transport ships.

New bowling alley's fine view

"We're celebrating more than just the bowling now," SkyCity Hamilton general manager Michelle Baillie says.

As far as bowling alleys go, it may boast the best view in the country, possibly the world.

Proposed Wanaka lakeside development attracts scrutiny

A bridge over Waterfall Creek leads from Wanaka to Glendhu Bay.

Opposers say the combination of adverse effects from a proposed commercial lodge is unacceptable.

Wooing Tree plans to develop a boutique 'vineyard village' in Cromwell

Wooing Tree directors Thea and Steve Farquharson and Jane and Geoff Bews

Central Otago's Wooing Tree Vineyard plans to develop a boutique residential and commercial space at its wine business in Cromwell.

NZ dollar recovers

Prime Minister John Key announced his resignation on Monday. In a week, the National Party caucus will choose a new PM ...

The NZ dollar has bounced back following a mild reaction to Monday's big prime ministerial surprise.

Rock pubs ch-ch-changing

Dunedin's Captain Cook Tavern, affectionately known as The Cook by music lovers, has been refurbished into a gastro pub.

They nurtured our most beloved bands - now they're office blocks and restaurants.

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money

The jigsaw bubble video

Housing bubble puzzle piece

If we are in a housing bubble, how long have we got until it all falls down?

Living on wartime rations

OPINION: We've been living on wartime rations for the last two weeks. It's been an instructive experiment.

House prices only go up, right? video

Hold my beer while I fix the crisis

Panama Papers

John Key keeps lid on hidden billions video

John Key has described criticism of New Zealand's foreign trust laws as a media beat-up.

Foreign trusts lobbyists seem to have watered down a NZ bill on better disclosure of the origins of secret cash.

Govt accepts foreign trusts plan video

Tax expert John Shewan has called for a shake up of New Zealand's laws around foreign trusts.

John Key accepts foreign trust rules need a radical overhaul following warnings not enough's being done to counter money laundering.

Judgment day for trusts video

The foreign trust inquiry by John Shewan has helped the Government save face.

NZ's foreign trust regime is a good little earner for some, but time may be running out.

Mossack Fonseca staffer held

Geneva prosecutors led a police raid of Mossack Fonseca's local office in which computer equipment was seized.

Computer specialist at the Panama law firm is taken into custody over huge leak.

small business

Rock pubs ch-ch-changing

Dunedin's Captain Cook Tavern, affectionately known as The Cook by music lovers, has been refurbished into a gastro pub.

They nurtured our most beloved bands - now they're office blocks and restaurants.

Easter Trading finally on the cards

Rotorua residents will finally get a say on whether the want Easter trading.

The community will get the next say on Rotorua retail businesses being allowed to trade on Easter Sunday.

Beware DIY wills

DIY wills can lead to legal and financial complications for you loved ones.

OPINION: What are the dangers of completing a DIY will?

Deloitte Fast 50 lessons

Bird on a Wire, founded by Sophie Gilmour, offers a poultry handling degree to develop staff.

Deloitte Fast 50 businesses are highly productive and masters of a niche.

better business

New bowling alley's fine view

"We're celebrating more than just the bowling now," SkyCity Hamilton general manager Michelle Baillie says.

As far as bowling alleys go, it may boast the best view in the country, possibly the world.

Giant mixer mishap

A man was caught between the mixing bowl and dough bin at the Yarrows The Bakers in Manaia.

He was making the last dough of the day when the 420kg mixing bowl crushed him.

Trade Me sells accommodation sites

Trade Me sells Travelbug and BookIt.

Accommodation website Travelbug and online booking engine BookIt have gone to a Hamilton firm.

Best Ugly Bagels expands

MasterChef New Zealand judge Al Brown is opening a new Best Ugly Bagels store at Wellington Airport.

Al Brown's signature bagels take to the skies, with a new shop opening at Wellington Airport.

opinion & analysis

Let's cut Santa loose

Let's ditch the fake snow, Santa sweating in his red suit, reindeers and tinsel and focus on what Christmas really means ...

OPINION: Time to ditch the fake snow and Santa sweating in his red suit, and focus on what Christmas really means for Kiwis.

'Tis the time to be jolly for Labour? video

Prime Minister John Key leaves a hole, undoubtedly. But how will Labour and the Greens capitalise?

OPINION: Labour and the Greens have played it graciously, but they must be a little pleased.

Beware DIY wills

DIY wills can lead to legal and financial complications for you loved ones.

OPINION: What are the dangers of completing a DIY will?

Housing bubble 'undeniable' video

Over the course of seven days, we'll explore the question of a housing bubble in New Zealand.

Economist Shamubeel Eaqub joined us to talk about housing bubbles. Here's what he said.

farming

Grass is greener in Nelson 

Dairy cows munch on grass in a paddock  near Rai Valley between Nelson and Blenheim.

 A wetter than usual November has seen greener pastures impact cattle sales in the Nelson region.

Wasp vs weevil

An Irish wasp (right) sizes up a clover root weevil.

Valuable clover has been granted a reprieve by a successful biocontrol programme.

Confidence up and down

Sheep and beef farmers have got the blues from lower prices.

Dairy farmers' improved fortunes are reflected in Rabobank's latest confidence survey.

Onetai Station eyes growth

Onetai Station is currently running about 300 ewes, 930 ewe hoggets and 1670 trade lambs as well as 339 beef cows.

Two years of development at Onetai Station have put the building blocks in place for future economic and environmental gains.

world

Trump's threat to US companies video

Donald Trump's comments follow his direct intervention in an Indiana factory where production was scheduled to shift to ...

Donald Trump fires tax warning at US companies considering moving their operations overseas.

eBay to stop 'hate' products

An Australian Jewish group is calling for all online retailers to take a stand against goods sold on their websites that ...

Online stores, including eBay, will take a stand against goods sold on their websites that promote hatred.

Domino's cans reindeer delivery video

It's not the real deal, but it's still festive and cute.

Poor Rudolph, his pizza-guy career never stood a chance.

Ivanka's clothing a problem for Trump

Ivanka Trump, daughter of the president-elect, has already had her brand targeted by a boycott.

Is Ivanka Trump's made-in-China fashion range undermining her father's political credibility?

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