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Paging closure leaves gap

The Fire Service is exploring its options for communicating with volunteers in emergencies.

Fire Service says its volunteers rely on the paging network, which Spark wants to close in 2017.

NZ in slow lane on electric cars

Highways England is planning for a future when electric cars can be recharged by the roads they travel on.

Real estate firm 'negligent' in botched $6m sale

Contact stake sale 'positive'


Say ‘Argh!’ to the cost of dentistry

Prepare for a cash extraction!

Salt away two bucks a day for the dentist. Keeping your chompers in good nick doesn't come cheap.

The 'risk aversion' gene

Absolute returns investor Greg Peacock learnt a lot from his first investment as a student in 1987.

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Foreign invasion 'debunked'

Data from real estate website shows only five per cent of visitors are Asian.

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Support for small businesses

Ngaire Mansfield, one of eight recipients of a new scholarship by The Icehouse, is director of Straight Flush Plumbing, which she owns with husband Jeremy.

Eight small businesses get a leg-up through a scholarship from business growth hub The Icehouse.

Doing recruitment Weirdly

A software start-up is proving the recruitment process can be fun as well as effective.

Welcoming a mother back to the workforce after maternity leave involves communication and flexibility.

Welcoming mums back to work

Good communication and flexibility are essential for businesses when welcoming women back from maternity leave.


Obama unveils greenhouse gas cuts video

US President Barack Obama said the unprecedented carbon dioxide limits are the "the single most important step" America has ever taken to fight climate change.

US president Barack Obama reveals plan to dramatically cut emissions from US power plants.

Greece: The optimist's guide

There are so many ways things could go wrong in Greece, it's easy to miss how things could go right.

It was the Greek market's worst daily performance since at least 1985 when modern records began.

Greek stocks plunge

The market tanked when it reopened after a five-week shutdown during Greece's debt crisis.

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Tax compliance 'abject failure'

Dave Henderson is facing an inquisition in the High Court at Christchurch.

7:06 PM  Dave Henderson's tax compliance is an "abject failure", a court has heard.

'Appalling' waits for driving tests

The backlog is clearing, but Aucklanders are still facing four to six week waits to sit driving tests.

Suzanne Davies has been found guilty of defrauding Tawa plumbing supply chain Zip Plumbing of $1.4 million. She will be sentenced later this month.

$1.4m fraudster guilty

Wellington jury finds Suzanne Davies, 60, guilty on all 300 dishonesty charges.

opinion & analysis

Whittaker's tasty marketing

Whittaker's seems willing to collaborate with other brands to advance itself.

Whittaker's is an overnight success that's been over 100 years in the making.

Greece: The optimist's guide

There are so many ways things could go wrong in Greece, it's easy to miss how things could go right. 
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Think engagement, not employment

OPINION: Some towns you visit feel vibrant and busy while others felt more like a black hole. Why is that?


Southland farmers up for awards video

Malcolm Mackenzie with dogs Tess and Belle on his farm, near Browns. Mackenzie is nominated for a Southland Environment Award for farming.

Five Southland farms are showing why being environmentally friendly is key to long-term farm sustainability.

Rural firms in ComCom's sights

Price fixing by PGG Wrightson and Elders NZ is alleged by the competition watchdog.

Cows could be belching out one-third less methane in five years' time, thanks to a new food additive.

Breakthrough in farm flatulence

Kiwi scientist helps find feed additive that cuts farm methane emissions.

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