Business confidence takes a dive,

Agriculture was the most gloomy sector at a net 38.5 per cent negative and dominated the falls in business confidence this month.

Business confidence is retreating, falling 15 points in May, but coming off high levels, ANZ Bank says.

Bach owners deemed 'investors'

The Kiwi bach could cop collateral damage from a crackdown on property investors.

Reserve Bank chooses the broadest possible definition for property investor rules.

Sheep billboards bring hope video

Mike Bowler, a drought-stricken sheep and cattle farmer in North Canterbury, has every morning since January fed grain to his sheep on a hill side beside State Highway 1 to form a word or symbol making light of a serious situation.

The North Canterbury farmer who arranges his sheep into roadside billboards talks about the drought.

Rural Broadband inquiry call

Improvements to rural broadband are being funded through a levy on phone companies.

Industry body believes rural Kiwis may not be aware of all their broadband options.

BNZ card risk for the forgetful

BNZ is replacing its GlobalPlus credit cards but says they can still be used till they expire.

BNZ issued 100,000-plus new credit cards - but they have different expiry dates from the cards they replace..

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money

Pet insurance: a need or a want?

Fourteen-year-old Sprocket has cost Debbie Darvill a fortune but she doesn't regret her decision to go without pet insurance at all.

It may not be for everyone, even when furry family members end up costing a fortune in medical bills.

Health insurer pays out $800m

New Zealand's biggest health insurer reveals the treatments it pays out most on for men and women of different ages.

Finance Minister Bill English says the Government will consider mass enrolment of workers in KiwiSaver now it doesn't have to pay them all a $1000 joining incentive.

KiwiSaver enrolment for all?

After scrapping the $1000 KiwiSaver kickstart, Government considers enrolling all workers.

small business

Xero foe MYOB raids capital

Ace Payroll has been bought out.

Aussie accounting software firm splashes out $14 million on Wellington-based Ace Payroll.

Home detention after tax dodge

Inland Revenue smelled something wasn't right from low number of cash sales at an Auckland restaurant.

Sunflower Cafe

Free coffee. What's the catch?

It's tough for cafes to compete, so it can take a new approach to get people through the door.

world

Gina Rinehart saga not over

The 160-page judgment didn't pull any punches about Gina Rinehart's role as trustee – or her behaviour.

Australia's richest person and most powerful woman has suffered a A$5 billion blow.

Rich kid buys dog two gold watches

Thought you were splurging by purchasing an Apple Watch for yourself? Think again.

The cost of breaches is rising for companies around the world as sophisticated thieves target valuable records.

Data breaches cost $5.2m a year

Study shows the cost of data breaches is rising for companies around the world and is now at about $5.2m a year.

better business

Gold Awards finalists announced

Some of the finalists of the 2015 Gold Awards arrive at the Wharewaka on Thursday night. From left: Olivia lsen (Uprise), Richard Capie (BRANZ) and Sara Orsborn (Mytrucking).

Wellington businesses are sharp, sophisticated organisations, Wellington Gold Awards organiser says.

Lying on your CV is risky

Every CV has a lie in it, but faking it to make it is very short-sighted.

29082013 Supplements Photographer John Nicholson/DominionPost. Stuart Boyce. Changed career from banker to tiler.

Wrong visa leads to fine

A Christchurch rebuild firm has been fined for hiring a tiler with the wrong immigration visa.

opinion & analysis

Contemplating the Grexit abyss

A man makes his way past a graffiti artwork titled "Death of euros" in Athens. The Greek government faces a debt deadline on June 5, when it must make a €1.5 billion repayment on IMF loans.

OPINION: Imagine if New Zealand were Greece facing financial ruin - the world would barely notice.

Dealing with financial roadblocks

What do you do when the bump in the road is too big to navigate and is more like a financial roadblock?

Broadcaster, radio host and columnist Mike Yardley.

'Restrict foreign house buyers'

OPINION: Restrictions are needed stop Canterbury homes becoming "playdough for foreign speculators".

farming

Key did not visit NZ farm hub video

Awassi ewes at the Dammam, Saudi Arabia,  farm of Saudi businessman Hamood Al Khalaf.

PM John Key recently met the Saudi businessman who wanted to sue NZ for $20-30m but did not visit the farm hub.

Crop yields hold up

Cropping farmers are managing to maintain much the same grain yields as five years ago on a shrinking land base.

The country's biggest bank also paid $19 million in compensation to customers.

ANZ censured over swaps

High Court censure for breaching the Fair Trading Act concludes the bank's settlement.

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