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Fonterra investors punished

Fonterra has had a tough year for returns in the marketplace and unit investors have not been happy.

The value of Fonterra's investment unit has dropped 20 per cent since the co-op's interim result on March 25.

Three stages of retirement

Retirement can last 30 years or more, and lots can change during that time.

OPINION: Do you know that there is really no one such thing as “retirement”?

Chinese giant's sales fall short

Pure Canterbury infant formula.
Photo:SUPPLIED/SYNLAIT MILK LTD

Chinese dairy investor Bright Dairy appears short of its sales targets for its New Zealand-made infant formula.

Soda business bubbling

Owners of Six Barrel Soda Co, Joseph Slater and Mike Stewart are growing their business and concentrating on the wholesale side of trade.

It's only been three years but Wellington business Six Barrel Soda is thriving and predicting more growth.

Coffee breaks in China

Kiwi high flyer Ellen Zhang is spearheading a drinks revolution in her home country.

Kiwi high flyer Ellen Zhang is spearheading a drinks revolution in her home country.

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industries

Taranaki will 'bounce back': PM

Prime Minister John Key was in New Plymouth on Sunday to address National Party members at the weekend's Central North Island Regional conference.

John Key is confident Taranaki's economy will quickly bounce back from low dairy payouts and oil prices. 

Finance diary

Monday

Coffee breaks in China

60 jobs 'being reviewed' at tannery

money

Three stages of retirement

Retirement can last 30 years or more, and lots can change during that time.

OPINION: Do you know that there is really no one such thing as “retirement”?

Snapper tags off retail market

Snapper will put its focus on selling its mobile payment know-how to the world.

Robyn Forryan from Auckland's North Shore has a business teaching auction skills to house hunters. 

Story; Rob Stock

Bidding for homeowning victory

Milford real estate expert Robyn Forryan teaches first time home buyers how to bid at auctions.

small business

Small business budget benefits

Xero managing director Victoria Crone says overall it's a reasonable budget, one that provides stability for businesses to have confidence to invest.

OPINION: As expected, the Government's support for small business continues.

You can now track your home

A new online tool dispenses with screeds of paperwork and can be passed on if the property is sold.

Quenched advertises with the phrase: Don’t stop the party at your place early, we are here to help.

Last orders at Quenched site

New alcohol delivery service shuts down its site - at least for now.

world

Coffee breaks in China

Kiwi high flyer Ellen Zhang is spearheading a drinks revolution in her home country.

Kiwi high flyer Ellen Zhang is spearheading a drinks revolution in her home country.

Gyrocopter pilot faces prison sentence

The US postal worker who landed a gyrocopter at the US Capitol says he did it to highlight 'rampant corruption' by Congress.

By last year, Pan Sutong had pretty much exhausted the billionaire's bucket list.

Tycoon's rollercoaster wealth

Pan Sutong made $29 billion this year and then lost most of it. He says he doesn't care.

better business

Tender questions for council

Grant Coward.

District councillors were outraged a local business was snubbed in favour of costlier Fulton Hogan.

Q'town's $250m building boom

Frankton leads the way as Queenstown's construction industry booms.

Businesses must adapt to digital or fade away, says Geri Ellis, general manager of social and digital media at Vodafone NZ.

Businesses warned: adapt or lose

"If you don't cannibalise your own business, someone else will do it for you," business owners told.

opinion & analysis

Drug testing for meetings?

Mary-Jane Thomas.

OPINION: Why would someone who is going to a meeting, need to agree to be drug tested?

Small business budget benefits

OPINION: As expected in Thursday's Budget, the Government's support for small business continues through the Business Growth Agenda initiatives.

A near crash in last week's Targa Rally served as a wakeup call for Mike O'Donnell to moderate his behaviour. The money online giants make from the sale of personal data should serve as a similar warning to consumers.

Online data wake-up call

OPINION: Each time you use "free" online platforms like Gmail somebody's laughing all the way to the bank through the sale of your data.

farming

More milk price transparency call

A Fonterra milk tanker arrives at Fonterra's Te Rapa plant near Hamilton in this August 6, 2013 file photo. Fonterra, New Zealand's huge dairy cooperative, has begun buying milk from non-members for the first time in its history, a major strategic shift as it battles foreign-backed processors that have sprung up in the world's No.1 dairy exporting nation. REUTERS/Nigel Marple/Files (NEW ZEALAND - Tags: BUSINESS FOOD HEALTH)

6:00 AM  Fonterra told to sharpen its communication act and publicly report milk price guidance monthly.

There's milk in thar hills

6:00 AM  Life is very busy for one young Hawke's Bay farmer.

Angus (left) and Forbes Cameron, 2015 Steak of Origin champion farmers.

Different thinking pays off

6:00 AM  Alternative thinking is paying off for father and son farmers who recently won NZ's "Steak of Origin" competition.

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