Contact sheds 10,000 customers

The Otahuhu power station closed on September 30, 2015.

10:05 AM  Wellington-based retailer says small players driving competition in electricity sector.

Diligent sold for $943m

Diligent chairman David Liptak says sale was in best interests of shareholders.

15 min ago  Investors who bought into Diligent at the right time could have turned $1000 into $147,800

Apartment market heats up

Buyers who have been priced out of the market for a house are turning to apartments.

9:31 AM  Prices double over 18 months for central Auckland apartments.

Nuplex surges on takeover offer

A shipment of resins produced by the NZX-listed chemicals manufacturer.

10:32 AM  Shares leap 35 per cent with the board in "advanced discussions" to close a deal.

High earners: We're battlers

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High earners reluctant to part with tax breaks as they think of themselves as hard workers.

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NZTE spend $30k on gifts

Greenstone / pounamu is a precious stone used for jewellery and other decorative items.

Hundreds of pounamu pendants were bought for staff.

Avoiding trouble on work trips

Don't get Lost in Translation on your next work trip.

Yes, business trips can be fun - but they shouldn't be too much fun. Keep your job by following these 10 tips.

Booming Sydney a bright light

Jul 1998:  General view of Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House as the city prepares to host the 2000 Olympic Games in Australia. \ Mandatory Credit: Nick Wilson /Allsport .

Sydney's resurgent economy contributed nearly a third of Australia's growth in the last financial year.

High earners: We're battlers

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High earners reluctant to part with tax breaks as they think of themselves as hard workers.

Key on being booed off stage

Protesters try to interrupt Prime Minister John Key at Big Gay Out meet and greet.

Prime Minister says TPPA protesters hijacked a fun day out for many.

Finance diary

Dairy farmers will be interested in the outcome of Wednesday's GlobalDairyTrade Acution.

Business events for the week ahead.

KiwiSaver balance going backwards?

Interest rates are so small, it feels like you need a magnifying glass to even see them.

Wondering why your hard-earned savings are going backwards? Don’t panic.

Not worth 5 cents video

Australia's 5 cent coin is set to die out soon.

Australian five cent piece might not be around for much longer.

The shops are empty

Boots 'n' All owner Andy Hall says he is not surprised so many stores are empty, as he was almost forced to relocate his Queen St business before he renegotiated the rent with his landlord.

"People don't know how much it costs to run a business."

Hop shortage causing a headache

Hop plants being processed in Motueka.

Droughts and global demand are to blame for pressure on beer prices.

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KiwiSaver balance going backwards?

Interest rates are so small, it feels like you need a magnifying glass to even see them.

Wondering why your hard-earned savings are going backwards? Don’t panic.

Old-fashioned Valentines Day

Valentines Day is a throwback to a more traditional time, figures suggest.

The perils of false optimism

Financial nightmare of wrongful accusations

small business

Insurers not expecting big claims

Articles fell from shelves in stores in Christchurch.

Insurers are not predicting big claims after today's earthquake in Christchurch.

From Wellington to Hollywood

Sophie Howard's love for tea has landed her a unique opportunity serving her tea to the stars at the Oscars.

The who's who of Hollywood will be sipping Wellington-branded high tea at this year's Oscars.

Aro Video gets reprieve

Aro Video owner Andrew Armitage said the store was saved by the community.

Just before the axe fell on the Wellington video store, the community stepped in.

Streets 'tough for girls in heels'

A high heel takes on post-quake Christchurch in 2012.

Christchurch shoe repairer has seen many high heels in "mutilated state" since the earthquakes.

better business

How to choose an MBA

America's Harvard university has one of the top reputations for business degrees.

It can consolidate your management position, or set you on the path to promotion or a completely different career.

Kea showcases World Class Kiwis

Phil Veal, global chair of Kea New Zealand and passionate advocate of getting Kiwis connected all over the world.

Expat Kiwis are making a powerful contribution to the country.

Driving for more electric vehicles

Transport Minister Simon Bridges is planning an overseas trip to encourage more electric vehicles manufacturers to bring their cars to NZ.

Moves are afoot to get more company fleet cars changing to electric vehicles.

Party over for big-spending car boss

Clyde Campbell is accused of misappropriating and misusing more than $30 million of company money.

How one of the world's biggest car makers ran itself off the road, with a MD accused of misusing more than $32.5m.

opinion & analysis

Economic reality is hitting home

Business commentator Rod Oram.

OPINION: Prime Minister John Key paints a pretty picture but misses the point.

Banking woes a warning

Many Auckland homeowners will be financially underwater if house prices drop to January 2014 levels.

OPINION: Global banking sector woes are a warning for NZ. We are stuck in a doom-loop of debt gorging and economic vulnerability.

Friendly business investment

Business owners should have a clear view and vision of their enterprise before bringing on any investor, whether that person is a friend or not.

OPINION: Asking friends to invest in a business is a common way to get money but the relationship still needs to be managed just like with any other investor.

Time to ban sunbeds

A spray tan is a safer option than a sunbed.

OPINION: This is an industry that cannot meet safety standards, Consumer NZ says.

farming

Herd the one about the sheep? video

A new perspective on sheep farming.

Drone footage of Hawke's Bay sheep being herded has attracted global attention.

Flashpoint over poachers

Blenheim police Sergeant Mike Porter says police will now target poachers "anytime, anywhere".

Fed-up farmers are losing patience with trespassing hunters.

Top shearers meet Welshmen 

Dion King, one of New Zealand's shearers facing Wales.

Rangitikei will host the third test between New Zealand shearers and Wales.

Show hens some love

Animal welfare activists in 2014 protest against the farming of colony-caged eggs

Animal rights group SAFE wants Countdown supermarkets to sell only free-range or barn-raised eggs.

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Not worth 5 cents video

Australia's 5 cent coin is set to die out soon.

Australian five cent piece might not be around for much longer.

Apologetic thief leaves note

A note left by the thief who broke into the Byng Street Local Store and Cafe.

A thief has left a note blaming addiction and poverty after breaking into a cafe in Australia.

UK's Independent stops the press

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 12:  In this photo illustration is an iPad displaying The Independent's online platform above a selection of The Independent newspapers on February 12, 2016 in London, United Kingdom. The British newspaper 'The Independent' which has been in circulation since 1986, will move to a 'digital only' platform from March 26, 2016, the owners ESI Media said in a statement today.  (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

The Independent newspaper will publish its last print edition on March 26, and go digital only.

Scam victim lost $260K

Jan Marshall fell in love and lost more than  A$260,000 to a scammer.

Jan Marshall fell in love with a scammer posing as a British engineer in Dubai, and lost her life savings.

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