Greeks sink further into poverty

Retired teacher and volunteer Eva Agkisalaki clears tables at a soup kitchen.

8:00 AM  After seven years of bailouts, most Greeks struggle to cover costs and many rely on soup kitchens.

'Ditch minimum wage'

Some families have to choose between paying rent or the food bill because they cannot do both, one budget adviser says.

Leading budget adviser says scrap minimum wage as it encourages employers to pay staff less than they are worth.

How many tourists do we have?

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Ovation of the seas cruise ship visits Picton.
Picton streets were packed ...

6:56 AM  It might seem a recent phenomenon, but NZ's boom in overseas visitors began decades ago.

Biggest cyber risk? Your staff

Emails falling into the wrong hands can be a significant cyber threat.

It can be as simple as an employee losing confidential information or sending it to the wrong person.

Rebuild 63 per cent complete

Highway traffic congestion is the evidence of growth in Christchurch's neighbouring districts.

Flight by Christchurch residents to neighbouring districts eases, with population returning to pre-quake levels.

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Billionaire's superyacht seized

The Russian is said to owe 15.3 million euros on the superyacht.

Russian loses one of the world's largest and most advanced superyachts over unsettled 15m euro bill dispute.

Paua ban extended

Coastal uplift has caused a loss of habitat for juvenile paua.

Emergency closure of Kaikoura's paua fishery pushed out by nine months to help quake-battered stocks.

Few favour media merger

The ruling on the NZME/Fairfax NZ merger is four weeks away.

Horizon poll finds 44% of respondents don't think NZME/Fairfax NZ merger is needed.

Kraft Heinz withdraws Unilever offer video

A Heinz Ketchup bottle sits next to a box of Kraft macaroni. Kraft Heinz made an $143 billion offer on competitor ...

Third-biggest take over in history collapses after coming up against strong resistance.

Sexual harrassment investigated at Uber

Uber chief executive Travis Kalanick.

Uber CEO announces an urgent investigation, after former employee revealed she was propositioned by her boss on her first day.

WWII vet didn't want Bitcoins

Ray Toler, who is accused of obtaining by deception $22,000 from a 95-year-old war veteran.

Lancaster bomber veteran thought he was getting war pension transferred, not invested in Bitcoins.

Dark night sky to be a tourism product

Venture Southland chief executive Paul Casson.

Stargazing is being investigated as a tourism product for Southland.

11 characteristics of great leadership

Drive characterises the leader who isn't content with the status quo.

Courage, collaboration and drive, does your manager possess these attributes?

NZ Post's split fortunes

Kiwibank chief executive Paul Brock said a "very competitive" market put pressure on margins in the second half of 2016.

Kiwibank costs are up and margins are squeezed as it continues to split from NZ Post.

PM slams Super boss's super funds video

NZ Super Fund chief executive Adrian Orr has been tipped as the next Reserve Bank Governor.

Bill English says heads could roll after NZ's highest-paid public servant received 36 per cent pay rise despite his objection.

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WWII vet didn't want Bitcoins

Ray Toler, who is accused of obtaining by deception $22,000 from a 95-year-old war veteran.

Lancaster bomber veteran thought he was getting war pension transferred, not invested in Bitcoins.

Bank: Customers signed away right to privacy

Bank argued customers agreed to data being given to police, by signing terms and conditions.

Kiwibank profits down

Moving back in with the folks

small business

Volkswagen launches new dealership

Volkswagen NZ general manager Tony Ruddenklau at the new Volkswagen showroom in invercargill.

The first European car dealership had its official opening in Invercargill on Friday night.

Baby boom means business for Belinda

Wanaka businesswoman Belinda Smalls.

Stick with your dreams and just go with it, Wanaka businesswoman says.

'I was the sucker who fell for it'

Sonja Christensen feels like she has been let down by the Make Space initiative supported by Napier City Council.

Hawke's Bay woman left deflated after council initiative to help her business failed to deliver.

Bank closure 'disaster'

ANZ Molesworth Street, Wellington has been closed since the November earthquake.

ANZ Molesworth Street closure is "disappointing" for an area in need of recovery.

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11 characteristics of great leadership

Drive characterises the leader who isn't content with the status quo.

Courage, collaboration and drive, does your manager possess these attributes?

Investigation unearths breaches

Three vineyard contractors are being taken to the Employment Relations Authority after breaching minimum employment ...

Three vineyard contractors are being taken to the ERA after breaching employment standards.

5 tips for business success

The end of the financial year is the ideal time to reflect on your business and set it up for success for the next.

Start the new financial year in the best possible position.

Chart: School leavers

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First major NCEA exams started today. Photo: Riccarton High School ...

Which region has the most students leaving school with at least NCEA level 2?

property

Building industry can't cope, Goff says video

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff is keen to fix Auckland's housing supply problems.

The building industry is not geared up to produce the number of houses needed in Auckland, according to the city's mayor Phil Goff.

Borrowers shift to fix

ANZ is one bank that has noticed more borrowers want fixed-term rates.

When first-home buyer Pippa Jefferies took out a mortgage recently, she decided to fix the bulk of it.

House of God for sale video

The former Church of the Ascension in Point Chevalier has a CV of more than $3 million.

A 99-year-old Auckland church listed for the first time is likely to sell for an ungodly sum.

Tricky Sticky Forest issues aired in Wanaka

Bike Wanaka's Sticky Forest meeting was attended by an estimated 450 people.

I want to be really transparent about what we want to do, Maori working group representative Mike Beresford says.

opinion & analysis

Experts are people too

Shamubeel Eaqub says experts should reconnect with a wider society in the way they communicate.

OPINION: Except for a handful, most academics are invisible in public life, sidelined and ridiculed.

Procrastination's naked truth

Procrastination prevents many people from achieving their goals.

OPINION: Victor Hugo wrote naked so he had a good way to avoid procrastination and get himself working.

Keeping it clean

Fast changing technology offers opportunity for economic gains.

It's still very early days for electric vehicles in New Zealand, but the trends are promising in both passenger and commercial sectors.

Retailers prepare for foreign invasion

Wellington Department store Kirkcaldie and Stains doorman Neville Wellbourn and another staff member shut the doors for ...

OPINION: Retailers are bracing for the arrival of more global brands which threaten to slash prices.

farming

Lotto won't solve farm woes

Be in to win, unless you are a loss making farmer.

What does a Lotto winning farmer do? Keep farming until the prize money's all gone.

High country farmers in retreat

Around 170 people attended the field day at Simon and Lynda Harvey's property Glen Orkney, Awatere Valley.

Marlborough has lost 25,000ha of flat pastoral land in the past three decades.

Shareholders choose takeover

Shareholders ope for Chinese takeover of Blue Sky Meats in Southland.

A Chinese takeover of Southland processor Blue Sky Meats has been given shareholder approval.

Dog trials tested by weather

Dog triallists at the Pelorus Sheep Dog Trial Club meeting, near Havelock

"Dog trialing can be a great leveller."

world

Facebook gives more paid leave

Sheryl Sandberg, CEO of Facebook, has announced extended, paid bereavement and sick care leave for employees of the company.

If a family member dies, a Facebook employee will get 20 days off, or six weeks to care for the ill.

Airbnb scams on the rise video

Airbnb and its competitors aren't just giving you the chance to live like a local, anywhere in the world. They're also ...

The six-bedroom "Bondi Beach luxury villa," listed at $780 a night for 12 people, was actually in Florida.

Cafe charges tourists for electricity

Charge for a charge: A cafe owner is making customers pay if they want to plug in their devices.

A grumpy business owner is sick of customers asking to charge their phones, so she's making them pay.

65 isn't old, it's 'pre-old'

Getting old is scary, but most people in their sixties reckon they have a way to go before yet.

How do you fix an ageing society? Just don't consider people old until they're 75, report concludes.

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