New look NZ Post service video

Postie Spencer Salt drives a new mail delivery vehicle unveiled by New Zealand Post in New Plymouth on Monday.

New Plymouth residents will be the first in the country to have their mail delivered by new high-tech vehicles.

Pacific Edge payout

Pacific Edge is based in Dunedin.

Pacific Edge will pay investors half a million dollars in compensation after FMA investigation into continuous disclosure.

Profits in challenging half year

Governor-General Sir Jerry Mateparae, left, is shown around Sanford’s green mussel processing plant in Havelock in January.

Sanford lifted operating profits more than 18 per cent for the six months to the end of March. 

Capital gains tax justified

The new property gains tax is justfied based on Auckland property sales data, according to CoreLogic.

The new capital gains tax on houses sold within two years is justified, CoreLogic says.

Holiday drought ahead

It's a long time between long weekends after Queen's Birthday this week.

Work-life balance key to retaining workers, if not attracting them, survey finds.

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Countdown's Sydney siege blunder

A drop in price of Lindt chocolate was announced by Countdown on the same day as an inquest resumes into the Sydney Lindt Cafe siege. Lindt Cafe staff members prepare chocolate in the newly reopened cafe.

Countdown announces price drop of Lindt chocolate on the same day an inquest into Sydney siege resumes.

Health and safety law changes set to be watered down

Health and safety law changes prompted by the Pike River tragedy are set to be watered down.

Property capital gains tax justified

'Chequebook justice' for ex Pike boss - lawyer

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”?

Debunking child poverty myths

Experts believe poor families need their benefit quadrupled.

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

Bid for homeowning victory

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

small business

Wellington 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.

Last orders at Quenched site

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

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

Small biz Budget benefits

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

world

Tobacco giants sue Britain

Britain would be the first of the European Union's 28 countries to impose the regulation.

Big Tobacco is pushing back against Europe's effort to remove the marketing allure from smoking.

'Ronald's here to stay'

Ronald McDonald won't be sent into retirement, CEO says during a grilling from shareholders.

Used oil barrels are stacked at a storage facility in Seattle, Washington February 12, 2015. Saudi Arabia's oil exports have risen in February in response to stronger demand from customers. As OPEC's top producer battles for market share Reuters photographers around the globe have been photographing oil barrels to document how they are utilised once the fuel has been used.  REUTERS/Jason Redmond  (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SOCIETY ENERGY TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY)

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Oil at US$60 a barrel

Oil held near US$60 a barrel as US drillers increased activity for the first time in six months.

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'Ronald's here to stay'

Job security: The ever-smiling burger clown won't go anywhere soon.

Ronald McDonald won't be sent into retirement, CEO says during a grilling from shareholders.

Businesses warned: adapt or lose

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

"I don't have shares in Warner Construction but I would like to ask a question on their behalf," Grant Coward said.

Tender questions for council

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

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

Wallaby problem spreading

A South Canterbury wallaby.

South Canterbury's wallaby population has reached alarming proportions.

Move away from radiata pine

Forestry experts are encouraging landowners to use recently announced forestry grants to plant trees other than radiata pine.

More money will be invested in encouraging young people into the primary sector.

$7.5m over next two years

More money will be spent to encourage jobs, investment and high tech farming systems in the primary sector.

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