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Electricity buyers on the spot

Power users are still having to keep half an eye on lake levels, nearly two decades after Max Bradford's electricity ...

Bought electricity at spot prices? Well that money-saving option may backfire over South Island lake levels.

Home insurance hike 'unfair'

New Zealand is ranked only behind Bangladesh and Chile for natural disaster risk.

Insurers protest over being made to collect ever-more tax for Government.

Fidget spinners recalled

Nearly 2500 of the recalled LED light fidget spinner toys were sold in the North Island.

LED light fidget spinners with loose battery compartments could be a choking or burn hazard.

Pay up $651m compensation

Michael King, former CEO of MFS Ltd, has been banned from running companies for 20 years and will have to pay hefty fines.

It is believed to be one of the biggest compensation orders relating to a company collapse in Australian history.

Wage growth not 'hot': PM

Significantly higher construction industry wages will flow through to the rest of the economy.

Bill English will believe skill shortages exist when wages are significantly increased.

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Southern Response gets $1.5b

The Government set up Southern Response to settle earthquake claims against failed insurer AMI.

The Government has pledged a further $250 million to Southern Response in its Budget.

Sacking after P claims 'unjustified'

The ERA has ruled that even though the chef probably did offer drugs, her boss did not go through the right processes to ...

Head chef of a restaurant on the Kapiti Coast fired for allegedly offering P to employees unjustifiably dismissed

Akl luxury Metro Suites sells for $11m

Auckland's Metro Suites has been sold to Thai-owned hotel branded Avani Hotels and Resorts.

Metro Suites bought by Thai-owned Minor Hotels, as it expands its Avani brand.

Horse breeders get export nod

Lang Lin founded the firm and says he has a passion for racing.

Inner Mongolia Rider Horse Industry has sent thousands of horses to China.

Vague timing for $70M traffic fix video

Lake Rd upgrades are the Devonport-Takapuna Local Board's top priority for Auckland Council to fund in its 2017/18 ...

Long-awaited solutions for one of Auckland's worst bottlenecks have been revealed, but when they arrive is another matter.

Rural location no barrier to busy mum video

Kate Ivey juggles her expanding business with caring for her three children and helping run the family farm.

A busy mother of three who lives rurally in "the middle of nowhere" is celebrating the success of her online fitness business on the feet of its one year anniversary.

New housing set to 'warp' Kapiti

The Ngarara subdivision beside Te Moana Rd, Waikanae Beach. The first stage, comprising 55 homes, could be finished by ...

Massive 850-lot development in Waikanae could be just the start, says mayor.

The great NZ data binge

The average Kiwi household's data usage is doubling almost every year watching shows like Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Average home is chewing through more internet data than ever before, and is set to double by the end of 2018.

The Budget and families: Who gets what?

Our imaginary Dunedin family, the Bennetts, are $113.63 a week better off under today's Budget changes.

With a weekly boost of over $150 for some - but just $30 for others - the Budget paints a varied picture for Kiwi families. We run the ruler over the family income package.

Budget failed on health and safety

Richard Gill is the founder and CEO of Blerter, New Zealand's leading health and safety network provider.

OPINION:

money

Low-user power scheme under review

Luke Blincoe, of Electric Kiwi, says the low fixed-charge scheme may be having the opposite effect of what was intended.

System was designed to help poorer families. Is it just lining the pockets of the better-off?

Smaller banks face bigger bill

Lower credit ratings mean it costs more and may be more difficult to raise funds for some institutions.

Want success? Do nothing

Secret to heating your home

small business

Chef detained at night market

Tuk Tuk Thai Kitchen owner Daeng Neuang-Keo.

Immigration staff nab Thai chef, as food truck owner blames a misunderstanding.

Clean hair, clean planet

Not a bottle in sight: Ethique produces solid shampoos, conditioners, body washes, makeup removers and shaving soap.

Brianne West is reimagining how we wash our hair and pamper our bodies with ethical, environmentally friendly products.

Eco projects on the rise

Cultivate is a scheme to grow vegetables in central Christchurch while mentoring young people.

Eco projects are popping up all over new Christchurch as people strive for clean and green.

Middle East eyes luxury Kiwi goods

Maven has opened an office in Dubai.

One Wellington company is tapping into the Middle Eastern market to promote luxury New Zealand products and offer premium Kiwi services.

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Tech-savvy firms recognised

Finalists Ross Mitchell (NIWA), left, Claire Robinson (Massey University), Grant Muir (WaiNZ), and Rebecca Rofe (McKee ...

Finalists of the 19th annual Wellington Gold Awards have been named.

Bullying at work: 'I blamed myself'

A third of workplaces said bullying was an important issue.

How one victim was demeaned, insulted and undermined: "It was like being in an abusive marriage."

Another LookSee?

Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (Wreda) general manager of venues, marketing and destination development ...

Wellington LookSee success international technology industry recruitment programme appears likely to be repeated next year.

Benefits of Motueka ferry questioned

The terminal for the proposed Whanganui to Motueka ferry would be developed in the Moutere Estuary with open water ...

The proposed ferry service between Motueka and Whanganui may deliver jobs, but at what cost?

property

New housing set to 'warp' Kapiti

The Ngarara subdivision beside Te Moana Rd, Waikanae Beach. The first stage, comprising 55 homes, could be finished by ...

Massive 850-lot development in Waikanae could be just the start, says mayor.

Lodge beckons history lovers

Hulmes Court Bed and Breakfast operates out of a historic Dunedin mansion.

Built by a Dunedin surgeon, this B&B harks back to a bygone era.

BizDojo takes over Xero House

Xero office, Wellington.

The online accounting software firm's waterfront building will become the new home of BizDojo.

Is it better to rent or own?

Paying off the mortgage on your own house is the best thing you can do to set yourself up for retirement.

King or queen of your own castle, or footloose and renting? We weigh up the options.

opinion & analysis

Don't skimp on due diligence

Kevin Lampen-Smith says a  building report provided by a vendor should be seen as a starting point.

OPINION: Do some careful research before buying to avoid headaches down the track.

Are you on track for your goals?

Darryl and Christine are in their mid 40s with two dependent children. They own a busy restaurant in Taupo where Darryl ...

OPINION: Should you pay down debt, or start investing?

Are you missing out on $1m?

Don't short-change yourself by being in the wrong KiwiSaver fund.

OPINION: A simple decision may be costing you hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The rise, fall and rise of TPPA

John Milford: ''The US has gone... and we need to work hard with the stayers to make it happen.''

OPINION: A TPPA trade deal without the United States is still a deal worth having, John Milford writes.

farming

When the fert hits the fan

The large fertiliser co-ops maintain they act in the interests of farmers and the industry.

A new fertiliser seller is disrupting the industry and offering a different model.

Paralysed after work accident

Kiranjit Singh and wife Beant. Kiranjit was left tetraplegic in a workplace accident after he was struck in the back of ...

Kiranjit Singh was always "hard-working and sporty". Now he's paralysed from the neck down. 

Council's 'Gypsy Day' u-turn

Cows are moved, near Rakaia.

It's deemed too offensive so a new name for Otago sharemilkers moving cows to farms is needed.

Agri-business startups not easy

Dave Craig from Building Clever Companies (BCC) said New Zealand Inc. will benefit from agritech startups.

It is tough to start an agritech company and take it to a commercial entity.

world

What Mark Zuckerberg told Harvard

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg acknowledges a cheer from the crowd before receiving an honorary Doctor of Laws degree.

Facebook founder tells millennials: "It's time for our generation-defining public works. Let's do big things."

Man sues Hershey for US$5m

Hershey disputes the allegation that its packaging is deceptive.

A US customer wants the chocolate maker to pay for selling people fresh air.

Vineyards switch to pot

Pinot gris grapes are fetching US$2000 a ton, and marijuana gets that amount for a pound, one US grapegrower says.

Ripping up some of their grapes to offer 'wine and weed' could save some US grapegrowers.

Condom business not a good fit

Ansell began in 1905 when Eric Ansell bought condom-making machinery from the Dunlop Tyre Company.

Rubber glove maker Ansell says the target audience was different for its condom unit.

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