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The economics of tipping video

Hospitality New Zealand does not want tipping to be made compulsory in New Zealand but it welcomed Bennett's call for it ...

7:49 PM  More tips could get in the way of increasing "rock bottom" wages and worsen tax compliance.

On Macca's six days a week video

UCOL student Jack Townend eats McDonalds takeaways up to 6 times a week.

8:18 PM  Manawatu student reckons he spends over $2000 a year at McDonald's - and admits that's a bit much.

Kamo: Power of protest video

At the heart of democracy is the right to debate and discuss issues, says Miriama Kamo.

7:30 PM  Kiwis shouldn't be embarrassed about speaking out, the broadcaster says on Media Take.

Schnapps founder bankrupt

Ulf Fuhrer established Aotearoa Distillers, which produced Zumwohl schnapps, in 2008.

A former Wellington commercial real estate agent has been made bankrupt.

Fallen high flyer's inflated ego

Alex Swney's sense of entitlement played a big role in his offending.

Alex Swney fails to recognise his sense of entitlement, Parole Board says, as he faces a "downgraded" lifestyle.

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To tip or not to tip? video

Brittany Baker (left) at her former job in a sports bar in America.

OPINION: I was raised to tip - and it kept a roof over my head. But sorry, Paula Bennett, that system is just wrong.

Big animals, big money

Anjalee arrived at Auckland Zoo in July 2015, as part of a programme that cost $3.2 million.

Auckland Zoo spent $120,000 on giant weta and $3.2m on elephants in recent times

Fast food fan misfire video

UCOL student Jack Townend was surprised an open letter to McDonald's on his Facebook page, complaining about being ...

A complaint on social media needn't be accurate to cause maximum damage.

No-begging zones at ATMs?

Beggars near an ATM machine in Manners St, Wellington, on Tuesday. Businesses in the city consider it to be one of the ...

Perimeters could be marked around ATMs to prevent intimidation of customers.

Hutt's infill housing dilemma video

Real estate agent John Ross supports building apartments in suburban shopping centres, but believes the best way to get ...

Real estate agent says greenfield developments, not infill, will solve Hutt's housing shortage.

Hamilton city venues prove popular

Almost twice as many people have come to Hamilton's three city venues in the nine months to March 2017 than did the same ...

But more attendees don't meant the three sites are out of the red.

Kiwis in the clear

Foreign Affairs Minister Gerry Brownlee met with his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop earlier this month to discuss ...

Gerry Brownlee says most Kiwis wouldn't be affected by proposed tax on foreigners in Australia.

Food cart's unlikely ally

The Wheely Wild Food Cart on the side of State Highway 63 in November.

Roadside food truck was ticking along nicely; then came the quake, the customers and the complaint.

Queenstown tourism handout

Queenstown's high visitor numbers and low ratepayer base  could help it win extra Government funding for tourism ...

The Government may come up with special funding for Queenstown outside of its new $100m tourism infrastructure fund.

A win that wasn't

Luke Domb took a test case that has just been heard by the Court of Appeal.

Court of appeal backs REAA registrar - but decision narrows her powers further.

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We're playing Monopoly wrong video

The origins of Monopoly come from economist Henry George's book Progress and Poverty.

It turns out tears, anger and frustration are intended consequences of the popular board game.

Garage 'sleepout' fire risk

People sleeping in garages bring extra fire risks, AA Insurance says.

How to save power this winter

You can cut your power bill

small business

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.

Kaynemaile meshing well with New York

The #WaveNewYork installation inside Times Square.

A Lower Hutt company took the best architectural product gong at an event in New York.

Curiosity shop's victims

Tree Children's Sara Raider declared bankruptcy owing hundreds of thousands of dollars.

It was open for less than a year, but the owner of a quirky Nelson trinket shop managed to run up debts of more than half a million dollars.

Broadway bounces back

An artist's impression of the Regent Arcade, after a proposed plan to liven up Broadway lighting to make it more ...

Customers spent a total of $9.1m at Broadway Ave businesses in the early months of 2017.

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Alpaca... or is it really?

The "pure alpaca" duvets were mostly sheep wool.

Do you know what your winter duvet is really made of?

We have to have a voice

Bon Organic Tampons general manager Brenna McGuinness.

Better communication is needed to change the mindset of women who believe they are undeserving of top jobs.

Iwi asked to fund Maori coding classes

Denied by the Maori ICT Development Fund, Dev Academy could pilot the first indigenous created and funded coding curriculum in the world

Governance awards reveal gender diversity champions

Auckland Community Law Centre works to improve access to justice using volunteer help from lawyers.

Governance awards honour women who are striving to improve diversity.

property

Hutt's infill housing dilemma video

Real estate agent John Ross supports building apartments in suburban shopping centres, but believes the best way to get ...

Real estate agent says greenfield developments, not infill, will solve Hutt's housing shortage.

A win that wasn't

Luke Domb took a test case that has just been heard by the Court of Appeal.

Court of appeal backs REAA registrar - but decision narrows her powers further.

Buyer demand in capital slows

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Generic Lyall Bay area property shots, housing, beach.
Wellington, Lyall Bay, ...

Capital's housing market has slowed down to pre-boom levels after a 10-year high.

Ripe for development

Despite the adverse impacts from the quake, there was still $207 million in sales over $5m between July and December.

Wellington regains confidence after upset from earthquake, while demand for space creates a market ripe for development.

opinion & analysis

When big business backs social enterprise

Founder and chief executive of Figure.NZ Lillian Grace.

OPINION: It feels like we're entering a new era - one in which a corporate entity can do good by backing a social enterprise to make a country even better.

China boosts Sydney house prices video

The top-tier cities in Australia are cheap compared to the top-tier equivalents in China.

OPINION: Young Chinese, shut out of their home market, snap up foreign real estate using apps.

Getting stalked by retailers

"If a company started getting into my texts me as well, I'd be half demented," Sue Ellen says.

OPINION: I signed up to companies' email offers. Oh lordy. Please, make it stop.

Critical thinking

Business coach Zac de Silva is holding business planning workshops in May.

OPINION: Get a business plan to do well.

farming

Myrtle rust spreads to Waikato

Myrtle rust has spread to Waikato, the third region to discover the fungus.

A third region has now been hit by the fungus that attacks feijoa, manuka and pohutakawa trees.

Meat exports need more value

Meat exporters should be looking to add value to red meat going to China.

There's room to grow more value from red meat exports into China.

Zespri boosts Japanese market

Zespri's kiwifruit exports to Japan earned $500 million last season.

 The Japanese can't get enough of New Zealand kiwifruit.

Growing thirst for buffalo milk

Milking buffalo cattle could be a viable income for lifestyle block holders.

Milking buffalos could be the next income earner for small block holders.

world

The emojis that cost over $3000

Three of the most commonly used emojis; Crying with laughter, Beaming red cheeks, and Tongue out winking face.

Warning! Use emojis wisely as that smiley face could land you in court.

Pot delivered to your door video

District of Columbia residents smoke marijuana they had delivered to their house when they ordered the District of C art ...

​In Washington, you can get marijuana brought to your house, like pizza. Really expensive pizza.

N Korea's cyber warfare cell video

North Korea, led by Kim Jong Un, first used hacking as a tool for espionage and then political harassment against South ...

North Korea denies being behind the Sony and banking hacks, but evidence emerges of its spy agency's "Unit 180".

Capitalism is in crisis

t is increasingly clear that capitalism is not a system that lends itself to increasing equality.

OPINION: The system should not be overthrown, but we should face up to its flaws.

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