The perils of the no-fail business

Woolworths' troubles have taught us that the food and drinks business is no guarantee of success.

7:33 PM  OPINION: Why Countdown is still a formidable player in New Zealand's cosy supermarket duopoly.

Burnt by solar power price hike

Unison Networks argues that most solar-panel users are not fully off the grid, and are still heavy users of peak-time power.

7:35 PM  Electricity firm raises prices for solar-panel users, saying they get unfair benefits.

Ray White signs Chinese deal

Real estate firm Ray White inks a deal that will see Kiwi properties exposed to 260 million Chinese buyers.

Real estate firm inks a deal with China's largest agency that will see Kiwi properties exposed to 260 million Chinese buyers.

Trade Minister rebuked by PM video

Trade Minister Todd McClay has asked for a full review of the broader issues.

8:24 PM  John Key has publicly reprimanded Trade Minister Todd McClay after he downplayed China trade retaliation fears.

Family feud over empire

Hugh Green was the New Zealand Business Hall of Fame 2013 Laureate.

Hugh Green left hundreds of millions, and his children are fighting for control.

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Should we be paid to recycle?

bottles generic

Councils urge Government to adopt national cash-for-bottles scheme.

Kiwi motor racing boss dies

Super Black Racing team founder and owner, Tony Lentino, who has died at his Wellsford home.

Super Black Racing founder and owner Tony Lentino dies shortly after his team's best performance.

Why supermarkets close

130416. News. Countdown Blenheim will lose its liquor licence for six weeks after staff sold alcohol to minors. Photo: ...

Countdown store closures open a window on the dynamic world of supermarkets.

Maths tutoring top-up

Students in need get half-price maths tutoring sessions through a business sponsorship programme.

"I just wanted to be able to help somebody else's children," says sponsor.

Street name stalemate

Marlborough Museum chief executive Steve Austin says changing Sinclair St to Grove Rd would be confusing.

Historians not pleased by business group's bid to rename Blenheim's Sinclair St.

Where are all the tradies?

Laser Electrical Blenheim managing director Brendon Adams says there is a nationwide shortage of skilled tradespeople.

"All you can do is poach from someone else and that doesn't fix the problem, it's robbing Peter to pay Paul."

Theatre consultant selected

The ASB Theatre in Blenheim.

The boss of an arena complex in Auckland has been chosen to examine the financial situation of Blenheim's ASB Theatre.

Alleged exploitation of backpacker labour under investigation

Argentinian tourist Maria Arcos has worked in several New Zealand backpacker hostels in return for free accommodation.

Backpackers working for a free bed instead of wages are doing everything from cleaning backpacker lodges to picking up horse poo as volunteer labour comes under scrutiny.

Council to stop buying land for parks

North Shore councillor John Watson says open space must be provided to deal with an increasing population.

"What there is now is all you're going to get," is the claim, as Auckland relies on developers to provide new parks.

What now for Ezibuy?

Former Ezibuy chief executive Simon West outside the company's Palmerston North headquarters in 2013.

Aussie supermarket chain tipped to sell its NZ clothing business as it cut jobs and closes stores.

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House prices could plunge 11 per cent

New house construction, such as the Stonefields development in Auckland's Panmure, are starting to gain traction, ...

Good news for home buyers. House prices are expected to fall as building picks up pace.

Court battle over precious kauri

Exporters are flouting the rules to ship "the world's most valuable timber" out of NZ, the High Court at Auckland has heard.

Millionaires move for safety

Reserve Bank mandate 'broken'

Panama Papers

Govt accepts foreign trusts plan video

Tax expert John Shewan has called for a shake up of New Zealand's laws around foreign trusts.

John Key accepts foreign trust rules need a radical overhaul following warnings not enough's being done to counter money laundering.

Judgment day for trusts video

The foreign trust inquiry by John Shewan has helped the Government save face.

NZ's foreign trust regime is a good little earner for some, but time may be running out.

Mossack Fonseca staffer held

Geneva prosecutors led a police raid of Mossack Fonseca's local office in which computer equipment was seized.

Computer specialist at the Panama law firm is taken into custody over huge leak.

Pedro Almodovar's Julieta video

Director Pedro Almodovar leaves the Juliet' premier.

"If the Panama Papers were a film," the acclaimed Spanish director said, "we wouldn't even be credited as extras."

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The growing cyber insurance market

Is cyber insurance something that I should get and if so, how would it fit into my overall risk strategy?

OPINION. Q: Is cyber insurance something that I should get and if so, how would it fit into my overall risk strategy?

Frustrations of a freelancer

Freelancer Jean Flynn feels the pressure during school holidays.

OPINION: Working from home is great. Except in the school holidays.

Iraq to Atiamuri is the BeezNeez

Sisters Pauline and Helen Naylor are excited about the opportunities of the BeezNeez Lodge in Atiamuri.

Nurses think of how they can help the wider community as they make changes at a South Waikato lodge.

Serko aims to streamline SME travel

Serko chief executive Darrin Grafton says will help customers book and manage travel more efficiently.

Technology company collaborates with major industry players to simplify travel management for businesses.

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Measuring what really matters video

Stacey Barr knows that performance measurement is about the process.

OPINION: Many think performance assessment is a brainstorming session. It isn't.

Supermarkets wise to self-service cheats

Self checkouts are closely monitored.

Defrauding a self-service counter likely to be less in New Zealand, expert says.

One lunch room to rule them all

A new $40m development in Tauranga's Cameron Rd.

Shared space is all the rage in one Tauranga commercial property.

Free flights for leasing property

Bayleys Real Estate is offering tenants 1 Airpoints Dollar for every square metre of space leased - up to a maximum of ...

Bayleys will soon offer Air New Zealand rewards when businesses sign up to leases.

opinion & analysis

Frustrations of a freelancer

Freelancer Jean Flynn feels the pressure during school holidays.

OPINION: Working from home is great. Except in the school holidays.

The value of living local

The Costs of Commuting study showed commuting cost Wellingtonians more than Aucklanders.

OPINION: Living local can be the secret to a happy and prosperous life.

Shelter from financial storm

Make steps to take shelter from a financial storm, says Martin Hawes.

ANZ boss David Hisco and his bank seem deeply worried about what may unfold in NZ.

A population strategy please

Economist Shamubeel Eaqub

OPINION: There are two broad issues with immigration.


Fairy dust dries up on farms

Landscape farmed by Outstandingly Nice Landowners.

Opinion: The fairytale of farming doesn't always have a happy ever after ending.

Disease clips ewe pregnancies

Newborn lambs in a paddock near Palmerston North.

Fewer lambs might be born as a result of facial eczema takes its toll on on ewes.

Hundreds of bee hives stolen

The thieves probably knew what they were doing when they stole 200 colonies of bees in the last fortnight

Beehive owners stung by theft of one million bees in Northland, with a warning such thefts are on the up.

Shanghai Maling deal laid out

Shareholders will get the chance to vote for a second time on the Shanghai Maling agreement.

Silver Fern Farms have warned shareholders of the consequences of a vote against its Shanghai Maling agreement.


Catching cash with Pokemon Go

People are adapting their business to attract Pokemon gamers.

People in all types of businesses are cashing on the worldwide craze of Pokemon Go.

Ban on Wicked in Aus video

Three Wicked Campers vehicles have been banned in New Zealand.

Wicked Campers' controversial slogans are forced off the road in Queensland.

Rinehart buys two cattle stations

The cattle properties, located in Australia's Northern Territory, were bought from one of Indonesia's largest importers ...

Gina Rinehart expands cattle business as she seeks to profit from the Asia's fast-growing food market.

VW scandal tab nears $20b

The VW brand outperformed expectations as the European auto market improved and corporations purchased more fleet ...

Volkswagen's stock jumps even as its bill on the emissions scandal grows.

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