Trapped renters need help

Two-thirds of those currently renting doubt they will ever own a home, a Westpac-Stuff survey finds.

More kiwis are getting stuck in a “rent trap” and watching the possibility of home ownership slip out of their grasp.

How can we fix the housing crisis?

Earnings spark, not much fire

Spark Chief Executive Simon Moutter

OPINION: Against a backdrop of equity volatility, over 25 NZ companies have reported earnings in recent weeks.

A partnership for growth

A Wellington accounting company riding on the coat-tails of Xero, has set their sights on further expansion.

Loss reflects investment

Martin Aircraft Company and one of its recent jetpacks.

Jetpack company Martin Aircraft widened its annual net loss to $5.2 million.

Creditors left in the lurch

Angry creditors of Valiant Homes say director Hamish Clarke was in Venice celebrating his engagement to Petra Fuerst while they were not getting paid.

A failed property developer gave fiancee a diamond ring months before his company collapsed.

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industries

Council consultant to scope science research

The Marlborough District Council is scoping ideas for a new regional research institute after Economic Minister Steven Joyce, pictured, announced a $25 million Government package.

The Marlborough District Council is to pay a consultant $20,000 to scope out an idea for a research institute in Marlborough.

Finance diary

Finance diary

Sick days cost $150m

Festival loses window show

money

Studying on the breadline

The University of Auckland, Grafton Campus

More students are having to live with their parents to make ends meet.

Fuel prices down, margins up

The price of fuel may be falling, but margins have more than doubled in the last four years.

Sir Michael Hill's family fortunes in the Michael Hill Jewelry empire have fluctuated during a week of sharemarket turmoil.

Rich-listers lose millions

Some of NZ's top business people saw over $40m wiped off their own company shareholdings.

small business

Flower power drives business

Florist Kathryn Fleming believes flowers can give people a spiritual lift.

A new subscription flower business backed by upmarket grocery chain, Farro, proves a hit with romantic men.

A quilter's haven

Hazel Wolff sold her home in Hamilton to set up Grandmother's Garden.

Co-owners of Cambridge catering company Gourmet Delicious, Kim Lee and Ali Foers.

On a right royal roll

A year after feeding the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Gourmet Delicious is still on a high.

world

7-Eleven workers ripped off

One franchisee said some staff members hadn't been paid for six weeks but "money isn't important to them".

1 min ago  7-Eleven headquarters was aware of widespread employee exploitation for at least a year, investigation shows.

Shocking exploitation of store workers video

Australia's biggest convenience store chain, 7-Eleven, is under fire for paying many of its staff as little as A$10 an hour.

A U.S. flag hangs above the door of the New York Stock Exchange August 26, 2015. Wall Street racked up its biggest one-day gain in four years on Wednesday as fears about China's economy gave way to bargain hunters emboldened by expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve might not raise interest rates next month.   REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

Focus turns to US data

After two dizzying weeks that saw equity prices plunge and rebound, investors seek clarity on US rates.

better business

Midwives drop pay bombshell

Sheyna Huband credits midwife Jacqui Anderson, left, with giving her support and confidence ahead of the birth of her third son, Oliver.

A High Court action on Monday will have 'global ramifications' for women's pay.

Business Toolbox: Managing health and safety

Managing health and safety in the workplace can be a daunting responsibility. But it is a legal requirement to protect your employees and visitors to your premises from accidents and harm.

Cyber criminals seem to be everywhere now and taking cyber security seriously could mean the difference between business success and failure.

Fighting off cyber crime

Attacks on critical business information are increasing but there are things SMEs can do to protect themselves, even with minimal resources.

opinion & analysis

Earnings spark, not much fire

Spark Chief Executive Simon Moutter

OPINION: Against a background of equity volatility, over 25 NZ companies have reported earnings in recent weeks.

A broker’s view: Metlifecare

OPINION: Metlifecare has been the benefactor of an aging population, and the house price appreciation in Auckland.

There is no downside to lending money to your children to buy a house - for them.

Agony aunt: Family mortgage

OPINION: Do we, or don’t we, loan money to one of our children for a house?

farming

Room for more bull beef

Bull beef is a "very saleable product" says Tony Egan.

6:00 AM  NZ's bull beef exports jump nearly $250m this year with one processor suggesting there is market room for more bull beef farming.

'Stripey' rain relief for some

7:09 AM  Rain has brought relief for some farmers in drought-hit North Canterbury but others are still in survival mode.

Charles and Karen Irving, their daughter Ruth and husband Monne Bruinsma are facing $157,000 in fees following an attempt to secure a resource consent for a dairy conversion in the Waituna catchment.

Farmers hit with $157k bill

Family feels persecuted after resource consents and associated costs for a dairy conversion totalled $157,000.

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