Exporters relish slide in dollar

Harley Davidson motorbikes are in hot demand despite the falling dollar, says Pete McDonald of Wellington Motorcycles.

5:00 AM  Exporters are rubbing their hands as the dollar slides to a three-year low, but consumers may pay more for imported goods.

Upbeat year for service sector

BusinessNZ chief executive Phil O'Reilly said 2014 represented a positive and solid year for the services sector.

5:00 AM  Services sector had its best run of expansion in seven years last year, ending the year on a solid note.

How staff bonuses can bite

Susan Hornsby-Geluk

5:00 AM  OPINION: Making promises about bonuses and other incentives to staff needs to be carefully considered.

Pitfalls of owing IRD

Geordie Hooft

5:00 AM  OPINION: Do small-to-medium business owners have less regard for the tax department?

City hotels playing catch up

New hotel: The recently opened Ramada Suites in Tuam St adds 44 apartments to the city's visitor accommodation, but Canterbury Tourism says 2000 more beds are needed in Christchurch to return to pre-quake levels and meet demand from business visitors.

5:00 AM  New Chch hotel boosts city's room count to 5200 - but it's still almost a third below pre-quake room levels.

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Exporters relish slide in dollar

Harley Davidson motorbikes are in hot demand despite the falling dollar, says Pete McDonald of Wellington Motorcycles.

5:00 AM  Exporters are rubbing their hands as the dollar slides to a three-year low, but consumers may pay more for imported goods.

Upbeat year for service sector

5:00 AM  Services sector had its best run of expansion in seven years last year, ending the year on a solid note.

City playing catch up with hotels

Credit card bills take a dip

money

Behind the doors of a private bank

A pile of gold bars at the Czech National Bank in Prague

ANZ doesn't advertise its service to NZ's "one percenters" but has had to turn away hopeful applicants.

Getting a fairer insurance deal

Consumer watchdogs want to make it harder for insurers to avoid paying out when customers fail to disclose information.

New Zealand dollars

Interest rates likely to remain static

The Reserve Bank is likely to put interest rates firmly into neutral this week, with a "high hurdle" to cut rates and no need to flag a rate rise down the road, economists say.

small business

A 'goody bag' without the waste

Show-stopper: ShowSmart chief executive Marie-Claire Andrews says the company is delighted to connect with the biggest technology expo in Australasia.

A Wellington company's "virtual goody bag" will be part of the actual goody bag at Australasia's largest technology expo in May this year.

Big deal for family firm

A tiny Motueka family company has taken on the big boys at sea and won.

Waste not, want not: Method Recycling supplies designer bins to help recycling fit into the modern office’s aesthetic and routine

Bin now a thing of beauty

To the madness of unsustainable corporate waste, a Wairarapa couple are quietly introducing a bit of method.

world

Greeks celebrate in the streets

VICTORY: Supporters of Alexis Tsipras, leader of Syriza left-wing party, cheer during a victory rally outside Athens University Headquarters on Sunday.

After snap election victory, leftist leader vows an end to the "humiliation and suffering" imposed by international creditors.

Things you didn't know about Monopoly

It's Monopoly's 80th anniversary, and to celebrate here is some useless information about the game.

CHANGES: Cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco will have to be sold in standardised packs in England starting in May next year.

Britain looks to plain cigarette packs

Cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco will have to be sold in standardised packs in England starting in May next year.

better business

Events attendees get 'goody bag' without the waste

Show-stopper: ShowSmart chief executive Marie-Claire Andrews says the company is delighted to connect with the biggest technology expo in Australasia.

A Wellington company's "virtual goody bag" will be part of the actual goody bag at Australasia's largest technology expo in May this year.

'If I can work with my sister...'

Connor Gerrard has no experience, but he won't let that get in the way of getting a job.

TOUGH FINDING TRADIES: Ken Monk of Montage Kitchens has been a joiner in Hamilton for 34 years and is having trouble finding good workers.

'Spoiled' generation

Tradesmen say young people are almost impossible to employ, with bad literacy, numeracy and work ethic high on the list of problems.

opinion & analysis

Pitfalls of owing Inland Revenue

Geordie Hooft

5:00 AM  OPINION: Do small-to-medium business owners have a strong sense of loyalty to their suppliers but less regard for the tax department?

Set your goals for a great new year

Business coach and director Zac de Silva shares his four-point plan to help put you ahead of the pack.

Susan Hornsby-Geluk

How staff bonuses can bite the boss

5:00 AM  OPINION: Making promises about bonuses and other incentives to staff needs to be carefully considered.

farming

Milk offer again under-subscribed

Farmers have signed up supply 14.5 million kilograms of milk at a Fonterra guaranteed price.

Fonterra's latest offer of a guaranteed milk price to its farmers is under-subscribed for the second time in a row.

Why doing things is bad

OPINION: Farmers are a terrible lot. They keep Doing Things, and Doing Things is a risky business.

Petrol pump

Dairy, lamb skid on oil slick

Tumbling fuel prices have a sting in the tail for dairy and sheep farmers.

unlimited

The drive of an economic revolution

A 'building block' approach to business allows organisations to rapidly innovate and reinvent themselves to stay ahead of new customer expectations.

5:00 AM  APIs are the glue that tie pieces of technology together and the API economy is on the rise.

Eco-firm breaks crowdfund record

Marlborough clean-tech firm raises more than $700,000 in NZ's biggest crowdfunding effort.

smartphone facebook

New tech for business

Three technology trends are enabling new business models - the cloud, data analysis, and mobile and social technologies.

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