No better work stories here

It's not too surprising law professionals are the most bored workers.

12:26 PM  If you work in law and finance, don't be surprised if your eyes glaze over on a daily basis.

No 2degrees top-ups

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2degrees chief executive Eric Hertz (left) and chief operations officer ...

12:04 PM  Customers are struggling to top-up their phones after an upgrade which started almost two weeks ago.

Never-ending insurance war

Brent and Karen Price have been in a prolonged battle with their insurer. After six years their Mt Pleasant house is ...

This is the story of how one unassuming insurance claim remains unsettled after six years.

$320m not for cathedral

Christ Church Cathedral has been sitting derelict in the city centre for more than six years.

The Anglican diocese has the money to restore Christ Church cathedral but can't use it.

Put down that phone

Life is better when you're not constantly looking at your phone, says Shreya Upadhyaya.

Life is better when you're not constantly looking at your phone, some Kiwis are finding.

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Piggery burns to the ground video

Permission was obtained to burn down this abandoned piggery near Levin but the blaze caused alarm among some unaware locals.

Pig pen that starred in Mike King's animal welfare expose has gone up in flames, alarming neighbours.

Lipstick glue for period slammed

Ladies, this is the period product you've been waiting for.

Ladies, this is the bizarre period product you've been waiting for.

Millions left to SPCA

Margaret Doucas has left millions to the Wellington SPCA.

Animal-mad Wellington lawyer Margaret Doucas died suddenly last year. Her legacy though has helped save a struggling charity.

Putting the Zing into messenger apps

Mike O'Donnell says: "[Chat] bots can do everything from providing you with financial advice, through to getting traffic ...

OPINION: The Lemonade experience shows is how far bots have progressed.

Very Welly Christmas for 2017

Wellington businesses are being urged to take part in the 2017 Very Welly Christmas parade and festival on Lambton Quay.

A Very Welly Christmas set to return in 2017.

$12b loss for Royal Bank of Scotland

The Royal Bank of Scotland has had another tumultuous year.

RBS reporting losses for ninth year running, as the bank deals with restructuring, job cuts and legal scandals.

Air craft diplomacy video

Flight Lieutenant Rebecca Lee and Squadron Leader Rich Mcphaden fly the A400M over the Marlborough Sounds on Friday.

One of Britain's most modern military planes drops into Wellington as part of an international sale pitch.

Third 'winter' for Kaikoura

Whale Watch is still running less than a quarter of the trips it would normally at this time of year.

Kaikoura businesses are desperate for an extension to the wage subsidy that has kept them afloat since the November earthquake.

Taxpayers' motel madness

A shortage of housing in Hamilton is keeping people trapped on an emergency housing roundabout, including Natalie Reese ...

 Emergency housing in Waikato motels is costing taxpayers thousands.

Wellington quake cordon shrinks

The Reading car park demolition, viewed from Tory St and Wakefield St in Wellington.

Safety cordon took a bite out of business, but new hope dawns as cordon rolled back.

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money

$12b loss for Royal Bank of Scotland

The Royal Bank of Scotland has had another tumultuous year.

RBS reporting losses for ninth year running, as the bank deals with restructuring, job cuts and legal scandals.

Parking tickets 'poor form'

AA says parking companies should wipe penalties when motorists can prove they paid.

Paper millionaires retire poor

Giving families $200 a week

small business

An artistic dream come true

Min Kim started painting at a young age and has pursued her passion around the world.

A serious illness helped Min Kim make the transition from interior designer to an artist with her own gallery.

Startup scores with football app

MY F.C. co-founders Sam Jenkins (left), Mike Simpson (centre), and Sam Jasper.

Three Auckland innovators are trying to unite the global football community through their start-up phone app.

Starting a business at 18

Sarah Sarfaiti, 18, decided to stay in Invercargill to teach piano.

While the rest of her friends were busy packing to go to university, Sarah Sarfaiti decided to set up shop in Invercargill.

Expressway negotiations turn sour

Murray Livingstone in front of the new Poplar Ave roundabout, which has been built as part of Kapiti Expressway ...

Pair believe NZTA have not properly compensated them for the loss of their business to make way for the expressway.

better business

Coffee or a nap?

Workplaces have been advised to consider stocking  "caffeinated beverages for their employees' refreshment".

You may feel a pang of guilt cracking open a caffeinated drink at work, but it can help with stress.

Business class

Cathay Pacific A350 business class. FFX-travel

What's the peak age for New Zealand's business travellers?

Kiwi fashion icon pulls out of US

Cooper walks out with a model following the COOP show at New Zealand Fashion Week 2014.

Dame Trelise Cooper's bold, colourful designs are no longer being sold on the ground in the US.

Where do our tourists land?

supplied Aerial shot of Queenstown Airport.

Some NZ airports see more growth in international arrivals than others.

property

Retirement village dementia care takes off

Summerset chief executive Julian Cook with the manager of the company's New Plymouth village, Wayne Mackay.

Summerset's rapid expansion now includes dementia care centres.

Looming 'subbies' law unclear: surveyors

The new retentions law should ensure subcontractors get paid, but quantity surveyors say the fine details are still to ...

Retention money needs workable guidelines before law comes in, group says.

800 houses for Porirua

An aerial shot of Kenepuru Hospital and surrounding land in 2002.

Unlike the more expensive Aotea subdivision nearby, the new development's aimed at first home buyers.

Hospital site just the medicine

A large portion of industrial land is up for sale near Porirua Hospital.

A rare large industrial site in Porirua hits the market.

opinion & analysis

Cadbury needs a cad like Trump

The Cadbury factory is a Dunedin institution.

OPINION: What would Donald Trump say about Cadbury planning to shut its doors in Dunedin?

How to be prepared for the worst

Where small to medium-sized businesses get caught out is through not understanding the risk management process, Marcus ...

OPINION: Don't bury your head in the sand. Cyber attacks, political problems and more pose a legitimate threat.

Demand more from your bank

It's common to struggle to manage money - banks could do more to help.

OPINION: The financial institution you deal with most often should offer more of a helping hand.

You can't buy experience

As the population ages it only becomes more important to get past outdated beliefs around age.

OPINION: Ageism might be illegal, but it still exists, and companies are missing out on valuable experience.

farming

Jury out on fewer farmer deaths

Worksafe programme manager agriculture Al McCone.

The new health and safety laws for farms are a year old and is it a coincidence that farmer deaths are down?

Surge in orders for calf pens

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L-R: A bobby calf stands in a paddock on Hazelhurst Line near Whakarongo.

Orders are pouring in for bobby calf holding pens as the deadline to meet new regulations approaches.

Rampant rates anger farmers

There was a 77 per cent rates hike across local government  from 2016-2016, according to Federated Farmers.

The demand for farmers to cough up on rates seems unstoppable.

Farmer's grass bonanza dream

Banks Peninsula farmer Tim Wilson loves his approach to farming.

Tim Wilson loves holistic farming - and it's helping keep his wallet full, too.

world

$12b loss for Royal Bank of Scotland

The Royal Bank of Scotland has had another tumultuous year.

RBS reporting losses for ninth year running, as the bank deals with restructuring, job cuts and legal scandals.

Samsung heir's jail: no phone, cannibal neighbour video

Jay Y Lee (centre), vice co-chairman of Samsung Electronics, arrives at the Special Prosecutor's Office in Seoul, South ...

While accused of bribing South Korea's president, Lee is locked up at a prison notorious for housing convicted billionaires, a serial killer and the hangman's noose.

Trump briefs CEOs on job plan video

Some of the CEOs who met Trump support a planned 20 per cent tax on imported goods.

US president tells the heads of top US companies he will bring millions of jobs back to the US.

Dreamworld deaths spur $53m loss

An ordinary day quickly turned into a nightmare for Dreamworld last year.

Fatal Australian theme park disaster and the closure that followed sees owners out tens of millions.

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