Westpac banks $441m profit

Westpac NZ chief executive David McLean.

10:30 AM  Steady lending growth was offset by an increase in bad loan expenses in the first half.

Vodafone call centres out

Vodafone customer services can't be reached by phone

10:49 AM  Vodafone is inviting customers to call back later

Missing post rule review

260613.news.  Picture Kent Blechynden Dominion Post. New Zealand Post Group Chief Executive Brian Roche at today's announcement.

If expected items don't show up in the mailbox, you only have 14 days to lodge a claim.

Jobs grow, wage rises modest

Tens of thousands of new jobs were created last year and economists expected that to keep going this year in March quarter figures due out on Wednesday.

Tens of thousands of jobs were created but the unemployment rate isn't expected to change much.

Win with ideas on retirement 

Retirement Commissioner Diane Maxwell needs your help.

The Retirement Commissioner needs your help in tackling one of the biggest issues facing NZ.

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industries

Small town prospers

There's only one empty shop between the roundabouts in Stratford now, unlike a year ago.

11:05 AM  Stratford's main street is bustling with business, a far cry from a year ago.

Severed finger reattached

Young Tauranga man has finger reattached by surgeons after it was severed while operating a band saw.

Canheads the face of Panhead's new beers

Mass protest over wharf expansion video

money

Mr Whippy lesson

Robbing a Mr Whippy is a poor risk/reward choice.

Two armed teenagers who robbed an ice cream van showed a bad grasp of risk and reward.

Seeking Islam-friendly mortgages

Sara Jawadi is lobbying banks saying Kiwi Muslims are having to choose between religion and financial stability.

Andrew Barnes, managing director of corporate trustee company Perpetual Guardian.

Mai Chen's sells Bucket List

Perpetual Guardian has snapped up high profile lawyer Mai Chen's online wills-making business.

small business

Tax compliance costs fall for SMEs

The government says SMEs are paying less tax now.

OPINION: Tax compliance costs continue to fall for small to medium sized enterprises according to a government report.

LeftBrain creditors wait

Nearly 900 people in NZ and Australia left hanging by award-winning retailer's liquidation.

A recent Deloitte survey on bribery and corruption risks should be a wake-up call to Kiwi businesses.

Bribery report a wake-up call

OPINION: Eight ways to protect your business from bribery and corruption risks.

world

Citizenship for sale?

The Productivity Commission is investigating a price-based immigration system that would use entry fees as the primary determinant for who gains entry to Australia.

Buying the right to immigrate to Australia is one proposal considered by Aussie government think-tank.

Pacquiao tale of the trunks

Pac-Man's fight shorts now worth about $3.3m after his boxing riches were born with No Fear about 20 years ago.

A bid to bring Kim Dotcom before a United States court has been delayed.

Dotcom's hearing delayed

Efforts to extradite Kim Dotcom and his Megaupload associates to the US have been delayed by a reluctant judge.

better business

Difficult co-worker? 5 ways to cope

If your workmate is bothering you, find a constructive way to let him or her know.

11:17 AM  Don't let a bad work situation get out of hand - follow these tips instead.

Finance Diary

Business events for the week ahead.

We are racing faster than ever towards a dramatically different economy, which means huge change in the workplace.

An Uber-style workplace

10:55 AM  Clear your desk - the days of working in an office could be coming to an end.

opinion & analysis

Mr Whippy lesson

Robbing a Mr Whippy is a poor risk/reward choice.

Two armed teenagers who robbed an ice cream van showed a bad grasp of risk and reward.

Working better together

OPINION: Instead of arguing over whether NZ is performing well or poorly as a nation, we could ask 'could we be even better?'

Vietnam's garment and textile industry is growing rapidly.

Google revalues mobile searches

OPINION: Organisation must smell the mobile coffee if they want to be found online. It makes sense.

farming

Greenhouse gas breakthrough

22042015 News Photo: John Kirk-Anderson/FairfaxNZ

Wet sheep near Springston. 

Weather Farming Stock Drought

NZ scientists identify animal-safe compounds that can reduce methane emissions from sheep and cattle by up to 90 per cent.

Early payment warning urged

Fonterra asked to bring forward date of the new season’s advance milk payment to help struggling farmers budget.

Fieldays chief executive Jon Calder.

Red meat sector eyed

New Zealand's sheep and beef farmers are in the spotlight for Fieldays. 

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