Kiwibank snubs small towns

Kiwibank chief executive Paul Brock says there have been major changes to its retail network including branch upgrades ...

12:41 PM  Kiwibank plans more branches in main centres but ignores small towns facing future without bank services.

Two sides of Easter trading coin

Onehunga Business Association manager Amanda Kinzett says Easter trading laws get a mixed reaction among the 400 or so ...

12:25 PM  Some see it as progressive, while others think it will bring more hassle.

Sky TV: rivals too cheap

Sky TV says Rio Olympics ratings picked up and met its expectations after a "scary" first weekend.

12:45 PM  Internet-based firms like Netflix are selling themselves too cheaply, Sky TV boss says.

Gastro compo package

Traces of E.coli were found in one of several water tankers filled in Hastings, being used to supply residents in ...

1:09 PM  Havelock North businesses given $210,000 from central and local government.

Alleged scam probe halted

The original Halo Boutique website was shut down after concerns were raised about the site's authenticity.

Police are no longer investigating online retailer Halo Boutique.

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Messy desk, creative mind video

Kirsty Angus has a very tidy desk at her advertising agency.

Research finds an untidy desk may encourage creativity while a tidy desk might promote something else entirely.

Kiwis sold sub-standard sunnies

Optometrists want a mandatory minimum standard for sunglasses.

New Zealand sunglasses do not have to meet any testing standards.

Shocked seamstress changes mind

Lee Mancer has made New Plymouth her home and will keep her business open.

"It was the initial shock of it all that you just lose it for a moment."

Bridge Street filling up

Kay Jordan, left, will be opening her business Mint Flowers in Dowsons Arcade and Cheryl Mackie will be relocating her ...

Bridge St more "vibrant" since new businesses flock to open.

Ferrybank up to voters

Wraight Athfield Landscape and Architecture directors John Hardwick-Smith and Megan Wraight display their design plans ...

A vision to transform an inner-city stretch of river bank into a premier destination has been adopted.

Tool time for three teens video

Adam Amber, left, Toby Bryant, and Shiloh Edmonds prepare to install a kitchen sink at East Street Vegetarian Cafe and Bar.

The chance to learn a trade and make a bit of money has spurred some Nelson teenagers into action .

NZME enjoys Australian windfall

NZME has applied for permission to merge with Fairfax Media NZ, the owner of The Dominion Post and Stuff.

Publisher's profit rises on one-off gains but print advertising shows sharp drop.

Don't make this travel mistake

No one says you have to spend a lot to go on holiday.

A seasoned traveller reveals the biggest budgeting misconception people make when planning a vacation.

Capital route slashed

Air New Zealand is reducing flights between Palmerston North and Wellington to one a day over the summer holidays..

Lack of flights catches commuter by surprise.

Air NZ shares profit with staff

Increased airline competition coming as Air New Zealand announces record profit.

Most workers will get a $2500 bonus after the airline soars to the best results in its 76-year history.

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Don't make this travel mistake

No one says you have to spend a lot to go on holiday.

A seasoned traveller reveals the biggest budgeting misconception people make when planning a vacation.

NZ Post profit up, letters drop

Postal service reports a $141m profit and parcel growth, but posties are delivering fewer letters.

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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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Fairy clever crafter

Tashi Sprite makes fairy wares, including scarves, belts, cloaks and light shades.

 "I'll see a dress or something in my dream world, when I'm sleeping, then when I wake I get on the sewing machine and create it."

Family firmly in canvas

Darryl Dobson learnt to canvas from his father, who picked up the trade in WWII.

"I once made a body bag. I had to measure the body from shoulder to toe."

Peter Jackson spreads his wings

Sir Peter Jackson has given Weta Workshop the online distribution rights for his scale model kitset company, Wingnut Wings.

Sir Peter Jackson takes his "dream company" to another level.

Accidentally starting a business

Jess May is an accidental entrepreneur who has forged a new direction.

Jess May started with a Facebook post - and then stumbled into being an entrepreneur.

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NZ Post profit up, letters drop

AUCKLAND, AUCKLAND - APRIL 06:  New Lynn Kiwibank and Postshop on April 6, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand ...

Postal service reports a $141m profit and parcel growth, but posties are delivering fewer letters.

Work flexibility a sticking point

National Australia Bank business manager Sally Collins says she will not stop working flexibly despite returning to ...

Sally Collins was swearing on the inside when told she could not do her senior management job part-time.

Trade shortages addressed

Industry experts say the key to reducing the trades skills shortage is recruiting young Kiwis like Gateway programme ...

A campaign to attract young people into trades began this week.

Managing the CEO

Chief executives need performance agreements too.

OPINION: Less than half of organisations have a performance agreement in place for their chief executive.

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Give credit card insurance a miss

The cost of credit card insurance can add up.

OPINION: Cover for plastic debt is expensive and payouts are limited.

Wellington's economic future

John Milford says several major projects over then next few years will take the Wellington region forward.

OPINION: The Wellington region, and the city in particular, is about to enter a crucial phase of its economic development.

Good health threatened

28082015. Peter Townsend, chief executive of the Canterbury Employers??? Chamber of Commerce

OPINION: There has been a great deal of media coverage recently about the Canterbury health system and the constraints it faces.

World trade woes

Siah Hwee Ang says the real value of free trade agreements depends on the uptake of the agreement by businesses and ...

OPINION: World trade has declined despite more free trade agreements.

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Infant formula directors at odds

Carrickmore chief executive Chris Claridge being interviewed by Chinese TV.

"Virulent" accusations followed a breakdown between the two directors of infant formula maker Carrickmore.

Seeka profit rises 92 per cent

Seeka Kiwifruit CEO Michael Franks.

Bumper kiwifruit and avocado seasons have paid off for Seeka Kiwifruit.

He didn't amend his ways

Thousands of workers are needed to service the growing Marlborough wine industry each year.

He was warned, but a Marlborough labour contractor was back to underpaying staff within a year.

Illegal water use stemmed

Environment Canterbury's plan to publish non-compliant water users on its website has led to a rush to adhere.

Threat to publicise farmers illegally taking millions of litres of water pays off for regional council.

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World's first self-driving taxis debut

An autonomous vehicle is parked for its test drive in Singapore. The world's first self-driving taxis, operated by ...

Dozens sign up to hail a free ride in driverless taxis through their smartphones.

A $100 million problem

Sirtex boss Gilman Wong can't find any suitable investments.

Australian Gilman Wong can't find anything he wants to buy with the pile of cash from his cancer treatment company.

Making staff rich is glorious video

Blackmores boom.

Vitamin products firm Blackmores boosted its staff bonus to the equivalent of 44 days pay.

Harley-Davidson unveils new motor

Harley-Davidson's new Milwaukee-Eight engine.

Harley-Davidson is to introduced an all-new engine, the Milwaukee-Eight, named for the city where the company was born.

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