$1700 birthday party bill video

Paintballing is a popular activity for children and workplaces.

It was meant to be a dream day out for his daughter's 15th birthday, but this dad claims it ended up costing him big.

'It's basically our livestock'

Beehive thefts are making life tough for beekeepers who say police have little to no interest in the matter.

Hives worth thousands each are being stolen, with beekeepers and honey buyers the ones suffering.

$1m for Wellington bungalow

10 Beach St, Island Bay, which recently sold for $965,000 at auction - $315,000 above its Rateable Value (RV).

Modest 3-bed home in Wellington's Island Bay sparks bungalow bidding war at auction.

Plumber, florist, auto-technician? video

Phoebe Coers, 20, hadn't met other female plumbers before the WorldSkills national competition.

Phoebe Coers​ wanted to be a mountain biker when she was little. Now she's an apprentice plumber.

$1 coal mines turn to jackpots

Spot prices for coal have soared as China's steel mills crank out record volumes but cut mining capacity.

Buying bargain-bin coal mines during commodity slump has turned into a savvy bet.

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Youth justice can be effective: commissioner

Children's Commissioner Andrew Becroft.

Children's Commission met Indian community leaders and reassured them the youth justice system was capable of working.

A pungent pairing video

A celebration of hops and whey was held at SkyCity Hamilton on Saturday Hot Water Brewing Co brewer  Matthew Kiss is an ...

The sweaty socks stink of cheese floats through Hamilton's SkyCity atrium - it's the FermentFest.

Market research and the personality of rocks

Do any of these rocks seem like a businessman or a hippie to you?

Everybody has had a run in with someone with the personality of a rock, but would you expect to find a rock with the character of a slick and shady businessman? Or an astrology-loving hippie? 

Mike's Brewery lives on

Owner Ron Trigg and head brewer Jesse Sigurdsson share a beer as Mike's Brewery takes back over from liquidators who ...

A beloved Kiwi craft beer brand is battling back from liquidation.

Pill prescribing doctor 'fairly' sacked

Lynda Emmerson has been involved in a dispute with the Northland District Health Board for more than a year.

She supplied drugs including morphine to her partner, who later admitted to using P.

Lemon curd, anyone?

Hamilton Gardens volunteer Jennifer Neems and business development manager Malcolm Hazelton with the lemon curd and ...

Eggs, honey, oranges, tomatoes, herbs and spices - all produced at Hamilton Gardens - are made into yummy souvenirs.

The bankrupt student loan defaulters

NZ Union of Students' Associations president Linsey Higgins, left, says graduates abroad are struggling with ...

Millions of dollars in student debt is being erased by overseas graduates seeking bankruptcy.

H&M ready to open video

H&M country sales manager Daniel Lattemann believes this $129 autumn winter 2016 studio collection "sheer dress" will be ...

H&M fans are expected to flock to the fashion chain's opening on Saturday.

Hamilton CBD heating up

An artist's drawing of the apartment complex being constructed on Hamilton's Anglesea Street.

Inner city living is about to drop in Hamilton.

Isolation of the like minded

"We can and do actively choose to isolate ourselves from the 'other side' – whatever that may be," Shamubeel Eaqub says.

OPINION: We are increasingly living in isolated communities, exposed to people and ideas, that are like our own.

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Falling into Struggle Street

Mele Peaua, a cleaner from Pomare in Hutt City, says rents and food prices have gone up faster than wages.

Cleaner Mele Peaua's community has been forgotten, and it's a social timebomb ticking.

House buyers losing urgency

New Zealand buyers may have lost some of their "must buy now at all costs" mentality.

Housing debt - the generation gap

Harmoney launches automated lending

Panama Papers

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."

small business

Met Shop moves online

The Met Shop co-owner Terry McDavitt with Moana the Moa. The Wellington store is closing early next week but an online ...

After 26 year around Cuba St, weather and science instrument retailer shutting its doors.

Big walkers spend up

A tramper celebrates reaching the Nelson Lakes on the Te Araroa Trail which takes five months to complete on average.

The Te Araroa Trail is proving a nice little earner for businesses along its 3000km length.

Manage your business travel

With serko.travel, managing business trips has never been easier.

Learn how to better manage your business travel.

For sale: Bar with yarns to tell video

Bertie Burleigh behind the mahogany bar at Peggy Gordon's that is being sold as the pub undergoes major renovations.

Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly and Penelope Cuz all drank at this Taranaki watering hole. Now it's for sale.

better business

Met Shop moves online

The Met Shop co-owner Terry McDavitt with Moana the Moa. The Wellington store is closing early next week but an online ...

After 26 year around Cuba St, weather and science instrument retailer shutting its doors.

'Hey, how's it going?' video

Liquorland Fitzroy franchise owner Amie Murphy takes pride in her shop.

Amie Murphy owns the best liquor store in the country - she also met her fiance the day after opening.

Cannabis crop and dog urine damage rental

Mark Taylor with carpet, from inside the house, destroyed by dog urine and scratching.

Mark Taylor's had to do a lot of cleaning after filthy tenants waged war on his rental.

Outlet stores desert town

It was once the place for travellers to stop and get a bargain, but shoppers and shops are now passing Otaki by.

It was once the place for travellers to stop and get a bargain, but a bypass is making Otaki nervous as shops shut.

opinion & analysis

Isolation of the like minded

"We can and do actively choose to isolate ourselves from the 'other side' – whatever that may be," Shamubeel Eaqub says.

OPINION: We are increasingly living in isolated communities, exposed to people and ideas, that are like our own.

EV fund should go supernova video

Mike O'Donnell says he has changed his view on the future of electric cars.

OPINION: The Government's fund to help boost electric vehicle up-take is open for business.

Beware the Bridget Jones effect

Bridget Jones already owned her flat when the first movie came out in 2001.

OPINION: Young singletons buying a house in NZ still have it easier than those in Britain.

An insurance healthcheck

Tim Fairbrother

OPINION: Keep on top of your insurance obligations if you want to ensure your claims are paid.

farming

Bee in-breeding a problem

Dunedin-based AbacusBio consultancy PhD research student Gertje Petersen.

Bee in-breeding from disease has spurred research into increasing the gene pool.

Meat earnings potential missed

Will Wilson says realities have to be faced.

Red meat and fibre farmers told it's time they woke up to their potential and stopped blaming others.

Stressful bull sale ends in bliss

Shrimpton's Hill owners Liz and John McKerchar flank PGG Wrightson  livestock genetics rep Callum Dunnett.

 Nervous jitters were forgotten by the McKerchar family at the end of their bull sale.

Shearing sports season begins

A wool handler competes in a quarter final heat at the National Merino Championship in Alexandra.

The shearing sports season starts in Central Otago.

world

Tax returns: What's he hiding?

There's nothing in the US law that actually requires a presidential candidate to disclose their taxes.

US tax experts dish insight into the controversy of Donald Trump and his taxes.

Deutsche Bank in crisis

The immediate cause of Deutsche's crisis is a fine of up to US$14 billion fine for mis-selling mortgage-backed securities.

Germany's biggest bank faces billions of dollars in fines, and there's no government plan to back it.

Amazon moving to Oz? video

Amazon boxes are seen stacked for delivery.

Online retail giant booking space across the ditch, but what exactly are its plans?

Toxic lake 'superbug hotspot'

Community activists, researchers and some drug company employees say the presence of more than 300 drug firms, combined ...

Frothy-watered lake close to 300 drug firms becomes a giant petri dish for anti-microbial resistance.

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