'Big changes for employers'

The Employment Standards Legislation Bill is designed to address growing concerns with enforcement of employment standards and employee protection.

Employment law reform: What do you need to know about the changes coming this year?

90-day trial basics

According to MYOB's 2015 Business Monitor, 63 per cent of small business owners surveyed employed new staff on a 90-day trial period in the 12 months to August 2015.

While it's easier for employers to test out an employee's fit, many people miss the finer legal details.

Two arrested for elderly scam

An elderly victim of a scam reads through the list of withdrawals against her card.

Police have arrested two people who allegedly scammed elderly people in Christchurch.

Cruising's economic waves

P&O's Pacific Pearl is home-berthed in New Zealand for a record five-month tour of duty.

Cruising has become a half-billion dollar industry for New Zealand as Kiwis and foreigners discover the joys of life on the ocean waves.

Digger by day, pin-up by night

Hanna Wain, aka Dariel Dearlove, won Miss Vintage Hibiscus Coast.

"I don't mind living in a man's world as long as I can be a woman in it."

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Bings Motel 'too small' for schools

Bings Motel on Maxwell Rd in Blenheim.

The ministry expected to have a shortlist of sites in May, and tenders for carrying out a formal evaluation of potential sites closed this week.

What makes Picton, Picton?

The Brand Picton Working Group, from left, group leader Juliet Gibbons, Picton Smart and Connected chairwoman Barbara Speedy and group member Patricia Berwick, is consulting with the public to find out the key characteristics of Picton's identity.

"It can't be enforced from the outside, it needs to come from within the community."

Waikato property sellers seek higher bids at auction

Waikato's record asking price is up 6.3 per cent in January 2016 from the previous high set in December 2015.

Five weeks' property supply as buyers continue to flood the market.

Wine's next big thing

Brancott Estate chief winemaker Patrick Materman will be one of the judges of the Winexplorer innovation challenge.

A Marlborough winery has launched a campaign to discover the next big innovation in wine.

Waitangi Day 'mondayisation loophole'

Union claims meat processing company is using "mondayisation" loophole to force employees to work public holiday. (File photo).

Union says Waitangi "mondayisation" loophole is being used force employees to work.

Air NZ's $25m tech spend

A technology upgrade to Air New Zealand's ATR fleet will provide a more consistent service for customers, especially over winter.

Air New Zealand is spending large on advanced flight technology for its ATR fleet.

Growth in million-dollar Hawke's Bays property market

This home in Endsleigh Drive, Havelock North sold in December, as demand for million-dollar properties in Hawke's Bay grows.

Million-dollar properties in Hawke's Bay are in hot demand, as interest from national and international buyers strengthens, a real estate agent says.

The Oscars of advertising video

Helen Mirren appears in the commercial for Budweiser.

Advertisers pay $7 million for 30 seconds of air time to engage 100 million Super Bowl viewers.

Plans to bring back 'glory days'

Jason Macklow.

A push to rejuvenate Hamilton's downtown have been bolstered by plans to renovate one of the main street's grand old ladies.

What to know about Australian GST

They are one of our closest neighbours but there are key differences between GST in New Zealand and GST in Australia.

Tax is a very real concern for everyone doing business in another country and it is no different when heading to Australia.

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Is this huge car price a record? video

The 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport Scaglietti was raced to victory by legendary British driver Stirling Moss at the Cuba Grand Prix in 1958.

Exchange rates and auction locations mean the title of the most expensive car ever sold at auction is up for debate.

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OPINION: Don't be shy.

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From Wellington to Hollywood

Sophie Howard's love for tea has landed her a unique opportunity serving her tea to the stars at the Oscars.

The who's who of Hollywood will be sipping Wellington-branded high tea at this year's Oscars.

Aro Video gets reprieve

Aro Video owner Andrew Armitage said the store was saved by the community.

Just before the axe fell on the Wellington video store, the community stepped in.

Streets 'tough for girls in heels'

A high heel takes on post-quake Christchurch in 2012.

Christchurch shoe repairer has seen many high heels in "mutilated state" since the earthquakes.

Giblin Group to expand

Giblin Group director Jenni Giblin hopes to expand her business into Australia this year.

Juggling five children and running a successful business seems like child's play for one Hawke's Bay woman.

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How to choose an MBA

America's Harvard university has one of the top reputations for business degrees.

It can consolidate your management position, or set you on the path to promotion or a completely different career.

Kea showcases World Class Kiwis

Phil Veal, global chair of Kea New Zealand and passionate advocate of getting Kiwis connected all over the world.

Expat Kiwis are making a powerful contribution to the country.

Driving for more electric vehicles

Transport Minister Simon Bridges is planning an overseas trip to encourage more electric vehicles manufacturers to bring their cars to NZ.

Moves are afoot to get more company fleet cars changing to electric vehicles.

Party over for big-spending car boss

Clyde Campbell is accused of misappropriating and misusing more than $30 million of company money.

How one of the world's biggest car makers ran itself off the road, with a MD accused of misusing more than $32.5m.

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Trading Places

NZ Inc has mutated into NZ funds management: the modern way to run an economy.

The national accounts now perch upon a staggering $180 billion raft of derivatives. It is the new way we run the economy. But who can understand it?

Airbnb on a roll

Airbnb now has business travellers firmly in its sights.

OPINION: Regular tourist accommodation is becoming tight in peak season but Airbnb could help.

Invest for the Year of the Monkey

Sheldon Slabbert is a markets trader with CMC Markets, New Zealand.

Chinese New Year officially starts tomorrow, heralding the start of the Year of the Monkey.

Trade honesty pays

Rod Oram believes a lack of transparency over the TPPA could damage New Zealand's honest reputation.

TPPA will only deliver for us if we are honest about it. But our government and business leaders aren't.


Canterbury's worst stock-wading offenders

Cattle grazing on the shore of Lake Ellesmere, as seen from the Little River Rail Trail.

Criticism mounts about stock in waterways as figures show some farms received complaints about it repeatedly.

More pain for dairy farmers

Dairy farmers may lose $1.50 for each kilo of production capacity they have over the next two seasons.

Bank cuts price forecast for this season and next.

Organic farm returns to rise?

Taranaki organic dairy farmers Stephen and Janet Fleming say the new payment system should encourage more farmers into organics.

Fonterra has offered to pay organic farmers at either market rates or a fixed price.

Marauding pigs let loose

Steve Knudsen's suspicions that pigs are being released for hunting on his Hunua Ranges doorstep hardened when he trapped this blue ear-tagged pig.

Pigs being raised and released for sport are costing one farmer thousands of dollars a year.


ANZ traders scandal drags in other banks

ANZ lodged its defence against a NZD$32 million claim.

ANZ has dragged other major banks into the "toxic culture" claims made by sacked trader Etienne Alexiou.

IKEA loses name in Indonesia

Swedish furniture company Ikea will not be able to trade under its name in Indonesia.

Swedish furniture giant IKEA has lost the right to use its own brand name in Indonesia after a legal battle.

Tails wagging for doggy data

Heyrex canine data collection software tracks, records and communicates dog behaviour.

Wellington firm expands on the back of global success.

Spider surprise in salad

The salad-dwelling spider.

Woman takes video of an unusual extra in her salad bag - a large, wriggling Huntsman.

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