Vero makes play for Tower

Michael Stiassny is urging Tower shareholders to seek advice.

10:45 AM  Canadian company now has competition for New Zealand insurer.

Meridian pay special dividend

Meridian Energy said demand in large parts of the South Island fell sharply at the end of 2017.

10:09 AM  Record generation sees partially privatised electricity giant return almost $200m to shareholders.

Jailed for corruption

Murray Noone, left, and Stephen Borlase appear in the High Court at Auckland for sentencing on fraud charges

10:55 AM  Cosy relationship between contractor and council employee in Auckland ends behind bars.

Sky TV viewers fall

Sky Sports truck (generic)

9:53 AM  Bad news for Sky TV as it waits to find out if its merger with Vodafone NZ can go ahead.

Sam Neill's Cadbury protest

Sam Neill is asking all Kiwis and Australians to boycott Cadbury products.

11:20 AM  The actor wants all Kiwis and Australians to boycott the chocolate maker.

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Agri Investment Week expands

New Zealand Agri Investment Week was built around the long-running Central Districts Field Days last year.

Popular week adds new events focused on technology and innovation.

F1-inspired Aston Martins revealed gallery video

Aston Martin Red Bull Racing Edition.

British sports car maker unveils limiited edition variants of its ageing Vantage coupe.

How not to fall for fake news

"The Sweden episode was a perfect circle of misinformation", writes Margaret Sullivan.

OPINION: Don't be like Donald Trump. Here's how you can distinguish rumour from fact and hoax from reality.

Employee theft, the silent killer

Joanne Harrison during sentencing at the Manukau District Court, Auckland.

OPINION: Businesses think they won't be affected by employee theft, but the threat is real.

Jailed fraudster's destructive streak

Joanne Harrison during her sentencing at Manukau District Court on Tuesday.

Ministry of Transport fraudster Joanne Harrison "a complete piece of work" relative says.

Fletcher Building profit ticks up

Fletcher Building chief executive Mark Adamson says the strength of the New Zealand economy helped drive the profit increase.

NZ's biggest construction firm sees continued demand for residential and infrastructure building projects.

Shaky capital: 100 days on gallery video

The demolition of the condemned Reading Cinema carpark in Wellington's central city is "around three-quarters complete" ...

One hundred days after the Kaikoura quake, about 200 people are unable to return to their Wellington homes.

Shore thing for real estate

Property on the North Shore is hot, hot, hot.

The North Shore dominates a list of the top 20 real estate sales hot sopts.

Wine warehouse sign of sparkling economy

Port Nelson CEO Martin Byrne, left, with James Patterson, William Patterson, Transport Minister Simon Bridges, Jo ...

 Port Nelson's huge new storage facility is the first of a $32 million redevelopment fuelled by growing industries.

Geely eyes Lotus/Proton takeover

One-off Bond-style Evora Sport 410 was created by Lotus Exclusive.

Chinese giant set to snap up struggling Proton and Lotus.

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money

Mortgage rationing bites

Rationing is a term synonymous with World War II, but brokers are now using the word about mortgages.

Looking for a house? It's getting tougher for home buyers to borrow as the big banks become more picky.

How to manage millennials

Lisa Martin has given up on hiring graduates because most of them leave to go overseas.

No resignation over pay boost

When credit card panic sets in

small business

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.

Prospering with proper passion video

Staff at Proper Crisps check the cooked crisps on the production line at the Nelson factory.

Nelson business Proper Crisps shakes up the big players by making just that – proper crisps.

Volkswagen launches new dealership

Volkswagen NZ general manager Tony Ruddenklau at the new Volkswagen showroom in invercargill.

The first European car dealership had its official opening in Invercargill on Friday night.

Baby boom means business for Belinda

Wanaka businesswoman Belinda Smalls.

Stick with your dreams and just go with it, Wanaka businesswoman says.

better business

Chip firm expands with kettles video

Heartland Potato Chips owner Raymond Bowan and his daughter, general manager Charlotte Bowan, keep an eye on their new ...

A Timaru firm is taking a bigger bite out of the market with its new range of kettle chips.

Living wage rewards reaped video

Cleaning company Fresh Desk pays a living wage to all its workers.

Employers say the living wage is worth it, as it brings in hard-working staff who stick around for the long haul.

Google techs eye Wellington

Google techs are among the 5000 people who have registered with LookSee Wellington.

A free trip to the capital seems to have lured some high-profile techies.

How many tourists do we have?

24122016 News Photo - Derek Flynn/Fairfax NZ.
Ovation of the seas cruise ship visits Picton.
Picton streets were packed ...

It might seem a recent phenomenon, but NZ's boom in overseas visitors began decades ago.

property

Shore thing for real estate

Property on the North Shore is hot, hot, hot.

The North Shore dominates a list of the top 20 real estate sales hot sopts.

Not all building consents equal

Multi-unit developments being built at the moment include Apollo Square on Rosedale Rd.

It looked like home building on Auckland's North Shore nosedived, but the figures didn't show the whole picture.

Record new consents for Capital

Wellington City Council is progressing towards achieving its annual 1500 target for new building consents, with 1204 new ...

Wellington Mayor says rash of new residential building consents for the capital will ease affordability.

Building industry can't cope: Goff video

Auckland Mayor Phil Goff, right, is keen to fix Auckland's housing supply problems.

Auckland won't make up its housing shortfall unless there are changes in construction, the city's mayor says.

opinion & analysis

The fight against ageism

The British Ministry of Justice's decision to reduce the pension entitlements for younger judges has been ruled ...

OPINION: Baby Boomers are reaching retirement age, and that's getting the courts working overtime.

The cult of Adrian Orr video

Adrian Orr's salary is below what he could earn elsewhere, but those other jobs would come with downsides he does not ...

OPINION: If the NZ Super Fund boss was motivated by salary, we should let him go.

Nothing sweet in closure video

The entrance to the Cadbury factory in Dunedin. Columnist Derek Burrows considers how a brand set to close its Dunedin ...

OPINION: Closing Cadbury's Dunedin factory shows the company couldn't be further from its roots.

No more Cadbury for me video

Cadbury's chocolate bars and garish packaging are targeted at the homogenous tastes of millions of people globally.

OPINION: I will never buy Cadbury's chocolate again after it decided to close its Dunedin factory.

farming

More milk, lower prices

Tight global supply has been a key factor holding up world dairy prices.

Improved weather will slightly boost milk production but hold back prices.

These guys know their onions

Supervisor Kitja Santanut oversees 19 workers from Thailand to harvest onion flower heads by hand in Marlborough.

A Marlborough grower's decision to use people, not machines, to harvest is paying off.

Young farmers watch farm burn

Tom Magill and Stella Bauer lost 150ha of pasture and 6km of fences to the Port Hills fires.

Black pastures are all that's left after the Port Hills fires swept through land leased by a young farming couple.

PGGW posts $16m profit

Tougher lamb and wool conditions have given PGG Wrightson shareholders much to think about.

PGGW has made a $16m after-tax profit in the first half of the financial year.

world

Dick Smith lays house price blame

Dick Smith says Australia's reached a "sweet spot" of around 24 million people.

"Jumbo loads" of immigrants are driving Aussie house prices beyond the reach of young families, he says.

No show? No meal

Head chef Nelly Robinson of Nel Restaurant in the Sydney CBD.

Meetings, broken bones and other excuses useless as Australian site blacklists 38,000 who missed meals.

'This is war': Seven chief's ex-lover

Executive assistant Amber Harrison, top left, went public with details of a months-long affair she'd had with Seven CEO ...

"Reign of terror" promised by former lover of Australian TV boss, court hears.

Google techs eye Wellington

Google techs are among the 5000 people who have registered with LookSee Wellington.

A free trip to the capital seems to have lured some high-profile techies.

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