Creditors left in the lurch

This Valiant Homes development in Birkdale had only one water meter for seven new homes.

A failed property developer gave fiancee a diamond ring months before his company collapsed.

Midwives drop pay bombshell

Sheyna Huband credits midwife Jacqui Anderson, left, with giving her support and confidence ahead of the birth of her third son, Oliver.

A High Court action on Monday will have 'global ramifications' for women's pay.

Focus turns to US data

A U.S. flag hangs above the door of the New York Stock Exchange August 26, 2015. Wall Street racked up its biggest one-day gain in four years on Wednesday as fears about China's economy gave way to bargain hunters emboldened by expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve might not raise interest rates next month.   REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

After two dizzying weeks that saw equity prices plunge and rebound, investors seek clarity on US rates.

Financial literacy to join 3 Rs?

Four out of five NZers experienced financial stress in the past year.

Support grows for money management to be a core part of the school curriculum.

How to pay off your mortgage

Enableme financial advisor Hannah McQueen counsels home-owners on how to pay off their mortgages in less than 10 years.

Just like the TV ads say, you can pay off your mortgage in 10 years. 

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industries

Council consultant to scope science research

The Marlborough District Council is scoping ideas for a new regional research institute after Economic Minister Steven Joyce, pictured, announced a $25 million Government package.

The Marlborough District Council is to pay a consultant $20,000 to scope out an idea for a research institute in Marlborough.

Wheelchair design a winner

An Otaki man has won an innovation contest by designing a life-changing wheelchair.

Finance diary

Sick days cost $150m

money

Studying on the breadline

The University of Auckland, Grafton Campus

More students are having to live with their parents to make ends meet.

Fuel prices down, margins up

The price of fuel may be falling, but margins have more than doubled in the last four years.

Sir Michael Hill's family fortunes in the Michael Hill Jewelry empire have fluctuated during a week of sharemarket turmoil.

Rich-listers lose millions

Some of NZ's top business people saw over $40m wiped off their own company shareholdings.

small business

Flower power drives business

Florist Kathryn Fleming believes flowers can give people a spiritual lift.

A new subscription flower business backed by upmarket grocery chain, Farro, proves a hit with romantic men.

A quilter's haven

Hazel Wolff sold her home in Hamilton to set up Grandmother's Garden.

Co-owners of Cambridge catering company Gourmet Delicious, Kim Lee and Ali Foers.

On a right royal roll

A year after feeding the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Gourmet Delicious is still on a high.

world

Focus turns to US data

A U.S. flag hangs above the door of the New York Stock Exchange August 26, 2015. Wall Street racked up its biggest one-day gain in four years on Wednesday as fears about China's economy gave way to bargain hunters emboldened by expectations the U.S. Federal Reserve might not raise interest rates next month.   REUTERS/Lucas Jackson

After two dizzying weeks that saw equity prices plunge and rebound, investors seek clarity on US rates.

Japanese day trader made $52m

While global investors were hitting the panic button, a Japanese day trader timed the bottom perfectly.

7-Eleven workers were not paid penalty rates for night shifts.

Shocking exploitation of store workers video

Australia's biggest convenience store chain, 7-Eleven, is under fire for paying many of its staff as little as A$10 an hour.

better business

Midwives drop pay bombshell

Sheyna Huband credits midwife Jacqui Anderson, left, with giving her support and confidence ahead of the birth of her third son, Oliver.

A High Court action on Monday will have 'global ramifications' for women's pay.

Business Toolbox: Managing health and safety

Managing health and safety in the workplace can be a daunting responsibility. But it is a legal requirement to protect your employees and visitors to your premises from accidents and harm.

Cyber criminals seem to be everywhere now and taking cyber security seriously could mean the difference between business success and failure.

Fighting off cyber crime

Attacks on critical business information are increasing but there are things SMEs can do to protect themselves, even with minimal resources.

opinion & analysis

Agony aunt: Family mortgage

There is no downside to lending money to your children to buy a house - for them.

OPINION: Do we, or don’t we, loan money to one of our children for a house?

Courage under pressure

Buy in gloom, sell in boom – that is the investment mantra that I live by.

Metlifecare completed 'The Poynton' retirement village in Takapuna,  Auckland this month.

A broker’s view: Metlifecare

OPINION: Metlifecare has been the benefactor of an aging population, and the house price appreciation in Auckland.

farming

Bike death makes tragic point

Police investigate a quad bike death on a Puketaha farm, near Hamilton

A quad bike tragedy has ripped a hole in hard-working farming family.

Fonterra helping fight fires

Fonterra grassroots funding helping rural communities with their firefighting resources.

Janet Gray with a rare set of quad lambs born to a southdown ewe at the farm near Rongotea.

Surprise! It's quadruplets video

Southdown lambs aren't usually born in sets of four, but a Manawatu ewe has given birth to her own flock

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