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Horticultural firm fined $57,000

The authority said the horticultural company had to pay the hefty fine as a deterrent for other employers

4:47 PM  BBS failed to pay its workers properly, or give them employment contracts.

Aus shopper slips on grape, sues

It was not the fault of Coles that a customer slipped on a grape, a judge found.

5:13 PM  Her right foot went backwards and she tripped forward onto her knees and elbows.

Worker paid almost $2 below minimum

Indian restaurant Urban Turban in Auckland's viaduct underpaid an employee who worked more than 60 hours per week

An Auckland Indian restaurant will have to pay more than $40,000 to a former employee it underpaid.

Fast-track housing policy

Special Housing Areas could give council a head start on housing before Peacocke and Rotokauri open up, Mayor Andrew ...

Hamilton City Council has drafted one, but wants to know what the people think.

Canterbury need migrants: mayors

Six of the eleven member of the Canterbury Mayoral Forum at the Canterbury Regional Economic Development Strategy ...

There are not enough Kiwis to work on Canterbury farms and in businesses, they say.

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Fire at chicken plant

Inghams Enterprises, Waitoa.

The small fire required a large response because of chemicals at the site.

Hunt on for produce poisoners

Two orchard sites in Kerikeri have been sprayed with Calypso spray, a potentially harmful substance.

About $240K of kiwifruit dumped after hazardous chemical sprayed at orchard.

Empty plane seats for sale

Etihad is offering a "neighbour-free seat" option for economy-class passengers, allowing them to bid for as many as ...

Can't bear competing for the armrest with the unfriendly stranger in 26F? Now you can pay to keep them away.

Richmond a 'destination for retirees'

Andrew Spittal says the aim is to develop about 550 to 650 sections on the site.

A $130m retirement village is tipped as part of a proposed $350m development in Richmond, near Nelson.

Flicking the switch on electric cars

Mike O'Donnell: EVs are "still beyond the reach of most New Zealanders".

OPINION: When will electric vehicles follow the path of digital cameras and get to point we can afford them, asks Mike O'Donnell.

Labour's unhappy interns

Former Labour fixer Matt McCarten

OPINION: Labour has made a hash of its scheme to import young interns to help run its election campaign, and its timing was exquisite. Just when it was making serious trouble for National over the de-Barclay, as it's now called, Labour reveals its own scandal. Thanks, Matt McCarten. Once again you've raised doubts about your reputation as a fixer and campaigner of genius.

Auckland's combustible buildings video

Auckland Council's general manager of building control, Ian McCormick, said staff have manually checked for buildings ...

Anger among residents of Auckland apartment high-rise identified as having Grenfell Tower combustible cladding.

Westpac card issue fixed

Some Westpac credit and eftpos cards were hit by a network issue on Friday.

Scores of customers were unable to use eftpos or credit cards, but bank says problem is now resolved.

Virtual power plant on trial

Craig Burt is taking part in a “virtual power plant” trial, designed to support Wellingtonians in the event of a natural ...

Wellington residents could end up sharing electricity with neighbours after a disaster.

Common themes to global challenge

Nuffield scholars Mat Hocken (left) and Ryan O'Sullivan examine agricultural products as part of their visit to Brazil.

Nuffield scholar Ryan O'Sullivan shares his observations after exploring the state of global agriculture.

money

Banking on the change in money

Steven Faulkner says electronic transactions make up at least 40 per cent of his ice cream truck sales.

We're spending more than ever before so why's it getting harder for banks to stay open?

Victims in short supply

Finance firm overcharged customers, but Commerce Commission can't find anyone to speak out.

Teen's possum fur phone cover

Don't blow your savings yet...

small business

Doughnuts selling like hot cakes

Josiah Smits of the Smoking Barrel Cafe and Restaurant with some of his famous donuts at his High St, Motueka business.

A Motueka cafe is struggling to meet demand for its hand-made decadent doughnuts.

Kiwi craft chocolate wins gold

Karl Hogarth of Hogarth Craft Chocolate holds a handful of cocoa nibs.

Nelson chocolatiers Hogarth won top prize at the global chocolate awards in London.

Hogey rides new wave

John Hogan is catching a new business wave, selling his Nelson surf shop after 12 years of doing business.

Slow winters and rise of online shopping spells end of veteran retailer's Nelson surf shop.

Camembert crisis? Not in NZ

The Camembert in Whitestone's Lindis Pass range.

Camembert cheese may be in danger of disappearing, but Kiwi cheese lovers need not worry.

better business

Hamilton's reputation a worry

The city's reputation mightn't be what the council wants, but it isn't likely to be a key factor for anyone choosing ...

You don't have to look hard to find a joke about the place, and the council isn't laughing.

City needs 28 new houses a week

Hamilton will need to make a move in two new growth cells in the next decade, councillors were told.

Almost 1500 new houses a year are needed, councillors heard.

Cement plant turns tyres into fuel

Fletcher's cement plant at Portland in Northland hopes the tyre-based fuel will help reduce its reliance on coal.

The Government and industry band together to use up our growing stockpile of old tyres.

Young entrepreneurs slay dragons

NMIT Dragons' Den judges Al Columbus, left, Virginia Watson, Noel Eichbaum, Jax Myers and Chris Jack listen to the ...

The top of the south's top young business minds battled for backing at Nelson's Theatre Royal.

property

Fast-track housing policy

Special Housing Areas could give council a head start on housing before Peacocke and Rotokauri open up, Mayor Andrew ...

Hamilton City Council has drafted one, but wants to know what the people think.

Richmond a 'destination for retirees'

Andrew Spittal says the aim is to develop about 550 to 650 sections on the site.

A $130m retirement village is tipped as part of a proposed $350m development in Richmond, near Nelson.

The Block's housing market woes

In case you hadn't guessed, Julia and Ali are identical twins from Auckland.

A cooling Auckland housing market means this might be The Block's hardest season yet.

70s building smarter than most

Aorangi House in Molesworth St.

A 46-year-old building in Wellington has a better energy rating than the average NZ office.

opinion & analysis

Immigration own goal

"It is exciting to see Christchurch becoming an increasingly diverse, multi-cultural city with people of different ...

OPINION: One more migrant in NZ doesn't mean one less job for a Kiwi.

Wellington leaders deserve a back pat

John Milford: ''The collaboration had never been so strong, and that's exactly what we need.''

OPINION: John Milford is heartened to see Wellington's leaders are not working in silos.

Two agents may not deliver

In theory, listing with more agents means the property will be seen by a larger number of potential buyers.

If having one real estate agent is good, surely more than one is even better?

Off by one degree

Just like a plane, a small nudge in the controls will get you to the right destination.

OPINION: If the steps in your marketing are off only slightly, then it won't get you the results.

farming

Teen's possum fur phone cover

Maggie Gibson with her possum fur phone cover.

Maggie Gibson made the most Kiwi smartphone accessory from a possum she shot at the family farm.

Lions led by donkeys: Peters

NZ First leader and Northland MP Winston Peters makes a point of reminding people he is the only major party leader who ...

Winston Peters pushed all the right buttons in his play for the rural vote.

Future of farming pure fantasy

Farming crickets? Lyn Webster says she would rather milk cows.

Northland dairy farmer Lyn Webster is unimpressed by What Next's predictions.

Dairy farm best in business

Dairy Business of the Year supreme winners Sibylle and Andrew Sulzberger share a tender moment.

New Zealand's top dairy farming business is run by the Sulzberger family in Taranaki.

world

Search for travel using emojis

Want to fly to Las Vegas? Just put in the slot machine emoji for a list of deals.

One travel site is letting us look up flight or hotel deals using emojis to represent our destination.

Uber CEO resigns video

Uber CEO Travis Kalanick stepped aside after a tumultuous time for the world's largest ride-services company.

Uber boss and co-founder steps down under pressure from investors after a string of setbacks.

Clooney sells tequila for $1b video

George Clooney, seen with his wife Amal, created Casamigos in 2013.

George Clooney may be the face of fancy coffee, but it's in premium tequila that he just hit the jackpot.

Luxury flats for fire tenants

The apartments are located in a highly desirable part of London.

UK government buys some of the most expensive real estate in London to rehouse survivors of Grenfell Tower tragedy.

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