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Pike River families 'let down'

Sonya Rockhouse, left, and Anna Osborne, stand among 291 crosses placed at Parliament to mark the number of workplace deaths since the Pike River disaster.

PM John Key has "let down" the lost Pike River miners with watered-down health and safety legislation, relatives say.

Court decision in family company power struggle

A wealthy Christchurch family company power battle continues.

Abano books $1.3m loss

'For sale': $10m stake in 2degrees video

money

Retirement village boom

More elderly people are opting for retirement village living, prompting efforts to lift understanding of their pros and cons.

More elderly people are opting for retirement village living, prompting efforts to lift understanding of their pros and cons.

Big OE money planning

OPINION: Before heading off on your big trip, it pays to have your finances sorted.

Banking Ombudsman Deborah Battell steps down on Friday after six years in the role.

Empowering bank customers 

Deborah Battell shares the challenges and highlights of her six years as Banking Ombudsman.

small business

Marton man's dirty business

Pamela Rees, left, and John Mercer are part of the team behing Nappy Godmother.

Cleaning up a dirty nappy problem is the goal behind one man's new venture.

Going antique at Garvey's

He's Hamilton's answer to the antique's roadshow, and 70-year-old Patrick Garvey plans to be around for a while yet.

Sometimes sacrifices need to be made in the name of an invoice.

Weekend, schmeekend

OPINION: If there's one thing that freelancers need to learn fast, it's that there's no such thing as a weekend.

world

Biggest automaker lead changes

The logos of Volkswagen (left) and Toyota are seen at their dealership in Tokyo, Japan.

Volkswagen has clinched the top spot in global auto sales for the first half of 2015 by selling 5.04 million vehicles, enough to overtake longtime standout Toyota.

China's slump hits world markets

NZ's reaction to the biggest rout in Chinese shares in eight years is a small decline.

Aa series of one-on-one as well as group meetings are planned during the four days of talks in Hawaii ending on Friday.

Cautious optimism at TPP talks

But negotiators hoping to finalise the ambitious trade deal this week warn that sticking points remain.

better business

From Murupara to Microsoft

Barrie Sheers, originally from Murupara, is now managing director of Microsoft New Zealand.

Ex pat earns first New Zealand job, 30 years after leaving on his big OE.

Second supermarket booze ban

New World Wellington City slapped with five-day booze ban for illegal alcohol sales.

Michael Langford, owner of Langford Contracting, who died in a forestry incident in Foxhill in 2013.

Forestry worker faced 'impossible' job

The owner of a forestry block where a man was crushed to death alleges the consultants he hired to clear his trees put pressure on the man to complete the work in an "impossible" time frame.

opinion & analysis

Is the Government obsessed with degrees?

There are other ways to train skilled workers than getting them to do degrees.

OPINION: If delivering skills for industry is the aim the Government needs a much broader focus than degree courses.

GST import threshold could drop

Could New Zealand's GST import rules be up for change if our Australian counterparts change their rules?

Just make sure that backpack has a travel insurance policy inside it.

Big OE money planning

OPINION: Before heading off on your big trip, it pays to have your finances sorted.

farming

Dairy a TPP sticking point

Dairy is a big hurdle of TPP discussions, with New Zealand seen as a threat to other dairy-producing countries.

NZ just wants a level playing field in global trade, dairy industry representatives say.

'No way' of paying fine

A Te Aroha man is reeling after a judge handed him a $65,000 fine for offences at a piggery.

Farm dog Storm was impaled on a 3-metre long branch while herding sheep but survived to give birth to three puppies.

Impaled dog gives birth

A Marlborough sheepdog recovered from a serious staking injury to give birth to a litter of healthy pups.

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