Boss's affair costs him $587K

John Neal's bonus was cut after he failed to tell QBE's board about his relationship with his executive assistant.

Insurance giant's boss didn't disclose a romantic relationship with his executive assistant.

Flashy agents a turn-off

Ricky Cave's Aston Martin.

Showy real estate agents put people off, but one claims he needs his Aston Martin.

What deserves $5.6m per year?

Australia Post CEO Ahmed Fahour was paid A$5.6 million per year before he unexpectedly quit.

OPINION: Australia Post CEO's big idea was parcels being more important.

Spark/Netflix deal 'nice sign'

Spark's deal with Netflix is "exclusive" for a year.

4:15 PM  InternetNZ says latest broadband freebie is a sign of healthy competition.

Kiwis stay home

Record net migration gains are being underpinned by Kiwis moving home, with the net loss of New Zealand citizens falling ...

The number of Kiwis moving overseas is at a 30-year low - as net migration hits 71,000.

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Government extends quake help

Kaikoura businesses will continue to receive financial support as work continues on getting State Highway 1 access to ...

Quake-affected South Island areas will get more financial support, but wage subsidies for North Island businesses will end next week.

Farmers win second look at water plan

There have been 40 submissions received by the Waikato Regional Council on its Healthy Rivers plan change with the ...

Waikato farmers are pleased with the willingness of councillors to listen to their concerns.

Farmers credit environment for win

Jared and Sue Watson credit a switch to once a day milking for re-igniting their passion for dairying.

 Jared and Sue Watson are the supreme winners of the Bay of Plenty Farm Environment Awards.

Drive to reduce heavy trucks

The number of heavy trucks passing through Kaikoura could be decreased through shipping long-haul freight by sea.

Since the quake, the roads around Kaikoura have become relatively quiet, and some residents like it.

Train plan chugging along

A steam train travels between Picton and Christchurch. (File photo)

Earthquake fails to derail plans to send cruise passengers loco.

I am a (farmer) robot

More robotics are being introduced at meat plants to increase safety and processing efficiency.

Artificial intelligence is already on farms and will only increase.

Shares of southern companies hit

Ryman Healthcare has been a top performer in development of retirement villages and profit growth - but its share price ...

Companies may perform well but it's not always reflected in share price growth, as evident in the latest Deloitte index

Top 10 trolley items revealed gallery video

Healthy produce was in our trolleys this year.

Processed foods are out and fruit and vegetables are in for healthier Kiwis as we stock our trolleys with bananas and avocados.

Is it a bird? Is it a plane?

Mike Pasco shows us the WASZP up close.

The world's first flying boat - which allows people to sail out of the water and reach speeds twice as fast as the wind - has arrived.

Tobacco fraud smoked out

The consignments of fruit tobacco were declared as 3kg cartons, but in reality each weighed 6kg.

Fruit tobacco importer defrauded Customs for five years before being sent to prison.

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money

Kiwi credit scores leap

Lenders, landlords and power companies all check people's credit scores when deciding whether to do business with them.

There's been some dramatic improvements, but it's not because we've suddenly got better with money.

Cullen: Time for KiwiSaver fee drop

KiwiSaver founder Sir Michael Cullen says it's time for fees to start coming down.

Eight tips for getting cheap rental cars

Nigel Latta's guide to wealth video

small business

Queen St pick-me-up?

The refurbished building on the corner of Queen St and Arthur St.

A real estate agent is confident a refurbished building will help rejuvenate a quiet central Blenheim street.

Ditching the disposable cups video

Steph Fry with some of her IdealCups at her business Celcius Coffee in Motueka.

Cafe owner Steph Fry is staging a revolution against "revolting" single use coffee cups.

Jewellery firm's hidden gem

Nick Hensman enjoys the entire process of making jewellery - from design to completion.

Tucked away on a busy Wellington street, jeweller Nick Hensman is keeping things traditional.

'Everything I do, I do for her'

Hannah works as hard as she does to provide a better life for her 6-year-old daughter Bella.

A single mother in her 20s who suffers from a multitude of mental illnesses taught herself code and marketing to give her daughter a better life. 

better business

High vs low paid

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adult, background, bank, ...

Which NZ industry pays the biggest bucks and which is the least lucrative?

Coffee or a nap?

Workplaces have been advised to consider stocking  "caffeinated beverages for their employees' refreshment".

You may feel a pang of guilt cracking open a caffeinated drink at work, but it can help with stress.

Business class

Cathay Pacific A350 business class. FFX-travel

What's the peak age for New Zealand's business travellers?

Kiwi fashion icon pulls out of US

Cooper walks out with a model following the COOP show at New Zealand Fashion Week 2014.

Dame Trelise Cooper's bold, colourful designs are no longer being sold on the ground in the US.

property

$65m apartment tower for Dixon St

Archaus' rendering of the planned 19-storey apartment building in Dixon Street.

The old Sharp building will be demolished and replaced with apartments by the end of next year.

Quest building 'snapped up' for millions

The Quest serviced apartments have been sold to a local family trust.

The four star Quest hotel building now has local owners.

Souvenir shop for Stewart Dawsons corner

Stewart and Dawson Corner will soon be the temporary home to Simply New Zealand souvenir shop.

The landmark Stewar Dawsons building will be the temporary home for a souvenir shop.

Seeking: First home buyers

This Birkdale property has three-bedrooms, a bathroom and a pool.

An Auckland retiree wants a first home buyer for his North Shore home.

opinion & analysis

Managing the speed of change

Teams need to be onside with changes to ensure customers don't suffer.

OPINION: There's a right and a wrong speed to make changes.

Breaking the brand trap

Premium chocolate is growing in popularity.

OPINION: We have to offer authenticity, sustainability and health-giving innovation to discerning consumers around the world.

Trust is the name of the game

Some foresight and planning s required in older age to cut the risk of being defrauded by family.

OPINION: Our financial decision-making abilities peak in our mid-fifties and it is all downhill from there.

Manufacturing jobs disappear

The manufacturing industry will grow, but jobs around the world will gradually disappear, says Shamubeel Eaqub.

OPINION: Manufacturing jobs have been disappearing from New Zealand for decades due to technological improvements and globalisation.

farming

Geek/farmer hackathon success

Principal researcher at Microsoft Research Ranveer Chandra talks about app options with Manawatu farmer James Stewart ...

Farmers and technical people team up to solve on-farm problems.

Search for succulent lamb 

Graham Hawkes and Sarah Walker judge the 2013 Glammies at the Upper Clutha A&P Show.

After 10 years, chief Glammies judge Graham Hawkes is still searching for the tastiest lamb.

Marginal land not worth it

Peter (left) and Niels Hansen, pictured at their Huiroa property, have been conserving and optimising their family farms ...

Hill country field day give isolated farmers a chance to network and learn.

Farming behind the scenes

Supporters at the World Shearing and Woolhandling Championships in Invercargill earlier this month.

Andrew Morrison writes about the important role of sheep and beef farmers.

world

Family's billion-dollar fight

Julian Wright alleges he was deceived when he took A$6.8m in return for handing over his share of Wright Prospecting.

Perth businessman accuses his family of cheating him out of his share in an iron ore fortune.

$12b loss for Royal Bank of Scotland

The Royal Bank of Scotland has had another tumultuous year.

RBS reporting losses for ninth year running, as the bank deals with restructuring, job cuts and legal scandals.

Samsung heir's jail: no phone, cannibal neighbour video

Jay Y Lee (centre), vice co-chairman of Samsung Electronics, arrives at the Special Prosecutor's Office in Seoul, South ...

While accused of bribing South Korea's president, Lee is locked up at a prison notorious for housing convicted billionaires, a serial killer and the hangman's noose.

Japan's Premium Friday begins

Workers are encouraged to hit the town. Premium Friday is a government campaign to get the country's chronically ...

It sounds great - Tokyo workers can take free limos and sip champagne once a month. Pity no-one told them about it.

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