The rich prefer property

John, left, and Michael Chow are believed to have doubled their personal wealth in just a year.

Property plays a big part in many wealthy Kiwis' portfolios.

Sky TV threatens court over Rio

Sinead Boucher, Fairfax group executive editor, wants to protect the media's legal rights to cover news.

12:04 AM  A legal battle is brewing over how much coverage Kiwis get of the Olympic Games.

Salmon scare for pregnant women

Some of the affected products.

Listeria found in batches of popular salmon product

Air NZ steps up wine game

Michael Brajkovich from Kumeu River Wines is one of six wine experts on the Air New Zealand fine wines of New Zealand panel.

The airline has come up with a new way to select the top inflight wines.

Trust must pay worker $10K

Former Labour politician John Tamihere investigated the claims by his worker Andrew Yao who was sacked in September 2015.

He was sacked after making a false claim of immigration fraud. Now he's won $10,000.

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Mt Victoria views under threat

The view of Mt Victoria from Devonport shops may be impeded by height restriction changes in the Unitary Plan.

Heritage protection remains on the North Shore following Unitary Plan recommendations, but views of Mt Victoria may not.

Blis for shareholders?

Blis chief executive Brian Watson says there is a growing acceptance of the underlying science of Blis products in the ...

Long-patient shareholders of Blis Technologies may soon be rewarded

King warned off business

A screenshot from Titan Conrete's website. The business was incorporated in November and went into receivership in April.

Convicted thief and arsonist told to stay away from business dealings after his Canterbury concrete company collapsed.

New Plymouth diners get in quick for First Table launch

Emma Puletaha, from Sauce, is excited about a new online booking platform where you can book for $10 and eat for half ...

It's first in, half off for New Plymouth diners.

TVNZ hits out at Sky TV

Media companies argue Sky TV is making them jump through too many hoops.

State broadcaster will go to the Olympics but it is not happy with Sky TV's demands.

Victory in leaky schools fight

The Supreme Court decision clears the way for a legal battle that could have an expensive conclusion for Carter Holt Harvey.

Ministry of Education gets green light to take court action for compensation from Carter Holt Harvey.

Givealittle fee 'pressure'

Saoirse Gaffney's family started a Givealittle page  earlier this year.

Young cancer sufferer's dad says 5% fee may add to stress of some campaigners.

CBD street to close

The latest artist's impression of Christchurch's convention centre.

A section of a central Christchurch street will be permanently closed next week to make way for the convention centre.

Auckland bridal a 'crazy' closure

Brides left devastated and without their dresses after Primrose and Finch went into liquidation, closing their stores in ...

'We are absolutely shocked, saddened, and outraged over this situation.'

Huge profit for Google parent

Alphabet's chief financial officer, Ruth Porat said the results "reflect the successful investments we've made over many ...

Alphabet has reported a massive $4.9 billion profit.

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Givealittle fee 'pressure'

Saoirse Gaffney's family started a Givealittle page  earlier this year.

Young cancer sufferer's dad says 5% fee may add to stress of some campaigners.

Auckland prices soar above CV

When prices are up to 59% over CV, official valuations are all but irrelevant.

What's your most boring job?

Does uni pay off?

Panama Papers

Govt accepts foreign trusts plan video

Tax expert John Shewan has called for a shake up of New Zealand's laws around foreign trusts.

John Key accepts foreign trust rules need a radical overhaul following warnings not enough's being done to counter money laundering.

Judgment day for trusts video

The foreign trust inquiry by John Shewan has helped the Government save face.

NZ's foreign trust regime is a good little earner for some, but time may be running out.

Mossack Fonseca staffer held

Geneva prosecutors led a police raid of Mossack Fonseca's local office in which computer equipment was seized.

Computer specialist at the Panama law firm is taken into custody over huge leak.

Pedro Almodovar's Julieta video

Director Pedro Almodovar leaves the Juliet' premier.

"If the Panama Papers were a film," the acclaimed Spanish director said, "we wouldn't even be credited as extras."

small business

New business goes up in smoke

A fire around midnight damaged the newly opened Erban Spa business in the Nile St West building.

A newly-opened Nelson day spa suffers 'considerable damage' in midnight oil fire.

Home detention over tax

The Palmerston North courthouse.

A father and son from Manawatu get different sentences for failing to pay over $137,000 in tax on behalf of employees.

Fisherman's invention goes global video

A closeup of the SinkerLock invented by Darren Hodgson of Nelson.

He gave his life savings for a shot at international success. Now he's reeling in a big catch.

Fancy astronaut ice cream video

Rob Collignon with his premium organic freeze-dried ice cream.

The organic ice cream that will never melt, no matter how hot it gets.

better business

Givealittle to start charging fees

A campaign to buy Awaroa Inlet beach in the Abel Tasman raised $2.28m. If Givealittle began charging prior to that ...

Givealittle will take a 5 per cent cut of all funds raised from September 1.

Rich, but not rich enough


Lorde, Taika Waititi, Sam Neill, Steven Adams. They've done alright. But how well?

Andrea Moore turns to crowdfunding video

An Andrea Moore show at New Zealand Fashion Week, where the new I Am range will be launched.

The Kiwi fashion designer has big plans to grow her label though Farmers.

YHA hostels go solar

Ben Cloake, left, sales manager at Sunshine Solar and Chris Sperring, central area manager for YHA New Zealand, atop the ...

The charity is investing $2.7m in building one of the largest solar networks in the country.

opinion & analysis

Lyttelton Port growth

A ship being unloaded in the Lyttelton Port at the container terminal.

OPINION: Lyttelton Port is spending a billion dollars in preparation for growth and serve bigger ships.

Got money? Spend it

Spend your money on things that give you real pleasure.

OPINION: What use is having lots of money if you don't get any enjoyment out of it?

Have you been 'pwned'?


OPINION: Internet radio service Pandora gets 'proactive' in war against hackers.

Mayoralty race a bookie's nightmare

Celia Wade-Brown is the current Wellington mayor.

OPINION: For business, the issue is to identify three candidates pursuing a business-friendly agenda:


Fonterra surprise on Monday

Fonterra normally makes its forecasts later than the beginning of August.

Fonterra will update its forecast farmgate price on Monday morning.

Cattle in sea of mudĀ 

Young bulls in a muddy paddock on the outskirts of Ashhurst in Manawatu.

Cattle standing in a sea of mud during a wet winter have raised the ire of a retired Manawatu farmer.

Hemp considered for farmers

A paddock of hemp.

Industrial hemp is being promoted as a crop option for Tararua farmers.

Brexit's impact on NZ exports

Beef + Lamb New Zealand Western North Island Director, Kirsten Bryant and her farm dog.

Britain's exit vote to leave the EU is being felt as far away as Taumarunui - or is it?


Huge profit for Google parent

Alphabet's chief financial officer, Ruth Porat said the results "reflect the successful investments we've made over many ...

Alphabet has reported a massive $4.9 billion profit.

New ANZ CEO cuts the perks

Shayne Elliott has cut his salary by around $4 million from the previous CEO.

Shayne Elliott has cut his salary and also limousine drivers as he takes the ANZ environment in a different direction.

Is the TPP really dead?

US President Barack Obama is confident his administration will be able to win approval from Congress for the TPP trade ...

ANALYSIS: Is TPP dead in the water, or is there life in the old girl yet?

$20K for worthless insurance video

Kiwis Judith and Charles Cairns, pictured with their grandchildren, paid premiums for nearly a decade in Australia on a ...

Kiwi couple whose life insurance in Australia would never pay out say it should be a warning to others

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