A furry expensive infatuation

DOGGONE BILLS: Simon Howard of Auckland ended up facing a $5000 bill for surgery to fix his beloved mongrel Bonnie's cruciate ligament (knee) problem. Fortunately, when the knee problem manifested itself, Howard had pet insurance, which paid for the bulk of Bonnie's surgery.

3 min ago  Just how much are pet owners prepared to spend on their fur-babies when the vet bills start rolling in? The answers may surprise you.

New Zealand pet of the day

Fish and chips take a battering

OUT OF FAVOUR?: Times are changing and a feed of fish and chips is falling victim to franchised fast food.

3 min ago  Times are changing and a feed of fish and chips is falling victim to franchised fast food.

No turkey leftovers for Kiwis

GRUB'S UP: Kiwis spent Boxing Day 2014 eating and drinking according to Paymark figures.

3 min ago  Kiwis opted to splash out at restaurants and liquor stores on Boxing Day.

Concerns close port at night

SAFETY CONCERNS: Lyttelton Port's container terminal has repeatedly closed amid an ongoing industrial dispute.

Delays expected after Lyttelton's container terminal shuts overnight due to understaffing.

Aussie dollar may lose battle

SLIDING VALUE: Australia is New Zealand's top export market, overtaking China in importance in the past few months.

The Australian dollar may hit a historic low against the Kiwi and could even go below parity next year.

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industries

Greasies a weekly treat for a lifetime

POPULAR SPOT: Derek Drummond serves up another order at the Fish Pot Cafe in Mission Bay, Auckland.

3 min ago  If it was Friday night and he had been good, Derek Drummond used to race his brother to their local fish and chip shop for their weekly treat.

No turkey leftovers for spendthrift Kiwis

3 min ago  Kiwis opted to splash out at restaurants and liquor stores on Boxing Day.

Fish and chips take a battering

Safety concerns close port

money

Shoppers faint in bargains rush

JUST LOOKING: Heidi Boberg, 2, at Smiths City in Colombo St, Christchurch, was mesmerised by scenes from The Lorax, a film based on one of Dr Seuss’ children’s books, at Smiths City in Colombo St. She was there with her parents for the store’s Boxing Day sale.

Overcrowding, claustrophobia and controlled entries on the cards as Kiwis battle Boxing Day sales.

Tax dodgers dobbed in

IRD has received about 23,000 anonymous tips since 2009 from people suspecting others of evading taxes.

SLIDING VALUE: Australia is New Zealand's top export market, overtaking China in importance in the past few months.

Aussie dollar may lose battle

The Australian dollar may hit a historic low against the Kiwi and could even go below parity next year.

small business

SMEs vulnerable to hackers 

hacker

Firms with inadequate phone security risk being targeted by hackers over Christmas.

Be well prepared

This week in Ask The Experts, we look at hiring new staff for a first-timer.

Summer spectacles: Ashleigh Ogilvie-Lee and her Cable Car Lane sales team Grace Fuhrer, son Angus Ogilvie-Lee and dog Deja.

Slap on those sunnies

A bit of Kiwi ingenuity is helping people keep track of their sunglasses.

world

US economic growth surges

Money

The US is putting distance between itself and struggling economies around the world.

'Oh god there's fire everywhere' video

Record payout over Australia's Black Saturday bushfire approved after 16-month trial.

Russian rouble, currency exchange rate board in Moscow

Capital controls arrest Russian rouble's slide

Russia's rouble hit its highest levels in two weeks, shored up by informal capital control measures.

better business

Shoppers faint in bargains rush

JUST LOOKING: Heidi Boberg, 2, at Smiths City in Colombo St, Christchurch, was mesmerised by scenes from The Lorax, a film based on one of Dr Seuss’ children’s books, at Smiths City in Colombo St. She was there with her parents for the store’s Boxing Day sale.

Overcrowding, claustrophobia and controlled entries on the cards as Kiwis battle Boxing Day sales.

Driver used bus to intimidate

Bus driver who hit a car and menaced the driver with his bus was justifiably dismissed, ERA rules.

Ngoc Luan Ho Trieu with a Kris Kringle gift that was given to him by one of his colleagues as a mean-spirited prank.

Colleagues regret Secret Santa calamity

The perpetrator remains a mystery but colleagues of a former Canberra public servant say they regret the affair.

opinion & analysis

So much for peak oil...

Pegasus Basin

OPINION: Why the sudden interest in the virtually unexplored Pegasus Basin, off the Wairarapa coast?

Deficit a bitter pill for Government

OPINION: The Government's flagship economic promise has been holed and is in danger of sinking.

A photo illustration shows a man silhouetted in front of an electronic board showing the FTSE MIB Index.

Rich listers in Luxe crew

OPINION: What brings such far-flung Kiwi and European investment interests together? One word - tax.

farming

Genetic leap offers hope

The bull semen extraction process at the Awahuri centre.

NZ may export dairy genetics that will enable cattle to tolerate high tropical temperatures - and climate change.

Science key to credibility

New Fed Farmers CEO has had a few months to settle in and talks about plans for the lobby group's future.

MEGA DAIRY: Cows on a big dairy farm in the US.

Cow illness mystery remains

Dairy NZ still has no definite answers on what made some cows sick after eating swedes.

unlimited

Old boys' club bad for business

David Slack is the internet adventurer behind Speeches.com

OPINION: It may seem cosy, but the old boys’ club is a sign of a business going nowhere fast

Meet New Zealand's cleanest and greenest firms

A green childcare centre shaped like a womb; senior managers with sustainability KPIs; a disaster relief mobile phone network – this year’s Sustainable 60 winners show how building a better future is good for business.

Decorating shopping malls and public spaces with Christmas cheer is becoming bigger and bigger business for party supplies firm, Celebrations Group.

Decking the malls video

Decorating shops and public spaces with Christmas cheer is big business.