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Tower chairman's anger at holdouts

Tower chairman Michael Stiassny has criticised some Canterbury earthquake victims.

Tower Insurance chief executive shows frustration at Canterbury earthquake claim holdouts.

New ways councils may tax you

Nobody knows exactly what cities of the future will look like, but the Productivity Commission thinks it knows what ...

As cities get bigger, councils will look for new ways to tax residents - here are some of them.

Rinehart recruits at netball

Gina Rinehart is the richest person in Australia and her company is hiring cheap labour.

Why the richest person in Australia scouts local netball competitions for cheap mining labour.

Cyclone Debbie claims begin video

The clean up begins on Hamilton Island, off the Queensland coast, after Cyclone Debbie.

Insurers have already recieved 2500 claims for damages since Tropical Cyclone Debbie struck Australia.

Is your region growing?

Taranaki's economy was hit by lower prices for the dairy and oil and gas sectors, two of the region's biggest earners.

Bay of Plenty is booming, Taranaki's production plunges, Auckland is middle of the pack.

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Dumped from $20m rubbish contract

Waste Management has been awarded the contract for the Dunedin landfill.

Council's under-fire company loses multimillion dollar contract to run Dunedin landfill.

Town Hall fix bill balloons video

An artist impression of the restored Wellington Town Hall, which will not have the neon lights when completed in 2021.

Cost of restoring Wellington's Town Hall hit $90m - and it won't be open until 2021.

Fraudster's millions come home

Wayne Patterson in court in 2007. While in prison the prolific fraudster tried to get parole by writing a fraudulent ...

Govt pockets $4m in Apple shares after 10-year fight to retrieve fraudster's ill-gotten gains.

Southland's economy growth slow

Gore district from an aerial shot.

Southland's economy is "well below" the national average increase a new report says.

From rail line to cycle trail

Tamdem bikes, rather than trains, are set to travel along the mothballed Gisborne-Wairoa rail line.

Mothballed rail line between Gisborne and Wairoa set to become tourist cycle trail.

Businesses split on trade deals

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and New Zealand Prime Minister Bill English have announced plans to develop "upgrade" the ...

Trans-Tasman survey finds most businesses saying free trade deals offer them no benefits.

The fog that caused chaos in Wellington

The cost to install "autoland" technology is prohibitive.

Shouldn't there be technology that lets aircraft land in foggy conditions? Yes, but it's a complicated – and expensive – matter.

Native logging back on Coast agenda

Grey District Mayor Tony Kokshoorn says any logging in council land would have a "very strong focus on sustainability ...

A West Coast council may bring back native logging on its land, but Forest and Bird calls the idea "insane".

Trying the job 'nobody wants'

Alberta's has been advertising unsuccessfully for kitchen staff for 6 months.

Calls for a baker and cook at Alberta's cafe in Mapua have gone unanswered for ages. So what's the job really like?

Planned hospital, childcare facility 'unacceptable'

Tony Soljan of Soljan Estate Winery and Cafe in Kumeu.

Proposed three-storey aged care facility said to have unacceptable adverse impacts on rural character and landscape.

money

Making money made her sick

Siobhan Komander changed her life after she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

Running her $20m-per-year business made Siobhan Komander ill. So she changed everything.

Mexico's $24b thanks to Trump

Mexico got a $24 billion windfall after Donald Trump triggered a plunge in the peso.

Lotto scam warning

Anger at KiwiSaver $100 'transfer' fees

small business

Pet shop inquiry continues

A fish tank at the Levin Pet World, which was inspected by the SPCA this month.

Levin pet shop gets preliminary all-clear from SPCA inspectors.

 Cooking skills and confidence

Pauline Korevaar preparing herbs in The Farmhouse Kitchen.

Learn about what's cooking at Havelock North's Farmhouse Kitchen

Company blames PNG for liquidation

A village in Papua New Guinea. Evaluation Consult  gas been attempting to recover $300,000 owed to it by PNG.

A Wellington consultancy has been chasing $600,000 owed by PNG government since 2015.

Low rent red flag

Simply Special assistant manager Monique Butterfield and store owner Joanne Butterfield in their new store.

An Invercargill business has secured a good deal on rent, but what does that say about the state of the CBD?

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Trying the job 'nobody wants'

Alberta's has been advertising unsuccessfully for kitchen staff for 6 months.

Calls for a baker and cook at Alberta's cafe in Mapua have gone unanswered for ages. So what's the job really like?

Developers should fund more growth: Hamilton mayor

Hamilton is feeling the pressure of growth, and central government policy requires it to provide a 20 per cent buffer on ...

Extra rates on idle land and overall levy increases suggested, but developers not impressed.

Handling people you don't like

Deep Patel has some suggestions for how to deal with people, including colleagues, whom you dislike. (file photo)

Sooner or later, you'll work with someone you don't like. Here's how to deal with them.

Movie moguls team up

02042016 Business Photo: SUPPLIED. Young Enterprise Trust Hall of Fame. Sir Peter Jackson.

Sir Peter Jackson and James Cameron have formed a company, but won't say why.

property

Stonefields development rejected

An artists impression of the now rejected Stonefield's development at 80 Korere Terrace.

Auckland Council has rejected the consent for a nine-level apartment complex in one of the city's newest suburbs.

Nine months for quake assessment?

Napier City Council staff won't know if the civic building is earthquake-prone or not until May.

Why is it taking Napier City Council so long to complete a structural assessment of its council building?

We bought a P house

A Titoki Drive house which was decontaminated for methamphetamine has sold at auction.

The buyers of a freshly decontaminated house plan to get it back on the market in weeks.

Karori campus house on market

The house in Karori has been offered back to the family of those who owned it before it was part of the campus under the ...

Original owners of Karori campus house test its worth on the market before commiting to buying it back.

opinion & analysis

Xero: seeing through the cloud

Xero's milestone in racking up a million customers is a huge achievement. But is it still a good investment?

OPINION: Tom Pullar-Strecker picks his favourite share in the cloud accounting market.

Replace the RMA quickly

BusinessNZ chief executive Kirk Hope is calling for the RMA to be replaced - quickly.

OPINION: The act is not working for communities, the environment, or our development needs.

Building a road to China

Business columnist Pattrick Smellie.

OPINION: Where does New Zealand fit in China's 'belt and road' strategy?

Peril of ignoring minimum wage

Disney actors who dress up as famous characters like Mikey have won more than $5 million in unpaid pay.

OPINION: Companies that rake it in, as Disney no doubt does, should pay their employees fairly. Ripping them off is frankly a disgrace.

farming

Feds wrong on fish 'n' fowling

Agriculture's impact on New Zealand has done far more to wreck freshwater habitats than anything else, Bryce Johnson says.

Fish & Game chief executive Bryce Johnson hits back at farmer claims they have a conflict of interest

Taking aim at Fish & Game

The damage invasive species such as koi carp do to waterways is largely ignored by Fish & Game, Andrew McGiven says.

OPINION: Fish & Game has a conflict of interests over waterways, writes Andrew McGiven.

Replace the RMA quickly

BusinessNZ chief executive Kirk Hope is calling for the RMA to be replaced - quickly.

OPINION: It's not working for communities, the environment, or our development needs.

Iwi's query to Government

Ngati Apa chief executive Butch Bradley has hit out at the Government's proposal to relocate New Zealand King Salmon farms.

'Where were your controversial powers when we wanted more aquaculture space?'

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Making money made her sick

Siobhan Komander changed her life after she was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes.

Running her $20m-per-year business made Siobhan Komander ill. So she changed everything.

Mexico's $24b thanks to Trump

Mexican pesos and US dollar banknotes. Donald Trump triggered a plunge in the peso last year, boosting foreign currency ...

Mexico got a $24 billion windfall after Donald Trump triggered a plunge in the peso.

Ban on breast milk sales

Breast milk at New Zealand's only human milk bank in Christchurch.

Cambodia's ban puts the spotlight on a global trade in breast milk to mothers, bodybuilders, cancer patients and breast-milk fetishists.

Landlord bans 'coloured' people video

Fergus Wilson runs a property empire in Kent, England.

One of Britain's biggest buy-to-let landlords says flats end up smelling of "curry".

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