Auckland to Beijing on the cards

PLANNED ALLIANCE: Air China could soon be flying from its base at Beijing Capital International Airport to Auckland.

Air NZ and Air China plan would restore a direct link that was broken in 2012.

Doorknock deterrent sticks

CAMPAIGN STICKS: Consumer NZ's Sue Chetwin with a do not knock sticker.

Nearly 100,000 ‘do not knock’ stickers given out in a campaign against door-to-door salespeople.

Space balloon for broadband?

An artist's impression of the balloon Shanghai Pengxin and KuangChi Science will launch into "near space".

Chinese firm will launch a balloon into "near space" from the South Island.

Xi's visit boosts business ties

DAY FOR BUSINESS: Nathan Guy and President Xi Jinping, with first lady Peng Liyuan, at Karaka.

Deals between NZX and Bank of China, and Air NZ and Air China among 17 signed today.

Business profits boom

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Business profits grew $9b thanks to dairy, construction and financial services.

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Auckland to Beijing on the cards

PLANNED ALLIANCE: Air China could soon be flying from its base at Beijing Capital International Airport to Auckland.

Air NZ and Air China plan would restore a direct link that was broken in 2012.

Akld set for bumper summer

A summer of non-stop sports, culture and concerts will see Auckland rival Melbourne as the centre of major events. 

Space balloon for broadband?

Record profit for Ryman

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Have a stress-free Christmas

CUT THE STRESS: You don't need to spend a lot of money to have a good Christmas.

Resist the pressure to provide a picture-perfect occasion on December 25.

Can money buy happiness?

One of my money writer comrades has been looking into this old head-scratcher.

In your house is where your money should be.

Don't borrow against the house

Don't rush out to increase your mortgage just because your new Auckland CV has jumped.

small business

Jeweller eyes expansion

Invercargill woman Rebecca Adams of Fabuleux Vous jewellery has started exporting her stirling silver creations.

A desire to make heirloom pieces with a modern twist propelled Invercargill's Rebecca Adams into the export fast lane.

Psych testing for SMEs

Personality testing is a cost-effective way for small businesses to check they’re making a good hire.

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How to complain about a colleague

A boss-approved script to use the next time you've got a workplace conflict.

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Big demand for cuddle shop

Cuddle Up To Me's Samantha Hess.

New shop in the US does a roaring trade offering cuddles for US$1 a minute.

Protest fears grow

St Louis suburb on edge as it awaits to hear whether police officer who shot unarmed black teen will face charges.

Prime Minister John Key and Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Wellington for the first full day of his visit.

Xi guest of honour at Akld dinner

China's President Xi Jinping went walking in the dark in Auckland, as PM enlightened him.

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Docked for drive-offs video

Fuel.

Petrol station workers are docked hundreds of dollars after customers fled without paying.

Sustainability award for winery

More than 1500 miniature "babydoll" sheep have earned Yealands its sixth sustainability award this year.

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Wrong tool for job killed man

Man killed when a cutting tool exploded into his chest was using the machine incorrectly.

opinion & analysis

Is it time to review visa-free travel?

NZ Passport

OPINION: One of the abiding delights of a NZ passport is that this country has visa-free access to so many countries.

How do I tax thee?

OPINION: After an election or a cabinet reshuffle, government departments prepare a "Briefing for the Incoming Minister".

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Tech company leftovers lose share appeal

OPINION: Beware dated technology served up in 'novel' devices, writes Chalkie.

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Beekeeper buzzing over award

Putake Honey co-owner and beekeeper Renee de Luca in her element, servicing some of the hives on a farm in the Waihopai Valley.

Marlborough beekeeper is still buzzing over her win at this year's Enterprising Rural Women Awards.

An extra 1.4 million litres

One of Southland's biggest industries is on track to have a roof shout before Christmas.

Record grape harvest

Marlborough grape growers will pocket an estimated $64m more this year than in 2013.

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Aussies more eco-friendly

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In part two of our four part series on doing business in Australia, Ecostore's Doug Sadler reveals consumers over the ditch are more environmentally aware.

Subsidies whether you like it or not

Trade Me founder Sam Morgan recently questioned the value of Callaghan Innovation's latest tranche of R&D growth grants, which awarded a total of $32 million to 22 hi-tech businesses.

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Psych testing for SMEs

Personality testing is a cost-effective way for small businesses to check they’re making a good hire.