Giving families $200 a week

Kristen Rupapera says a universal benefit would mean she could do more with her daughter Jaymie.

It's possible to find the $1.8b for a no-strings-attached benefit for children, but is NZ ready for it?

Paper millionaires retire poor

Your house might be worth lots of money, but you can't eat it.

Some Kiwis are living in million dollar houses but living on less than $25,000 a year.

Loader runs over man

Emergency services were called at around 1.45am after reports of a worker being run over by a loader, police said.

1 min ago  A man has died in an early-morning workplace accident at South Port, Bluff.

Fish kill firm: 'We got it wrong'

A culvert pouring toxic chemicals into the small waterway in Paeroa.

8:43 AM  Lots of distressed and dead eels and fish were seen after Hamilton firm's chemical spill.

Vector eyes new technology

Vector says technology is disrupting the energy sector.

8:42 AM  More smart meters and electric vehicle charging stations.

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Trump briefs CEOs on job plan video

Some of the CEOs who met Trump support a planned 20 per cent tax on imported goods.

US president tells the heads of top US companies he will bring millions of jobs back to the US.

Samurai wasp vs stink bug

The Samurai Wasp (Trissolcus japonicus) could be introduced in New Zealand as a biological control for the marmorated ...

Government eyes exotic bio-control for insect threat that could devastate the horticulture industry.

Tesla's Auckland key party video

Single example of the Falcon-door Model X SUV was on display. Deliveries start in March.

First eight buyers of facelifted Model S were the stars of Tesla NZ's launch party.

How to be prepared for the worst

Where small to medium-sized businesses get caught out is through not understanding the risk management process, Marcus ...

OPINION: Don't bury your head in the sand. Cyber attacks, political problems and more pose a legitimate threat.

Safety reforms 'overdue'

The Pike River mine disaster highlighted shortcomings with New Zealand's health and safety laws, Marsh's country head says.

Directors take active role in risk amid concerns about health and safety liability.

Savers in driver's seat

Banks may have to start fighting harder for deposits.

After a tough few years, things are looking up for people with money in the bank.

Demand more from your bank

It's common to struggle to manage money - banks could do more to help.

OPINION: The financial institution you deal with most often should offer more of a helping hand.

An artistic dream come true

Min Kim started painting at a young age and has pursued her passion around the world.

A serious illness helped Min Kim make the transition from interior designer to an artist with her own gallery.

Cadbury backlash win for rivals

The decision to close the Cadbury factory in Dunedin has prompted an outcry.

Kiwi anger at the chocolate giant hands Whittaker's a golden opportunity.

Qatar Airways staff sacked

The airline says they became aware of the photos in late 2013.

The airline is the latest to come under fire when "inappropriate" photos taken by its staff surfaced online.

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money

Savers in driver's seat

Banks may have to start fighting harder for deposits.

After a tough few years, things are looking up for people with money in the bank.

Demand more from your bank

OPINION: The financial institution you deal with most often should offer more of a helping hand.

Fake name for fraudster

Unprepared for a meeting?

small business

An artistic dream come true

Min Kim started painting at a young age and has pursued her passion around the world.

A serious illness helped Min Kim make the transition from interior designer to an artist with her own gallery.

Startup scores with football app

MY F.C. co-founders Sam Jenkins (left), Mike Simpson (centre), and Sam Jasper.

Three Auckland innovators are trying to unite the global football community through their start-up phone app.

Starting a business at 18

Sarah Sarfaiti, 18, decided to stay in Invercargill to teach piano.

While the rest of her friends were busy packing to go to university, Sarah Sarfaiti decided to set up shop in Invercargill.

Expressway negotiations turn sour

Murray Livingstone in front of the new Poplar Ave roundabout, which has been built as part of Kapiti Expressway ...

Pair believe NZTA have not properly compensated them for the loss of their business to make way for the expressway.

better business

Where do our tourists land?

supplied Aerial shot of Queenstown Airport.

Some NZ airports see more growth in international arrivals than others.

Lawyer software raises $600,000

Claudia King has helped develop software that automates the creation of legal documents.

Instead of sitting down with a lawyer to create your will, you could soon do it with the click of a mouse.

Chart: Crossing the ditch

The sun illuminates the Sydney Opera House as a ferry sails past during a storm at Sydney Harbour in Australia, November ...

How many New Zealanders are travelling to Australia?

Chip firm expands with kettles video

Heartland Potato Chips owner Raymond Bowan and his daughter, general manager Charlotte Bowan, keep an eye on their new ...

A Timaru firm is taking a bigger bite out of the market with its new range of kettle chips.

property

Paper millionaires retire poor

Your house might be worth lots of money, but you can't eat it.

Some Kiwis are living in million dollar houses but living on less than $25,000 a year.

Wellington's housing crisis plan video

An architect drawing of the proposed replacement of Arlington Apartments in Mt Cook.

Wellington City Council reveals plan to build 750 homes to avoid an Auckland-style housing crisis.

Grammar zone through the roof

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Auckland secondary school ...

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'Eye-popping' house price rises

Auckland sellers' price expectations may be cooling.

Auckland's been out of reach for some time now for many buyers - but Whangarei?

opinion & analysis

How to be prepared for the worst

Where small to medium-sized businesses get caught out is through not understanding the risk management process, Marcus ...

OPINION: Don't bury your head in the sand. Cyber attacks, political problems and more pose a legitimate threat.

Demand more from your bank

It's common to struggle to manage money - banks could do more to help.

OPINION: The financial institution you deal with most often should offer more of a helping hand.

You can't buy experience

As the population ages it only becomes more important to get past outdated beliefs around age.

OPINION: Ageism might be illegal, but it still exists, and companies are missing out on valuable experience.

$1 billion goes begging

Auckland still needs more houses.

OPINION: Why aren't there takers for money to build infrastructure in fast-growing cities?

farming

Milking sheep up for auction video

The Kings aim to encourage others into the industry .

Dairy sheep will be up for auction in Carterton next month, in a Kiwi first.

Fonterra holds milk price

Fonterra has kept its milk price at $6 per kilogram of milksolids in its latest forecast update.

Fonterra has kept its forecast payout to farmers at $6 per kilogram of milk solids.

Enough space for grapes

Tanks on the ground at the Pernod Ricard tank farm, south of Blenheim.

The post-quake scramble to repair tanks in time for harvest seems to have paid off.

Farmer's grass bonanza dream

Banks Peninsula farmer Tim Wilson loves his approach to farming.

Tim Wilson loves holistic farming - and it's helping keep his wallet full, too.

world

Dreamworld deaths spur $53m loss

An ordinary day quickly turned into a nightmare for Dreamworld last year.

Fatal Australian theme park disaster and the closure that followed sees owners out tens of millions.

Trump's jobs promise a lie video

US employment momentum was building steadily over the past two years – nothing to do with Donald Trump.

OPINION: For all the turmoil marking the first weeks of President Trump, the big boot is yet to drop.

Dubai's rotating skyscraper video

The planned skyscraper is one of a kind.

First of its kind building will turn 360 degrees, offering those inside a truly unique view.

Ex-lover's 'nuclear' attack against boss

The battle between Tim Worner and Amber Harrison is raging on.

Woman's public airing of grievances against Australian TV boss was the "nuclear option", Sydney judge says.

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