Downtime dress dilemmas

GETTING AWAY WITH IT? It can be a fine line between under- and over-dressing for after-work functions.

Avoiding casual calamities when invited to an out-of-work-hours function is quite an art.

Raise a glass to craft beer

PASSION: Richard Emerson has invested in the brewery which bears his name.

Art and science is an intoxicating mix for brewery boss Richard Emerson.

Firm exports good vibrations

Steve Leftly is founder of Sentrix Technology and Myovolt.

Myovolt is preparing for the global launch of its vibrating, wearable technology.

Culture is king over strategy

Fonterra dairy factory

OPINION: Fonterra is trying to be good at too many things and lacks the capital to take on its global competitors.

Greening housing landscape

ASB North Wharf, Auckland has been built to green building standards.

New Zealanders are used to seeing efficiency "star" ratings on appliances - so why not buildings?

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Greening the housing landscape

ASB North Wharf, Auckland has been built to green building standards.

New Zealanders are used to seeing efficiency "star" ratings on appliances - so why not buildings?

Development stalls

Tamahere residents are concerned about unsightly constructions that seem to have stalled.

Slow pace of building a 'disgrace'

Solid Energy concerned about debt

money

Know the hardship rules?

FOR LIFE? KiwiSaver can be accessed in times of true hardship.

A once-yearly review seems to indicate people don't understand the KiwiSaver "financial hardship" rules.

Raise a glass to craft beer

Art and science is an intoxicating mix for brewery boss Richard Emerson.

Australian properties are looking  more attractive to New Zealand buyers, thanks to the strong dollar.

Kiwi homehunters cross Tasman

The surging New Zealand dollar is pushing Kiwi property investors and holiday home hunters across the Tasman in search of more bang for their buck.

small business

Stop office stress becoming toxic

In Australia, both parents became more stressed after the birth of a child, but for the mother the effect was three times as big.

Small disputes between staff can become hugely damaging in a small business.

Bike workshop little slice of heaven

There's a mysterious little workshop hidden away in Addington where all manner of repairs take place.

Steve Howells from Incognito, left, explaing review results to Good Neighbour general manager Andrew James.

Mystery shopping grows

Steve Howells has a network of informers who gather information.

world

Spiritual singer on death row with Bali nine duo

Okwudili Ayotanze (second from left) is on death row with Australians Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

A charismatic gospel singer who jams with prison guards is among those on death row with Bali nine ringleaders Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran.

Teen earns $500,000 a year babysitting

For most teens, $30 for one night of babysitting a week is enough. Noa Mintz is not most teens.

SHAKY GROUND: Oklahoma has seen a dramatic rise in the number of earthquakes since 2009.

The true cost of fracking

Locals were happy when the money flowed thick and fast from fracking in the oil-boom state. Then the quakes started.

better business

Bosses may be underestimating the economy

Who knows what the future will hold...

The country's chief executives are less confident in their own businesses and the global economy.

Kiwibank's NZer of the Year chosen

Retail leader who helps many community groups and fledgling companies is named Kiwibank's next New Zealander of the Year.

MOVING UP: Dave Chambers is now in charge of 113,000 people.

From shelf stacker to the big boss

From stocking shelves at a Foodtown in Auckland, Dave Chambers has today risen to the helm of one of Australia's two big supermarket chains.

opinion & analysis

Not loving Hertz's failure to communicate

Mike O'Donnell

OPINION: Dear John, I thought you might like a little bit of feedback from the coalface.

Pumped up over petrol

OPINION: As the oil price plunged, so did petrol prices. But did they plunge enough?

CATCH-UP: The most effective form of feedback for employees is a 10-minute conversation once a month with the team leader.

Risky business is good business

OPINION: Working on a more engaged workplace can increase your profits by more than double.

farming

Stay positive, keep motivated

Cole Groves gives credit to an extra water source helping the family’s dairying business maintain milk production.

By good management and fortuitous leasing of land, the Groves are making the most of a tough dairying season.

New lake call grows stronger

A new man-made lake to provide drought-safe irrigation water for Mid and South Canterbury is expected to be bankrolled by borrowed bank money and farmers.

Field work: Grass seed sales are up from the regrassing of drought-singed pastures.

Regrassing boosts seed demand 

Silver lining from North Island drought is demand for Canterbury seed increasing.

unlimited

Cloud in unexpected places

UNEXPECTED PLACES: It would be easy to think that the farming, fishing and forestry industries are immune to shifts in technology, but nimble business thinking and agile technologies are changing the local game.

It would be easy to think the farming, fishing and forestry industries would be immune to shifts in technology, but you'd be wrong.

Telcos under the gun

Consumer NZ says internet providers are doing a worse job and customers are more likely to be dissatisfied.

DAVID MCLEAN: Acting NZ chief executive since June last year, when he was flown in from New York.

Kiwi gets top job at Westpac NZ

David McLean was drawn home from the bright lights of New York City by the allure of his "dream job".

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