NZ GDP rises 1 per cent

Forget the crystal ball. Predictions are a mug's game, but recognising market trends is a different story.

Economy gets a boost for the third quarter, but growth for the year is not spectacular.

UK pension warning

QSuper manages public servants' nest eggs worth about $50 billion.

FMA monitors potentially misleading advertising about British pension scheme funds.

Trans-Tasman cable confirmed

cable

Vodafone held talks with Hawaiki Cable about its new Pacific communications cable, CEO says.

Conman's rise and fall

IN THE DOCK: Tony Mount –
jailed this week
after being
found guilty in
October of 74
counts of fraud.

Tony Mount's world came crashing down this week after he was jailed for ripping off clients. 

Arvida slips after debut

Arvida Group listed on the NZX this morning with shareholder and All Black Dan Carter ringing the bell with Arivida chairman Peter Wilson.

Retirement village operator with All Black investors starts trading above IPO price.

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industries

Finzsoft awaits Silverlake Axis offer

NZ dollars, cash, money

Auckland financial software app maker expects Singaporean tech firm to make an offer in the new year.

Trans-Tasman cable welcomed

Vodafone held talks with Hawaiki Cable about its new Pacific communications cable, CEO says.

Arvida slips after debut

NZ GDP rises 1 per cent

money

More can't afford heating

Heater

Nearly 6 per cent of dwellings in Auckland never use heating, according to a new survey by Statistics NZ.

'Predatory' banks muscle in

Finance company profits double despite banks targeting their customers.

FINANCIAL HANGOVER: Christmas spending can easily get out of control without planning.

Cure Xmas spending hangover

OPINION: Don't let go of your common sense go when it comes to spending money.

small business

Kiwi tequila captures local spirit

Terry Knight
has released
his TeKiwi
Blue Agave
tequila after
16 years
perfecting the
process .

Terry Knight can raise a toast to success after releasing a tequila he has painstakingly produced in Golden Bay.

How to sell more online in 2015

Eight key dos and don'ts for small businesses to keep the virtual tills ringing.

A HOT SWEDISH CLEANER? YOU SHOULD FIRE HER: "It plays into the very worst stereotypes of both men and women and it's insulting to everyone involved."

Franchisee fed up

Immigrant fears he has lost $19,500 in an attempt to get ahead with a cleaning franchise.

world

Russia's economic reality shirtfronts Putin

Under pressure: Russian President Vladimir Putin

The tough-talking Russian President is wrestling a mounting economic crisis that will test his famed resilience.

Avon pleads guilty to China bribes

Door-to-door beauty product firm's admission over bribing officials and falsifying records lands it with a US$68m fine.

US Fed chair Janet Yellen.

Fed confident on US growth

The Federal Reserve offered a strong signal that it was on track to raise interest rates sometime next year, altering a pledge to keep rates near zero for a "considerable time" in a show of confidence in the US economy.

better business

Home, sweet shipping container video

Shipping containers, NZ

House, bus stop, cafe, mini icream factory - there are oceans of possibilities for these shipping containers.

Business as usual for NZ-Cuba trade

The end of the US trade embargo with Cuba will have little effect on New Zealand, trade expert says.

Few great career moves are made at the office Christmas party.

I've disgraced myself. Do I quit?

Can careers survive seriously cringe-worthy moments on the job?

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

Many farms 'severely dry'

Niwa drought index.

South Canterbury dry land dairy farmers are prepared for a difficult season figures suggest the region has dried out.

Fines for spray drift

Horizons Regional Council issues fines after chemicals sprayed on field drifted over neighbouring property.

Quad bike, 4wd

Drunk farmer dies in crash

Coroner says alcohol a factor in the death of Andrew Baxter in a 'violent' quad bike crash.

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.