Trade Me tests rescue drone

A Flirtey drone has been tested by Land Search and Rescue in a trial funded by Trade Me.

There's a lot of hype around using drones for commercial deliveries but they may have more important uses, Trade Me boss says.

Move to ban animal testing

Animal lovers descend on Parliament in support of banning cosmetic testing on animals.

Govt moves to ban animal testing on "finished cosmetics products and ingredients" - even though there is no known example in NZ.

Farm workers get high pay

Farm workers can earn good money if they are top performers.

The top 25 per cent of farm workers can command much higher salaries than average earners in the sector.

Port opponents still poised for action

Proposed wharf extensions at Port of Auckland.

Groups opposing expansion of Auckland’s port say they aren’t popping the champagne yet, despite planned comprehensive study.

House building consents fall

Seasonally adjusted consents were down 6.3 per cent in February.

Home building plans are disappointing for the third month in a row, despite a record migration boom adding to housing demand.

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Port opponents still poised for action

Proposed wharf extensions at Port of Auckland.

Groups opposing expansion of Auckland’s port say they aren’t popping the champagne yet, despite planned comprehensive study.

Move to ban animal testing of cosmetics

Govt moves to ban animal testing on "finished cosmetics products and ingredients" - even though there is no known example in NZ.

Neighbourly passes 100,000 members

All day McMuffins trialled in US

money

$640K section sold over rates

Sold sign on a for sale house sign in Auckland. Property sale. Real estate. House for sale.Picture By Brendon O'Hagan 17/08/2006 66817 Photographers Auckland This is the property of the Sunday Star-Times

Council to sell Auckland section after owners failed to pay rates for 10 years.

Tying the knot 2nd time round

If you married young, chances are your estate was not exactly a goldmine.

money, NZ dollars, cash

Household wealth rises

New Zealanders are trillionaires - just.

small business

How to keep your startup on track

Stephen Nicholas is a Deloitte partner.

OPINION: This phase sets the scene for the future of your business so good decision making and cashflow management are critical.

Green fingers prove winning 

It was the seed of an idea that transformed into $15,000 over two days.

With the kiwi near record highs against the Australian dollar, exporters to Australia who haven't managed their currency risk face losing money.

'Gazumped' by exchange rate

Firms may do all the right things to sell their product only to lose money without a forex policy.

world

JetBlue sued over midair meltdown

JetBlue pilot captain Clayton Osbon is removed from the plane after erratic behaviour forced the crew to land in Amarillo, Texas.

Pilot sues his airline saying it should have stopped him from having onboard breakdown.

Apple CEO to donate fortune

Apple CEO joins the roster of the very rich who are giving away their wealth.

Sky's the limit: The CBA announced a first-half profit of $4.62 billion this morning.

Kiwi on A$1.9m bribery charge

Kiwi is second person to be charged with corruptly receiving payments from a supplier.

better business

Cold-callers get heated response

Wynsome
Kerr, 86,
in her
lounge
with her
heat
pump.

An 86-year-old woman has been called six times in two weeks by heat pump cleaning firms.

Restaurants fined for exploiting migrant workers

Auckland's Masala has been ordered to pay $10,000 by the Employment Relations Authority.

BlueBerryIT
owner Richard
Butler at the
Hardy St
offices of the
growing
company.

IT pioneer's hard work pays off

A foosball table, dart board and flat screen TV sit among a circle of desks and couches at Nelson's BlueBerry IT.

opinion & analysis

How to survive the Easter onslaught

A one-child, one-egg policy is advisable.

OPINION: What's the Easter equivalent of the Grinch who stole Christmas? Quite probably me.

Is the Lucky Country losing its lustre?

OPINION: Australia seems a bargain. Their dollar is worth about the same as ours - making it a great spot for a holiday.

Greg Williamson, director of Concentrate, says focus on activities that keep customers happy.

Stop spending on marketing

OPINION: You need to stop spending on marketing, and instead look at how you can invest in acquiring new customers.

farming

Farmer dumps truckload of poo

Robert Borst

Changes to farm runoff rules prompts farmer to dump cow poo on the Otago Regional Council's doorstep.

Supermarkets stay vigilant

Supermarkets still vigilant over threat to lace baby food with 1080 as blackmailer's deadline looms.

Viticultura worker Donald Naplan harvests Central Otago pinot noir grapes in "luxurious" late autumn conditions.

A 'one in 10-year' vintage

Central Otago is enjoying a "one-in-10-year" vintage, a viticulture provider says.

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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