Call for council subsidy probe

Singapore Airlines' inaugural flight from Singapore and Canberra, on the tarmac at Wellington Airport on September 21.

Government auditor asked to investigate as Wellington CEO claims paper trail "is the contract itself".

Coffee prices could increase

Coffee commodity prices have risen on fears that the world's largest coffee producing nation, Brazil, will facing a ...

Coffee prices could increase due to drought in Brazil but there are far greater cost variables to worry about, coffee association says.

Little Garden goes for big price

A full set of New World's Little Garden seedlings has sold on Trade Me for $210.

One person has paid $210 for a set of plants worth $42.

Your phone is being tracked video

Your phone is being tracked.

Part of the crowd at a large event? Chances are you're being tracked.

Gigabit broadband arrives

Gigabit broadband will be available across much of the country from Saturday.

Ultrafast broadband is here, but speed hike of 'no interest' to consumers says testing company.

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Convention centre breakdown forecast

The convention centre has cost nearly $85 million for planning and land acquisition.

Exit plans in play months before convention centre partnership breakdown.

For sale: Bar with yarns to tell video

Bertie Burleigh behind the mahogany bar at Peggy Gordon's that is being sold as the pub undergoes major renovations.

Tom Cruise, Billy Connolly and Penelope Cuz all drank at this Taranaki watering hole. Now it's for sale.

Hitting the glass ceiling from get-go

Female workers are at a disadvantage from the first rung of their career ladder, the study shows.

For every 100 women who get promoted from entry-level positions, 130 men advance.

Why the Chinese win

Hamilton real estate agent Tony Tang says securing a house is a priority for Chinese.

Why are the Chinese property winners? Because they're more focused, says real estate agent.

Otago sails full

Port Otago's container trade was slightly down, offset by property income.

Port Otago's property income and rising values offset slightly lower cargo volume.

Gastro investigation to cost council $378k

A 'Do not use!' sign on one of the Brookvale Rd bores (bore no. 2) used to supply Havelock North's town water supply ...

Regional council says cost of investigation could be recovered if there is a successful prosecution

Investor stung in claimed Ponzi

Paul Clifford Hibbs is being investigated by the Serious Fraud Office, pictured in 2001.

An investigation into a Christchurch man is said to have found hallmarks of a Ponzi scheme.

Regional council to pay living wage

Greater Wellington regional councillor Sue Kedgley hopes the decision to pay a living wage sends a strong signal to its ...

Decision could see cleaners and security guards' pay increase by 25 per cent, union claims.

Bumper cruise season ahead

There will be 33 cruise ships visiting New Zealand over the summer.

New Zealand will welcome a record number of cruise ships to its shores this summer.

The space race is on!

Vladislav Filev, co-founder of S7 Group.

Space race between US and Russia heats up as Soviet airline owner plans to launch commercial rockets.

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money

Insurance winners and losers

When this happens, it is time to do your research and put up a fight.

It's worth taking on your insurer over a rejected claim, even if victory's not guaranteed.

Top 10 consumer abuses

Dodgy debt collectors, mis-sold extended warranties and unsafe goods are among the main consumer traps.

Shock collars 'a last resort' stuff nation

Auckland middle class suffers video

Panama Papers

Govt accepts foreign trusts plan video

Tax expert John Shewan has called for a shake up of New Zealand's laws around foreign trusts.

John Key accepts foreign trust rules need a radical overhaul following warnings not enough's being done to counter money laundering.

Judgment day for trusts video

The foreign trust inquiry by John Shewan has helped the Government save face.

NZ's foreign trust regime is a good little earner for some, but time may be running out.

Mossack Fonseca staffer held

Geneva prosecutors led a police raid of Mossack Fonseca's local office in which computer equipment was seized.

Computer specialist at the Panama law firm is taken into custody over huge leak.

Pedro Almodovar's Julieta video

Director Pedro Almodovar leaves the Juliet' premier.

"If the Panama Papers were a film," the acclaimed Spanish director said, "we wouldn't even be credited as extras."

small business

On the green

Golf Hub Marlborough owner Jonti Philipson at the Marlborough Golf Club course in Fairhall.

A sporting store selling golfing equipment has a prime new location at the Marlborough Golf Club course.

More transport options for Waitara

Billy Pomana has set up a private passenger service in Waitara.

"There's a need here - I've got so many people already talking about it I'm thinking what have I got myself into?"

Cottage industry

Leighvander Cottage in the Wairau Valley, Marlborough.

It takes some courage to leave the beaten path and start your own business.

Coke not the real thing for cafe

Waterfront Cafe owner Noel Dunningham has said no to stocking Coca-Cola products.

"It has cost us, but we just said 'no, we don't want it'," a Rotorua cafe owner says.

better business

Big donor wants more bang for its buck

The New Brighton Community Trust Gardens received one of the $20m worth of grants from the Rata Foundation, which has ...

The Rata Foundation's $20.2m in grants to South Island worthy causes covered less than half the applications it received.

$150m Johnsonville revamp

The redeveloped Johnsonville Shopping Centre will cost more than $150m and include space for 120 retailers, a cinema and ...

Tenants feared the shopping centre was dying a slow death but 'game-changing' plans are back on track.

What's in a brand name?

Just how did Google, Ikea, Amazon and famous companies get their names?

The Warehouse boss talks tough

The Warehouse Group's new chief executive Nick Grayston says bargains also need to be good value.

The new man at the helm of the Warehouse Group in one of his first public interviews.

opinion & analysis

You're being watched at work

Some surveillance cameras are now so powerful they can zoom in and read text messages on a mobile phones.

OPINION: An all hearing, all seeing badge worn by workers could leave you with nowhere to hide.

Cats got your attention

Commuters take selfies beside billboards showing photographs of cats inside Clapham Common underground station in London.

OPINION: People can't resist them. And marketers know it - a cat in an ad is the purrrfect thing to catch the eye.

Nigel Latta: The NZ paradox

Nigel Latta tries his hand at milking on a dairy farm. But do we need to move our economy on from dairying?

OPINION: New Zealand has done everything right to grow our economy. So why are we poorer?

Healthcare kick-the-can

NZ spends about $16 billion on health, compared to total government spending of around $90b.

NZ spends a lot on our health system, so we need to take a good look at who pays for it and who gets what.

farming

No merger a great mystery

Mark Patterson on his Lawrence farm.

The last nail on the coffin of the SFF-Alliance merger was delivered with approval of a Chinese deal.

Farmer allegedly shot at

Two men and a woman are scheduled to appear in court tomorrow over the shooting allegations.

He wasn't letting would-be poachers get away with it: "I'm 75, so I don't mind dying in the chase."

Beef + Lamb shuts offshore offices

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy with one of the senior managers at the Ch. Hira Singh wholesale vegetable and ...

After being rebuffed by the large processors last year, Beef+Lamb NZ is now focusing on emerging markets.

Dividing a $24 million farm

The farm is owned by two sisters, one of whom has gone to the Court of Appeal.

It's not war, but it's not happy families either as two sisters are split on dividing their inheritance.

world

The space race is on!

Vladislav Filev, co-founder of S7 Group.

Space race between US and Russia heats up as Soviet airline owner plans to launch commercial rockets.

Where's the next housing bubble?

House prices have surged in Vancouver.

House prices surge in Vancouver, London and Stockholm, putting them most at risk of a housing bubble.

Battle over A$4.95 pizzas

A A$4.95 pizza can can cost up to A$5.50 to make, franchisees say.

Cheesed-off Australian Pizza Hut franchisees say they were forced to sell unprofitable pizzas.

Sydney office sells for A$88.8m

The building's new owners paid a symbolic price.

Chinese investor hoping for prosperity pays a symbolic price of $88,888,888 for a downtown building.

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