Golden Mile losing its shine

Corner of Willis St and Lambton Quay, Wellington CBD

More than eight per cent of the Wellington region's shop space is vacant.

Not just another fashion label

JUST ANOTHER FISHERMAN: Aaron Styles' brand combines stylish streetwear designs with practical outdoor clothing.

Aaron Styles couldn't find fishing clothes he wanted to wear - so he designed his own.

Set your new year goals

DO A FEW THINGS WELL: Lesson one is write down your goals and plans to get there, says Zac de Silva.

Business coach and director Zac de Silva shares his four-point plan to help put you ahead of the pack.

ASG to help school needs

'FREE': A Kiwi kid's state education will cost his or her parents over $40,000.

ASG looks after $1.9b put aside by Aussie and NZ parents for their kids' educations, and is branching out.

'I'm just a kid looking for a job'

JOB SEEKER: Keen and honest job hunter: Connor Gerrard.

Connor Gerrard has no experience, but he won't let that get in the way of getting a job.

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ASG to offer help meet school needs

'FREE': A Kiwi kid's state education will cost his or her parents over $40,000.

ASG looks after $1.9b put aside by Aussie and NZ parents for their kids' educations, and is branching out.

City faces glut of office space

Christchurch's commercial rebuild is hitting its straps. But is a glut of top end city office space looming already?

Cheap oil not a win for carpet-buyers

TeamTalk shares plunge

money

Behind the doors of a private bank

A pile of gold bars at the Czech National Bank in Prague

ANZ doesn't advertise its service to NZ's "one percenters" but has had to turn away hopeful applicants.

Saying farewell to Penny

A financial crisis brought money guru Jackie Gower out of her shell.

WATCHDOG: Sue Chetwin says a new insurance code is not enough.

Getting a fairer insurance deal

Consumer watchdogs want to make it harder for insurers to avoid paying out when customers fail to disclose information.

small business

Big deal for family firm

Staff of Coppins Para Sea Anchors in Motueka with two sea anchors about to be shipped to the Norwegian Coast Guard. From left: Bill Coppins, Ryan Coppins, Brock Kaahu, Margaret Ewers, Ethan Iorns, and Dave Bonham-Carter.

A tiny Motueka family company has taken on the big boys at sea and won.

Temporary loos in demand

Growth in the toilet hire business is seen as good as any other Christchurch economic indicator.

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Boutique
owner
Vanessa
Griffin is
putting her
business on
the market
after 25
years.

Fashion veteran shuts up shop

After 25 years in Nelson's retail fashion scene, Boutique owner Vanessa Griffin is ready to move on.

world

Britain looks to plain cigarette packs

CHANGES: Cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco will have to be sold in standardised packs in England starting in May next year.

Cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco will have to be sold in standardised packs in England starting in May next year.

€1.1t Euro-zone economic 'bazooka' video

The European Central Bank takes the ultimate policy leap with a €1-trillion-plus programme to boost the Euro Zone.

HOW ABOUT THAT: The Monopoly board is based on Atlantic City, New Jersey.

Things you didn't know about Monopoly

It's Monopoly's 80th anniversary, and to celebrate here is some useless information about the game.

better business

'Spoiled' generation

TOUGH FINDING TRADIES: Ken Monk of Montage Kitchens has been a joiner in Hamilton for 34 years and is having trouble finding good workers.

Tradesmen say young people are almost impossible to employ, with bad literacy, numeracy and work ethic high on the list of problems.

Challenges face Kathmandu CEO

Frenchman Xavier Simonet will take the helm as the outdoor goods retailer battles headwinds in Australia.

JOB SEEKER: Keen and honest job hunter: Connor Gerrard.

'If I can work with my sister...'

Connor Gerrard has no experience, but he won't let that get in the way of getting a job.

opinion & analysis

Set your goals for a great new year

DO A FEW THINGS WELL: Lesson one is write down your goals and plans to get there, says Zac de Silva.

Business coach and director Zac de Silva shares his four-point plan to help put you ahead of the pack.

Reform that would give healthy gains

OPINION: The "housing affordability crisis" is a phenomenon with apparently as many explanations as there are lobby groups to push a barrow.

Mike O'Donnell

Tech firms need to hunt sales in a pack

If NZ wants to move its long tail of tech minnows to a group earning over $50m in annual sales, it needs to change tack.

farming

Deer farmers battling euro

Venison prices have been pegged back by the pesky euro.

Deer farmers have struck a sickly euro that is taking the gloss off venison prices.

A 'soft' lamb market

With finishing grass in sort supply back-country lambs coming off the Canterbury hills are striking a softer market.

Meyrick Hawkins and 7-year-old son Billy are windrowing a paddock of bok choy for seed in the Ladbrooks area of Canterbury.

More seed crop optimism

Meyrick Hawkins is chuffed by the yields coming off the first feed wheat and grass seed crops of the harvest.

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New tech for business

smartphone facebook

Three technology trends are enabling new business models - the cloud, data analysis, and mobile and social technologies.

SMEs lead faster payments

Kiwi businesses continue to get faster at paying bills, with small and medium businesses leading the pack.

CROWD PLEASER: CarbonScape executive director Tim Langley, left, is ‘‘delighted’’ with the $764,000 raised through equity crowdfunding platform Snowball Effect. Pictured with
microwave engineer Greg Connor, right, at their Riverlands factory.

Eco-firm breaks crowdfund record

Marlborough clean-tech firm raises more than $700,000 in NZ's biggest crowdfunding effort.

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