Building strikes flat patch

The latest building activity figures suggest that this week's quarter-point interest rate cut may be needed to stimulate growth in consumer confidence and in construction.

A key support of economic growth, construction, hit another flat patch at the end of the year.

Export milk questioned

Annual milk production in Australia has doubled to 9.3 million litres in 30 years despite a steady dairy cow population.

NZ's drive to produce more export milk could be self-defeating, farm syndicate manager says.

Lonely life of an oil explorer

Pattrick Smellie

OPINION: It's a hard row to hoe being a New Zealand-based oil and gas company.

Council cops it for actions

Hamilton City Council

Hairdresser says heavy-handed bureaucrats are styming Hamilton's small business operators.

Council looks to free tradeĀ 

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Deputy Mayor Darren Ludlow at Rugby Park which the ICC  have just taken  ownership of.

The Invercargill City Council will look to further capitalise on a free trade agreement with Taiwan.

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industries

Workers hurt in port mishap

The Patricia Schulte container ship at the Port of Timaru, where two men were injured early yesterday morning.

Two men were injured at the Port of Timaru yesterday morning, reinforcing calls for a national inquiry into port and maritime safety.

Council looks to free trade benefits

The Invercargill City Council will look to further capitalise on a free trade agreement with Taiwan.

Chch gigabit homes 'likely this year'

Building strikes flat patch

money

Few power customers switch

ON THE FENCE: Kiwis are fairly passive about switching power companies compared with consumers in the US.

Kiwi consumers are 'relatively passive' about looking for a better deal, despite fierce competition among firms.

Auckland house prices up 13pc

NZ property values rise 6.4pc in a year, half of Auckland's gains.

shopping, credit cards

Securing the card you 'rent'

There's something in your pocket that does not belong to you, though you may not realise it.

small business

Vineyard work paying off

From left, John Nalpini from Vanuatu’s Tanna Island, Jason Kennard and Jono Bushell of Vinepower, and Noeline Sel, who works for Tanna Farms in Port Vila, with a
new display of Tanna Farms Extra Virgin Coconut Oil at Blenheim’s Burleigh Dairy.

The story of a coconut oil launched in New Zealand last week is entwined with the grape vines of Marlborough.

Do you want that X factor?

The right amount of charm can win over clients, inspire staff and drive great business achievements.

Hamilton City Council

Council cops it for actions

Hairdresser says heavy-handed bureaucrats are styming Hamilton's small business operators.

world

Australian Reserve Bank reveals probe into dollar spike

Australian dollar

The Australian central bank confirms an investigation into the Australian dollar price spike one minute ahead of yesterday's decision to hold the cash rate at 2.25 per cent.

Greek crisis revives euro doubts

The risk of a Greek exit from the EU comes amid signs the euro zone is turning the corner.

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Hart slips a place on rich list

Packaging tycoon Graeme Hart falls four places to 195 in Forbes ranking, one of just two Kiwis.

better business

Kiwi startup 1Above signs golf No 1 Lydia Ko

FLYING HIGH: Kiwi golfing prodigy Lydia Ko signs a sponsorship arrangement with Stephen Smith, chief executive 1Above.

Anti-jetlag pill maker 1Above has ambitious global expansion plans.

What's in a name change?

Speculation grows about the meaning behind ASB's name change to ABS.

AUCKLAND'S BEST: But NZ cities overall had a high quality of living, Mercer said.

Auckland aces quality of life

Auckland's quality of life again rates among world's best, but Wellington lags a little.

opinion & analysis

Lonely life of an oil explorer

Pattrick Smellie

OPINION: It's a hard row to hoe being a New Zealand-based oil and gas company.

Balancing payout risk

OPINION: New Zealand is now in the spotlight for international events, with promoters making huge investments and carrying substantial risks.

CAKE BAKE: Karen Hammond, who baked the cake at the centre of a Human Rights Review Tribunal hearing.

Let them eat cake

OPINION: This week's "rude cake" payout decision raises the bar for injury-to-feelings compensation under the Privacy Act.

farming

Another fruit fly found

MORE EXPECTED: MPI staff have set traps on fruit trees in the Grey Lynn area.

The 11th fruit fly has been found in Auckland, and traps are expected to catch more.

Fonterra dairy prices creep up

Big jump in cheddar and butter milk powder at global auction drives prices up 1.1pc.

Growing: China's market for infant formula doubled in five years and is expected to double again in three years.

Formula maker profit dives

China's Beingmate, in which Fonterra is set to take a stake, sees profit fall 91pc.

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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