Akaroa stews over cruise trade

INFLUX: Cruise ship passengers enjoy the sights of Akaroa, but does the village benefit?

Is the Banks Peninsula settlement of Akaroa benefiting or being compromised by its involvement with the cruise ship industry?

Cancer detection firm on track

Biotech company Pacific Edge confirms its target is still $100 million of revenue after five full years of trading.

China competition heats up

MORE PRESSURE: There's more than enough demand in China for NZ goods, but the market will get more competitive now.

NZ businesses needed to be well prepared to enter the Chinese market, and persevere.

Travelling teppanyaki

GRILLED: Japanese chef Shin Yamashita doing what he loves: teppanyaki.

One Japanese chef carts a custom-built grill around Canterbury, cooking for up to 100 people at parties and events.

Inventions in their genes

BROS: Grant and Shaun Ryan stick together.

Two successful brothers say their upbringing in rural Southland with an inventor-father ignited their engineering passions.

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Akaroa stews over cruise trade

INFLUX: Cruise ship passengers enjoy the sights of Akaroa, but does the village benefit?

Is the Banks Peninsula settlement of Akaroa benefiting or being compromised by its involvement with the cruise ship industry?

Cancer detection firm on target

Biotech company Pacific Edge confirms its target is still $100 million of revenue after five full years of trading.

Home consents are bouncing back

Mowbray posts worst loss in its history

money

Akld rate hike approved

COSTLY: Some Auckland homeowners will see steep rises in rates, while others enjoy a decrease.

Some householders in for a shock after cap which protected them from up to 40 per cent rate rises is voted down.

Should you buy or rent?

There are endless arguments about which makes most money sense and no easy answer.

AT THE PUMP: Drive-offs were considered "significant" for many firms.

Pump prices drop again

Petrol and diesel prices have fallen again, dropping another 2 cents a litre today.

small business

Gelato man big on local flavour

Yuri Aristarco
has an eye to
the future for
his gelato
business with
a new truck
and
expansion
plans.

A secret recipe and local products are the ingredients for the expansion of a gelato business.

Jetpack shares 'speculative'

Christchurch-based Martin Aircraft is trying to raise $27m but one broker calls the IPO a "very high risk gamble".

GOOD VIEW: Co-owners of Spanish themed bar and restaurant Basque from left to right, Lydia Suggate, Stacey Walsh and Maria Boyle.

Crowdfunding catches on for bar

A bar hopes to soon have revellers on its roof basking in the sun, but it needs $30,000 to do so.

world

'Plebs' libel case lost

Police officer Toby Rowland

Former minister in David Cameron's government loses libel case over a newspaper article which said he had insultingly referred to police as "plebs".

Westpac's Thatcher-style team

Aussie bank with the lowest number of women reporting to the CEO is the only one with a woman at the top.

NO NZ PLANS: Aldi Australasia CEO Tom Daunt.

Aldi says no plans for NZ

German discount retailer has dismissed speculation it would expand to New Zealand.

better business

Mfat head off to NZ Racing

LEAVING MFAT: John Allen is departing at the start of next year.

John Allen, NZ Post CEO before heading Mfat, is NZ Racing Board's new CEO.

How I keep well: Stephen White

Stonyridge vineyard founder also teaches yoga and rubs shoulders with Richard Branson.

Williams & Co director Ashton Williams

Williams & Co liquidation sought

Disgruntled customer files High Court application to liquidate troubled building company Williams & Co.

opinion & analysis

Send us more people – quick!

DOING BATTLE: Netflix will compete with a growing number of video on demand providers in New Zealand.

Netflix will do battle with a growing number of video on demand providers when it enters NZ in March.

Redundancy under the spotlight

Employers using redundancy as a quick fix for workplace problems risk costly lawsuits from former employees.

Labour MP Grant Robertson.

Robertson hunts for finance gospel

OPINION: As he hits the books in coming weeks, Labour's finance spokesman Grant Robertson will be building on thinking that's been percolating for months.

farming

Prepare for the worst

Westland Milk Factory in Hokitika.

West Coast dairy farmers are being told they would be better to prepare for the worst case scenario of a near $5 payout.

Water storage calls increase

Irrigators are calling for more water storage as Canterbury farmland gets drier and moisture content falls.

THE WINNER: Tom, left, and Ron Small with their champion merino ram.

Merino out of this world

Merino clothing has gone where no sheep has gone before - the final frontier.

unlimited

Success on home ground

Tim Benest & James Tucker, Mad Group

Firms on the Deloitte Fast 50 list are experiencing growth by exploiting domestic demand - but exporting is not out of the picture.

The sleeping giant awakens

OPINION: In the wake of the China-Oz Free Trade Agreement, New Zealand firms exporting to China need to develop a thick skin and commercial edge.

Nevil Gibson reviews: Kerry Stokes: The Boy From Nowhere by Andrew Rule, Six Capitals by Jane Gleeson-White and Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari.

Does accounting need to evolve?

REVIEW: A new book argues bookkeeping needs to take account of the environment and company culture.