'Leave property investors alone'

rent

Reserve Bank Governor told to to "stick to his knitting", after announcing plans to crack down on rentals.

Air NZ warned over insurance 

Air New Zealand has been warned over its travel insurance sales.

Commerce Commission is concerned the airline is misleading customers when selling travel insurance.

Work trips a waste of time

Dave from sales, a third martini is not a great idea at the work knees-up.

The annual corporate get together is nothing but an opportunity for HR to spend company coin.

Buyers move to top brands

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Shoppers are starting to abandon budget products in favour of famous brands.

Kiwi firms should tap India

Mobile phone stores selling Bharti Airtel Ltd. products, left, and Vodafone Group Plc. products, right, sit next door to each other in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, July 25, 2009. MTN and Bharti Airtel Ltd. may prolong merger talks that were originally scheduled to last until July 31 "by two to three weeks" due to the complexity of the deal, India's Economic Times reported. Photographer: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg
 Mobile phone stores selling Bharti 
Airtel Ltd. products, left, and Vodafone Group Plc. products, right, sit next 
door to each other in Mumbai, India, on Saturday, July 25, 2009. MTN and Bharti 
Airtel Ltd. may prolong merger talks that were originally scheduled to last 
until July 31 "by two to three weeks" due to the complexity of the deal, India's 
Economic Times reported. Photographer: Prashanth 
Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Economic traffic between NZ and India moves closer to the fast lane as work continues on a free-trade agreement.

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industries

Mortgage debt tops $200 billion

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2 min ago  The mountain of property borrowing has doubled in the space of 10 years.

Air NZ warned over insurance sales

Commerce Commission is concerned the airline is misleading customers when selling travel insurance.

Oil to stay below US$50 for 2015

RBNZ told to leave property investors alone

money

Buyers move to top brands

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Kiwi shoppers are starting to abandon budget products in favour of famous brands, industry players say.

RBNZ targets rental investors 

Central bank mulls changing how much banks can lend to residential landlords.

By failing to phase out conflicted remuneration in financial advice, ISA argues that the working group is failing to address the root cause of poor financial advice.

Insurance dispute cap to lift

Disputes of up to $350K will be able to go to a resolution service instead of court.

small business

Memphis Belle pulls through

BINK BOWLER: Having left Wellington last year, Bowler has been involved in cafes in Hawaii, Melbourne and Thailand, and has now emerged in Christchurch.

9:32 AM  The former operator of popular Wellington cafe Memphis Belle has emerged in Christchurch.

Vineyard work paying off

The story of a coconut oil launched last week is entwined with Marlborough's  grape vines.

LAST PAGE: John Quilter, of Wellington’s Quilters Bookshop, is closing down his store after 36 years.

Bookshop faces final chapter

Another of Wellington's bookshops is closing down.

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

What's your calling?

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Are you merely working in a job - or does some more lofty ambition drive you?

All Blacks game leads to big deal

All Blacks game in Chicago last year led to a $600K contract for Auckland engineering firm.

Dave from sales, a third martini is not a great idea at the work knees-up.

Work trips a waste of time

The annual corporate get together is nothing but an opportunity for HR to spend company coin.

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

Legendary shearer retires

LAST TIME: David Fagan will end his shearing career at the New Zealand Championships in his home-town of Te Kuiti in early April.

David Fagan reckons he's had a pretty good innings. And you can't argue that.

Tractor connects with rural community

An iconic kiwi symbol was given a police blue and yellow make-over for this year’s major farming event.

FAMILY BUSINESS: Southland deer focus farmers Brian and Kristine Russell are aiming to lift production from their weaner deer.

Top of their game

Southland Deer Focus farmers Brian and Kristine Russell are aiming to lift deer production at The Rock.

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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