The sleeping giant awakens

Prime Minister John Key with China's President, Xi Jinping.

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.

Another Gull station docks pay

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Another petrol station admits docking workers' wages to pay for drive-off petrol thieves.

Disease warning

MORE RESEARCH: A funding application is under way to do more research into the effects of leptospirosis on dairy cows, says Professor Peter Wilson of Massey University.

Insidious and debilitating disease leptospirosis is probably more common than we think a Massey University professor believes.

Migration boom continues


Record levels of people coming to New Zealand could give the housing market a second wind.

Council set for consents go-ahead

Advisers would have to satisfy a tougher legal duty to act in the best interests of their clients.

The Chch City Council should be able to issue building consents unsupervised by the end of the year.

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Payout for immigration job blunder

FINALLY OVER: Stephen Bovett from Bell Block has received a payout after he lost his job at MCK Metals 7 years ago.

Immigration apologises and pays out to man who lost job while migrants on temporary visas kept theirs.

Council set for consents go-ahead

The Chch City Council should be able to issue building consents unsupervised by the end of the year.

Just Water offer 'mean-spirited'

Sir Bob buys his 'prettiest' building


What will Santa bring? gallery

MERRY CHRISTMAS: Sophia Longstaff, left, Ingrid Longstaff, and Renzo Cawley open up Christmas gifts.

Santa's sleigh is going to be bulging with board games, action figures and life-like robot animals.

Christmas - good for finances?

Bah! Humbug! Plenty of people have Ebenezer Scrooge's reaction to Christmas but it's not necessary.

A platinum Art Deco diamond ring from the Rutherford of Melbourne collection.

Make jewellery insurance pay

Insurers have a whole arsenal of arguments to avoid paying jewellery claims. Here's what you can do to beat them.

small business

From hobby to business

SPECIAL RANGE: Mehdi and Korreen Sanssar run the So Vintage shop at Te Awanga, which specialises in hard-to-find industrial antiques.

A couple who moved from Paris to Hastings are bringing the old world to the new, one shipping container at a time.

The best financing options

This week in Ask the Experts we look options for raising finance.

STAR TARGETS: George Roberts of Concrete Connect stands in front of one of the personal goal setting schemes run by the company.

Building on a solid reputation

Come December 21, George Roberts will be downing tools and taking a year off.


1 dead, 28 hurt in bus crash

US police

Luxury in Detroit

Luxury goods company Shinola seeks to be the first great non-automotive brand out of Detroit.

Price claims fool shoppers

Kiwi retailers investigated for misleading sale pricing as Australian authorities launch crackdown on practice.

better business

How I keep well: Stephen White

Stonyridge winery founder Stephen White's yoga work has seen him rub shoulders with Richard Branson.

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

Shared space at The Factory

Business people who work by themselves no longer need to work alone in Palmerston North.

Secrets, lies

Ministry's tick-box secrecy

Business ministry allows submitters to block automatic publication on its site.

opinion & analysis

Chinese sites open the throttle

Mike O'Donnell

OPINION: With the Chinese consumer and online marketplaces hitting our shores, one thing's for sure: it's going to be an exciting ride.

Is it time to review visa-free travel?

OPINION: One of the abiding delights of a NZ passport is that this country has visa-free access to so many countries.

Mike O'Donnell

Ecommerce hits the Chinese power band

Globalisation is the key focus now for Alibaba.


'Dirty' dairy farmer in receivership

Tuamarina dairy farmer Philip Woolley

9:05 AM  A Marlborough dairy farmer has put his company into voluntary receivership after racking up nearly $200,000 in legal debts.

Big jump in calf cull

NZ's bobby calf kill was up nearly 10 per cent this spring compared to last year.

LOOKING FOR SHELTER: A dairy cow seems to cast an anxious look skyward at an approaching storm.

Ventures promote growth

Dairy companies could be spending $1bn at their South Canterbury factories after an announcement due from Oceania today.


Queen of the Castle

Kiwi Raelene Castle is the NRL’s second ever female boss.

She might be a woman and a Kiwi, but Raelene Castle is earning respect at Sydney rugby league club the Bulldogs.

From the queen's chamber

False claims dogging the Kiwi honey and bee industry have stung Auckland royal jelly producer Happy Valley.

Aussies more eco-friendly

In part two of our four part series on doing business in Australia, Ecostore's Doug Sadler reveals consumers over the ditch are more environmentally aware.