Enable's 2015 targets in sight

Enable chief executive Steve Fuller.

Innovation Partnership says Christchurch is "unique in the world", combining the rollout of ultrafast broadband with rebuilding of the city.

Putting accountants on same page

Lightening Lab Demo Day. Team Common Ledger. Left to right from top, Drew Broadley, Vince Warnock, Brendan Wu, and Carlos Chambers, bottom.

Company finds common ground with accountants as it launches its "first software of its kind" product.

Reaping rewards overseas

AT BIT OF BOTH: Andy Russell has been farming deer for 19 years and is in his ninth season of dairy.

Farming sometimes comes down to preference for Andy Russell who has been farming deer for 19 years and is in his ninth season of dairy.

Air NZ mulls ew US route

Air New Zealand Dreamliner

Airline considers opening new US route using its new fuel efficient Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.

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.

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industries

Housing costs soar

There is an increasing awareness that housing choices for the population's diverse demographics do not simply consist of a single detached house and a flat.

Kiwis enjoying bigger pay packets but are forced to spend "lion's share" of them on housing.

Air NZ considering new US route

Air New Zealand is considering opening a new US route which would be serviced using its new fuel efficient Boeing 787-9 Dreamliners.

Enable's 2015 targets in sight

Ledger puts accountants on same page

money

Should you buy or rent?

'DEAD MONEY': Daine Thompson and Anneliese Willis, pictured with son Caleb outside their West Auckland home, say renting just pays someone else’s mortgage.

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

Auckland housing target beaten

Over 11,000 new land and building consents have been granted in the first year of the Auckland housing accord.

Price claims fool shoppers

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

small business

Crowdfunding catches on for bar

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

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

Rural mum turns entrepreneur

Southland farmer's wife and mother Melanie McKenzie spends her downtime working.

FLYING HIGH: Martin Aircraft's P12 jetpack in action.

Jetpack shares 'speculative'

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

world

'Plebs' libel case lost

Police officer Toby Rowland

7:39 AM  Former minister in David Cameron's government loses libel case over a newspaper article which said he had insultingly referred to police as "plebs".

Aldi says no plans for NZ

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

Ebola

Ebola cases near 16,000

7:09 AM  The death toll in the world's worst Ebola epidemic has risen to 5689 out of 15,935 cases.

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

Robertson hunts for finance gospel

Labour MP Grant Robertson.

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.

Chinese sites open the throttle

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

Court generic NZ

Redundancy under the spotlight

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

farming

Mega dairies 'a threat'

MEGA DAIRY: Cows on a big dairy farm in the US.

The development of mega dairies in the US is reducing the competitive advantage of NZ's low-cost farming system, a rural banker has warned.

Reaping rewards overseas

Farming sometimes comes down to preference for Andy Russell who has been farming deer for 19 years and is in his ninth season of dairy.

Lamb

Rustlers hit farm

6:52 AM  The theft of more than 300 lamb ewes from a remote Stratford farm has highlighted a problem.

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.

Eugene Williams, founder of 2 Cheap Cars

Five fab firms to watch

Meet Deloitte's picks of the five firms to keep a close eye on from this year's Fast 50 list.