50,000 NZ jobs a tough sell

If you're prepared to go across, NZ is offering to hire IT professionals.

NZ wants to give Australian technology professionals work, but will they be lured across the ditch?

Hobbit triples tourist spend video

TOURIST TRAP: Hobbiton has been a boon for the Matamata-Piako region.

One North Island region sees international spending rise three-fold on the back of the trilogy.

Businesses more upbeat

NZ business confidence, money, dollar up

Business confidence continues to bounce back after the September election.

Mowbray's loss its worst

Mowbray Collectables managing director John Mowbray.

4:23 PM  A $1.9m loss puts a question mark over its core stamp and coin businesses.

Spanner in $8b Auckland plan

Auckland

Several cultural and economic factors could make it hard to increase Auckland's rate of innovation.

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Mowbray posts worst loss in its history

Mowbray Collectables managing director John Mowbray.

4:23 PM  Mowbray Collectables' $1.9 million loss puts a question mark over its core stamp and coin businesses.

Hobbit triples tourist spend video

One North Island region sees international spending rise three-fold on the back of the trilogy.

Businesses more upbeat

Pacific Edge loss narrows slightly

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.

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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

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.

Cow disease in Marlborough

A blood-borne tick-carried disease has been identified in Marlborough for the first time.

Lamb

Rustlers hit farm

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.

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.