Prepare early for death of spouse

SAD DAY: Widows often wish they had talked to their partner about what would happen if one of the couple passed, a financial expert says.

12:44 PM  Women can be hard financially hit when their husband dies, especially if they haven't managed the family finances before.

Christmas - good for finances?

Life lessons from a super guy

Succession is a serious business

'Modest recession' for NZ?

bnz

BNZ’s head of research says NZ's economy has got to hit the skids sometime and it may be next year.

Abano sells Orthotic Centre

Orthotic Centre

14 min ago  NZX-listed company says it was wary of The Orthotic Centre's exposure to Government contracts.

Big banks to raise $151b

The trend helps to lower banks costs, as most of the wholesale money being raised is replacing more-expensive funding that was secured during the global financial crisis.

1:44 PM  Australia's big four banks tipped to raise the most money from wholesale markets this financial year since the GFC.

Bid to reverse brain drain

New Zealand says it has plenty to offer Australians who relocate.

Australians are being recruited to fill NZ job market shortages owing to fears leaving them unattended could hold back growth.

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Abano sells Orthotic Centre

Orthotic Centre

15 min ago  NZX-listed company says it was wary of The Orthotic Centre's exposure to Government contracts.

Fair pay deal heading back to court again

12:19 PM  A landmark court case awarding fair pay to women working in the aged care sector is being appealed for a second time by the industry.

Snapper survey could see changes

On the road to profitability

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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.

world

Big banks to raise $151b

The trend helps to lower banks costs, as most of the wholesale money being raised is replacing more-expensive funding that was secured during the global financial crisis.

1:44 PM  Australia's big four banks tipped to raise the most money from wholesale markets this financial year since the GFC.

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.

Ministry's tick-box secrecy

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

Spark digital NIWA

Staying ahead of the curve video

NIWA puts big demands on digital technologies, so staying ahead of the technology game is crucial.

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.

farming

'Dirty' dairy farmer in receivership

Tuamarina dairy farmer Philip Woolley

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.

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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.