Fonterra's in tight corner

Fonterra dairy factory

OPINION: Fonterra's advance monthly payments to its suppliers this spring went unusually close to breaching its end-of-year payout forecast.

The good times are rolling

Boral's announcements it stop making bricks in Australia has swayed the competition watchdog.

We look back on Christchurch in 2014 and ask: Is this as good as it gets?

SFF allowed meat discharge

Silver Fern Farms has yet to report its results for the year to September, but expects a pre-tax profit of between $5m-$7m.

Silver Fern Farms granted consent to discharge meat sewage into the Waimakariri river.

Vulnerable to phreaking

AT RISK: The holiday period is a prime time for hackers to strike small businesses.

Small businesses with inadequate phone security are at risk of being targeted by hackers.

Bulk retail potential recognised

The Jackson Street, Petone, site has changed hands.

Another Petone industrial property seen as a potential big box retail development site changes hands.

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Rebuild reviewer appointed

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Independent reviewer to look into rebuild work and costs related to Christchurch's quake-damaged horizontal infrastructure.

SFF allowed meat discharge

Silver Fern Farms granted consent to discharge into Waimakariri river, after commissioners placed "little weight" on petition by thousands.

Stonewood deny stonewall

Bosses illegally docking wages

money

UK pension ‘press-gang’ warning

QSuper manages public servants' nest eggs worth about $50 billion.

Financial Markets Authority is monitoring potentially misleading advertising about British pension scheme funds.

More can't afford heating

Nearly 6 per cent of dwellings in Auckland never use heating, according to a new survey by Statistics NZ.

Prison, jail

Reverend jailed for tax evasion

IRD says Auckland man ignored offers of help over $1 million owed in tax.

small business

How to sell more online in 2015

Internet shopping grew by 12.8 per cent in the year to September.

Eight key dos and don'ts for small businesses to keep the virtual tills ringing.

Kiwi tequila captures local spirit

Terry Knight can raise a toast to success after releasing a tequila he has painstakingly produced in Golden Bay.

businesswoman

The female funding fiasco

Women are often seen by lenders as 'fly-by' rather than serious business owners.

world

Russia's economic reality shirtfronts Putin

Under pressure: Russian President Vladimir Putin

The tough-talking Russian President is wrestling a mounting economic crisis that will test his famed resilience.

Avon pleads guilty to China bribes

Door-to-door beauty product firm's admission over bribing officials and falsifying records lands it with a US$68m fine.

US Fed chair Janet Yellen.

Fed confident on US growth

The Federal Reserve offered a strong signal that it was on track to raise interest rates sometime next year, altering a pledge to keep rates near zero for a "considerable time" in a show of confidence in the US economy.

better business

Auckland the best place for jobs

The biggest city fares well but job ads are flat in Canterbury and Wellington.

How was your 2014?

It's easy to focus on the things that have gone wrong and forget about the positives.

Ngoc Luan Ho Trieu with a secret santa gift that was given to him as a mean-spirited prank.

Cruel Secret Santa ruined my career

Public servant's gift implied colleagues thought his economic modelling work was animal poo.

opinion & analysis

So much for peak oil...

Pegasus Basin

OPINION: Why the sudden interest in the virtually unexplored Pegasus Basin, off the Wairarapa coast?

Deficit a bitter pill for Government

OPINION: The Government's flagship economic promise has been holed and is in danger of sinking.

A photo illustration shows a man silhouetted in front of an electronic board showing the FTSE MIB Index.

Rich listers in Luxe crew

OPINION: What brings such far-flung Kiwi and European investment interests together? One word - tax.

farming

Debt a big hurdle

credit card debt, christmas

Dairy farmers unable to reach the national average break-even point of $5.75 for each kilogram of milksolids produced face taking on more debt in a difficult 2014-15 season.

Fonterra's in tight corner

OPINION: Advance monthly payments go unusually close to breaching Fonterra's end-of-year payout forecast.

Silver Fern Farms has yet to report its results for the year to September, but expects a pre-tax profit of between $5m-$7m.

SFF allowed meat discharge

Silver Fern Farms granted consent to discharge into Waimakariri River.

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Old boys' club bad for business

David Slack is the internet adventurer behind Speeches.com

OPINION: It may seem cosy, but the old boys’ club is a sign of a business going nowhere fast

Meet New Zealand's cleanest and greenest firms

A green childcare centre shaped like a womb; senior managers with sustainability KPIs; a disaster relief mobile phone network – this year’s Sustainable 60 winners show how building a better future is good for business.

Decorating shopping malls and public spaces with Christmas cheer is becoming bigger and bigger business for party supplies firm, Celebrations Group.

Decking the malls video

Decorating shops and public spaces with Christmas cheer is big business.