Eric the viking

PARTNERS IN UNDIES: Heidi Klum has been lured to Bendon by Eric Watson.

For someone who doesn't like interviews, businessman Eric Watson is effusive and charming.

House factory ready to roll

Bill Gee of Spanbild (L) and Mike Greer of Mike Greer Homes have a set up a joint venture of a new prefabrication site in Rolleston.

Where there was bare land a year ago, a factory now stands ready to reshape the residential construction industry.

Chinese open the throttle

Mike O'Donnell

OPINION: As Chinese consumers and online markets hit our shores, one thing's for sure: it's going to be exciting ride.

Luring cool customers

Craig Duff, left, and Graeme Green, directors of Active Refrigeration Ltd, in the refrigeration plant room at Hellers Christchurch facility.

Building a company purely on reputation worked for one refrigeration firm.

Into Yule tide

summer, fun, beach, man

With summer holidays near, now's a great time for business owners to reflect on the present and future.

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industries

Prime Range deal 'good news'

Cattle

Meat exporter Prime Range Meats has a new majority shareholder, trading group Lianhua.

Eric the viking

For someone who doesn't like interviews, businessman Eric Watson is effusive and charming.

Strong demand for Arvida IPO

House factory ready to roll

money

Have a stress-free Christmas

CUT THE STRESS: You don't need to spend a lot of money to have a good Christmas.

Resist the pressure to provide a picture-perfect occasion on December 25.

Can money buy happiness?

One of my money writer comrades has been looking into this old head-scratcher.

In your house is where your money should be.

Don't borrow against the house

Don't rush out to increase your mortgage just because your new Auckland CV has jumped.

small business

Jeweller eyes expansion

Invercargill woman Rebecca Adams of Fabuleux Vous jewellery has started exporting her stirling silver creations.

A desire to make heirloom pieces with a modern twist propelled Invercargill's Rebecca Adams into the export fast lane.

Psych testing for SMEs

Personality testing is a cost-effective way for small businesses to check they’re making a good hire.

office fight workplace conflict colleague

How to complain about a colleague

A boss-approved script to use the next time you've got a workplace conflict.

world

Big demand for cuddle shop

Cuddle Up To Me's Samantha Hess.

New shop in the US does a roaring trade offering cuddles for US$1 a minute.

Protest fears grow

St Louis suburb on edge as it awaits to hear whether police officer who shot unarmed black teen will face charges.

Prime Minister John Key and Chinese leader Xi Jinping in Wellington for the first full day of his visit.

Xi guest of honour at Akld dinner

China's President Xi Jinping went walking in the dark in Auckland, as PM enlightened him.

better business

Docked for drive-offs video

Fuel.

Petrol station workers are docked hundreds of dollars after customers fled without paying.

Sustainability award for winery

More than 1500 miniature "babydoll" sheep have earned Yealands its sixth sustainability award this year.

court

Wrong tool for job killed man

Man killed when a cutting tool exploded into his chest was using the machine incorrectly.

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

Community gets in behind

Backing their man: Sharemilker Bas Nelis had the support of his farming colleagues when he was prosecuted.

It was supposed to be a reconciliation but a Waikato community instead vented its frustrations on a farmer's behalf at a restorative justice meeting.

Risk seen in soaring prices

Angus NZ president wary of beef prices rising beyond the budget of everyday shoppers.

Confirmation of an El Nino weather pattern for this summer is yet to be confirmed.

El Nino still possible

Disjointed weather patterns are too unclear to suggest farmers are heading into a El Nino event.

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Aussies more eco-friendly

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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.

Subsidies whether you like it or not

Trade Me founder Sam Morgan recently questioned the value of Callaghan Innovation's latest tranche of R&D growth grants, which awarded a total of $32 million to 22 hi-tech businesses.

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Psych testing for SMEs

Personality testing is a cost-effective way for small businesses to check they’re making a good hire.