Masala boss gets home detention

Masala restaurant in Birkenhead, part of an Auckland chain of Indian restaurants.

2:02 PM  Head of an Indian restaurant chain forged documents to hire a woman as assistant manager, paid her $3 an hour and got her to do housecleaning.

NZ's self-made rich kids

Lydia Ko became the youngest female golfer to earn more than US$7 million a year.

2:06 PM  They're young and probably richer than you.

How to invest in shares video

241109 PHOTO JOHN SELKIRK/AUCKLAND BUREAU. Shares. share. NZX, shareboard.

Given up on buying a house? What about a slice of a big company?

Westland farmers irate

The EasiYo brand is owned by Westland Milk Products, and according to shareholders should be returning better profits.

1:39 PM  Was it a case of too far too fast, or was Westland Milk Products' value-add strategy flawed?

Sex register built on Wynyard

15082016 NEWS Photo: MARION VAN DIJK /Fairfax NZ

Police car. Generic

Police invested millions in failed firm's software which underpins the new sex offender register.

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Store that sells lost airline luggage

The Unclaimed Baggage Center attracts around one million visitors a year from all over the country, plus 40 more.

A massive warehouse offering discounted items has been dubbed the "lost luggage capital of the world".

Kiwis win from Oz merino deficit

Merino wool met a rising market at a Melbourne auction.

Wet weather delaying Australian merino production into auctions has played into the hands of Kiwi farmers.

Hamilton's commercial property boom

Hamilton's commercial property prices are booming.

Long-undervalued commercial city finally getting recognition it deserves thanks to its neighbour, agent says.

Family want out of mushroom-growing rental video

Rocco Jensen-Warren, 15 months, crawls through a patch of mouldy carpet in the home his family rent.

Mushrooms in the hallway, mould in the kitchen. They wanted out.

Kiwis as tech Guinea Pigs gallery

LinQ chief technology officer David Swann and chief executive officer Stew Darling at their offices in Plimmer Towers ...

From pizza-delivering drones to Facebook alternatives, New Zealand is known abroad as a testing ground for new tech.

People encroaching on airport

Houses creep closer Queenstown Airport.

An ever increasing population means more noise complaint issues, airport says.

Money gauge for the blind

The gauge features braille and large, bold printed denominations.

Kiwis with low or no vision have a new way of telling if they've got a $5 or a $50 note in their hands.

5 vines you have to see video


Vine may be closing down soon, but that doesn't mean you can't enjoy these classics.

Crackdown on Indian scam

About 50,000 Kiwis fell victim to a call centre scam in 2011.

US leaves a message with Indian call centre scammers, charging 61 people and companies and warning about jail time.

Petrol stations change hands

Z stations in Rangiora and Kaiapoi are to change hands early next month.

Petrol stations are changing hands in North Canterbury as Z Energy sells stations.

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What to do with $30m

If you are suddenly a lot richer, you'll need to resist the temptation to run out and spend your cash.

Very few Lotto winners have money left after a couple of years. What are they doing wrong?

What we're spending on pets video

Last year we spent around $1.5 billion on our pets, with the vast majority on cats and dogs.

Our $8000-a-year furry friends

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Panama Papers

John Key keeps lid on hidden billions video

John Key has described criticism of New Zealand's foreign trust laws as a media beat-up.

Foreign trusts lobbyists seem to have watered down a NZ bill on better disclosure of the origins of secret cash.

Govt accepts foreign trusts plan video

Tax expert John Shewan has called for a shake up of New Zealand's laws around foreign trusts.

John Key accepts foreign trust rules need a radical overhaul following warnings not enough's being done to counter money laundering.

Judgment day for trusts video

The foreign trust inquiry by John Shewan has helped the Government save face.

NZ's foreign trust regime is a good little earner for some, but time may be running out.

Mossack Fonseca staffer held

Geneva prosecutors led a police raid of Mossack Fonseca's local office in which computer equipment was seized.

Computer specialist at the Panama law firm is taken into custody over huge leak.

small business

Seating stoush brews at Fish Stop

Jill Williams hopes to keep the outdoor dining area at her Alton St shop, Fish Stop.

Takeaway owner clashes with council over late husband's dream for outdoor dining.

Why Iceland is so hot right now video

Visitors enjoy a drink in the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa in Grindavik, Iceland.

Jam-packed flights to Iceland weren't the norm five years ago. But one company has changed all that.

Home cooks entice travellers

Anna Valentine prepares her salad in her kitchen.

Kaeo chef Anna Valentine will welcome travellers into her home for new business venture.

Chia double their staff number

The expanded Chia team of Hannah Starnes, left, Alice Guerin, Courtenay Scott-Hill, Charlotte Brick, Florence Van Dyke  ...

Four new employees placed around the country have doubled a Nelson business's staff numbers.

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Countdown gets liquor ban

Hawera Countdown faces a five day ban on liquor sales following an Alcohol Regulatory and Licensing Authority decision.

Hawera's Countdown slapped with five day booze ban after selling to underage buyers.

Taco Bell coming to NZ?

Restaurant Brands is buying the operator of Taco Bell and Pizza Hut in Hawaii.

Kiwis could be chowing down in Mexican-themed chain after Restaurant Brands' $146m Hawaii takeover.

Soap seller says dirty tactics used

Gina Tatom of NZ Soap Star says she has been mistreated by other shop-owners in Oamaru's Victorian Precinct.

A woman licenced to sell soaps in Oamaru's historic precinct says other vendors have bullied her.

Xero boss supporting founders

Xero chief executive Rod Drury will be hosting the FounderCon NZ conference in Wellington in November.

Business founders are putting their heads together to create a forum.

opinion & analysis

Time to put on weight

Is your KiwiSaver account looking a bit lean?

OPINION: Our KiwiSaver accounts are too skinny - 10 per cent should be the minimum contribution.

Why don't graduates earn more?

New Zealand invests heavily in education, but the premium which graduates earn in the workforce suggests the country may ...

OPINION: The key to earning more is taking courses of study related to productive work.

How secure is your income?

Talia has just turned 65 and works as a secondary school teacher.  She is currently living in Auckland and still has a ...

OPINION: Insurance to keep money coming in may be your best investment.

Global trade politics just got harder

Businessdesk owner Pattrick Smellie.
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In Europe, a French-speaking parliament in Belgium has all but killed a long-sought free trade deal between Canada and the European Union.


Bobby calf case back in court

The Ministry of Primary Industries has appealed the sentence of bobby calf abuser Noel Pirika Erickson. He's pictured at ...

Home detention sentence hangs in the balance after MPI takes the case back to court.

Aussie farmers topped up

Wang Zhentai (Beingmate chairman), Fonterra CEO Theo Spierings, Prime Minister John Key and Song Kungang (chairman of ...

Better global prices and the need to match its rival has seen Fonterra adjust farmer returns higher in Australia.

Hardest dairy season yet

Nationally, New Zealand dairy farmers produced 1.862 billion kilograms of milk solids, worth $8 billion in 2015/16.

The 2015/16 dairy season was the most challenging year yet for dairy farmers, according to new figures.

'We need to talk about DIRA'

Andrew Hoggard: "Let's pretend DIRA is gone and decide how we as a co-op should respond."

Fonterra's farmer-owners must get talking about life without dairy industry competition law, says a Federated Farmers' leader.


Ardent 'failed at every step' video

Ardent chief executive Deborah Thomas as she arrived at the shareholder meeting.

OPINION: Plans to reopen Dreamworld three days after four people died were met with disbelief. But was it the company's only right move?

'Power couple' Key and McCullum

Prime Minister John Key and former Black Caps captain Brendon McCullum have been travelling in India together.

OPINION: The myth that sport and politics don't mix has been busted in India.

Profit plunge for Samsung

The Galaxy Note 7 has spelled disaster for Samsung.

Electronics giant's bottom line suffers after Note 7 recalls nearly wiped out its mobile profit.

Tesla Motors surprises with profit

Tesla reported net income of US$21.9 million (NZ$30.6 million).

Electric car maker Tesla Motors is back in the black are posted first quarterly profit in three years.

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