Slavery on NZ seas

The Oyang 75: a Korean fishing boat whose crew walked off in Lyttelton in 2011 amid claims of assault, sexual assault and unpaid wages.

13 min ago  Accounts of forced labour, rape and abuse on fishing vessels in NZ waters have emerged.

Fishermen fight for wages

Indonesian Fisherman Makrom, who is involved in a pay dispute.

13 min ago  Indonesian fishermen claim they were paid less than a third of minimum wage on NZ boats.

Fonterra a big coal user

Giant dairy co-operative Fonterra is New Zealand's third largest coal user.

14 min ago  Fonterra, one of NZ's three largest burners of coal and a leading greenhouse gas polluter, could switch to biofuels - but at a cost.

Sheep bring high spirits

Mike Bowler's sheep are saying what many North Canterbury farmers are thinking.

14 min ago  A North Canterbury farmer fed up with drought arranges his sheep into roadside billboards to make people smile.

'Chequebook justice' 

Former Pike River Coal Mine boss Peter Whittall.

Two women whose relatives were killed in the Pike River Mine disaster are arguing their case in the High Court at Wellington.

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industries

Countdown's Sydney siege blunder

A drop in price of Lindt chocolate was announced by Countdown on the same day as an inquest resumes into the Sydney Lindt Cafe siege. Lindt Cafe staff members prepare chocolate in the newly reopened cafe.

Countdown announces price drop of Lindt chocolate on the same day an inquest into Sydney siege resumes.

Health and safety law changes set to be watered down

Health and safety law changes prompted by the Pike River tragedy are set to be watered down.

Property capital gains tax justified

'Chequebook justice' for ex Pike boss - lawyer

money

Three stages of retirement

Retirement can last 30 years or more, and lots can change during that time.

OPINION: Do you know that there is really no one such thing as “retirement”?

Bid for homeowning victory

Milford real estate expert Robyn Forryan teaches first time home buyers how to bid at auctions.

Pricemaker offers the convenience of shopping from your pocket by using your phone instead of going site to site or store to store.

The magic of Pricemaker

14 min ago  Pricemaker can't help you find a 60-inch TV for $50, but it will get you a brilliant deal. Here's how.

small business

Wellington soda business bubbling

Owners of Six Barrel Soda Co, Joseph Slater and Mike Stewart are growing their business and concentrating on the wholesale side of trade.

It's only been three years but Wellington business Six Barrel Soda is thriving and predicting more growth.

Last orders at Quenched site

New alcohol delivery service shuts down its site - at least for now.

Xero managing director Victoria Crone says overall it's a reasonable budget, one that provides stability for businesses to have confidence to invest.

Small biz Budget benefits

OPINION: As expected, the Government's support for small business continues.

world

The robot that may take your job

An Aethon TUG robotic courier carrying supplies through the University of California, San Francisco, Medical Center.

12 min ago  Today’s robots are writing a new chapter in the age-old debate over people vs machines.

Oil at US$60 a barrel

Oil held near US$60 a barrel as US drillers increased activity for the first time in six months.

Britain would be the first of the European Union's 28 countries to impose the regulation.

Tobacco giants sue Britain

Big Tobacco is pushing back against Europe's effort to remove the marketing allure from smoking.

better business

'Ronald's here to stay'

Job security: The ever-smiling burger clown won't go anywhere soon.

Ronald McDonald won't be sent into retirement, CEO says during a grilling from shareholders.

Businesses warned: adapt or lose

"If you don't cannibalise your own business, someone else will do it for you," business owners told.

"I don't have shares in Warner Construction but I would like to ask a question on their behalf," Grant Coward said.

Tender questions for council

District councillors were outraged a local business was snubbed in favour of costlier Fulton Hogan.

opinion & analysis

Drug testing for meetings?

Mary-Jane Thomas.

OPINION: Why would someone who is going to a meeting, need to agree to be drug tested?

Small business budget benefits

OPINION: As expected in Thursday's Budget, the Government's support for small business continues through the Business Growth Agenda initiatives.

A near crash in last week's Targa Rally served as a wakeup call for Mike O'Donnell to moderate his behaviour. The money online giants make from the sale of personal data should serve as a similar warning to consumers.

Online data wake-up call

OPINION: Each time you use "free" online platforms like Gmail somebody's laughing all the way to the bank through the sale of your data.

farming

Fonterra a large scale coal user

Giant dairy co-operative Fonterra is New Zealand's third largest coal user.

13 min ago  Fonterra, one of the NZ's three largest burners of coal and a leading greenhouse gas polluter, could switch to biofuels - but at a financial cost.

$7.5m over next two years

More money will be spent to encourage jobs, investment and high tech farming systems in the primary sector.

A South Canterbury wallaby.

Wallaby problem spreading

South Canterbury's wallaby population has reached alarming proportions.

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