Is it too early for hot cross buns?

HOT CROSS BUNS: Is selling them in January just greedy?

Bakers say there's a reason supermarkets are already selling Easter buns - old Christmas stock.

McDonald's deal huge for firm

SIGN OF SUCCESS: Auckland firm VMob will help McDonald’s distribute discount vouchers via the cloud to customers’ smartphones around the world.

Auckland cloud-software firm VMob has scored a global deal with McDonald’s.

A 'goody bag' without the waste

Show-stopper: ShowSmart chief executive Marie-Claire Andrews says the company is delighted to connect with the biggest technology expo in Australasia.

A Wellington company's "virtual goody bag" will be part of the actual goody bag at a huge tech expo.

Kiwi dollar plunge welcomed

GOING DOWN: The kiwi is at its lowest level since November 2011.

Exporters to benefit from weakening New Zealand dollar, which has tumbled to its lowest point in three years.

Bin now a thing of beauty

Waste not, want not: Method Recycling supplies designer bins to help recycling fit into the modern office’s aesthetic and routine

A Wairarapa couple are quietly introducing a bit of method to corporate waste.

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industries

Credit card bills take a dip

Credit card, eftpos, electronic sales, retail

Consumers remain upbeat as credit card billings dipped in December according to Reserve Bank figures.

Is this the key to power for the people?

After 10 years of barbecues and hot showers, researchers believe hydrogen energy has risen above the hype and into a commercial reality.

'Half caste' taunts helped form Pohio's identity

ASG to offer help meet school needs

money

Behind the doors of a private bank

A pile of gold bars at the Czech National Bank in Prague

ANZ doesn't advertise its service to NZ's "one percenters" but has had to turn away hopeful applicants.

Getting a fairer insurance deal

Consumer watchdogs want to make it harder for insurers to avoid paying out when customers fail to disclose information.

New Zealand dollars

Interest rates likely to remain static

The Reserve Bank is likely to put interest rates firmly into neutral this week, with a "high hurdle" to cut rates and no need to flag a rate rise down the road, economists say.

small business

A 'goody bag' without the waste

Show-stopper: ShowSmart chief executive Marie-Claire Andrews says the company is delighted to connect with the biggest technology expo in Australasia.

A Wellington company's "virtual goody bag" will be part of the actual goody bag at Australasia's largest technology expo in May this year.

Big deal for family firm

A tiny Motueka family company has taken on the big boys at sea and won.

Waste not, want not: Method Recycling supplies designer bins to help recycling fit into the modern office’s aesthetic and routine

Bin now a thing of beauty

To the madness of unsustainable corporate waste, a Wairarapa couple are quietly introducing a bit of method.

world

Greeks celebrate in the streets

VICTORY: Supporters of Alexis Tsipras, leader of Syriza left-wing party, cheer during a victory rally outside Athens University Headquarters on Sunday.

After snap election victory, leftist leader vows an end to the "humiliation and suffering" imposed by international creditors.

Things you didn't know about Monopoly

It's Monopoly's 80th anniversary, and to celebrate here is some useless information about the game.

CHANGES: Cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco will have to be sold in standardised packs in England starting in May next year.

Britain looks to plain cigarette packs

Cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco will have to be sold in standardised packs in England starting in May next year.

better business

Events attendees get 'goody bag' without the waste

Show-stopper: ShowSmart chief executive Marie-Claire Andrews says the company is delighted to connect with the biggest technology expo in Australasia.

A Wellington company's "virtual goody bag" will be part of the actual goody bag at Australasia's largest technology expo in May this year.

'If I can work with my sister...'

Connor Gerrard has no experience, but he won't let that get in the way of getting a job.

TOUGH FINDING TRADIES: Ken Monk of Montage Kitchens has been a joiner in Hamilton for 34 years and is having trouble finding good workers.

'Spoiled' generation

Tradesmen say young people are almost impossible to employ, with bad literacy, numeracy and work ethic high on the list of problems.

opinion & analysis

Set your goals for a great new year

DO A FEW THINGS WELL: Lesson one is write down your goals and plans to get there, says Zac de Silva.

Business coach and director Zac de Silva shares his four-point plan to help put you ahead of the pack.

Reform that would give healthy gains

OPINION: The "housing affordability crisis" is a phenomenon with apparently as many explanations as there are lobby groups to push a barrow.

Mike O'Donnell

Tech firms need to hunt sales in a pack

If NZ wants to move its long tail of tech minnows to a group earning over $50m in annual sales, it needs to change tack.

farming

Milk offer again under-subscribed

Farmers have signed up supply 14.5 million kilograms of milk at a Fonterra guaranteed price.

Fonterra's latest offer of a guaranteed milk price to its farmers is under-subscribed for the second time in a row.

Why doing things is bad

OPINION: Farmers are a terrible lot. They keep Doing Things, and Doing Things is a risky business.

Petrol pump

Dairy, lamb skid on oil slick

Tumbling fuel prices have a sting in the tail for dairy and sheep farmers.

unlimited

New tech for business

smartphone facebook

Three technology trends are enabling new business models - the cloud, data analysis, and mobile and social technologies.

SMEs lead faster payments

Kiwi businesses continue to get faster at paying bills, with small and medium businesses leading the pack.

CROWD PLEASER: CarbonScape executive director Tim Langley, left, is ‘‘delighted’’ with the $764,000 raised through equity crowdfunding platform Snowball Effect. Pictured with
microwave engineer Greg Connor, right, at their Riverlands factory.

Eco-firm breaks crowdfund record

Marlborough clean-tech firm raises more than $700,000 in NZ's biggest crowdfunding effort.

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