Fears of Expedia fee hikes

expedia

Expedia's takeover of rival Wotif may suck millions of dollars a year out NZ's lucrative tourism industry.

Making goat's cheese

TASTY: Lonely Goat bottled feta.

The Doughtys have milking goats and dairy cows. They make and sell cheese made largely from goat's milk.

From the queen's chamber

EXPORT INROADS: Narissa Harvey, Happy Valley’s export sales and marketing manager, says royal jelly sales are up 70 per cent year-on-year.

False claims dogging the Kiwi honey and bee industry have stung Auckland royal jelly producer Happy Valley.

Mitre 10 boss a life-long retailer

HARDWARE MAN: Neil Cowie, CEO of Mitre 10, in the company’s Mega store in Albany on Auckland’s North Shore.

South African-born retailer Neil Cowie is out to help Kiwis recapture generations-old DIY skills.

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.

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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

What will Santa bring? gallery

MERRY CHRISTMAS: Sophia Longstaff, left, Ingrid Longstaff, and Renzo Cawley open up Christmas gifts.

Santa's sleigh is going to be bulging with board games, action figures and life-like robot animals.

Life lessons from a super guy

After a life spent analysing funds, there can be few with more investment savvy in the country than Binu Paul.

TIME FOR CHANGE: The holiday season could just provide the perfect opportunity for a little financial planning.

Christmas - good for finances?

Bah! Humbug! Plenty of people have Ebenezer Scrooge's reaction to Christmas but it's not necessary.

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.

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How to complain about a colleague

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

world

Tonga sends Kiwi cop home

Tonga’s police commissioner Grant O’Fee has been pushed out of his job.

Second New Zealander serving as Tonga’s police commissioner kicked out.

Xi guest of honour at Akld dinner

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

Cuddle Up To Me's Samantha Hess.

Big demand for cuddle shop

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

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

Chinese company to invest $400m

China's Inner Mongolia Yili Industrial Group Co Ltd is planning to spend big in New Zealand.

Chinese dairy producer plans to spend NZ$400m and develop its Waimate plant into largest integrated dairy production base in the world.

Breeding for resistance

For past 15 years Romney breeder has not needed to drench his ewes.

WHITE FACES: David Ellis raises whitehead and whiteface bulls and heifers.

Big is getting bigger

Earning $2300 for a prime steer this month was a standout moment for bloodstock maestro.

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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

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