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The site where the bulk of the Christchurch railway station used to stand is now up for sale.

The former site of Christchurch's landmark railway station is on the market.

Shopping with animal instinct video

Countdown launches their Super Animals 2 collectible campaign. Students in Mrs Gordon's class at St Peter?s Catholic Primary School, Cambridge, New Zealand, each receive a bespoke set of 'Super Country' cards after being inspired by the original Countdown Super Animals campaign in February. Monday 20 April 2015.  Copyright Photo: Mike Walen /

Supermarket chain, Countdown's marketing supremo Bridget Lamont, has become one of the most popular women in New Zealand after the launch of a second tranche of the company's cult craze - the "Super Animals" collectable cards.

Pizza Hut's 'Anzac' acronym fail

The RSA chief executive says Pizza Hut's Anzac advert is in "poor taste".

Pizza Hut is the latest company to come under fire for using the term Anzac incorrectly in a pizza advert.

Mobile outage for Spark

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Spark's mobile network is gradually returning to full operations after outage.

Finance diary

Seeka Kiwifruit Industries holds its annual meeting on Tuesday.

Business events for the week ahead.

Chorus confirms 'Netflix effect'

Taylor Schilling as Piper Chapman in Orange is the New Black, among the offerings on Netflix.

Evening broadband performance is being hit by 'Netflix effect', research suggests.

Xero loss almost doubles

Xero chief executive Rod Drury. You are 'in' or 'out' says a former executive.

The cloud software firm has lost its chief financial officer but its growth remains broadly on track.

Windflow shareholder ups stake

Geoff Henderson of Windflow Technology

Windflow Technology's elusive key shareholder David Iles, has jumped to a 42 per cent holding in the struggling manufacturer.

Durex deal slips away

Durex has been banned from buying Johnson & Johnson’s K-Y brand.

Condom maker's submission to buy K-Y lubricant leaves watchdog unsatisfied.

Matamata animal safari for sale

A 8.6ha animal safari on Taihoa North Rd, 5km east of Matamata is for sale.

An African-style savannah home to a collection of exotic animals in the heart of Middle Earth is up for auction.

Rebuild programme 'at full capacity'

Tower Insurance appears to be closing its rebuild programme

Tower Insurance appears to be cash-settling its remaining customers after closing its rebuild programme.

Uber ups fares

Ride sharing app Uber is upping its fares.

Ride sharing app increases its charges per kilometre in Auckland to attract drivers.

Christchurch executives quit

Mercer Group CEO Rodger Shepherd at the company's Riccarton production line in Christchurch, pictured with director Paul Smart.

The two top executives of a Christchurch stainless steel manufacturer announce their intentions to depart.

Port row comes to a head

Auckland's council will meet urgently on Tuesday to debate the controversial wharf extensions.

Firing Ports of Auckland board may be on the table at a meeting to debate port expansion.

Hamilton Airport's revenue at 'rock bottom'

Hamilton Airport management say they have reached a "rock bottom revenue position".

Hamilton Airport bosses say revenue has hit "rock bottom" and are bracing for lean times over the next three years.

Fletcher cuts contractors

Fletcher Construction will scale back its workforce for home repairs from next month.

Major downsizing of the Fletcher-managed earthquake home repair programme will not slow progress in its final phase, the company says.

Tiwai Point posts $74m profit

Tiwai Point aluminium smelter in operation.

Tiwai Point posts strong profit despite tough market conditions.

Trends seeks advice

Trends Publishing says its brand has held up well following controversy over a government grant.

Trends Publishing says the Serious Fraud Office has not been in touch.

Migration hits record

Migrant arrivals in the past year were up 16 per cent from the March 2014 year, while departures were down 13 per cent, Statistics NZ says.

More people arrived in the past year and far fewer left NZ for Australia.

Inflation dragon not slain

Inflation was not another "slain dragon", and the impact of some factors keeping it low were temporary, RBNZ assistant governor Dr John McDermott said.

RB would consider cutting rates if demand weakens, but still fears inflation.

Suzuki recalls record 2m cars

Suzuki Alto

Suzuki announces a record recall of two million cars to replace ignition switches after reports of fumes.

Travel frenzy in March

The Cricket World Cup was a big drawcard for international visitors in March.

Cricket World Cup and early Easter boost visitor numbers to a record.

Conor English advises RB

Conor English, brother of Finance Minister Bill, has been appointed to advise the Reserve Bank on monetary policy.

Reserve Bank to tap finance minister's brother for interest rate advice.

Christchurch consent process 'bananas'

Antony Gough is among the developers complaining, saying "pedantic" and overly cautious Council rules slowed work on his central city river-side development, The Terrace.

Christchurch developers say "ludicrous" rules are delaying the city's rebuild.

Finance experts attack cycleways

Will Christchurch' proposed cycleways network deliver the benefits promised?

New cars could be bought for each new cycling convert from the money spent on the $156 million plan.

Manawatu houses cheap, getting cheaper

Tuesday's surprise decision by the Reserve Bank to hold the cash rate steady was partly blamed by Governor Glenn Stevens on excessive price gains in Sydney.

House prices in Manawatu keep falling, but employment rates are keeping people away.

Demand for Enable's broadband up

Steve Fuller, chief executive of ultrafast broadband cable provider Enable

Demand for emerging online television and movie services is helping drive customers to Enable's fibre. 

Sanford breeding mussels 'like sheep or cattle'

Mussel spat on show

Seafood harvester Sanford is breeding mussels like farmed sheep or cattle to produce millions of spawn for a steadier future.

Opus faces mixed bag

Opus managing director David Prentice.

Wellington-based Opus International Consultants is having a mixed start to the year, laying off more staff in Australia and facing tougher times in Canada, too.

'Zero growth' for Aussie TV

Analysts say TV networks are failing to deliver growth, citing streaming services as the reason for the shift in power.

Free-to-air television networks have failed to deliver meaningful advertising growth and that's likely to continue, says Citi.

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