Uni loses bid to strengthen buildings

APPEAL DENIED: The University of Canterbury has a number of quake-damaged buildings on campus.

Councils cannot force strengthening of quake-prone buildings beyond legal minimum, Supreme Court says.

Chrisco contracts under fire


Christmas hamper company is facing court action in Australia over allegedly unfair contract terms that also apply to New Zealand shoppers.

Lake Taupo deal details secret

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An agreement has been signed between Mighty River Power and Tuwharetoa Maori Trust Board over the use of Taupo basin.

Ratepayer bail out possible

WILL IT HAPPEN?: SkyCity drawing of its planned new International Convention Centre and hotel.

Auckland ratepayers could be asked to help fund Sky City's international convention centre, which faces a cost blowout of up to $128m.

Lacklustre Christmas sales hit Kathmandu figures

Kathmandu to make international arm a profit driver.

Outdoor clothing retailer Kathmandu's share price dropped 34 cents to $2.44 today, as the company advised a reduction in gross profits following a lacklustre start to Christmas sales in Australia.

Martin Aircraft drops jetpack shareprice

FLYING HIGH: Martin Aircraft's P12 jetpack in action.

Martin Aircraft is dropping the price of shares to A40 cents in its "jetpack" flying machine in a revised public offer in which a young entrepreneurial Chinese company has taken a cornerstone shareholding.

MBIE gets poor report card

MBIE boss David Smol.

The Government's super ministry is criticised for how it leads economic development.

Confidence slips on low milk payout

The report says real wages have stagnated or fallen in many G20 countries while wage growth has lagged behind productivity.

Cheaper petrol prices and lower mortgage rates are not enough to offset the jitters.

NZOG buys into Cue Energy

ITAC Services specialises in the mobilisation of gas drilling equipment.

New Zealand Oil & Gas is buying a 19.99 per cent stake of Cue Energy,

Abano half-year profit jumps

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An improvement in its struggling audiology business boosts the healthcare business' bottom line.

Servos pump out cheap petrol

SUPER SAVINGS: The price of petrol can vary from station to station around Auckland, so it pays to shop around.

Shopping around between Auckland’s suburbs could save you almost 20 cents off the national price of petrol.

ComCom clears Winstone Wallboards

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Fletcher Building subsidiary is cleared of using its dominant market position to shut competitors out.

Fisher & Paykel fined over warranty claims

The Australian Competiton and Consumer Commission took action in 2013.

The whitegoods and appliance company runs into strife across the Tasman.

Aiming to make splash in US

LIGHT THE WAY: Gin maker Rachel Hall, with an old version of Lighthouse Gin on the left and its new red label on the right.

Hopes are high that the first shipment of Wairarapa-made Lighthouse Gin will make waves when it hits American shores.

LPC to expand inland cargo

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Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) has finalised purchase of a 27-hectare site for the development of an inland cargo hub.

Trades training at a high

HANDS ON: Apprentice Trevor Mackie, left, who works for RA Hale, and Donald Bisphan, managing director of the joinery business. Mackie learned of the apprenticeship opportunity at school.

Christchurch's rebuild has helped create a boom number of 5000 new apprentices for the construction industry in 2014.

Selling the Kiwi brand

KIWI PUSH: PR man Brian Sweeney says New Zealand has to broaden its international image get some vision.

If New Zealand was a business it would be "pathetically" under-spending on marketing.

Rebuild reviewer appointed

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Independent reviewer to look into rebuild work and costs related to Christchurch's quake-damaged horizontal infrastructure.

SFF allowed meat discharge

Silver Fern Farms has yet to report its results for the year to September, but expects a pre-tax profit of between $5m-$7m.

Silver Fern Farms granted consent to discharge into Waimakariri river, after commissioners placed "little weight" on petition by thousands.

Stonewood deny stonewall

Brassed off: Andy and Kathy Coulson paid Stonewood Homes in April 2013 and were told they could move in November 2013. They are still waiting due to a dispute with the company.

A couple who have moved 9 times since the quakes should have been in their new home two months ago.

Bosses illegally docking wages

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Agriculture, forestry and fishing bosses are big offenders when it comes to ripping off workers.

Wanted South Korean boat found

FINED: Oyang 75 is accused of pirate fishing internationally.

Fishing boat that owes nearly half a million dollars in fines in NZ is spotted in South America, Greenpeace says.

The good times are rolling

Boral's announcements it stop making bricks in Australia has swayed the competition watchdog.

We look back on Christchurch in 2014 and ask: Is this as good as it gets?

Bulk retail potential recognised

The Jackson Street, Petone, site has changed hands.

Another Petone industrial property seen as a potential big box retail development site changes hands.

Budget blowout for SkyCity centre

PLANNED: SkyCity's proposed convention city.

Estimated costs of SkyCity's controversial conference centre in Akld blow out by up to $128m.

Financial advisers needed

RECRUITMENT NEEDED: ASB’s Jonathan Beale, left, fears there are not enough new financial advisers like Sam Scott, right, entering the profession.

New Zealand risks a shortage of financial advisers if more is not done to bring talent into the profession.

Mega on track for listing

Mega chief executive Graham Gaylard is balancing the value of founder Kim Dotcom’s international brand with local perceptions.

Mega boss Graham Gaylard says discussions with regulators are in their final stages.

Flashback: Whaling industry killed off

ABOUT TURN: Former Cook Strait whaler Ron Perano used to spot whales for killing. Now he spots them for conservation purposes.

Whaling had existed in New Zealand for more than 170 years when it came to an end in 1964.

Connor approved for Acurity takeover

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The private hospital firm gains clearance to takeover listed company Acurity.

Chorus plays down court claims

Telecommunications Commissioner Stephen Gale is trying to lift a $180m question-mark hanging over the industry.

Chorus is playing down the chances of it pursuing telecommunications retailers through the courts

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