Syrah pick of the bunch

Of the 1424 wines entered into the 2015 Air New Zealand Wine Awards, 18 received trophies.

A Hawke's Bay syrah has won the top prize at the 2015 Air New Zealand Wine Awards.

Hydration drink seeks to raise $2.3m

SOS Hydration co-founder Tom Mayo - drink is on Coke's radar.

A drinks firm with links to Coke seeks capital in New Zealand.

AFT eyes growth ahead of IPO

AFT Pharmaceuticals founder Hartley Atkinson says a big part of listing his company publicly is to hasten the development and expansion of products across more countries.

AFT Pharmaceuticals is about to launch its initial public offering in a bid to raise more than $30 million to advance its drug development.

Grow North gathers momentum

Professor Howard Armitage says communities need to work together to create a successful innovation ecosystem, which is much harder than it sounds.

North Auckland business innovation hub gaining momentum.

Too Chicken to talk?

Bacteria spread quickly among chicken flocks.

Calls for tighter restrictions

Does Expedia rejects domination tag

Georg Ruebensal reckons companies get great value from listing on Expedia, which markets them to the world.

The multinational's local boss addresses competition fears, and why it pays almost no tax here.

Rush for 10-year passport

From Monday 10 year New Zealand passports will be available for $180 and five year passports, which cost $140, will be no more.

From Monday New Zealanders can apply for 10-year passports.

Gigabit wi-fi for Porirua

Wi-fi, in zones such as Porirua's cbd, provides a free alternative to mobile broadband.

Council forecasts free service will be a 'crowd pleaser'.

Mahana winery owner faces court battle

Glenn Schaeffer, owner of Mahana Winery, hosted Prince Charles and Camilla on their recent trip to New Zealand.

The owner of Nelson winery Mahana Estate is being sued for $3.5m by two American casino executives.

Ferrybank design finalists revealed

Hamilton City Council chief executive Richard Briggs and Hamilton Mayor Julie Hardaker with concept designs depicting a redeveloped Ferrybank precinct.

Three distinct and bold plans to reimagine Hamilton's Ferrybank precinct will be unveiled today.

Architecturally-designed building up for sale

A three-storey building on the corner of Dixon St and Christeson Ln is up for sale.

A three-storey building in central Wellington, designed by the same architects who drew up plans for the Sky Tower, has been put on the market.

How Toyota swayed US car buyers

A Nascar official looks over Michael Waltrip's Toyota before the 49th annual Daytona 500 race in Daytona Beach, Florida, in 2007. Toyota has seen its biggest market-share gains in Nascar's traditional strongholds from 2011 to 2014.

Japanese carmaker using Nascar to convince brand-loyal Americans just how American its products are.

VW's dirty diesel solution

VW says a simple add-on part will return its cheating diesels to emissions-legal status.

The fix for VW's emissions-cheating diesel engines is surprisingly simple, but it won't be quick.

Brokers view: Outlook lifts for Kathmandu

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Shoppers at Kathmandu store in Willis St, Wellington.

OPINION Kathmandu's chief executive will have to rebuild excitement in the company's sales.

Success bubbles at Moet event video

A six litre bottle of Moet & Chandon was the centrepoint of the evening.

Moet celebrates stand out New Zealanders of 2015.

Protesters confront farmer

Animal activists want the Government to ban caged animal farming like Craddock Farms' planned chicken farm.

Craddock Farms' plan to build a giant caged chicken farm attracts opposition.

Harman Grubisa set for world domination video

Jessica Grubisa, left, and Madeleine Harman are hurtling towards international success with their label Harman Grubisa already sold nationwide and lauded at their NZ Fashion Week debut.

Harman Grubisa has rapidly made its mark in the New Zealand fashion scene and is set for global success.

Drury raids 'bottom drawer'

Xero boss Rod Drury has turned some of his paper wealth into hard cash.

Early investors Sam Morgan and Craig Winkler also downsize holdings.

Former Nelson ferry capsizes

The Suilven unloads at Wellington in this 2001 picture.

An old ferry that has capsized in Fiji was once a frequent caller at Port Nelson and Picton.

iPredict a 'money laundering risk'

Set ahead of the 2008 election, iPredict was an experiment to test whether the wisdom of crowds was more accurate than polling.

Prediction website iPredict is to be closed down, with the Government deciding it represents a money laundering risk.

Joyce dampens runway hopes

Wellington's political leaders are becoming increasingly confident the runway extension will get off the ground.

Wellingtonians excited but Government yet to be convinced the runway extension will fly.

Contact mulls Otahuhu site offers

The owners of the quake-damaged National Bank building opposite Victoria Square in Christchurch have put the property up for sale.

Contact Energy receives offers for power station site, and other commercial property news.

Kiwi Regional Airlines' next stop

Kiwi Regional Airlines plans on having a second SAAB 340A by October 2016.

New Kiwi Regional Airlines' route to Tauranga or Napier imminent.

Plan to recycle soft plastics begins

Awapuni Recycling operations manager Peter Siddall in Palmerston North with a small hill of plastic bags which became uneconomic to be recycled last April.

Bread and shopping bags will be recycled in a new pilot scheme.

Adviser rules to increase

Barriers to entry to mortgage or insurance adviser look set to increase.

It looks set to become a lot harder to set up shop as an insurance or mortgage adviser.

Finance firm's 'fantastic' year

Wayne Percival took over as chief executive of UDC in August.

UDC Finance's improved fortunes are a good omen for business confidence.

CentrePort to go public?

It has been suggested that CentrePort, Wellington, could be floated as a publicly listed company.

Wellington's CentrePort is in a position to be publicly listed, after shareholders asked the question.

Job advice is in the post

NZ Post change leader Sally Sexton

Companies 'shouldn't underestimate' how little staff may know about how the recruitment market now works.

Delegat opens office in China

Delegat Group sales operations supervisor Ming Xi, national sales manager Madeleine Ho, Auckland-based global brands and communications manager Jonas Steen, account manager Jay Hang, and business development manager Xixi Liu.

NZX-listed wine company Delegat Group hopes to increase its exports to China by opening an office in Shanghai.

Auckland malls on the march

Pakuranga Plaza, one of many malls getting a shake-up around the city.

Population growth and confidence is driving a revamp of many Auckland malls.

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