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

christchurch rebuild generic

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

NZ dollars, cash, money

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

Generic doctor

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

Kiwi Regional Airlines investors onboard

READY FOR TAKE-OFF: Ewan Wilson says he will set up a new airline in the first quarter of 2016.

Kiwi Air founder Ewan Wilson says he has all the money needed to get his new airline flying.

Cantabrians spend up large

The two biggest card companies have long argued that some industries overcharge.

Spending is up as the hospitality and retail sectors continue to recover after the earthquakes.

Green light for Albany development

An artist impression of the Rose Garden development planned for Albany.

Auckland Council approves a major apartment development in the North Shore suburb.

Fewer Kiwis heading to Australia

Shhhh: Luggage with wheels can bother the locals.

This year saw the smallest annual net loss across the Tasman since 1994.

Xero execs in further shake-up

Xero is disestablishing Stuart McLean's chief revenue officer role.

The online accounting firm scraps Stuart McLean's chief revenue officer role.

Copper cloud lifts from telcos

Chorus copper broadband

A $180 million cloud hanging over telecommunications companies, including Spark, Vodafone and CallPlus,over copper network pricing has lifted slightly.

Ownership questions over liquidation

SHELLING PODS: Ron Strickland in Addington earlier this week.

Owner of two defunct companies sells off another project, raising concerns assets are being removed.

Couriers charging for absence

Post box.

National transport firm Freightways has extended its policy of charging for an unsuccessful courier delivery.

Finzsoft awaits Silverlake Axis offer

NZ dollars, cash, money

Auckland financial software app maker expects Singaporean tech firm to make an offer in the new year.

Trans-Tasman cable welcomed


Vodafone held talks with Hawaiki Cable about its new Pacific communications cable, CEO says.

Arvida slips after debut

Arvida Group listed on the NZX this morning with shareholder and All Black Dan Carter ringing the bell with Arivida chairman Peter Wilson.

All Black Dan Carter rings the bell to launch the retirement village operator on the sharemarket.

NZ GDP rises 1 per cent

Forget the crystal ball. Predictions are a mug's game, but recognising market trends is a different story.

Economy gets a boost for the third quarter, but growth for the year is not spectacular.

Trends defends Callaghan grant

NZ money, coins, cash

Auckland magazine publisher believed it followed the rules over $332K grant that SFO is investigating.

Kirks' long-serving boss resigns

RESIGNED: John Milford has quit Kirkcaldies & Stains department store.

Wellington retailer's managing director will take up the reins at business lobby group Business Central.

Lines firm may sell BOP investment

Gas bill debts in the capital have risen above the national average.

Marlborough Lines is considering selling its stake in a Bay of Plenty lines company rather than appeal a ruling forbidding it from acquiring more shares.

Connor reapplies for takeover approval

Generic doctor

Private hospital firm Connor Healthcare lodges second application for clearance for takeover of Acurity.