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Healthcare firms appeals takeover decision

Connor Healthcare's proposed acquisition of Acurity would have seen three of the four private hospitals in the Wellington region – Boulcott, Bowen and Wakefield (pictured) – come under common ownership, leaving only Southern Cross Hospital independent of Connor.

Connor Healthcare appeals Commission Commission decision declining clearance

Tax changes broadly right, BusinessNZ

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Huge proposed changes to the tax system are welcomed by a business advocacy group but Labour says they are late and vague.

Top farm workers command high pay

Farm workers can earn good money if they are top performers.

The top 25 per cent of farm workers can command much higher salaries than average earners in the sector.

House building consents fall in February

Seasonally adjusted consents were down 6.3 per cent in February.

Home building plans are disappointing for the third month in a row, despite a record migration boom adding to housing demand.

NZ must be bold - Treasury boss

Treasury Secretary Gabriel Makhlouf says New Zealand's future must not be held back by fear.

Treasury secretary Gabriel Makhlouf says foreign investment shouldn't be feared.

Solo mum raising funds for bath time business

Pineapple Heads chief executive and founder Megan Sanders gives her son Jimmy D'Audney, 4, a good head scrub.

Kids bath time product range Pineapple Heads turns to crowdfunding to raise capital.

Port opponents still poised for action

Proposed wharf extensions at Port of Auckland.

Groups opposing expansion of Auckland’s port say they aren’t popping the champagne yet, despite planned comprehensive study.

Trade Me tests rescue drone

A Flirtey drone has been tested by Land Search and Rescue in a trial funded by Trade Me.

There's a lot of hype around using drones for commercial deliveries but they may have more important uses, Trade Me boss says.

Employee fails to attend counselling, dismissal justified

This summer, the Employment Relations Authority confirmed an employer’s ability to dismiss an employee for failure to attend and complete an alcohol counselling course.

IRD takes a look at online sales

Trade Me recently revealed that in 2012 Inland Revenue requested information relating to nearly a million customers.

Waikato farmers fed up with Fonterra

Waikato farmer Craig Littin says he is eyeing up his options after a dividend cut from Fonterra.

Waikato farmers are putting Fonterra on notice and eyeing up a move to its competitors after its latest disastrous pay announcement.

Move to ban animal testing of cosmetics

Animal lovers descend on Parliament in support of banning cosmetic testing on animals.

Govt moves to ban animal testing on "finished cosmetics products and ingredients" - even though there is no known example in NZ.

Neighbourly passes 100,000 members

Kristi Henare of Tikipunga, Whangarei and Barbara Herman from Glenbervie are two of Neighbourly's 100,000 members.

More than 100,000 people have joined Neighbourly less than an year after its launch in June.

All day McMuffins trialled in US

McDonald's New Zealand will keep an eye on how an all day breakfast trial goes for some San Diego stores.

McDonald's New Zealand is interested to see how an all day breakfast trial goes in San Diego.

Albany Heights claims now top $18m


Liquidators may pursue the lawyer that handled funds for the controversial Auckland development.

Shopping centres should be cheered by survey: CBRE

The younger the shopper, the more they plan to spend in traditional stores, according to a new survey.

A survey by researchers CBRE shows that bricks and mortar shops are still popular with the young crowd.

Sold! For $1m

The Tuatara Brewing Company Third Eye micro-brewery and tasting room. The building has reportedly sold for $1 million.

The building where the Tuatara Brewing Company recently opened its new tasting room is understood to have been sold to for $1 million.

Hope King starts production at Auckland factory

Wendy Zhao (second from right) at the Hope King factory she founded in Avondale, Auckland.

A Chinese ex-pat businesswoman is showing manufacturers the way, making electronic components for export to China.

Farmer dumps truckload of poo

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Changes to farm runoff rules prompts farmer to dump cow poo on the Otago Regional Council's doorstep.

Educators mobilise to bring tech to kids

Educator Eve Reed introduces kids to new technology on the Mobile Learning Centre that is travelling around New Zealand.

Primary school children in remote and disadvantaged communities are getting a taste of robotics, 3-D printing and virtual reality from trainers touring the country in a high-tech bus.

Mayors' plea to Air NZ

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The axing of direct flights from Christchurch to Tokyo is a 'major blow' that will cost the economy millions.

Company director accused of misusing power

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A businessman involved in several NZX listings has been accused of misusing a director's powers in trying to extract $6 million from a shareholder.

The Sultans of the Upswing

Agriculture was again the big mover in the latest business confidence survey, though the sector remained the least confident..

New Zealand may have lost on the field, but in business we are the "Sultans of the upswing" according to a bank survey.

Fewer people working long hours

Managers are the most likely to work more than 50 hours a week.

The proportion of people with jobs working 50 or more hours a week fell to 20 per cent in 2013.

RMA reforms set to be delayed

"It's probably going to take us a bit more time to be able to put together the sort of RMA reform that will make the difference that the government's looking for," says Nick Smith.

Winston Peters' victory in the Northland by-election could delay changes to the Resource Management Act by six months.

Snapper jumps on board Semble's mobile wallet app

Semble's digital wallet will let ASB and BNZ customers make 'tap and go' purchases with their smartphones.

Snapper joins new mobile wallet app, Semble, which lets your smartphone act as a debit card.

SuperLife takes controlling stake in Energy Mad

Energy Mad managing director Chris Mardon talks about the company's efficient light strategy.

The Auckland superannuation and insurance company has increased its stake to 45.6 per cent.

Auckland fruit fly lockdown eases

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For those in fruit fly lockdown in the Auckland suburb of Grey Lynn a move closer to normality has been announced today.

1080 threat: Police 'taking too long'

Damien O'Connor says he can't understand why police don't have more leads in the area.

Police have taken too long finding the person responsible for threatening to contaminate infant formula with 1080 poison, says Labour's biosecurity spokesman.

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