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DOING BATTLE: Netflix will compete with a growing number of video on demand providers in New Zealand.

Netflix will do battle with a growing number of video on demand providers when it enters NZ in March.

Robertson hunts for finance gospel

Labour MP Grant Robertson.

OPINION: As he hits the books in coming weeks, Labour's finance spokesman Grant Robertson will be building on thinking that's been percolating for months.

Redundancy under the spotlight

Court generic NZ

Employers using redundancy as a quick fix for workplace problems risk costly lawsuits from former employees.

Chinese sites open the throttle

Mike O'Donnell

OPINION: With the Chinese consumer and online marketplaces hitting our shores, one thing's for sure: it's going to be an exciting ride.

Ecommerce hits the Chinese power band

Mike O'Donnell

Globalisation is the key focus now for Alibaba.

Is it time to review visa-free travel?

NZ Passport

OPINION: One of the abiding delights of a NZ passport is that this country has visa-free access to so many countries.

Tech company leftovers lose share appeal


OPINION: Beware dated technology served up in 'novel' devices, writes Chalkie.

How do I tax thee?

Geordie Hooft

OPINION: After an election or a cabinet reshuffle, government departments prepare a "Briefing for the Incoming Minister".

The sun can save us, though we have to wait

Columnist Pattrick Smellie

OPINION: Forgive me Father, for I have sinned. In a former life, I worked as spin doctor for Contact Energy.

Red ink and corporate welfare

New Zealand money

OPINION: Some greedy companies are holding out their hands for grants while paying no tax in this country.

MP slams unreliable ferry service

Kaikoura MP Stuart Smith believes the Interislander is '"in danger of being swamped by the competition" if problems with the service aren't rectified.

Interislander is '"in danger of being swamped by the competition", says Kaikoura MP.

Smiles and static at Apec

President Barack Obama in a 'silly shirt' at the Beijing Apec summit.

There have been some odd Apec meetings over the years, and not just because of the "silly shirts", but the current one probably takes the cookie.

Court ruling a big win

Kristine Bartlett has worked for 14 years as a caregiver.

OPINION: It will be interesting to see how the Employment Court grapples with the difficult task of working out pay rates in differing industries.

Spectre of a banking system meltdown

Chalkie reckons worrying about life without wireless-enabled wine-racks is understandable but what really keeps me awake at night is the failure of the financial system.

KiwiSaver: why it's so popular

In seven short years over 2.3 million New Zealanders have signed up and collectively saved around $20 billion.

Orion no 'get rich quick' deal


Technology companies floating on the NZX have dished up a steady stream of difficult questions for investors and the latest and largest of these, Orion Healthcare, is no exception.

Orion float merits intensive care


Technology firms floating on NZX have dished up a steady stream of difficult questions for investors.

NZ's dairying dilemma


Dairy is a $17 billion export earner. Without it, our economy would go into freefall.

Fighting fraud together

Banks will stand by their customers in the case of genuine fraud, but customers need to keep their passwords and PINs safe.

The creeping social housing crisis

National's social housing policy is ripe for accusations of privatisation by stealth and abandonment of govt's social obligations.

R&D centres key to vibrant economy


We need a diverse, skilled and energetic economy ... and a lot more could be done to accelerate the process.

Banks eye web protections


Banks appears to be shuffling away from a commitment they gave in 2012 to reimburse "genuine victims of internet banking fraud".