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Living wage pays off

HAPPY STAFF: General manager  Jesse Chalmers, right, at the Chalmers Organics factory with worker Siusiu Pusi. Staff turnover is non-existent, morale is up and the workforce is proud at an organic food company which has phased in a living wage.

Power bills blow out beyond forecast

Power, electricity, power lines, power pole Households are being hit with electricity price jumps of up to $13 a month as prices soar.

New board game floats boats

SHEM PHILLIPS A passion for Viking ships and the medieval age inspired Shem Phillips to launch a board game attracting an international market.

Transpower manager quits

electricity 300 Transpower's Kieran Devine will soon be off the grid himself.

KiwiSavers paying too much tax

Kiwisaver Tax rates for KiwiSaver investors need to be lowered, a fund-management industry group says.

NZX50 5,092.955 arrow 2.406 0.05%
ASX200 5,454.230 arrow 33.900 0.60%
DOW 16,408.540 arrow -16.300 -0.10%
NASDAQ 4,095.520 arrow 9.300 0.20%
FTSE 6,625.250 arrow 41.100 0.60%
NIKKEI 14,512.380 arrow -3.900 0.00%
H-SENG 22,760.240 arrow 64.200 0.30%

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Indices Top Movers Currencies
NTL 0.013 arrow 0.003 30.00%
TRS 0.003 arrow -0.001 -25.00%
NWF 0.079 arrow 0.008 11.27%
TUA 2.760 arrow 0.160 6.15%
SEA 0.019 arrow 0.001 5.56%
MGL 0.200 arrow 0.010 5.26%
PPL 0.540 arrow -0.030 -5.26%

Price as at 6:50 pm, 17 Apr

Indices Top Movers Currencies
Australian Dollar 0.920
Euro 0.621
British Pound 0.510
Hong Kong Dollar 6.651
Japanese Yen 87.960
Singapore Dollar 1.075
US Dollar 0.858

Price as at 8:50 pm, 21 Apr

It's cold, it's cool and it's hot

NATHAN Nathan Meyer has found the recipe for success, but he's not sharing all the ingredients.

Hooked on fishing

Matt Dobson has been hooked on fishing all his life.

Getting the message out there 24/7

Power Up for work

Upswing in Wairarapa property

Sale sign A spike in residential property sales and long-term growth in mortgage uptake indicates a lift in the Wairarapa market.

Loft apartment needs finishing

An artistic New York loft-style space in Cuba St has gone to mortgagee sale.

Wellington house sales surge

On the tsunami line

Shock news: Greens favour privatisation

OK, that's a provocative headline, but how else to interpret the Greens' social housing policy?

Top locations offer attractive returns

Woburn House Two prime locations in Lower Hutt are up for sale though agents JLL for less than $750,000 apiece.

Complex made over for offices

Big Save Furniture's Kilbirnie store is ideal for an office-based makeover, Tommy's Commercial believes.

MPs' office unit in Kilbirnie for sale

Oyster's Hutt Valley pearl offers 10% gain

Top floor of prime block on market

The top floor of a prime office block in Victoria St in central Wellington is to be sold.

Why the US loves red Ken

For almost 30 years Ken McDowall worked on Rotokawa Farm at Whanganui, managing the sheep flock and a beef herd for its owner.

Apple growers get the pip

I have a braeburn apple each morning with my breakfast. I love the tangy sharpness of its taste. It could be my Swedish and Anglo-Saxon genes, because I am not alone in this. Apple lovers in Northern Europe buy almost all of our braeburns.

The art of once-a-day milking

Farmers get red pens ready for drought-hit accounts

Farming: full of strategy

A Wairarapa farmer has spent more than 20 years showing Wellington bureaucrats that farmers aren't dimwits.