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Controversial fence torn down video

Peter Aitchison rues the loss of his view, which was blocked by a neighbour's fence. The neighbour has complied with an Environment Court order, and has taken most of the fence down.

A fence that blocked a Wellington couple's dream harbour view has been torn down.

Rise of beauty entrepreneurs

Kiwi vlogger Shannon Harris, otherwise known as Shaaanxo, is ranked fourth in the world for beauty channels on YouTube and is New Zealand's most subscribed channel.

Beauty is a billion dollar business in New Zealand, and it's bred a new generation of entrepreneurs.

Nervous tourists hire chauffeurs video

Christchurch-based chauffeur Robin Adams acts as both taxi driver and guide for overseas visitors. "I mother them all the way around."

Tourists too scared to take to the wheel, or wanting a more relaxing holiday, are paying to be chauffeur-driven around NZ.

Public consultation on Movie Museum and Convention Centre

Sir Peter Jackson with Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, an item from his movie collection that will be housed in the new Movie Museum in Wellington.

Wellingtonian ratepayers have their say on the proposed Movie Museum.

Free parking fails to deliver diners video

Aaron Wheadon outside his restaurant and bar, Down the Road, in Hastings. He says a Hastings District Council trial of free parking in the central city has cost him significant business.

A Hastings initiative to encourage people into the city has been welcomed by most but is backfiring for one restaurant owner.

Increase in domestic manufacturing sales makes up for weaker exports

Dieter Adam, chief executive of the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association, said a relatively strong domestic economy was making up for uncertainty in the global economy.

A survey of manufacturing in December showed an increase in domestic sales almost made up for a 10.76 per cent drop in export sales.

Heritage-listed building up for grabs

The Manor, also known as the former Red Cross building, is on the market.

Former Red Cross HQ, now known as The Manor, boasts 10 bedrooms and five bathrooms.

Cheap booze 'destroying pub trade'

Backbenchers pub managing director Alistair Boyce believes supermarkets and big liquor stores are damaging Wellington's bars and restaurants.

Boss of Wellington's Backbencher pub wants new pricing law to protect hospitality industry.

Ross clients settle to avoid court

Fraudster David Ross was jailed for 10 year and 10 months for his role in New Zealand's largest ever ponzi scheme.

Three investors in NZ's biggest ponzi scheme agree to return $446K in fictitious profits.

Lawyers in short supply

The shortage of property lawyers, especially in Auckland, stems back to the property slowdown five years ago.

Shortage of commercial property lawyers to handle booming market.

Route 'opens Wellington's front door'

Wide-bodied Boeing 777-200 Singapore Airlines jets are expected to begin landing in Wellington from August 2016. Singapore already offers services to Auckland and Christchurch.

Wellington's deputy mayor responds to criticism of financial support for new air service.

Shipping Antarctic ice to the world

Rebecca Pyne's job involves dispatching Antarctic ice cores to far-flung destinations for analysis.

What a cool job. Packing Antarctic ice and sending it across the world.

Hutt Rd upgrade good for business

What the proposed upgrade to Hutt Road would look like.

Shop owners say changes to Hutt Rd will be generally welcome, but parking was likely to remain a problem.

Weta takes magic leap with Google

A still from Magic Leap's first teaser video for the Dr. Grordbort's game developed by Weta Workshop and Magic Leap.

Weta Workshop and Google to work together to take digital world beyond smartphones.

Milk pulled from shelves

Customers complained of Homebrand milk tasting  and smelling like chemicals.

"Chemical tasting" Homebrand milk pulled from Countdown supermarkets.

City drivers 'paying more for fuel'

Petrol at BP in Masteron is 10c a litre cheaper than in the capital.

AA claims motorists in Wellington and South Island are subsidising discounts elsewhere.

From Wellington to Hollywood

Sophie Howard's love for tea has landed her a unique opportunity serving her tea to the stars at the Oscars.

The who's who of Hollywood will be sipping Wellington-branded high tea at this year's Oscars.

Tourists driving up rental car demand

About 80 per cent of the 120,000 rental vehicle hires in February will be to overseas visitors.

Rental car companies expect vehicle hires to surpass 120,000 this month and visitors who haven't booked ahead could be in trouble.

Maori housing plan for Wainuiomata

Borders of the former Wainuiomata Intermediate and College sites on Moohan St,​ where ​the Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust is planning to build a Papakainga housing development.

The Port Nicholson Block Settlement Trust is planning a Papakainga housing development in Wainuiomata.

'Demand up from payment' from PNG

When Foreign Minister Murray McCully visited Port Moresby, the capital of Papua New Guinea, last year, he raised Evaluation Consult's issue.

The Papua New Guinea government is yet to pay its $600,000 debt to Wellington company Evaluation Consult.

Weta Workshop space chat video

Weta Workshop founder, Sir Richard Taylor and his staff jumped at the chance to video chat with an astronaut on board the International Space Station.

Weta Workshop staff are used to mingling with stars but a recent out of this world encounter has provided them with movie inspiration.

Chow brothers closer to public listing

Michael Chow, left, and brother John received approval on Friday for the reverse take-over of listed shell company RIS Group.

Property magnates the Chow brothers are one step closer to listing their $200 million portfolio.

TPPA signing 'start of consultation'

The Federation of Maori Authorities chairwoman Traci Houpapa said members supported TPPA but still wanted an independent review.

Federation of Maori Authorities says it is "critical New Zealand take its place at the TPPA table".

Real estate firm to manage two Wellington projects

Wellington City Council have appointed real estate company JLL to manage the construction of the new new Children's Garden at Wellington Botanic Garden.

An Auckland commercial real estate firm has been chosen to oversee and manage two upcoming projects in Wellington.

Large development site up for grabs

A large development site on Waghorne St in Napier is up for grabs.

A 4139 square metre residential development site in Napier is on the market.

From post office to homes

Artists impression of the proposed redevelopment of Lower Hutt's old Central Post Office building.

The man at the forefront of the refurbishment of the former post office in Lower Hutt is putting his money where his mouth is.

Giblin Group to expand

Giblin Group director Jenni Giblin hopes to expand her business into Australia this year.

Juggling five children and running a successful business seems like child's play for one Hawke's Bay woman.

Unemployment pressured by migration

Figures this week will show whether unemployment rose at the end of 2016.

Figures out this week could help determine whether interest rates will be cut in March.

Scott-Howman returns to NZBA

New Bankers' Association chief executive Karen Scott-Howman

Karen Scott-Howman is returning to the New Zealand Bankers' Association to replace Kirk Hope as chief executive.

Office space in short supply

A new commercial building - yet to be built - on Wellington's waterfront has been leased by PricewaterhouseCoopers.

Available retail and office space in Auckland and Wellington falling.

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