Productive land focus urged

An award-winning farmer is focusing on his most productive land and retiring the rest.

FF wants unused groundwater used next year

Irrigators should be allowed to carry forward their unused groundwater takes from one year to the next, a Federated Farmer's spokesman says.

Dairy industry to fund predator control

NZ's major dairy companies have committed to spend $5 million over two years on predator control.

Bosses may be underestimating the economy

The country's chief executives are less confident in their own businesses and the global economy.

Slow pace of house building a 'disgrace'

The pace of home building may slow this year, economists say, after a drop in the number of new home building consents issued by councils in January.

Not loving Hertz's failure to communicate

OPINION: Dear John, I thought you might like a little bit of feedback from the coalface.

Solid Energy concerned about debt

Embattled coal miner Solid Energy puts off presenting its half year accounts because it says it is worried it cannot repay debt next year.

Mercer upbeat despite interim half-year loss

Christchurch's Mercer Group says it is on track with its annual sales and earnings objectives, despite a $23,000 interim loss.

Parts maker on a steady path ahead of the curve

It began with two guys tinkering away in a blueberry packing shed.

Insurers will make the call on what really defines an SME

Insurers are set to decide which businesses will benefit from new, improved protections for people buying insurance.

The big China trade-off

Local control of NZ meat and dairy manufacturing is being whittled away by China's control of product certification, an infant formula-maker says.

Hunters' livelihoods on the line

A Tuatapere deer hunter says he doesn't know what the future holds after cheaper alternatives to New Zealand wild venison left his business in limbo.

Charges laid against port company after Lyttelton death

Charges have been laid by Worksafe New Zealand over the death of Lyttelton Port Company worker Brad Fletcher.

From shelf stacker to Progressive boss

From stocking shelves at a Foodtown in Auckland, Dave Chambers has today risen to the helm of one of Australia's two big supermarket chains.

Crown protected Solid Energy directors

Government confirms it shielded directors of troubled coal miner Solid Energy.

Holcim's $50m inflatable dome on Timaru waterfront

Cement storage facility first of its kind in NZ

A 33 metre high dome appeared on Timaru's waterfront this morning.

Simon Marais loses battle with cancer

Renowned contrarian investor and Allan Gray chief executive Simon Marais has died after losing his battle with cancer.

High fliers stung by shaky $1bn loan

Global investment stars involved in $1bn Portugal loan that cost Super Fund $200m. .

Oil slump sparks up natural gas in PNG

Papua New Guinea's natural gas industry is going gangbusters as oil prices fall

Kiwi Global Mode creator sells service to overseas ISP

Kiwi technology Slingshot and Orcon use to help customers access geo-blocked services is itself going global.

Orion Health CFO quits

Rodney Hyde didn't give a reason for his resignation from Orion Health, NZ's second-largest software stock.

Apartments go up as house consents fall

Building consents were up in January, but only because apartments made up for house shortfall

US internet providers cop tough new rules

American ISPs are fuming at new regulations and plan to fight the restrictions in court and Congress.

Vista Entertainment's outlook strong as forecast beaten

Cinema technology firm Vista Entertainment is a major global player in its niche, and its performance reflects that.

Transpower's $75.2m payout for government

State owned national grid company Transpower lifted profits 8 per cent, resulting in a half-year dividend payout

How boxer briefs got into America's pants

Boxer briefs are the biggest thing in American men's pants - to the tune of $3.58bn a year.

Putin a 'naked king' facing economic ruin: Khodorkovsky

A scathing attack on Vladimir Putin by exile Mikhail Khodorkovsy paints a bleak picture for Russia's economy.

Migration swamps housing

Record migration will be "explosive and huge" when Auckland house prices are already going "gangbusters", economist says.

SBS Bank signals higher surplus

SBS Bank has nearly eclipsed last year's $22m surplus just nine months into the 2014-15 year.

Pumped up over petrol price margins

OPINION: As the oil price plunged, so did petrol prices. But did they plunge enough?

Shearing legend David Fagan about to hang up clippers

David Fagan is one of the country's top sportsmen but after more than 30 years of competition he has decided to hang up the handpiece.

Rosy results in apples trade

Scales Corporation beats prospectus forecasts, reporting an annual net profit of $18.4m as it continues to eye growth.

LPC volumes 'better than anticipated' despite Kotahi deal

Lyttelton Port of Christchurch says first half freight volumes have been hit by an export-based partnership using rival PrimePort Timaru.

Auckland councillors reject tougher wharf reclamation rules

The vote will make it easier for the Port of Auckland to reclaim areas in parts of the port precinct.

Backbench MP pay rises $8200 a year

MPs say they are reluctant to accept an $8K pay rise, while calling for the system to be overhauled.

Fliway owner plans up to $50m share offer

Duncan Hawkesby, son-in-law of billionaire Graeme Hart, hopes to raise up to $50m.

2degrees US majority owner adds to stake

Maori trust surrenders more than a quarter of its shareholding to US investor Trilogy International.

Bucking penis operator abuses hen's party

A group of women on a hen's night claim they were shafted by entertainment providers.

NZ eyes Australian house buyer controls

Government will wait and see how Australia's controls of foreign house buyers work out.

Turners and Growers hopes take a hit

Hail storms, a tomato glut and the high dollar all weighed on fruit and vege grower Turners & Growers' profits last year.

Architects urge rethink on wharf plans

The New Zealand Institute of Architects says a wharf extension will ruin views from the city’s waterfront.

Auckland project to redevelop 2800 state houses

Auckland suburb of Tamaki will see a gain of about 5000 houses, Government says.

NZ Super Fund 'very confident' of recovering Portuguese loan

Chairman fronts to Parliamentary select committee to explain the $200 million write-off of taxpayer money.

Fonterra holds forecast payout price, surprises economists

"Early days yet" but Fonterra's holding decision on milk payout forecast surprises economists, who had pencilled in a rise.

Rugby club scores its own dairy farm

After buying a dairy herd and leasing dairy farms for several years, a forward-thinking Taranaki rugby club has taken the next step.

Milk powder price dive batters exports

NZ posted a tiny trade surplus of $56m last month, although markets expected a small deficit.

Record NZ migration keeps heat on housing

Auckland property market is set to keep booming as record numbers of people settle here.

Drinking laws may hit profits at Nosh owner Veritas

Nosh and Mad Butcher store owner says law change may drain profits at its chain of Irish pubs.

New Zealanders are taking more overseas trips

New Zealanders took almost 134,000 overseas trips in January, up 5 per cent on the same month a year ago

Helen Kelly diagnosed with lung cancer

Council of Trade Unions president to have more tests but feels 'remarkably well'.
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