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Fonterra's architect takes on Canberra

Angus Taylor is forceful, experienced and bright - but that's no guarantee of success in politics.

Hydrogen storage could hold key to power for the people

After 10 years of barbecues and hot showers, researchers believe hydrogen energy has risen above the hype and into a commercial reality.

Events attendees get 'goody bag' without the waste

A Wellington company's "virtual goody bag" will be part of the actual goody bag at Australasia's largest technology expo in May this year.

Recycling bin now a thing of beauty

To the madness of unsustainable corporate waste, a Wairarapa couple are quietly introducing a bit of method.

'Half caste' taunts helped form Pohio's identity

Under Mike Pohio's watch the Tainui have grown into one of the country's biggest tribes.

Interest rates likely to remain static

The Reserve Bank is likely to put interest rates firmly into neutral this week, with a "high hurdle" to cut rates and no need to flag a rate rise down the road, economists say.

Farm worker has partial amputation after accident

21-year-old man got his arm stuck in a hay-making machine on a farm near Dipton.

Wellington's Golden Mile losing lustre as shopping evolves

More than eight per cent of the Wellington region's shop space is vacant.

Just Another Fisherman not just another fashion label

Aaron Styles couldn't find fishing clothes he wanted to wear - so he designed his own.

Money guru Jackie Gower says farewell to perfect Penny

A financial crisis brought money guru Jackie Gower out of her shell.

Financial product review: Reducing home loan

The reducing (flat) home loan is 'a rare beast'.

ASG targets parents not just saving for kids' schooling

ASG looks after $1.9b put aside by Aussie and NZ parents for their kids' educations, and is branching out.

Set your goals for a successful new year

Business coach and director Zac de Silva shares his four-point plan to help put you ahead of the pack.

Little flexibility in 'soft' lamb market

Back-country lambs coming off the Canterbury hills are striking a softer market as grazing material for finishing them runs into short supply from the dry spell.

More optimism over seed crop yields

Meyrick Hawkins is chuffed by the yields coming off the first feed wheat and grass seed crops of the harvest, even if the clover seed crop was a bit off the mark.

Deer farmers battling euro headwinds

Deer farmers have struck a sickly euro that is taking the gloss off venison prices.

Getting a fairer insurance deal

Consumer watchdogs want to make it harder for insurers to avoid paying out when customers fail to disclose information.

Radio rant host wins damages

Aradio station manager who went on air with allegations of financial impropriety has won damages against the station.

Tradies lambast 'spoiled' generation

Good help is hard to find

Tradesmen say young people are almost impossible to employ, with bad literacy, numeracy and work ethic high on the list of problems.

Honest cover letter gets teen noticed

Connor Gerrard has no experience, but he won't let that get in the way of getting a job.

Purple plant has potential to cause strife

A purple-coloured plant producing two million seeds a year could cause strife to Canterbury farmers unless detected early.

The risks of mixing love and business

Working with your loved ones can be brilliant but it can also be disastrous, if you don't set the ground rules.

Kiwi earns China science gong

AgResearch scientist Dr Phil Rolston has been awarded China's highest science award for his contribution to agriculture there.

Lessons learned from long TB fight

A Taranaki dairy farmer is putting her experience of owning a herd infected with bovine tuberculosis (TB) to good use.

Breakfree Hotel: Refurbished city hotel almost ready for business

Get ready to BreakFree

Christchurch will get its biggest hotel yet when an office-building-turned-hotel reopens in April.

Christchurch faces glut of office space

Christchurch's commercial rebuild is hitting its straps. But is a glut of top end city office space looming already?

Sharing the secret of beautiful brocante

A Banks Peninsula couple are about to let New Zealanders loose on guided tours of France's brocante second-hand markets.

Cheap oil not a win for carpet-buyers

The correlation between the cost of oil by-products and the carpet supply-chain isn't especially strong.

Lamb prices weaker as dry weather bites

Lamb prices are sinking close to $5 a kg for farmers because of higher-than-normal slaughter rates.

Kiwi slides on news of euro printing

NZ dollar fell below US75 cents for the first time in nearly three years after the European Central Bank announced quantitative easing.

TeamTalk shares plunge

TeamTalk shares drop nearly a third to $1.15 after the mobile radio company issues profit warning and revised its dividend payout.

Prime News production moves to NZ

Future of news anchors Eric Young and Charlotte Bellis is uncertain as MediaWorks takes over production of Prime News.

Challenges for new Kathmandu CEO Xavier Simonet

Frenchman Xavier Simonet will take the helm as the outdoor goods retailer battles headwinds in Australia.

Kiwi dollar holds after slide against US on Euro printing

The NZ dollar has made up some ground after falling below US75c for the first time in nearly three years.

Kiwibank cuts five-year rate

Bank says five-year fixed rate of 5.89 per cent is a “special” rate.

'Inexperienced' trader gets warning from FMA

Financial Markets Authority decides not to prosecute an online share trader for trading with themselves.

Christchurch office manager sentenced for stealing $30k

Spent it on alcohol, gambling and travel

Home detention for Christchurch office manager who ripped off his employers to the tune of more than $30,000.

Personal finance: Health insurance a long-term relationship

Consumers are sticking with health insurers even when they'd rather switch because they fear losing cover for pre-existing conditions.

Waikato company's blueberry machines go international

The world's biggest blueberry machinery company is right in Hamilton's back yard.

Mike Pohio resigns from Tainui Group Holdings

Mike Pohio will step down after eight years with Tainui Group Holdings, having helped add $500 million to its value.

Second Wellington bar operated by Molly Malone's owners closes

3C, another bar operated by the owner of Molly Malone's, has closed.

A peek behind the doors of NZ's private banks

ANZ doesn't advertise its service to NZ's "one percenters" but has had to turn away hopeful applicants.

MOD: NZ tech firms need to hunt sales in a pack

If NZ wants to move its long tail of tech minnows to a group earning over $50m in annual sales, it needs to change tack.

Better Budget deficit renews Government surplus hopes

Finance Minister Bill English repeats his belief in a return to surplus this year after a slight improvement to the Budget deficit.

Lamb prices weaken as dry weather bites

Lamb prices drift down as farmers sell off higher stock numbers in dry conditions.

Windflow Technology cuts staff to keep afloat

Troubled renewable energy firm will cut staff to try and keep the company afloat.

No sign of Auckland's transport fares dropping

When will bus, ferry and train users get the good oil on cheaper fares?

Warehouse price was right for James Pascoe

Owner of Whitcoulls and Farmers upped its stake in the discount retailer because the shares were well priced.

Cut the buzzwords from your LinkedIn profile

If you describe yourself as "creative, passionate and driven" on LinkedIn, it may be time to rewrite your profile.

Britain plans plain cigarette packaging starting in May 2016

Cigarettes and hand-rolling tobacco will have to be sold in standardised packs in England starting in May next year.
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