Business

Letting go is hard - but necessary to grow

Peter Webb

Hitting $3 million turnover signalled it was time for a Hamilton business to change.

Fieldays ranks well, but bigger plans on way

Hamilton's Mystery Creek Pavilion is filled with the latest in agribusiness offerings for the Fieldays.

Planning is already well underway for next year's Fieldays, as the team celebrates the success of the most recent event.

Work for change, change for work

change

I decided I'd try to change. I set out to do things differently over the course of a week.

Construction site injuries spike

Construction, contractors, rebuild

Crushed feet and limbs are contributing to a spike in workplace injuries in the post-earthquake rebuild.

Green light for $70m campus

port of tauranga

Waikato University has been given the go-ahead for a multimillion-dollar campus in Tauranga.

Raglan group ready for seabed round two

Iron sand

An anti-seabed mining group is fighting a firm's appeal against its rejected mining application.

Airport runway to extend into Lyall Bay

wellington airport runway

A planned extension of Wellington Airport's runway is virtually assured of going into Lyall Bay.

Hamilton jeweller scoops top award

Shop scoops Hamilton's Business of the Year

Diamond Jewellers

Less than two years after opening the doors, Dale Mooney can claim ownership of the best business in town.

Going bush in Wilderland

Russel Mooyman

You'll know Wilderland as the hippy commune over in the Coromandel.

The Kiwi running Walmart

Greg Foran

Kiwi businessman Greg Foran is a long way from his beginnings as a night-fill assistant - he's in line for a pay packet worth millions.

Economic activity settles in south

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Economic activity in the South Island is settling into a more manageable 4.2 per cent trend growth three years after the February earthquake.

New freedom for credit unions

A purse with cash.

Credit unions are "delighted" by incoming law changes that will reduce their costs, increase flexibility, and help them compete with the big banks.

Canterbury buzzing but must look to future

mike o'donnell MOD

OPINION: I managed to get lost in Christchurch last week.

Firms must prepare vulnerable staff for robberies

gun

Armed robbers are targeting small retailers as larger business beef up their security systems.

Scales upbeat about NZX debut

NZX

Apple and logistics firm's shares end their first day on the NZX 2c below their issue price.

NZ wine favoured by British

Wine sales

NZ can claim another victory over Australians - British wine drinkers prefer our vino to theirs.

Alliance boss announces resignation

Southland Times photo

Alliance boss says a personal milestone and the brighter outlook for red meat make now a good time to move on.

Mainfreight fraudster jailed

 	 Sushila Devi Mosese

Woman with "Robin Hood" attitude who stole more than $4m is jailed for more than four years.

Man seriously hurt at industrial fuel depot

St John's Ambulance

A man who fell from a cherry picker today is in critical condition.

Prime Auckland office space shrinks

Auckland office buildings, Tower Insurance

Prime office space at the heart of NZ's biggest city could be compared to the size of a football field.

Business confidence wilts

business graphs

Sentiment among businesses is still falling from "extreme levels of optimism" early this year, survey shows.

Auckland Airport US loan priced

Auckland Airport Air New Zealand

Auckland International Airport completes the refinancing of its $454 million capital return to shareholders.

Scare trims McDonald's Hong Kong menu

McDonald's Hong Kong

McDonald's cuts chicken nuggets from its Hong Kong outlets as a result of the food safety scandal in China.

US just the ticket for Connexionz

Connexionz

Electronic bus-information company says good progress on US contracts helped boost pre-tax profit.

Another bank follows suit on rates

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ASB has joined ANZ in passing on the latest official interest rate increase in full, with others likely to follow.

High-flying Kiwi to head US Walmart

Greg Foran

Greg Foran, once a shelf-stacker, is the new US boss of Walmart, the world's largest retailer.

Pig farmers tighten security for activists

Pigs

Pig farmers install laser buzzers and alarm systems to keep trespassing activists out.

Nicky Wagner fails to get money owed

Nicky Wagner

Christchurch MP Nicky Wagner will not get the $340k she says an Auckland businessman owes her.

Skincare company calls for honesty

Carol Priest

Certified-organic Plantae wants tighter rules over green claims - some misleading or downright false.

Battle looms over proposed Porirua supermarket

Countdown Porirua

Residents are gearing up for battle over a giant $17 million supermarket in Porirua.

Skyscraper mania grips China

China skyscraper mania

Suzhou isn't even the biggest city in Jiangsu province, yet it's joining a rush for the sky.

$67m Tauranga campus given green light

Te Waiora o Te Whare Wananga o Waikato Maori Students Association

Waikato University has been given the go-ahead for a multimillion dollar campus in Tauranga.

Guilty plea in advertising scam case

Court

Man pleads guilty to his part in an advertising-invoice scam alleged to have cost its victims over $1 million.

Banks put money on Chorus promise

Banks cut Chorus extra slack in return for a promise that it won't pay shareholders any dividends until at least next June.

The jobless existence of Spain's graduates

Spain

Stuck with her student job four years after graduating, Beatriz Biota still can't move out of her parents' home.

What you need to know in business: Friday

Stock market NZX

Scales Corp lists on the NZX today, Xero shares are up $1 and a terrorist group is making trains run on time.

Ag scientist's career marked by contrasts

Malcolm Macfarlane gets up close and personal with highland cow Heaven on his Inglewood property.

Agricultural scientist enjoys taking his profession to the extremes.

Dick Smith backs NZ's wire safety campaign

Australian adventurer Dick Smith

Australian tycoon Dick Smith has lent his name to a Kiwi aviation campaign encouraging farmers to eliminate wires.

Kicking up a stink over another unwanted pest

Myrtle rust on willow myrtle, an Australian species.

Be prepared for an unwelcome visitor: it never knocks, has six skinny legs and stinks.

New environmental regs mean big changes

Work has begun on the giant Central Plains Water project that will eventually water 60,000ha of Canterbury farmland between the Rakaia and Waimakariri Rivers.

As new regulations on the management of freshwater in NZ take hold, changes to farming are inevitable.

Fonterra job cuts could bite deeper

fonterra

Canpac's remaining 220 staff could be on borrowed time, after Fonterra refused to offer assurances.

Loan link rankled SCF boss

lachie mcleod

Former SCF chief executive Lachie McLeod asked that a $15m loan to his family trust not be linked to his name in a company prospectus.

Cecile Meier: A week without spending

Cecile Meier

OPINION: Could you spend a week without spending any money? Our columnist Cecile Meier did.

Sawmilling firm ordered to reduce noise at night

lumber

A major Southland company has been served an abatement notice following complaints to the Invercargill City Council.

Consumers under the pump if dollar keeps falling

petrol pump

Petrol prices could hit an all-time high if the New Zealand dollar continues its tumble, motorists have been warned.

Bank turns sights to kiwi

Reserve Bank of New Zealand dollar notes

The Reserve Bank is putting its interest rate shotgun away, probably till the end of the year.

When floating ends in sinking

LVR, interest rate, mortgage, money

Experts are warning homeowners with major mortgage debts could "come unstuck".

Kirkcaldie's doormen - proud city icons

Kirks doorman

When Neville Wellbourn became a Kirkcaldie & Stains doorman, he didn't realise he would also become an unofficial guide to the city.

Moa plans $5.3m capital raising

Moa beer

Listed brewer seeks new capital from shareholders to fund further growth.

Low deposit home loans nudge higher

mortgage

After months spent well below the Reserve Bank's "speed limits", banks' low deposit lending is recovering.
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