WorldSkills competition a chance for young tradies to show skills

Phoebe Coers​ wanted to be a mountain biker when she was little. Now she's an apprentice plumber.

Inner city living answer for Hamilton's dying CBD

Inner city living is about to drop in Hamilton.

Mike O'Donnell: Electric vehicle take-up fund should go supernova

OPINION: The Government's fund to help boost electric vehicle up-take is open for business.

Shamubeel Eaqub: The march towards insularism and isolationism

OPINION: We are increasingly living in isolated communities, exposed to people and ideas, that are like our own.

Five NZ Post buildings go under the hammer

NZ Post buildings hit the market.

What might Donald Trump be hiding in those tax returns he won't disclose?

US tax experts dish insight into the controversy of Donald Trump and his taxes.

Bidding war pushes modest Island Bay beach bungalow close to $1m - $315k over RV

Modest 3-bed home in Wellington's Island Bay sparks bidding war at auction.

H&M opening expected to attract line of 1000 shoppers

H&M fans are expected to flock to the fashion chain's opening on Saturday.

Is there a chance New Zealand's power grid could shut down?

The whole of South Australia was without power on Wednesday. What are the odds of a similar outage in NZ?

Airline rivalry to benefit flyers in coming months

A flood of new airline services and carriers will keep fares at low levels over the next year.

Wellington's Met Shop weathers storm and moves store online

After 26 year around Cuba St, weather and science instrument retailer shutting its doors.

Fitzroy Liquorland named the best franchise in New Zealand

Amie Murphy owns the best liquor store in the country - she also met her fiance the day after opening.

Christchurch entrepreneur Mike McDonald bankrupted

Liquidator to file a claim for $1.6 million on behalf of creditors.

Dopey tenants do a runner, leaving trail of destruction

Mark Taylor's had to do a lot of cleaning after filthy tenants waged war on his rental.

150 year-old Arrowtown cafe sold, winery to turn it into a restaurant

A heritage cafe will be turned into a "contemporary" wine restaurant near Queenstown.

Would a Colin Craig-style text be appropriate at your work?

So what has the Colin Craig defamation trial taught us about sexual harassment?

High Court hearing to go ahead despite offer of settlement

A High Court judge has been called on to settle the latest dispute over a troubled computer software investment.

Southern trucking giants to join forces

Two of Southland's trucking industry giants are hoping to join forces, as HW Richardson prepares to take up a 50 per cent stake of Dynes Transport.

Queenstown businessman gives council the hurry-up on access road

The stalled Eastern Access Road has added to traffic issues in Queenstown.

Canterbury pools and cruises take tourism awards

Black Cruises and the Hanmer Springs hot pools were winners at the tourism industry awards.

One in 10 New Zealand families fell into 'Struggle Street' since 2006

Cleaner Mele Peaua's community has been forgotten, and it's a social timebomb ticking.

Doctor loses unjustified dismissal case against Northland DHB

Whangarei doctor who lost her job after she supplied controlled drugs to her partner was justifiably sacked, ERA says.

Government funding announced for 'game changing' research into yield predictions for wine industry

The Government has committed $6 million for research to help grape growers accurately predict yields.

Nelson companies awarded Fast 50 regional business growth accolade

Two Nelson businesses have won regional prizes in the Deloitte Fast 50.

North Shore food court pays $164k for employment law breaches

Cleaners at a food court on Auckland's North Shore were forced to work without pay for 20 hours a week.

Ignite Wanaka announces business excellence award finalists

Twenty finalists in five categories for inaugural Ignite Wanaka business awards.

Foot sloggers on 3000km Te Araroa Trail good for business

The Te Araroa Trail is proving a nice little earner for businesses along its 3000km length.

Sellers wait for a premium while buyers take their time:

New Zealand buyers may have lost some of their "must buy now at all costs" mentality.

Manawatu Business Awards finalists named

The 21 businesses in the running for Manawatu Business Awards are named.

Marlborough pinot named best-in-show at prestigious international competition

Forget Burgundy, or those Central Otago pretenders, Marlborough is home to the best pinot noir in the world.

Challenges to Auckland's Unitary Plan dash hopes for new house building boom

Over 100 challenges against the new Auckland Unitary Plan set to stall long-awaited developments.

Hamish's icecream parlour returns to Mapua Wharf

More than a year after its controversial closure, Mapua's iconic icecream parlour is back on the wharf.

Marlborough couple opens fish and chip shop Havelock Takeaways

Town without a chippie welcomes new takeaway after seven months, or 31 Friday nights. Locals elated.

NZ real estate listings get Chinese translation on sites like

NZ real estate agents now often put properties on Chinese language property websites like

Revised quotas for eel catches in South Canterbury may put exporters out of business

An eel exporter who fishes in South Canterbury waters may go out of business due to changes and cuts to quotas that come into force from 1 October.

Kiwis 'drowning in housing debt', Labour says after Statistics NZ figures

As home buyers "mortgage themselves to the hilt", older Kiwis owe more on investment properties than their own homes.

Peer-to-peer marketplace Harmoney makes it easier for ordinary folk to turn lender

Peer-to-peer lender makes it easier for ordinary people to profit by making personal loans.

Saving for a solid retirement isn't as hard as many KiwiSavers think

The nest egg needed for a solid retirement income is less than many people think.

House to sell at online auction with $1 reserve

But buyers hoping to pick up this Tauranga property for a bargain may be disappointed.

Wellington industrial properties up for sale drop, investors slow to buy

After two years of high sale volumes, investment has slowed in the industrial market due to the lack of quality properties.

Auckland-based institution buys Wellington's Karori Mall for $22 million

The new owners of Karori Mall have snapped it up for more than seven times what its former owners paid for it.

Beware 'heat not burn' tobacco devices, e-cigarette seller warns Ministry of Health

E-cig retailer Cosmic says ''Big Tobacco'' are selling a dangerous new kind of tobacco device.

NZ one of world's most competitive economies: World Economic Forum

Despite problems like a poorly educated workforce, we're one of the world's most competitive countries.

Retailers leave as uncertainty reigns about Otaki's retail future

It was once the place for travellers to stop and get a bargain, but a bypass is making Otaki nervous as shops shut.

Watch: Phil Goff talks transport solutions to reduce North Shore congestion

Auckland mayoral candidate Phil Goff shares ideas for transport, housing and other North Shore issues.

Kiws feel wealthier and spending more as property values increase

An increase in home values has led to spending on luxurious items.

Deutsche Bank crisis - Germany's biggest bank is hit by US$14b in fines

Germany's biggest bank faces billions of dollars in fines, and there's no government plan to back it.

Council staff furious at CEO's 11 per cent rise when they were offered just 1.7 per cent

Napier council staff furious as boss gets 11 per cent rise, and they're offered just 1.7 per cent.

Rural news wrap: September 30

A roundup of rural and farming news, wrapped up in one place.

Review your insurances regularly

OPINION: Keep on top of your insurance obligations if you want to ensure your claims are paid.
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