Charming the Chinese

Shorter kayak tours in the Abel Tasman National Park is an example of attempts to cater for the needs of Chinese tourists.

Kayak guides are encouraging Chinese visitors who cannot swim and have a fear of the sea to have a go.

Maniototo residents threaten Westpac boycott if Ranfurly bank closes

Gavin A'Court and Ray Hunter at a protest in Ranfurly over the proposed closure of the town's Westpac bank.

Stuart Hore, 77, will change banks if Westpac closes its Ranfurly branch.

Infinity buys Yaldhurst development

The partially completed subdivision at Yaldhurst which has been purchased by Infinity.

The developer associated with Pegasus Town has purchased a Yaldhurst subdivision in a deal which may help Delta Utilities recovery $13m.

NZ Post profit up, letters drop

AUCKLAND, AUCKLAND - APRIL 06:  New Lynn Kiwibank and Postshop on April 6, 2016 in Auckland, New Zealand. New Zealand ...

Postal service reports a $141m profit and parcel growth, but posties are delivering fewer letters.

Tighter rules for Glenorchy airstrip

Use of the Glenorchy Airstrip is now to be regulated.

Glenorchy Community Association says regulation seems to be working.

Fancy a rickshaw tour around Queenstown?

Sam Clark, 22, imported rickshaws from Denmark for guided tours around Queenstown.

Young businessman starts up tours on "Rolls-Royce of rickshaws" around Queenstown.

Pet stores not concerned about Animates move to Invercargill

Tyler Dawson of Calder Stewart construction working on the new Animates building site on Tay Street.

Southland-owned pet stores say they have no qualms with pet store chain Animates setting up in to town.

Johnny Barr's to shut - 'heartbreaking'

Queenstown Johnny Barr's workers Christina Mclaughlin, 23, and Jack O'Hara, 25, have found new jobs. The popular ...

Milkshakes and soups will be replaced by donuts as Johnny Barr's closes.

New brooms turning SLI around

US-based SLI chief executive Chris Brennan who was appointed last year.

SLI remains confident after making sweeping management changes

Businesses install Esk St wi-fi video

Foveaux Communications Ltd electrician Ross Anderson, Pride Realty chief executive Avinash Varghese and Need a Nerd ...

Invercargill businesses have joined forces to provide free wi-fi on Esk St.

Ebos on growth and profit roll

Ebos chief executive Patrick Davies has delivered a $123 million profit.

Christchurch-based Ebos has become a major player in the Australasian health products business

Queenstown parking limits extended to 9pm

Parking in Queenstown's central business district will be restricted until 9pm in a trial starting October 3.

Extended evening restrictions and more parking officers.

Double trouble for South City

Devil Burger Invercargill owner Tim Smellie says the city's second Devil Burger will open in Martin St, South City

Invercargill's South City revival looks near complete with the promise of two more food chains. 

Meridian Energy to pay special dividend

Meridian boss Mark Binns says shareholders will be paid a special dividend.

Meridian Energy sells more power at higher prices in New Zealand and Australia.

Christchurch section sales soar

Construction at the Two Roads subdivision at Woodend, north of Christchurch.

Real estate agents say buyers are jumping at the chance to nab higher-priced properties.

Tourism about experiences

Maven Consulting Seed Program director Peter Salmon says tourism is about experience.

Seasoned tourism operators and budding entrepreneurs with ideas came together at Venture Southland to find out what it takes to develop a tourism operation.

Stonewood liquidators probe Boult role

Queenstown mayoral candidate and former Stonewood director Jim Boult

Queenstown mayoral candidate Jim Boult's directorship of Stonewood under scrutiny.

Airport to pay dividend of $202 per property

Lighting is on for winter night flights at Queenstown Airport.

High Court finds in favour of the tax man but Queenstown Airport is continuing the fight.

ILT post $8.4m profit

The annual ILT Positively Pastels Art Awards exhibition will open for public viewing at the City Gallery on Don Street ...

The Invercargill licensing Trust has made a healthy profit of $8.462 million pre-tax for the 2015/16 financial year.

Peter Jackson spreads his wings

Sir Peter Jackson has given Weta Workshop the online distribution rights for his scale model kitset company, Wingnut Wings.

Sir Peter Jackson takes his "dream company" to another level.

Hi-vis over use risks gallery video

Hi-vis clothing is not mandatory on building sites, and safety experts say it's no substitute for good risk management.

Health and safety experts say over reliance on hi-vis clothing may be dangerous.

Cromwell couple gains community support for 24-hour gym in town's mall

Cromwell woman Alex Offen is building a 24-hour gym, Central-Fitness, in the Cromwell Mall with partner Johnny Roberts.

A young Cromwell couple with a passion for fitness plans to open a 24-hour gym in the mall.

Slider numbers double along with price

The price to access the hydro slide at Queenstown's Alpine Aqualand has jumped from $2 to $5, but it hasn't affected the ...

Alpine Aqualand hydro slide prices doubled since but did the number of visitors.

Weird, wonderful team building gallery video

Rock and Roll team building is a recent arrival on the training circuit, offering the chance to dress up as rock stars ...

With zombie and rat trap challenges on offer, the range of team building activities for businesses is growing.

Tourism spending hits $10.3 billion

Australians are coming for winter holidays and are stand out spenders, contributing more than $2.4b to the New Zealand ...

For the first time ever more than 50,000 Australian visitors came here in July, and tourist spending is up 18 per cent.

Rakon board hits back

The chair of the Rakon board has defended the efforts of the company's managing director Brent Robinson (pictured) in a ...

Cuts to senior staff salaries and directors fees mooted for technology company Rakon following New Zealand Shareholders Association campaign.

Cycle trail report slams council

Signs for the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail, near Garston.

An independent review of the Around the Mountains Cycle Trail has slammed the Southland District Council's management of the project.

Design thinking key to southern innovation

Paul Adams:

And it's not just a technique for designers, leading southern exporter Paul Adams says.

No tender for movie museum

An impression of the combined convention centre and movie museum, which is expected to cost $150 million.

Council has already agreed deal with developer to build $150m project.

Southland backs electricity change

Tiwai Point Aluminium Smelter NZAS as seen from Bluff Hill.

Southlanders have rallied behind proposed changes to electricity transmission pricing.

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