Business

Skills and expertise a trade asset - minister

Associate Trade Minister says our skills and expertise could be as valuable as our products.

Caroline Eve buys CC Collections

Women's fashion chain adds its South Island counterpart CC Collections to its fold, creating a network of 41 stores.

Wairaurahiri Jet buys Lake Hauroko Tours

Selling Lake Hauroko Tours was a hard decision, but the time was right, ex-owner says.

McDonald's aims for September opening

A new McDonald's restaurant in south city, Invercargill, could be open by September.

Investment in Mataura planned

A fertiliser company wants to establish a plant at the old paper mill in Mataura.

McDonald's gets go-ahead

A proposed McDonald's restaurant in South City, Invercargill, has been given the seal of approval.

Southern-most Starbucks draws tourist crowds

Starbucks Invercargill is proving a tourist attraction - as the southern-most branch in the world.

'Shark' takes off with thrill-seeking tourists

Hydro Attack a hit in Queenstown

Described as a cross between a fighter jet and a torpedo, Robb Innes' creation is proving popular with thrill-seekers.

From east to west: Cardrona comes up roses

A businesswoman is transforming a dry Cardrona paddock into a bed of roses.

Potato shortage has upside in Southland

A nationwide potato shortage is leaving some chip-lovers pining for their favourite flavours,

Rural contractors catching up as region dries out

A rural contracting company cranked out 4200 bales on an Opio property on Wednesday.

City fashion store closing after 22 years

A popular fixture on the Invercargill women's fashion scene is closing its doors after more than two decades.

Strawberry pioneer closes business

Winton strawberry grower says the start-up phase of his business was a great challenge.

Wood choppers impress

An Australian has come out on top at the Gore leg of the Southland and Otago Axemen's Timbersports Carnival.

Thayer: 'Rents need to soften'

The cost of leasing retail space in Esk Street could be too high to attract new businesses, a property valuer says.

KiwiYo opens in Invercargill

Invercargill has a new place for tweenagers to hang out, as the town's first frozen yoghurt bar opens.

Film industry boosts Queenstown tourism

The billion-dollar visitor economy in Queenstown is on the up, sector representatives say.

Blis fined $30K for breaching NZX rules

Dunedin biotech has been fined $30,000 by the NZ Markets Disciplinary Tribunal.

Laundromat to get spruce up

The Glengarry Laundromat has changed hands and the new owners plan to give it an upgrade.

Brewery back in business

'We've all been so flat out this month'

Wanaka Beerworks' month-long drought has ended.

Paua group calls for halt to shark cage diving

The paua industry is today calling for a moratorium on great white shark cage dive operations.

Blue Sky Meats buys Gore export business

Blue Sky Meats NZ has bought Gore-based Clover Export.

Pop-up shops on the rise in CBD

The pop-up shop phenomenon has reached Invercargill.

Work starts on inner-city office development

A major inner-city development is underway on the corner of Don and Deveron streets.

Jet boat crash down to 'lapse in judgement'

Investigation into incident where Shotover Jet hit rocks has found drivers need more monitoring and training.

OtagoNet goes south for top price

The purchase of OtagoNet for $153m may prove to be a poor decision, Marlborough Lines chairman says.

Inventions in their genes

Two successful brothers say their upbringing in rural Southland with an inventor-father ignited their engineering passions.

City real estate firms merge

The Invercargill real estate market will have one less player from next week.

Dunedin - the first Gigatown in Australasia

'Digital Dunedin' is forging ahead, after the city won widespread access to the fastest internet in New Zealand.

Progress made on Gore milk plant plans

Plans for a multimillion-dollar milk processing plant near Gore are firming up with hopes a joint venture deal could be done within two months.

Smart feeding breeds winners

East Otago farmers Simon and Kirstin Engelbrecht are to showcase their top ewe hoggets at a field day.

Rising to high country challenge

Rob Tipa reports on how a farming family copes with the extreme conditions of Central Otago hill country.

Dunedin wins Gigatown competition

Dunedin wins cut-price broadband for three years in Gigatown competition.

Ex-sheep farmers win coveted dairying award

Former sheep farmers win Southland's Dairy Business of the Year award.

Rural mum becomes entrepreneur

Southland farmer's wife and mother Melanie McKenzie spends her downtime working.

Pita Pit serves up best in country again

When your staff come back after shifts to hang out, you know you must be doing a good job.

Police advised man carrying drugs

Police were told a man, who later died in jail, wanted to be sent to prison with drugs hidden inside his body.

China delegation coming to Southland

Tai'an Municipal People's Government delegates to investigate local opportunities.

Queenstown stay costs $20,000 - a night

Bespoke accommodation a 'showstopper'

Travellers seeking a touch of luxury can find it at a newly-built mansion in Queenstown - for $20,000 a night.

SI's top farmers started with three little pigs

Canterbury pig farmers Steve and Josie Sterne are South Island Farmers of the Year.

Dairy auction prices drop again

PM John Key signals the dairy slump is almost over, but economists are not so optimistic after the latest global dairy auction.

Fabulous year for Invercargill jeweller

Jewellery proving popular

A desire to make heirloom pieces with a modern twist has propelled Invercargill jeweller Rebecca Adams into the export fast lane.

Businessman Bob Robertson dies

The South Island entrepreneur and property developer died yesterday after a short illness.

Institute honours four southern directors

Four southern directors have been recognised for their services.

First-timer takes top award

'Edgy, mysterious, and smoky'

It takes time and effort to come up with an award-winning hairstyle.

Antique Lodge a dream opportunity

Gunther and Heidi Birgel

New Zealand Ice Hockey League general manager Gunther Birgel is living his dream ... in Clyde.

Taxman and creditor preferences

TAXING TIMES

Taxing Times

OPINION: In company insolvency, the 7th Schedule to the Companies Act sets out the order in which receivers and liquidators must pay preferential claims.

Impartiality must be strictly observed

WORK TO RULE

Mary-Jane Thomas

OPINION: Your workplace is not a "pick up joint" . . . but if your employer sacks you for treating it as such, they still need to be fair about it.

Station planned for patch of Arrowtown

Southland Times photo

After an almost 10-year-hiatus, a petrol station could be returning to Arrowtown.

Apprenticeships hit hard by recession

Glenys McKenzie

There have been 'no drastic increases' in any of the apprenticeship fields where there is demand for apprentices.
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