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Families feel bite of food cost

supermarket

With food prices at their highest in three years, low-income families are feeling the pinch.

$40,000 fine after river turns pink

Generic money

Allowing piggery effluent to flow into a stream lands a Waikato disposal company with a large fine.

Approval for revamp of Wainui mall

Wainui mall

Re-development of Wainuiomata mall has got the nod, but locals are saving their enthusiasm until builders are on site.

Hereford prices on the rise as market shifts back

Hereford cattle

The Press

Hereford breeders have reclaimed market share against other beef breeds after a good bull-selling season, says PGG Wrightson genetics manager Bruce Orr.

In farmers we trust

Willy Leferink

WILLY LEFERINK

OPINION: The public view farmers favourably despite what the media shows.

Top genetic selection produces biggest antlers

South Canterbury deer farmer Chris Petersen holds Sovereign II's award-winning 62-point antler.

Producing deer with some of the biggest antlers in NZ careful genetic selection and a dollop of luck, says a South Canterbury deer farmer.

William Douglas Goodfellow dies, aged 97

Douglas Goodfellow

Philanthropist William Douglas Goodfellow, once the richest man in NZ, has died.

Self-discipline is key to manage money

Generic money

OPINION: Some subjects just aren't sexy, like anything with the words ‘financial literacy' in it.

Supermarkets playing hide the bottle

alcohol

Alcohol is now meant to be out of sight for shoppers not explicitly looking for booze, but what lengths do supermarkets have to go to hide it?

No punishment for food blunder

supermarket

Council unlikely to face consequences for a blunder which left food outlets unlicensed.

Milk made in laboratories to hit shelves

Milk

A new milk due for sale in 2016 could threaten NZ's $17bn dairy export industry.

Beware: Google's golden goose may lay a rotten egg

mike o'donnell MOD

OPINION: Google Flights puts Google in the position of effectively competing with its advertisers and erasing their competitive advantage.

It's business time again

.Siblings Fiona & Kim Dunkley

After several rough years following the global financial crisis and the quakes, a raft of Chch businesses are changing hands.

Coup for Epic co-founder

Wil McLellan

The director of Christchurch's Epic innovation hub is looking to take the concept global, after receiving a prestigious United States government fellowship.

Big city office rents on the rise

123 Taranaki st

A lack of office space in New Zealand's biggest cities is driving up commercial rents but there are ways for businesses to lessen the burden.

How to spot a fraudster

Online fraud

Kiwi businesses underestimate their vulnerability to fraud and are surprised when it happens to them.

Auction site Wheedle closes

keyboard

Online auction site Wheedle is closing, less than two years after it was set up to take on Trade Me. 

Fonterra plans China expansion with US giant

Fonterra Theo Spierings

Planned $342m dairy joint venture in China would help Fonterra's push into added-value products, expert says.

Arm injury costs Sollys Freight $67K

Golden Bay company ordered to pay $67,000 after a worker's arm was caught in a rock-crusher machine.

Air NZ's 787-9 has landed at Auckland Airport

Air NZ Boeing 787-9

The newest addition to Air New Zealand's fleet was welcomed at Auckland Airport this afternoon.

Strong NZD not bad for all

coins, NZ money

Exporters and manufacturers are "digging deep" to cope with the kiwi, but some firms are making the most of it.

Sheep 'abuse' prompts RSPCA inquiry

Sheep

Wool producers are "shocked and appalled" by graphic footage allegedly showing Australian shearers beating, kicking and stomping on sheep.

Fewer homes on the market

home

The number of homes for sale has dipped, but average prices - especially in Auckland - are at a record high.

Labour tech pledge gets B+

TOM PULLAR-STRECKER

Labour promises “garage grants” of up to $10,000 for novice IT entrepreneurs and 1200 ICT apprenticeships.

Biz Week: Brickbats and bouquets

Nz dollars

Who got it right in business this week and what didn't go quite so well.

Ex-city council worker wins bullying case

Court

A sacked Nelson City Council worker has won a long, hard fight to prove her axing was unjustified.

Fisheries fight 'strip mining' bid

Hoki

Seafood industry argues against a plan to suction-mine the Chatham Rise.

Jobs go as mining boom goes bust

Australian mine

After 25 years as a highly paid geologist, Phil Scheimer is weighing up his future prospects: labourer or pizza delivery man.

Food prices rise 1.4pc in June

Veges

The price of a salad shot up last month, but prices for some fruit like bananas fell.

US man jailed for stealing DuPont secrets

THEIR EYES ONLY: US Supreme Court rejects a call from a privacy group to stop NSA from collecting the telephone records of millions of users.

US man Walter Liew apologises for theft from DuPont to help a Chinese company develop a white pigment.

Stink over cattle compost

smell

A business has had to stop taking cattle heads and ears for composting.

Kiwifruit talent ripe for picking: growers

Kiwifruit

Zespri is introducing a graduate recruitment programme to bring in new industry leaders.

Boeing raises forecast for new airplane demand

Boeing 787-8 Strap

Boeing Co. has raised its long-term forecast for new airplane demand by more than 4 per cent.

Need to know: Friday

businessman

What you need to know on Friday morning, July 11.

$52m profit for gondola owners

View from Skyline Gondola

Queenstown gondola saw record numbers helping drive Skyline's profits to nearly $53 million.

Genetics success from transplanted embryos

A new bull calf from Canadian stock, born only a few hours before.

New genetics from Canada of milking shorthorns through embryo transfer are in a Manawatu calf shed.

Victims paying Ross's legal bill

david ross

Investors who lost more than $115 million to fraudster David Ross are facing a $330,000 bill for his legal representation.

Cows outnumber people in Waimakariri

dairy cow

Waimakariri residents are outnumbered by dairy cows - but they haven't won yet, say experts.

Controversial marine farm to go ahead

oyster

A contentious Stewart Island marine farm has been given the green light.

Last Post: Waikato Mail centre cuts

Only skeleton staff to remain after 90 jobs cut

NZ Post

Hamilton is watching the "end of an era" as 90 jobs are cut from New Zealand Post's Waikato Mail Centre. Only a skeleton staff will remain.

Reins on cowboy builders to be tightened

Construction worker/ Hard hat

New measures aimed at clamping down on shoddy builders will be imposed from next year.

Truckometer traffic index suggests NZ growth peaking

Northern Motorway traffic jam

Economy could be tapping the brakes, with heavy traffic flows on NZ roads dropping, possibly as logging slows down.

Referral bypass worries specialists

Doctor

Two Christchurch urologists have words of caution about the marketing of a urine test for detection of bladder cancer direct to patients.

Strong dollar drives sales

Reserve Bank of New Zealand dollar notes

High NZ dollar is a boon for shoppers, who are taking advantage of lower prices to buy more gadgets.

Peters lets off salvo at sale of properties

Winston Peters

Winston Peters slams deal in which NZ's largest private property fund is selling $1bn of local property to Canadian pension group.

Online analysis push for small biz

Christina Domecq

Some of NZ's biggest brands combine to develop an online market analysis service for small businesses.

Rising house prices blamed on lack of land - report

Wellington houses, generic, homes

Aussie finding that rising house prices are due to lack of land also applies in New Zealand, think tank says.

Planning for a successful succession

Joan Baker

Relationships ruined and businesses going off the rails. Professional succession planner Joan Baker has seen the ugly side of farm succession.

Chch jobs to go in Virgin Australia move

Virgin Australia

Virgin Australia is axing jobs at its New Zealand head office, based in Christchurch, but the number of redundancies has not yet been decided.

Flooding hits Northland farms hard

Flooding

Wild weather has hit Northland farms hard with power outages, equipment damage and flooded pastures.
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