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Why you won't get your car's purchase price from your insurer

Here's why your insurer won't pay out what you paid for your car, if you write it off.

Easter Sunday trading unlikely to gain support

Candidates for the Palmerston North City Council divided on Easter Sunday trading.

Transport company founder dies aged 77

Jim Barker, founder of Freightlines and other companies, was 77.

Century-old cinema decked out with latest technology

A provincial cinema has had its lifeline to Hollywood reconnected with an $80,000 upgrade.

Concerns about insurer raised in Australia

Insurance company Youi is facing new misconduct allegations in Australia, not long after falling foul of the NZ regulator.

Blockbuster movies a hit with Kiwi audience at Event Cinemas

Event Cinemas is still a hit with Kiwi moviegoers.

Easter Sunday trading backed by Marlborough mayoral candidates, opposed by church leaders

Marlborough mayoral candidates back Easter Sunday trading, but church leaders say it should be a day of rest.

Trade Me won't get Stratford property data, but it already has New Plymouth and Hawera's

Taranaki's smallest council has refused to play ball with popular online auction site Trade Me.

Manawatu homes make it into Master Builders' top 100 new builds

Five Manawatu homes have been judged to be among the best of the country's new houses.

Investigation reveals more safety requirements needed for cruise ships entering Tory Channel in Marlborough Sounds

Cruise ships have been banned from taking the same route as ferries in the Marlborough Sounds.

Jenni Rutter: KFC secret revealed – who owns rights in recipes?

OPINION: The "leaked" KFC recipe debacle has raised an interesting point.

How they make it: Dad's Pies on growth path as Japan develops appetite for pies

Dad's Pies produces 13 million pies every year and has 200 recipes in its repertoire. Here is how they do it.

Despite huge housing shortfall, Auckland consents per capita only middling

New data shows Auckland well off the pace in new house consents.

Harmoney says court case could 'spell the end' of a growth industry

Harmoney complains competition watchdog knew what its business was before it got a licence to operate.

Volunteers wanted at Marlborough charity Bread of Life cafe Gecko Junction

A cafe created to funnel funds into a Blenheim charity is nearing completion after a two-month delay.

Australian asbestos discoveries ring alarm bells in NZ

The discovery of asbestos in a string of Australian projects prompts a warning to NZ.

Steel firm gears up as another goes bust

A Christchurch-based steel fabricator says it has a four-step auditing system

Four Wellington gyms split from national Configure Express franchise

National chain says split will be "mutually beneficial" but neither side say why it's happening.

Customers want simpler broadband plans, Spark says

Some Spark customers are set to pay more for their broadband, as the company adjusts to a demand for more data.

Orbit House in Wellington on the market

Orbit House in Dixon St is on the market.

Chorus chief executive Mark Ratcliffe won't seek another full-time role

Near-year long notice period will allow an orderly transition, chairman says.

Update your iPhone to avoid major security flaw, users told

If you have an iPhone, you need to update iOS now, owners are told.

Agent who 'flipped' house facing fraud charges

Estate agent allegedly bought a client's home he knew was worth $1.2m for $530k, then on-sold it for a profit.

Lake Sumner the key to ending drought in McCaskey's pipe dream

North Canterbury's John McCaskey has a monumental vision to future proof the drought-stricken Hurunui District.

ACC pulls investments in blacklisted companies

State-owned ACC had indirect investments in six companies on its blacklist.

Students' social venture aims to help teenage males out of depression

John Key and Taika Waititi contribute to book on mental health.

NZ King Salmon plans to go fishing for $180 million, list on NZ and Australian stock exchanges

The world's largest producer of king salmon is going fishing for $180 million through a planned initial public offering.

Brian Roche to leave position as chief executive of NZ Post

Chief executive will step down after almost seven years of big changes as mail volumes dwindle.

Storage Wars: The billion-dollar business based on junk

From a safe full of expensive watches to the contents of a sex shop, storage units finds are big business.

A $210k tax debt behind the demise of a Taranaki pub

A Taranaki bar is in liquidation after the IRD took it to court.

China's Alibaba casts net towards small Kiwi firms

As a test, the Chinese giant sold 10,000 six-packs of NZ apples in just 90 minutes.

Business Excellence Awards a proud night

 The best South Canterbury businesses have been acknowledged.

Auckland Airport staff get $1500 bonus as profit lifts

Workers at NZ's biggest airport will get a $1500 bonus after a big jump in profit for the company.

Too young to tie their laces, but Chinese toddlers are signed up for chief executive classes

Too young to tie their shoelaces, children as young as three are enrolled in "chief executive courses" in China.

Solid Energy asset sale anticipated as coal prices rise

The coal industry is on the up after a long decline, which may give a boost to the sale of the coal-miner's assets.

One curious effect of a recession may bolster the case for driverless cars

A strange thing happens to fatal car crash numbers when the economy tanks, a new study has found.

How a dairy factory at the end of the Earth is trying to rule the world

In the shadow of Mt Taranaki stands a symbol of NZ's dominance in the global dairy trade.

Canterbury's 'bloody problem': Hundreds of building-related firms failing

More than 60 construction-related companies have been liquidated this year, owing about $40m.

Steve Wozniak, Sir Richard Branson award NZ's oDocs for mission to prevent blindness

Auckland social enterprise oDocs has been recognised by Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Why lack of sleep makes you a bad boss

Failing to be well-rested causes you to be more irritable, stressed and to make bad decisions.

Wellington's SuchCrowd just the ticket for Melbourne entertainers

Crowdsourcing entertainment platform SuchCrowd is starting up in Melbourne.

Food crawl for struggling Havelock North businesses after gastro bug

A food crawl in post-campylobacter Havelock North hopes to revive some suffering businesses.

Nearly 70 per cent of submitters have voiced their opposition to airport runway extension

Nearly 70 per cent of submitters have voiced their opposition to the proposed Wellington Airport runway extension.

Manawatu apprentices show off skills in Central North Island competition

Palmerston North apprentices dominate carpentry competition.

Budget Buster: How to use X-ray vision to incinerate your grocery bill

OPINION: Learn the superpower that allows shoppers to see straight through supermarket trickery.

Creators of new "wayfinding" signs say the $85,000 project is about respecting the city

Four cement pillars costing $85,000 took months of careful planning.

Domestic visitors key to boost in Taranaki's tourist dollar

"I think we are seeing people coming here for the very first time, which is really exciting."

Wellington tugboats provide care for container ships

It's a job that comes with views that are hard to match. Meet the team who operate the capital's tugboats.

Bulk of submitters oppose $300m Wellington airport runway extension

Nearly 70 per cent of submitters against proposed airport runway extension.

The $1 million average Auckland house means interest bonanza for banks

The lifetime mortgage interest bill for buying the average Auckland home has jumped by nearly $100,000 in three years.
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