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Donghua Liu fined for RMA breaches

Donghua Liu

Auckland developer with National Party links fined almost $20,000 for breaching RMA and Building Act.

Zespri slam Kiwifruit claim

zespri

Chairman Peter McBride has slammed the $885 million "kiwifruit claim" against the Government.

Dairy drop 'kick in the guts'

GlobalDairyTrade results

Big dairy price drop has left farmers reeling and prompted economists to slash their forecast for Fonterra's milk payout.

Unauthorised rebuild on historic Christchurch site

25 Main Road, Redcliffs

A quake-damaged home in Redcliffs has been rebuilt without authorisation on top of an historic Maori settlement site.

ANZ moves jobs to India

ANZ

The country's largest bank will not rule out "offshoring" more jobs to cheap labour as it eyes new ways to cut costs.

Barfoot appeals suicide house censure

Court

Real estate firm heads to court over a telling off for selling a house without disclosing a suicide had taken place there.

Dairy down but beef prices set to soar

roast beef

Dairy prices may be down again, but the world price of beef keeps rising.

Trade Me property index shows slow down

coins

Average asking prices hit $491,050 in March but fell to $487,650 last month, Trade Me says.

Forced annual leave not fair

Fiji

This issue, like so many in business, is about balance.

Vodafone posts annual loss

russell stanners

Vodafone NZ has reported a $28 million annual loss and warned there's more to come.

Fonterra denies stinky milk dump charges

The Eltham wastewater treatment plant pond where Fonterra has dumped buttermilk byproduct that is creating a stink with nearby residents.

Fonterra has pleaded not guilty to dumping of millions of litres of milk byproduct.

Dotcom sells out of Baboom

The proposed online music platform has severed all ties with its founder ahead of next year's planned launch.

More than one way to skin a cat

Nz dollars

OPINION: Rethinking the traditional innovate-make-sell paradigm can help New Zealand companies prosper.

Tech giants' law lock out will hamstring police

Wynyard Group CEO Craig Richardson

OPINION: Device encryption is not the answer. The solution is governance and process by warrant over the unlocking authority.

Manager cleared of dirty dairy charges

Phillip Woolley

Charges of dirty dairying laid against a former farm manager have been withdrawn.

Seven tips for a financially festive Christmas

Christmas tree, generic

Sit down and work out a budget so you don't find yourself in strife once the tinsel is packed away.

Bus company guilty over dangerous doors

Go Wellington bus

Wellington bus company pleads guilty to charge over passengers trapped by doors.

Farmer calls for debate on GM potential

Protest march against the use of genetically modified organisms in New Zealand food.

Visits to farms in the US has changed the way a Federated Farmers' leader views genetic modification.

Office supply company unable to sell alcohol

booze and notepads

An Auckland office product store's bid to sell alcohol to workplaces is struck down by Liquor Licensing Authority.

Dunedin rope firm cuts staff

Job cuts, jobless, redundancies

Dunedin manufacturing firm Donaghys is to lay off almost half its staff, blaming a weak economy.

New York Times cuts jobs

New York Times

The publisher is slashing costs as its print advertising revenue dwindles and new products disappoint.

Dairy price dip fallout expected

Milk

All eyes will be on the dollar and Fonterra as fallout from the overnight plunge in dairy prices spreads.

Port boss urged to decline pay rise

Peter Davie

Friends of dead port workers, the union and a city councillor criticise Lyttelton Port boss' pay rise.

Council's monitoring processes questioned

Cows graze on swedes

Environment Southland's role in biosecurity and the effects of agrichemicals on soils and waterways has been questioned after the death of cattle.

Farmers claim measuring flaws for discharges

A file photo of Manawatu River water being tested at Foxton Beach by a member of the Horizons Regional Council science team.

Using one nutrient discharge measuring tool for all farms is not sensible or practical, Fed Farmers says.

Timaru testbed in digital business programme

timaru

Timaru is piloting a programme designed to help businesses become technology savvy.

If dollar slumps, Kiwis cop it at the pumps

petrol pump

A slump in the NZ dollar could see motorists paying record prices in excess of $2.30 a litre for fuel.

Mining directors made redundant

magnifying glass dollar

Several Trans-Tasman Resources independent directors have resigned following a review aimed at preserving cash.

When is it right to ditch a client?

smiley

'Never work with people you don’t like’ is a rule many business owners have learned to live by.

Sharp lift expected in NZ oil production

oil rig

NZ's oil production is expected to grow by 5 to 7 million barrels a year, taking total production to up to 19 million barrels.

Fraudster fights to keep tax agency

Imran Mohammed Kamal

A tax fraudster returns to court to fight the Inland Revenue Department removing his company from its list of tax agents.

Late appeals on water annoying

ecan

Environment Canterbury commissioner Peter Skelton has criticised farmers calling for eleventh-hour changes to water rules that they have been consulted on for years.

Memo to Labour: it's also the policy

OPINION: David Parker is one of the nicest blokes in politics. Unfailingly polite, almost a little too honest for his own good at times.

Economy fuelling fast-growth businesses

Stock market NZX

Nationwide, 28 category winners and 14 rising stars have been recognised across five regions by the Deloitte Fast 50.

House 'clearly' dropped after quakes

Cameron and Suzanne Kelly

House at centre of $590k High Court claim slumped 360mm in Christchurch quakes, expert says.

Wananga's wonky course costs repaid

coins, NZ money

A Bay of Plenty wananga has repaid $5.9m after a Maori tourism course was found to have fallen well short of requirements.

Lyttelton Port boss pay rise 'unjustified'

Peter Davie

An 18 per cent pay hike for Lyttelton Port's CEO is "inflammatory" after waterfront deaths, says union.

Market watchdog's KiwiSaver warning

Kiwisaver

Financial Markets Authority renews KiwiSaver provider sales tactics warning as the amount of money switched between schemes soars.

Never cross your feet in Japan

handshake

Six culturally sensitive areas you must not ignore if you want productive relationships with overseas partners.

Troubled van Eyk tipped to sell NZ arm

Australian money, dollars

Another day, another raid at Australian fund manager van Eyk.

BNZ boss shakes up senior team

BNZ chief executive Anthony Healy

New CEO Anthony Healy dilutes the top team gender balance with his new appointments.

Businesses paying bills faster

invoice bill

The strong economy is helping businesses pay their bills in record time but where are the fastest payers?

Foodstuffs HQ to stay put for now

Pak'n'Save

Foodstuffs has backtracked on a decision to move from it's Silverstream headquarters in mid-2015.

Westland Milk not satisfied with record result

Westland Milk Products

Westland Milk not satisfied with payout to farmers despite a record total group revenue for 2013-2014.

Pyne Gould threatened with NZX suspension

magnifying glass dollar

Investment company Pyne Gould falls foul of the stock exchange for not filing audited accounts on time.

Security not tight enough at oil summit

oil

Seven protesters burst into the New Zealand Petroleum Summit this morning.

House sales 'go bonkers' after election

Circuit St, Strowan, $3.5m

Another Christchurch home sells for $3.5m as the market goes 'bonkers' post-election.

Kiwis seek greenhouse gas remedies

A cattle beast in a respiration chamber to measure its food,  as well as greenhouse gas and nitrogen deposits in its dung and urine.

Almost half NZ's greenhouse gases come from farmed animals and Palmerston North-based research groups are looking at ways to reduce that.

Heat goes on milk production

CRV Ambreed's Maree Pearce shows dairy farmers how to attach heat detectors to cows.

Missing a heat in a cow will cost a farmer at least $200 as the cow comes into milk later than she might have.

Fonterra in uphill battle to add value

Fonterra

Fonterra is the second-largest milk processor in the world but it trails many of its peers in adding value, research suggests.
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