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Burger King headquarters on the market

The head office of fast food chain Burger King is up for sale on Auckland's North Shore.

Hunt on for retailers to fill shopping outlets

Search is on for retailers to join several new or refurbished retail hubs

Caniwi Capital buys hostel for $33m

Once a home for the ANZ, a refurbished student hostel has been bought by local investors for $33.3m.

Petrol 'watchdog' keeps an eye on Hamilton

A group which has morphed into a fuel price "watchdog" for Hamilton city may have some hints as you head away for the long weekend.

Google reveals trump card to build new headquarters in California

Google is planning the next step in its bid to build the futurist office complex it has planned.

Visa application holdups add to farmers' Gypsy Day headaches

A Southland dairy leader is calling on Immigration New Zealand to extend migrant visa concessions.

Nelson designer's product brings order to the home

A Nelson designer is bringing style - and sanity - to the home with her Scandinavian-inspired designs.

'Bugger' sheep billboards bring hope

It began as a bit of a laugh - but Mike Bowler's sheep shenanigans are helping the community.

Business confidence takes a dive, but from high levels

Business confidence is retreating, falling 15 points in May, but coming off high levels, ANZ Bank says.

Jo Doolan: Budget takes aim at child poverty, but does it do too much?

OPINION: The new Budget provides a historic increase in benefits - but it could also create incentives for having more kids.

Crown land makes way for Auckland housing developments

A site once earmarked for a school and a wasteland are among parcels of surplus land released for housing development in Auckland.

Reserve Bank investor rules may apply to holiday homes and baches

Reserve Bank chooses the broadest possible definition for property investor rules.

Measles scare at Auckland's SkyCity hotel

A case of measles identified in Manawatu has been traced back to Auckland's SkyCity hotel and there are fears other guests may have been infected.

Vodafone Rural Broadband uptake prompts inquiry call

Industry body believes rural Kiwis may not be aware of all their broadband options.

Honda NZ threatening legal action over 2 Cheap Cars Ad

Honda NZ is rolling up its sleeves for a legal scrap with a second-hand car retailer - all over three letters of the alphabet.

Owing refunds and invoices rile Monster Slide customers and suppliers

Four months have slipped by since it began, but the queue of angry customers and suppliers claiming they are owed money from the Monster Slide event remains.

Jenny Shipley among Mainzeal directors facing legal action

Dame Jenny Shipley is among Mainzeal directors being taken to court by the company's liquidator.

Canterbury cafes cater for Chinese visitors

Canterbury cafe owners and operators get ready to cook food for Chinese tourists.

Veritas issues $1 million profit warning, as Nosh struggles

The owner of gourmet food market business says the new drink-driving laws are partially to blame for its disappointing performance.

BNZ replaces GlobalPlus credit card, but new cards have different expiry dates

BNZ issued 100,000-plus new credit cards - but they have different expiry dates from the cards they replace, and customers will need to contact payees to advise them.

Auditor-General inquiry into Queenstown council CEO Adam Feeley's development proposal

Issues of trust and confidence raised over Queenstown council CEO's involvement in affordable housing proposal.

More West Coast job cuts if contractor shifts

More job losses are on the cards for the West Coast weeks after Solid Energy said it would cut 150 jobs at Stockton mine.

House building consents dip in April, but apartments up

House building consents dipped almost 2 per cent in April, even as apartment consents hit a seven year high.

Jailed property developer Malcolm Mayer loses appeal

Property developer Malcom Mayer remains in jail over a $47 million mortgage fraud after his appeal was quashed.

Hutt factory arm-burning accident sentence confirmed

The $57,500 penalty on a Lower Hutt food factory was reasonable, judge says.

Student researching how to stop ice sticking to metal

Thomas Loho's idea could save international airlines millions of dollars.

Hamilton Party Hire snapped up by X-Site Group

The party is over for iconic Waikato business Hamilton Party Hire as they go into liquidation.

Support for mass KiwiSaver enrolment

Commentators say the apathetic will benefit from a mass enrolment.

Spudz retail shop shuts its doors

.A lack of customers has led to the closure of a New Plymouth fruit and vegetable shop and the loss of seven jobs.

Top 10 New Zealand products that flopped

We love coming up with new ideas in NZ. Like chips that taste like fish. Or purple sausages.

More job losses at Taranaki engineering company ITL

Taranaki engineering company ITL has undergone its second round of redundancies within 12 months and 14 jobs are going.

ANZ censured over Fair Trading Act breach involving farmers

High Court censure for breaching the Fair Trading Act concludes the bank's settlement.

Auckland Council to pay nearly $24m in Nautilus leaky building case

Owners of 150-unit Nautilus apartment building welcome Auckland Council decision to pay nearly $24m.

Food forests may replace 25 playgrounds in Invercargill and Bluff

Playgrounds in Invercargill and Bluff could be replaced with food forests under a proposal presented to the Invercargill City Council's long-term plan hearing.

Frogparking joins forces with Christchurch Airport

A Manawatu parking technology firm has made more leaps, signing a deal with Christchurch International Airport.

NZX offices get a facelift for the next decade

The New Zealand Stock Exchange has been given a makeover, a decade after the building was first modernised.

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare posts record full year profit

Healthcare product manufacturer's annual profit rises 17 per cent to a record $113m, beating its forecast.

Auckland housing land released by Crown

The first 30 hectares of up to 500 hectares of surplus Crown land can now be used for development.

Megaupload 'hijacked' while under US control say reports

Seized website may have been used to distribute malware while under US control.

Christchurch bars fight booze crackdown

Christchurch Bars will appeal a tough new alcohol policy that will force most of them to close at 1am.

Crop yields hold up on shrinking land

Cropping farmers are managing to maintain much the same grain yields as five years ago on a shrinking land base.

Gina Rinehart saga has more twists to come

Australia's richest person and most powerful woman has suffered a A$5 billion blow.

Pit of despair as job losses hit Waihi

After work drinks took on a special significance as workers rally to support each other.

Wellington Gold Awards finalists 'exceptional'

Wellington businesses are sharp, sophisticated organisations, Wellington Gold Awards organiser says.

Dairy farmers slashing costs will still be short

Dairy industry experts say lower milk payouts will leave farmers needing to borrow to survive.

Company under SFO probe goes into receivership

A Christchurch-based investment firm subject to a Serious Fraud Office probe is in receivership.

Meridian Energy's Project Central Wind consent gets five-year extension

Meridian Energy has been granted a five-year consent extension for its wind farm, Project Central Wind.

Advance Fonterra milk payout expected

Farmers will tighten the grip on cheque books after Fonterra announced it provisional payout for the season coming 2015-16

Just desserts for Tip Top boysenberry at awards night

Tip Top's boysenberry ripple ice cream has scooped another title at New Zealand Icecream Awards.
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