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Key likes Opotiki aquaculture plan

Mussels

PM signals the Government is considering investing millions of dollars into Bay of Plenty aquaculture.

Money advice for your younger self

kids money piggy bank

What do you know now that would have given you a head-start when you were younger?

Dairy prices flatten at Fonterra auction

Milk powder

Dairy prices have flattened after a 40 per cent fall, and volatility is tipped to continue this year.

Court action filed against Prince and Partners

Justice

FMA files a lawsuit against the trustee of failed finance company Viaduct Capital, which owed investors $7.8m.

China needs more New Zealand milk

Fonterra milk powder packing robot.

New Zealand is well placed to take advantage of a big jump in Chinese milk imports by 2020, a report says.

Fletcher Building posts solid profit

Mark Adamson

NZ's biggest listed company plans to ramp up its residential building efforts in Auckland and Christchurch.

Fair Play on Fees files suits against Westpac, BNZ

Bank fees class action

Fair Play on Fees lawsuits against Westpac and BNZ at the High Court join action against ANZ and Kiwibank.

F&P Healthcare lifts profit forecast

Fisher & Paykel Healthcare

A weaker kiwi dollar prompts the medical device manufacturer to raise its profit outlook.

Steady profit for Trade Me, staff to grow

Trade Me

Trade Me expects to take on nearly 100 extra workers, despite a 'subdued' earnings outlook.

Kiwi dollar takes a tumble on dairy, US data

dollar

NZ dollar drops against the greenback after some strong US data and a dairy pricing mishap.

Eight's the age to get kids saving

piggy banks

Kids are more willing and able to learn good money habits than parents think.

Radio boosts APN half-year profit

radio

Subdued NZ media market leads to drop in earnings for APN’s Kiwi media business, but radio fares better.

Offer for Acurity under review

NZX

A takeover bid for Wellington-based listed company surgical services provider is being reviewed.

Impaled worker pulled meat hook out himself

Meatworks

A man who spent 90 minutes with a meat hook stuck in his head eventually pulled it out himself.

Scales expands into Auckland

polarcold

Recently listed firm's Polarcold Stores secures Fonterra as a customer for a new cold store.

Greens eye bigger supluses

russel norman

Labour will have to have its policy costings independently audited if it wants to talk coalitions with the Greens.

Sex offender tracking contract awarded to Wynyard

jail cell

Security software firm is developing technology to support NZ's first sex offender register.

Sydney cafe refused to hire black barista

Coffee

Sydney cafe owner who reportedly refused to hire a black barista has himself become the target of racist attacks.

Synlait Milk reports strong lactoferrin demand

Synlait Milk

Synlait Milk says there has been strong global demand for its lactoferrin products.

Your selfies are marketing gold

From this week, every photo of you online could be scanned for commercial clues about what you like.

Surplus remains Labour's bottom line

David Parker

Labour Party may have to scale back some promises after Treasury forecasts for the economy were lower than expected.

Mighty River profit beats IPO forecast

Mighty River Power

Mighty River Power has beaten IPO forecasts with a near-doubling of its net profit.

All eyes on Fletcher Building

Mark Adamson

The country's largest listed company releases its annual result today.

Trim milk season not a disaster

Waikato Federated Farmers president Chris Lewis.

OPINION: It is super trim season yes, but milk and disaster, no.

Retiring Fonterra director looks for new challenges

Jim van der Poel

Long serving Fonterra director Jim van der Poel is retiring but is adamant he's not the type of person to sit around and do nothing.

Ross victims face 97pc loss of funds

david ross

Less than three cents in the dollar is all victims of fraudster David Ross can expect.

Beneficial insects under threat

Bee

Here's the good and bad news as to whether a common pesticide is harming the insect helpers NZ depends on, such as bees and earthworms.

Small business: Follow your dream

Corrin Miller

Obstacles litter the path to setting up a business, but you can get around them, Corrin Miller says.

Is your boss a psycho?

Aug books

REVIEW: Psychopaths aren’t always serial killers. Positive psychopathology can be an asset in business.

Brewer raises $400,000 by equity crowdfunding

keyboard

Marlborough's Renaissance Brewing raised almost $400,000 through crowdfunding in a single week.

SCF defendants wait - and wonder

allan hubbard

After 61 days in court and more than 40 witnesses, the largest fraud trial in New Zealand's history has drawn to a close.

Insurer's $200m profit exorbitant - critics

home insurance

IAG has made a $200m profit while Cantabrians still wait for post-earthquake settlements.

Adventure tourism gets help putting safety first

Bungy

A Cromwell duo has a solution for adventure tourism operators who face "enforcement action" if they do not comply with new legislation.

Heinz in China food scare

Recalled Heinz infant food product in China

Heinz forced to recall infant food products in China after excess levels of lead found.

Homes part of Fletcher future

Fletcher Building

Christchurch rebuild projects will continue to feed into Fletcher Building's revenue stream for at least the next 10 years.

Producer sees no threat in lavender regulation

Philip Simms and Owen Dexter of NZLavender

New Zealand's largest lavender oil manufacturer says he has no problem with European moves to regulate the oil, although smaller growers feel threatened.

NZ sale cuts debt for waste company

Transpacific Waste

Australian waste management business Transpacific Industries made a A$41 million (NZ$45.4m) gain on the sale of its New Zealand waste business, its annual results say.

Formal port offer expected in weeks

Lyttelton Port

Shareholders in Lyttelton Port Company will have to wait another week or so before an announced takeover offer from Christchurch City Council is formalised.

CRP upset at 'premature' release of environmental report

Chatham Rock Phosphate

Chatham Rock Phosphate's (CRP) share price plummeted 60 per cent following a ruckus over the release of an Environmental Protection Agency Staff Report opposing its marine consent application to vacuum the seabed for phosphate.

Cruise lines protest Kiwi fees

The Voyager of the Seas,

NZ's fuel and port costs are among the highest in the world, international cruise line reps complain.

We need to talk about that red carpet rollout

Chalkie

OPINION: The real appeal of investing in New Zealand is how easily foreign companies manage to avoid paying tax.

Workers bullied, survey finds

office workers

A quarter of workers questioned in an extensive state services survey say they have been bullied or harassed in the workplace in the past year.

Sir Graeme Avery 'still the same'

Sir Graeme Avery

Winemaker, athlete and publisher says he won't change after receiving "humbling" knighthood.

Nosy employers not welcomed by all

Employers are pushing to see staff social media data, a move not greeted with open arms.

Little growth seen in Trade Me 'fortress'

Trade Me

Trade Me profit tipped to be flat after it lost a bruising encounter with the real estate industry.

Renters blissfully unaware of their risks

House fire, Waimate brigade training

Paying $500 a year to insure a flat filled with broken furniture and pizza boxes may actually be worth it.

Unitec-IBM centre beats target

Computer generic

More than 500 jobs have been created at a software development and support centre opened 18 months ago.

Auckland and Chch economies steam ahead

NZ money, cash

Auckland and Canterbury are steaming ahead but many regional economies are feeling the winter chill.

Eftpos to go online

Online shopping cart

Consumers will soon be able to use their eftpos cards to shop online.

Sir Ralph Norris new Fletcher chairman

Sir Ralph Norris

Sir Ralph Norris will step up to head the board, replacing Ralph Waters who today confirmed his retirement.
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