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New Zealand considers purchasing new Boeing military aircraft from US

The four maritime patrol planes have a combined price-tag of around $2 billion.

Mechanic fired for putting family first wins employment case

Rotorua mechanic awarded $15,000 after he was forced to resign to care for his sick family.

I've been a tenant and a landlord: We all compromise

No-one wants to pay too much, no one wants a place less than ideal. The compromise is hard.

Game of Thrones stars set to become TV's highest paid actors ever

They may only have a year of work left, but you don't have to worry about GoT stars making ends meet once the show ends.

In first 100 days, a reversal of fortune for Donald Trump favourites on Wall Street

Shares in companies closest to US President are lagging, those out of favour are up.

New Oamaru Placemakers for passive investment

A dilapidated PlaceMakers​ building in Oamaru will be progressively demolished to make way for new premises and offered as a passive investment.

How listed property companies pay tax

Corporate tax is a touchy subject but companies aren't necessarily villains/

Mike O'Donnell: $53m taxpayer investment in Dubai expo worth every penny

OPINION: The price tag for being at Dubai's World Expo is a no brainer, Mike O'Donnell writes.

CPW irrigation scheme evaluated after first year

The promoters of the Central Plains Water scheme in Canterbury are claiming big wins after a year's operation.

Duncan Garner: Packed to the rafters, an expensive addiction to immigration

OPINION: We welcome immigrants, their families, their businesses - and their money. But at what point should NZ say 'Enough'?

Best buildings revealed at Waikato/Bay of Plenty Architecture Awards

A lot of well known Waikato and Bay of Plenty buildings - and spaces - have earned accolades.

Helen Kelly memorial plaque unveiled at Palmerston North's Workers' Memorial Day service

The late Helen Kelly was commemorated in Palmerston North during Friday's international Workers' Memorial Day.

New Zealand exporters are competitors here but collaborators there

New Zealand exporters say they are achieving more by banding together with other Kiwi firms when they take on the world.

Wedding plans scuppered after Amora closure

Couple had venue booked, and invitations sent, when Amora announced closure.

Thousands of Canadian families will soon get paid for doing nothing

Fancy free money? Ontario, Canada is the place to be, as thousands join a basic income trial.

Union pushes for tighter lift safety rules following death of Wellington man Brendon Scheib

Union calls for tighter rules on lift safety following death of engineer.

Kiwis shrug off wet summer with overseas holidays

A summer-less year of rain and floods - plus cheap fares - are driving Kiwis to travel agents, to chase the sun.

Donald Trump order could open Pacific Ocean, Arctic to new oil and gas drilling

US President's next executive order set to pave the way for drilling in large tracts of Pacific Ocean.

Look twice - serving sizes on nutrition labels might be deceptive

Five grams of butter. A tablespoon of tomato sauce. Serving sizes vary wildly - and consumers are being caught in the confusion.

Port Taranaki export values at 20 year low

A mix of trade across Port Taranaki's wharves affected export volumes and values.

Building consents top $2 billion for the first time

The value of construction work hits a new monthly high.

Malta scandal exposes New Zealand trusts again

For the second time, New Zealand is at the centre of explosive claims of global financial corruption.

Where old office chairs go to die, Christchurch's office furniture glut

Want to pay a pittance for a smart second hand executive desk? Christchurch is the place for a bargain as tenants in new office buildings try to get rid of their cast offs.

Insurance champion wants others to learn from his inspirational father

Peter Cordtz's father died when he was five. It left him a champion of life insurance.

Why looking to the future for legal firms is Sophie's choice

A law firm has created a new role in preparation for a shift in the industry.

How record migration affects traffic, schools, housing and the economy in New Zealand

Traffic jams, crowded classrooms and a housing crisis. It's all because of immigration, right?

Ike Williams: How to avoid disputes or deal with the unavoidable ones

Ike Williams was a lawyer in a previous life. Here he gives advice to farmers on those tricky disputes.

From Stratford to Hollywood by motorbike

A small town car painting shop has made it big, with its work featuring in Ghost in the Shell, featuring Scarlett Johanssen.

Wellington ratepayers to reap $1.5m a year from development of Shelly Bay

Face-lift for dilapidated Wellington bay could leave ratepayers $1.5m better off each year.

100-year-old Mitsubishi being re-created as plug-in hybrid

Mitsubishi is going back to the future to mark its centennial with a modern take on its first vehicle built in 1917.

Rural Kiwis swipe right for country love on new farmer dating app

Is the rural NZ life getting lonely? Then swipe right on the first global farming dating app.

Refugee builds new life in NZ: 'If you have a job, you can enjoy life'

Having fled Myanmar, Aung Soe now works in Auckland, with a Red Cross-organised job the foundation of his new life.

Christchurch Spagalimis moving from old Victoria St site to Harlequin Public House after insurance 'nightmare'

Christchurch pizzeria Spagalimis is moving into the Harlequin Public House building and will reopen in weeks.

Amazon's Jeff Bezos makes $4.8 billion in five-minute share surge

A surge in after-hours trading puts Amazon founder $5b away from becoming world's richest person.

Uber's self-drive boss crashes and burns over trade secrets scandal

"Going forward, please make sure not to include me in meetings or email threads," beleaguered exec writes.

New Plymouth restaurants say scammer hasn't left a sour taste

One bad apple doesn't spoil the barrel, say conned New Plymouth businesses.

Hollywood writers strike back as pay packets shrink

US film and TV writers are earning less as their bosses earn more - and they're not happy.

Australia's Network Ten could be sold for parts if it fails to improve earnings

Can the Australian network that makes "Survivor" survive its own financial dramas?

Haval SUV brand launches in NZ

China's number one selling SUV maker is coming to the New Zealand market.

Milford woos unique designers with centre revamp on Auckland's North Shore

Milford's boutique shopping mall on Auckland's North Shore aims to attract Kiwi fashion designers - and build luxury apartments upstairs.

Fairfax NZME merger decision delayed again

Fairfax and NZME must wait one more day to hear from the Commerce Commission.

'Perception' the problem as super changes bring ageism into sharper focus

But boomers and Gen Y are "on the same page" when it comes to work, survey finds.

Australians swoop on largest Kiwi caged poultry farm

They sell one third of all eggs produced in NZ and they've been forced to sell up to the Aussies.

VW eyes possible sale of motorbike brand Ducati

VW is considering a sale of Ducati as it streamlines ops to help fund an overhaul following its emissions scandal.

Rob Stock: Learning from obese woman's tragic insurance mistake

OPINION: Writing 119lb instead of 119kg on an insurance application cost a woman dearly.

Janine Starks: Here's how to achieve financial freedom

OPINION: People who set themselves up for a great retirement tend to have these things in common.

Kevin Lampen-Smith: What you need to know about agents

What do we need to know about working with a real estate agent?

Chart of the day: Sharp drop in value of exports from Port Taranaki

There's been a sharp drop in the value of exports from New Plymouth's port.

New report shows bank profits up, possible cost increase for customers

Are Kiwi customers facing higher banking bills?
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