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Greasies a weekly treat for a lifetime

If it was Friday night and he had been good, Derek Drummond used to race his brother to their local fish and chip shop for their weekly treat.

No turkey leftovers for spendthrift Kiwis

Kiwis opted to splash out at restaurants and liquor stores on Boxing Day.

Fish and chips take a battering

Times are changing and a feed of fish and chips is falling victim to franchised fast food.

A furry expensive infatuation

Just how much are pet owners prepared to spend on their fur-babies when the vet bills start rolling in? The answers may surprise you.

Post-Christmas shoppers break the bank

Eager shoppers have splurged on clothing, jewellery and food in a record-breaking post-Christmas spending spree.

Cafes and bars work hard as bargain hunters venture into Palmerston North

Cafes and bars reap the benefits of an influx of Boxing Day bargain-hunters.

Sick cows still a bit of a mystery

Dairy NZ still has no definite answers on what made some Southland cows sick after eating swedes earlier this year.

Safety concerns close Lyttelton Port at night

Delays expected after Lyttelton's container terminal shuts overnight due to understaffing.

Science key to Federated Farmers' credibility

New Federated Farmers chief executive has had a few months to settle in and talks about plans for the lobby group's future.

Genetic leap offers hope for dairying in the tropics

The bull semen extraction process at the Awahuri centre.

LIC may soon be exporting dairy genetics that will enable cattle to tolerate high tropical temperatures - and climate change.

New breed of real estate agent charges by the hour

A Christchurch real estate agent is offering an alternative to sellers fed up with paying percentage commission.

Aussie dollar may lose battle against NZ rates

The Australian dollar may hit a historic low against the Kiwi and could even go below parity next year.

Tackling fishhooks of retirement village life

A lobby group for people living in retirement villages plans to challenge the industry to bring about fairer deals for residents.

Shoppers faint in Boxing Day bargains rush

Overcrowding, claustrophobia and controlled entries on the cards as Kiwis battle Boxing Day sales.

Anti-miners prepare court case

Anti-mining group to spend the festive season preparing to take a council and and gold mine to court.

Technical problems delay Warehouse Boxing Day sale

Technical fault thwarts shoppers eager to get an early online Boxing Day bargain from The Warehouse.

Boxing Day madness: Trolley shortage and shoppers fainting

New Zealand is in the grip of Boxing Day madness with reports of fainting in stores and overcrowding at the malls.

Sparks fly over 4G coverage ad claims

Spark may go to Commerce Commission after Vodafone dug its heels in over its 4G advertising.

US investor helps rental-return firm into new market

Auckland tech start-up offering travellers free car hire and a tank of fuel is revving up the US car rental industry.

SFF lowers debt and makes a small profit

Silver Fern Farms has turned around two forgettable years after repaying $99 million in debt.

FMA expects to settle with ASB

The Financial Markets Authority expects to reach a settlement with ASB over its future sale of interest rate swaps.

Fish farmers doing damage too - ECan

Mackenzie salmon farmers are discharging waste that can smother waterways, ECan says.

It's strictly semen business

The bull semen extraction process at the Awahuri centre.

Dairy bulls show us what they're made of as LIC collects semen for export at its Manawatu centre.

Union campaign targets job security for meatworkers

Meatworkers are being forced out of the industry because of insecure jobs, a union official says.

Colleagues regret Secret Santa calamity

The perpetrator remains a mystery but colleagues of a former Canberra public servant say they regret the affair.

NZX fines Sealegs $8000 for rule breaches

The amphibious vehicle maker was censured for not having enough independent directors.

Bas Nelis council prosecution attacked by NZ First

Party says Waikato Regional Council bureaucrats who prosecuted Bas Nelis should seek employment in North Korea.

Christmas shopping rush sees record spending

Kiwis have spent up large over the last two days before Christmas, resulting in record levels of EFTPOS sales across the country.

US economic growth surges

The US is putting distance between itself and struggling economies around the world.

Auckland council house valuations challenged

Almost 10,000 Aucklanders have objected to this year's revaluation figures.

Kelly Tarlton celebrates 30 years

After 24 years as maintenance manager Garry McMurtrie has heard all types of tales; some true, some not.

ANZ and union dispute strike effect

Union says 510 workers are striking, bank says only 110 are taking action.

Queenstown worker visas fast-tracked

Visas will be fast-tracked for overseas workers coming to Queenstown ahead of a busy summer.

Silver Fern Farms posts small profit

Major meat processor Silver Fern Farms has turned around two forgettable years.

New internet cable's legal hurdle

Commerce Commission to look into competition implications of Spark, Vodafone and Telstra’s subsea cable.

Spark might have largest 4G network

Does Spark now have NZ's largest 4G network? They think they might, and want Vodafone to stop claiming otherwise.

ASB pays $3.2 million to settle interest rate swaps

Bank pays $3.2m to settle withCommerce Commission over allegations it missold interest rate swaps to farmers.

Farming companies urged to integrate data

Rob Ford, general manager farm systems, Livestock Improvement Corporation.

More integration of data by agricultural companies would benefit farmers, says a farmer-owned co-operative's automation specialist.

Council under fire for farmer's big fine

Frustration over a fine handed to a South Waikato farmer has spread through New Zealand.

Informal capital controls arrest Russian rouble's slide

Russia's rouble hit its highest levels in two weeks, shored up by informal capital control measures.

IRD collects $40 million after Kiwis dob in tax evaders

IRD has received about 23,000 anonymous tips since 2009 from people suspecting others of evading taxes.

KiwiRail sends big bosses packing

KiwiRail has quietly laid off many of its most senior managers just before Christmas.

Online sales growth slows

The blistering growth in online spending seen four years ago has slowed to just a stroll for domestic spending on the web.

Slowdown in China hits exports

The slump in dairy prices is flowing through to export figures with a vengeance.

More families opt to stay at holiday parks

More families are choosing holiday parks for a cheaper break this year.

Yuletide shopping picks up

Shoppers are opening their wallets wider than last year in the leadup to Christmas.

IAG wears rising costs of rebuild

IAG has raised its Canterbury earthquakes bill by up to $1 billion, as it receives more over $100,000 cap claims.

New year mortgage war tipped

PWC expects mortgage lending competition to heat up in the new year with the big five banks tipped to compete on longer-term fixed rate home loans.

Chrisco contracts challenged in Aust courts

The Christmas hamper company, Chrisco, is facing court action in Australia over allegedly unfair contract terms that also apply to New Zealand shoppers.

NZ-made software faces hitch in US

A US consumer group is calling for Californians to boycott a computer system underpinned by software supplied by Auckland firm Orion Health.
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