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Fonterra's architect takes on Canberra

Angus Taylor is forceful, experienced and bright - but that's no guarantee of success in politics.

Westpac management structure reshuffled by Brian Hartzer

Westpac group CEO Brian Hartzer announces big changes on his first day on the job, starting with the position he held for over two years.

Kathmandu forecasts loss after 'disappointing' sales

Retailer's shares slump on news it would slip into the red for the first half, after nearly $12m profit last year.

Xero quarterly sales grow 81 per cent

Cloud software firm says sales of $32.5 million in the last three months of 2014 were in line with guidance.

Westpac NZ appoints David McLean as CEO

New Zealander David McLean has been appointed the head of Westpac's local business.

SFO charges four men over gaming fraud

Four men, including Harness Racing NZ former chair, appeared in court over fraud allegedly worth $30m.

Life after convictions a struggle for whistleblower

He helped blow the whistle at a Hamilton high school but life since has not been easy for Jim Branton.

Synlait slashes milk forecast to $4.40

Synlait Milk has revised its forecast of the market milk price down $4.40 a kilogram of milksolids.

Couple caught in office sex romp

Couple may lose their jobs after pub patrons witness their late-night encounter in a Christchurch insurance office.

Auckland bars caught selling booze to minors

Two Auckland bars will temporarily lose their liquor licences after selling alcohol to underage drinkers.

First sod turned for new irrigation plan

Work starts on a new irrigation scheme that will bring water to 3300 ha of some of NZ's most drought-prone land.

Software firm signs Abu Dhabi port deal

Jade Software is sailing into the new year with a contract to supply nine ports in Abu Dhabi.

Kate caters for a satisfying career

As a tot, Kate Lester would clamber to stand on a chair to watch and help her mum cook.

Contractor fees at heart of fraud

Heart of the City spent almost $800,000 on contractors in recent years, with the majority paid to disgraced former CEO Alex Swney.

Accounting 'superheroes' keep businesses humming

A desire to take back control of her mortgage saw Lisa Martin become a business "personal trainer".

Receiver chasing 'over $25m'

Ross Asset Management's receiver is "reluctant" to say exactly how much it is trying to claw back.

Audio guide company to raise funds

Tourism Radio NZ is seeking to raise up to $350,000 through a new crowdfunding platform.

Six-year court battle over son's death nears end

Jennifer Gear knows her son will be at peace now the six-year court battle over his death is coming to an end.

Fairer tax demands people power

OPINION: Crusading journalists prove that even the mighty can be forced to pay their share.

Finance product: Insurance for your caravan and trailer

Caravan insurance feels like a bit of a mix of contents and vehicle insurance.

CFOs key to sustainable business: Derek Handley

Change is on its way for measures of business success.

Fonterra in $11m cheese blunder

Fonterra has lost its multi-million-dollar cheese market in the United States, after "forgetting" to renew its import licences.

Robotics the way ahead for dairy couple

A Waikato dairying couple are about to welcome six robots to the family.

Turners Auctions gains from rebuild

Turners Auctions is selling $10m worth of equipment from two construction companies that have gone under.

Fletchers front-runner for Christchurch's east frame

The firm managing Canterbury's home repairs looks set to win the eastern frame development deal.

Making sure your will works well

Only half of all adults have a will, and those that do often fail to do a good job of it.

Inventor embraces digital tools

There are some brilliant ideas swirling through the heads of Kiwis. In the past they would die with their creators, never finding life.

Lemon squeeze: Shortage spikes prices

Soaring lemon prices are leaving a sour taste in shoppers' mouths.

Demand for builders heats up

News that house consents have hit a seven-year high is music to the building industry's ears.

Analysts bullish about beef

Beef and sheep farmers can look forward to a positive year, according to the Rabobank agribusiness outlook for 2015.

How to avoid becoming just a commodity flogger

OPINION: Growth can really kill a brand if you're not careful. When that happens you just become a commodity flogger - whether it's paint or pants, steaks or sweaters.

Heart of the City paid $800,000 in contractor fees

Auckland business group spent almost $800,000 on contractor expenses, with bulk likely to have been paid to disgraced ex-chief exec Alex Swney.

New Regent St sex shop divides shopkeepers

The opening of a sex shop in a Christchurch heritage street has caused friction among local shopkeepers.

Orion Health share fall on lower cash flows

The tech company says it's suffering from the “iPhone 6 effect” as it seeks to reassure investors spooked by a poor quarterly update.

Kiwifruit claim plaintiffs seek unspecified damages

The amount of damages sought is unspecified because it's not known how many growers and post-harvest operators will join.

Tourism Radio NZ seeks to crowdfund $350K

Tourist audio guide company looks to raise up to $350,000 from the public through equity crowdfunding platform Equitise.co.nz.

Michael Hill adverts in Super Bowl

NZ jeweller splashes out big bucks securing an ad slot during the Super Bowl, reaching an audience of millions.

Messy trees block has gone native

Buying a rough block close to the central Canterbury foothills 13 years ago, Roger and Francie Taylor knew a lot of hands-on work would be required to turn it around.

Young bidder gets the job done

A determined 17-year-old helped to set the prices at this week's Hawarden crossbred sheep sale, as she held her nerve and saw off rival bidders for three pens of romney two-tooths.

Resort plans for two Auckland islands

Two islands in Auckland have been bought by Chinese interests in a $41.5 million deal for a luxury tourist resort.

Prime News redundancies confirmed

Sky News Australia plans to maintain a presence in New Zealand despite announcing Prime News staff redundancies.

Picton firm N-Viro supplies parts for floating superstructure

An underwater construction company in Picton is providing vital components for Australia's first major floating superstructure.

Wynyard Group confirms it undershot revenue target

Crime fighting software company undershoots its 2014 revenue target, as it flagged earlier.

Chinese tourists flock to NZ

A flood of Chinese tourists helped lift tourist arrivals by 5 per cent in December to record highs for any month.

New dwelling consents hit seven-year high

Consents for new dwellings jumped 16 per cent last year, to levels not seen since 2007.

Working from home can prove beneficial

Working from home is good for you and your boss according to two recent studies.

Migration boom tops 50,000 for first time

NZ had a record gain of almost 51,000 people in 2014, though the pace of arrivals cooled slightly in December.

NZ dollar falls to four-year low against US dollar

NZ dollar hits a four-year low against the greenback after tumbling by more than US6 cents in a fortnight.

Follow Black Caps' lead to business success

OPINION: There are sound business lessons to be learned from sport.

Asia beckons for software innovator Finzsoft

Singapore listed Silverlake's attraction to Finzsoft is obvious - they speak the same language.
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