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Beware the risks of going guarantor on someone else's loan

Personal guarantees can lead to a place in the village of the insolvent.

Dairy prices rise in Global Dairy Trade Auction

Dairy prices rose 3.6 per cent at the GlobalDairyTrade auction overnight.

Veolia touted as a potential bidder for infrastructure manager City Care

Australian water infrastructure firm Veolia fits the profile for a buyer of City Care, a sector expert says.

Hotel worker sacked over abusive Facebook post to columnist

"He is responsible for his actions. He is responsible for the things he writes and the attitudes he holds."

Strong winds destroy greenhouses at Marlborough garden centre

"We haven't got our hand out begging for money, we just want people to come and buy their Christmas presents here."

Council quiet over failed bid to buy jobs for Wellington with $300,000 loan

Wellington council panel made call to loan $300,000 in failed bid to buy jobs in We

Workplace tribunal backs employer who sacked worker for being too fat

Forklift driver's weight may have created workplace safety issue, tribunal rules.

CallActive workers left in lurch offered some cheer for Christmas

Christmas offer for Wellington call centre workers left in lurch after CallActive collapse.

Two workers involved in calf abuse no longer employed

Managing director Sheryl Cleaver said the employee filmed abusing calves at the slaughterhouse was no longer with the company.

Frozen yoghurt firms face charges

Two companies facing charges relating to allegedly promoting frozen yoghurt products which did not contain yoghurt and making false health claims.

VorTech wins drone innovation competition backed by James Cameron

A drone which can withstand bad weather on film sets has won an emerging technology competition.

Wellington Rugby Union hits up city council to be Lions naming sponsor

Council may require some home ITM Cup games to be played away from the Cake Tin.

Holidays can be fraught when good travel times go bad

OPINION: An overseas holiday can be laced with risks, which is where your insurance comes in.

Electric motorbike shows petrolheads the future

"They had a big array of all these fluids for the bikes and I've got a charger and a plug, and that's it."

Hamilton's Bridge Street renamed Anzac Parade

After several reincarnations, Hamilton's Bridge Street has been renamed Anzac Parade.

Auckland hotel rates will continue to rise, Hospitality Association says

But city's hotel room rates are not yet high enough to attract new hotel construction, Hospitality Association says.

Capital house prices moving strongly on shortage of supply and low interest rates

Home values in several suburbs in the capital are now 10 per cent above the 2007 peak.

As-is sales skew valuation data in damaged suburbs

Homes in some Christchurch suburbs could be worth more than statistics suggest, because as-is sales are skewing data.

Reserve Bank of Australia keeps rates on hold at 2 per cent

Australia's Reserve Bank leaves interest rates unchanged for the seventh month in a row, but leaves door ajar for a cut in 2016.

New peer-to-peer lender LendMe launches with home loans already on the books

LendMe offers home loan options for people banks won't touch.

Man killed in explosion in King Country named

Terence James Milne died while working with bitumen at an earthworks company in the King Country on Monday.

Premises searched and files seized after hardware partnership turns sour

Five sites searched after hardware partnership turns sour.

Transport agency to fix Raynes Road intersection

A busy state highway intersection south of Hamilton will be reworked after motorists labelled the first upgrade a botch up.

Amazon delivery drone prototype unveiled

Online retail giant Amazon has revealed a new prototype of one of its delivery drones.

The Kiwi behind global business Hammamas

Sacha Hardy runs an international business - all from rural Waikato.

Seaweed used as plant food in Marlborough vineyards

A Marlborough man has produced plant feed for vineyards using giant kelp.

Jetstar's first Napier to Auckland regional flight touches down early

Jetstar's first regional domestic flight in New Zealand from Napier has touched down in Auckland.

Waikato's hidden lifestyle property gems

A booming property market means lifestyle gems can be found anywhere in the Waikato now. 

Lambs born this spring down to lowest level for 62 years

Difficult weather has affected this spring's lamb tally.

Miriama Kamo's builder pleads guilty

The builder carried out works on Miriama Kamo's Waiheke home without consent.

Resource management reforms win initial Labour backing

The Government's resource management act changes have won Labour's initial backing.

Air New Zealand cops flak for poking fun at Jetstar

An Air New Zealand ad making fun of rival airline Jetstar has triggered a barrage of criticism.

How to beat the Christmas financial stress

OPINION: Christmas is great, except for the quarter of people suffer financial stress at Yuletide.

Christmas finances less stressful this year: Mastercard survey

A quarter of people expect to suffer financial stress this Christmas, a Mastercard survey shows.

Commerce Commission warns auctioneer McCormack and McKellar over art sale

Auctioneer McCormack and McKellar warned after failing to disclose they owned a Tom Esplin painting, Corner of Orvieto.

The future of work: Facebook's open plan offices

Inside company's massive new headquarters, the largest open-office workspace in the world.

Police taking right steps on payroll problems says minister Michael Woodhouse

Minister indicates situation has not deteriorated since project put on "amber/red" alert.

Bill English brushes off Treasury report into anchor project viability

Finance Minister Bill English criticises his own department's analysis of Christchurch's anchor projects.

Dick Smith cuts the value of its stock

Electronics retailer's troubles set to benefit bargain hunters as it moves to cut prices.

What you need to know about frozen berries and Hepatitis A

All frozen berries imported to NZ could potentially spread Hepatitis A. What do you need to know?

Hot-desking may lead to more strain injuries

Despite being embraced by many businesses, hot-desking has left many employees cold.

QV: House prices continue upward trend but new rules easing Auckland market

New Government rules curbing investors appear to have eased the rise in Auckland house prices.

More NZ retirees will become homeless without action on housing - Salvation Army

NZ is facing a growing population of homeless older people, warns The Salvation Army.

Australia headed for recession - Yanis Varoufakis, former Greek finance minister

Weak domestic investment and the slowdown in China will ultimately put the brakes on growth, argues former Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis.

Erin Reilly: The 12 Days of Christmas Freakouts

Erin Reilly loves being her own boss, but earning nothing over summer is a scary prospect.

Former bar turns kid-friendly waffle house

A New Plymouth building long known for a place to grab a pint will soon be serving waffles and children.

John Key commits $20 million to help reduce agriculture emissions

PM makes agriculture emissions pledge as he addresses global climate conference.

Call for law reform to help families step in when elders get scammed online

Ruthless scammers are zeroing in on growing numbers of "silver surfers", or older internet users.

Ratepayers owed $300,000 by failed Wellington call centre CallActive

Wellington City Council took a punt on an Australian call centre that didn't pay off for Wellington ratepayers.

Man dies after bitumen tanker explodes in Waikato

Man dies from burns following a bitumen tanker explosion in Waikato.
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