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He's New Zealand's biggest home builder and now a property developer, with a business putting up 1000 homes a year, a house-building factory as big as a rugby field, and an annual turnover fast approaching half a billion dollars.

Safety concerns close port

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

Worker visas fast-tracked

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

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.

$1b added to quakes bill

New Zealand's largest insurer raises Canterbury claims costs up to around $4b.

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British Pound 0.500
Hong Kong Dollar 6.031
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Agents charging by the hour

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

Ravenswood kicks off

A 1500-home subdivision in North Canterbury has won consent for its first sections.

Top homes of 2014

Ups and downs of a doer-upper

Canterbury must 'keep momentum'

Head of new transition board wants power handover plan drawn up within five months.

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.

$1b added to quakes bill

Feeling justified by court decision

Red tape stymies projects

Govt bureaucracy scuppered plans for celebrity restaurant and CBD farm, group says.

New-tech heat plan for centre

Andre Lovatt Cool new technology will heat some of Christchurch's oldest buildings if tests under way now prove the concept is feasible.

Coffee and Jam sessions mark first birthday

A novel effort to bolster entrepreneurship in Canterbury celebrates its first birthday tomorrow.

Matchmaker to the arts

Charity seeks talent to fund

Cupboard never bare with hi-tech kit

A new workplace medical kit could end the days of depleted first aid cupboards.