The deal to clean up Lake Ellesmere

Ta Mark Solomon of Ngai Tahu, left, Donald Couch, ECan commissioner, and Dame Margaret Bazley, ECan chair, at Couch's retirement party earlier this year. It was understood that a water deal in Couch's district, Selwyn-Waihora, would be hard, but lead to deals elsewhere.

Will dairy intensification pay for better water quality?

Government's Christchurch rebuild bill leaps by $1.1b

Finance Minister Bill English at a post-Budget 2015 lunch in Christchurch on Friday.

The Government's estimated contribution to the $40 billion Christchurch rebuild has jumped $1.1 billion in a year.

Blis Technologies forecasts extra sales

Blis Technologies chief executive Barry Richardson.

Dunedin's Blis Technologies says sales will be backed by extra capacity at its production plant.

Tourism switches to spending bulk of its marketing on the low seasons

Tourism delegates work the floor at the Trenz 2015 conference in Rotorua this week.

The bulk of Tourism New Zealand's marketing budget switches to the shoulder and low seasons for the next two years.

English differs with Little over super

Finance Minister Bill English wants national super to be left alone after Labour leader Andrew Little suggested a review of some aspects.

Finance Minister Bill English has no intention of stripping the pension from those over 65 who are working after Labour Party leader Andrew Little questioned the fairness of those over 65 who were working receiving it.

Southern Response may get more money

Finance Minister Bill English says the Government will support Southern Response to meet all its earthquake claims, even if costs go over the $1b support Government has already committed.

Government promises to back Southern Response's quake claims even if company needs more than the pledged $1b.

ComCom: Christchurch Airport targets too high

John Beckett, executive director of the Board of Airline Representatives New Zealand.

The Commerce Commission says Christchurch Airport still targeting excessive return

Ryman expands in Australia

Construction underway at Ryman Healthcare's Wheelers Hill Retirement Village in Melbourne in 2013.

Retirement village operator says its first village in Melbourne was one of its fastest selling ever.

Central city or suburbs?

A new house, a new life

OPINION: Central city living is too lonely – we are moving to the suburbs.

Tax auditor army expected to grow

The Budget provides the taxman with more funding to chase tax dodgers.

The Budget provides the taxman with more funding to chase tax dodgers.

Watchdog freezes company assets

A spokesman for FMA could not say how much investor money was at risk or if most of the investors were in Christchurch.

FMA has frozen the assets of Arena Capital, concerned the investments of possibly hundreds of investors are at risk.

Extra money for Christchurch rebuild

Another Christchurch building is demolished to make way for the rebuild, which the Government has committed an additional $108 million to in the Budget 2015.

The Government has announced it will spend an additional $108m on operational aspects of Christchurch's rebuild.

Tourism industry to submit on proposed border levy

Chris Roberts, chief executive of the Tourism Industry Association of New Zealand

The Government's plan for a border clearance levy on passengers gets mixed view from tourism sector

Budget 2015: Few surprises for business

Canterbury Employers' Chamber of Commerce chief executive Peter Townsend rates Budget 2015 as benign for businesses.

The Government has put out a "benign" budget with a few boosters for business.

Time to ditch the blueprint

Johnny Moore says it is time to abandon the central city rebuild plan.

OPINION: Johnny Moore says it is time to abandon the central city rebuild plan.

Rental market turning for tenants

Rents in Christchurch have stopped rising, but smaller and cheaper homes are in strong demand.

Things are looking up for Christchurch tenants, with rents beginning to fall and more homes available.

Bankrupt Henderson fights travel restriction

Bankrupt developer David Henderson is fighting a decision by the Official Assignee to stop him travelling.

Bankrupt developer David Henderson has attacked a decision that stopped him travelling abroad on a business trip.

Jade cuts losses, chases profitability

Pushing forward: David Lindsay, Jade Software chief executive.

Christchurch tech firm Jade sorftware is pushing ahead of schedule in its plans for profitability, cutting losses by two thirds last year.

Businesses want help with R&D

Scorpio Books owner Dave Cameron wants the Government to tackle the issue of no gst on overseas online purchases under $400.

Christchurch businesses want help with research and development in Budget 2015.

Convention centre costs blowout

Prime Minister John Key addresses the Trenz 2015 tourism conference in Rotorua on Wednesday.

Costs of a Christchurch convention centre are becoming "prohibitive" says John Key.

Further falls for dairy prices

A screen grab from the GlobalDairyTrade website show recent auction price trends.

Prices slip at Fonterra's GlobalDairyTrade auction for the fifth time in a row, with more expected.

Convention centre progress drags

An artist's impression of the new Christchurch Convention Centre.  Completion of the complex has been delayed to 2018.

The tourism industry laments slow progress on convention centres

Email receipts replace paper

Hallensteins store, Cuba St, Wellington.

Some big stores now offer email receipts - but what does that mean for your privacy?

'Audacious' ideas wanted

Jim Boult, Tourism Growth Partnership chairman, is looking for audacious tourism projects.

Millions of dollars in cash for "big audacious" tourism projects is going begging due to a lack of good ideas.

Hunks line up for Fieldays' bachelor event

Rural Bachelor contestants for National Fieldays 2015.

Hearts will be skipping a beat across two nations as eight country hunks contest the Rural Bachelor of the Year competition.

Taiwan airline extends Chch flights

Air China will expand its Christchurch service by nearly 50 per cent.

China Airlines will expand its Christchurch service nearly 50 per cent after a successful 2014/15 season.

House prices lose momentum

Nick Tuffley, chief economist at ASB.

Rapidly rising house prices in Canterbury could be over for now, according to a bank's view.

NZ visitor numbers forecast to grow strongly

Tourism is the second biggest earner of foreign exchange in New Zealand after dairy exports.

Rebuild worth waiting for

Christchurch will be practically unique in having a central city more modern, dynamic and attractive than its suburbs.

OPINION: A rebuild timeline which shows 14 out of 19 projects behind is sobering. However an enormous amount of work is underway.

Scales Corporation div higher

Christchurch-based Scales Corporation, managing director Andy Borland.

Agribusiness Scales Corporation posts higher total dividend than forecast

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