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Ammonia leak at ice cream factory

Fire

Leak at a Christchurch ice cream factory ties up firefighters for almost three hours.

Foodstuffs stores forge ahead

VIGILANT PLAYER:   Foodstuffs Chief executive  Steve Anderson says the group is   prepared for the possibility of new competitors.

Supermarket giant Foodstuffs South Island is progressing with plans for new store developments.

'Can do' spirit wins through

Doug and Anthony Lawry

Doug Lawry is the essence of Kenny Beverages: your classic ‘can-do' New Zealander chipping out a business from his own hands.

Low inflation set to hold cash rate

inflation

Low food prices over winter may see annual inflation down to almost 1 per cent in figures due out this week.

Solid cosmetics fill eco niche

Chch venture 'truly entrepreneurial'

Brianne West, Sorbet

Christchurch beauty products startup Sorbet finds being environmentally friendly has some drawbacks.

Sharing good news will build your business

newspaper

OPINION: Kiwis are not natural boasters, but businesses need to promote their achievements.

Dryland farmers rising against ECan water rule

Dairy cows on Lincoln University farm.

The Press

Hurunui farmers are rising in their hundreds to test Environment Canterbury's "collaborative" approach to water management.

Kaiapoi water investors feel duped

bottled water

If everything had gone according to plan, Kaiapoi would now be at the centre of the country's largest and most sophisticated industrial water bottling plant.

Online quiz aims to find children's saving ability

Iziya Kuiti

Is your child a money wizard or a savings superstar?

Dryland farmers rising against ECan water rule

Farmer Dave Fincham

Hurunui farmers are rising in their hundreds to test Environment Canterbury's "collaborative" approach to water management.

Landlords snapping up property

Rent

Canterbury landlords have been snapping up properties at record pace but many say new regulations would put them off buying more.

Shedding wedding costs

Simone Gale of Christabelle's

Just mention the word "wedding" to a potential vendor and prices will rise, according to frustrated 21st-century brides.

Villages combine to list

john key

Retirement village entity is seeking to raise $50 million to $100m from new investors via an NZX listing, a prospectus says.

Truckies, exporters hail port rivalry

Lyttelton Port

The rivalry between Lyttelton Port of Christchurch and Port of Tauranga continues, with both ports talking up progress on their inland Rolleston hubs.

SkyCity shareholders unhappy

nigel Morrison SkyCity

SkyCity investors are concerned about the casino company's sluggish performance and share price, but new revenue figures offer some hope.

NZ wealthy, but it's locked up in housing

Generic money

Analysts say New Zealand is a wealthy nation, but most of it is locked into our houses and our wealthier Australian cousins are similarly invested.

West Coast oil era is set to begin

Mosman oil drilling

One hundred and fifty years after gold was found on the West Coast, oil exploration appears set to take off.

Many now dream of being forgotten

OPINION: You'd be a mug to think that anything you put on the web won't be around forever.

Pink Batts workers may find other work

manufacturing

The 29 workers set to lose their jobs at a Christchurch insulation factory have a fair chance of finding more work in the city.

Donaghy's confirms 29 redundancies

Donaghy's

Rural products giant confirms 29 redundancies at its Dunedin plant, with nine more positions under threat.

Victoria Square revamp startles

VICTORIA SQUARE

One of our few remaining central-city landmarks is to be revamped. Civic leaders are questioning why.

SLI board lacking oomph - investor

Geoff Brash, SLI Systems

Christchurch search company SLI Systems has been grilled by a couple of frustrated shareholders at its annual meeting in Christchurch.

Smiths City joins crowded market

Smiths City

Competition in home appliances and furniture has just intensified with the opening of Smiths City Group's new flagship store.

Commission freezes inquiry

Chorus shares slipped after Commerce Commission suspended investigation that could have shed light on its ability to eke more money from copper broadband.

Glassons removes thin mannequins

meg randall

Fashion retailer Glassons bows to public pressure and removes thin mannequins from its stores.

Christchurch Pink Batt factory may shut

pink batts

The closure of Tasman Insulation's Christchurch factory would mean the loss of 29 jobs.

'Visionary' Mark Ford farewelled

About 400 people attended the funeral of Mark Ford, who left his mark on Auckland and post-quake Christchurch.

Smiths City takes on rivals with relaunch

Smiths

Bargain hunters queue up for revamped Smiths City store after multimillion dollar redevelopment.

Pin mightier than pen

Credit card

Visa officially removes the ability to sign for credit card payments this weekend.

Investors seeking inquiry

south canterbury finance

Out of pocket South Canterbury Finance investors are seeking an inquiry into the company's collapse.

Stay on case against Fonterra seen as unfair

danone

French dairy giant Danone may have to wait until 2018 to take its $545m claim against Fonterra Group to trial.

Port container traffic rising

Lyttelton Port

Lyttelton Port of Christchurch's (LPC) container volume continues to grow, but the loss of a key contract means traffic is expected to end flat for the 2014-15 financial year.

Orion looks at debt dividend

Orion

Two of the Christchurch City Council's trading companies may provide it with some financial relief in the form of special dividends.

Dry spell for Meridian hydro lakes follows low rainfall

Power pylon, energy, electricity

Dry weather has caused national hydro lake storage levels to drop sharply in the past month.

Snapper prices go crazy

Snapper

Snapper tops prices of 12 commonly available fish, at $38 per kg, while hoki comes in cheapest at $13.29.

Kumar wins Queenstown apartment spat

Bowen View

Investors in luxury Queenstown apartments successfully argue they didn't actually have to buy them.

100 jobs to go at Heinz Wattie's

Heinz Wattie's warehouse

Production workers could be affected by Heinz Wattie's plans to cut 100 jobs in NZ, union says.

EQC apologises for poor brackets

EQC brackets

EQC apologises after handing out wall brackets that failed its own safety standards.

Christchurch printing office up for sale

PMP building

Printing and distribution group PMP is offering its Christchurch premises on a sale and leaseback basis.

Retentions leave subbies exposed

Mainzeal HQ

OPINION: New proposals seek to protect sub-contractors from the fall-out if firms owing final payments go broke.

Akaroa's Madeira Hotel for sale

Madeira Hotel

Akaroa's Madeira Hotel is for sale.

Hubbard 'ruled with iron fist' - McLeod

allan hubbard

"You couldn't sign off anything over certain levels," ex-South Canterbury Finance CEO says of the late Allan Hubbard.

Wrong tyres chew up fuel - EECA

EECA general manager of transport Liz Yeaman and EECA senior advisor of transport Joern Scherzer with a sticker marked energy efficient tyre.

Energy authority introduces new tyre approval mark which could save New Zealand $130 million in fuel every year.

Meat exports hit high

Meat

NZ meat exports reached record high of $5.3bn in 2013-14, despite the high dollar, with exports up $480m on last season.

Stranges building wins supreme award

Central-city office building wins top award

Stranges building

A new central-city office building capturing elements of its historic predecessor has won a supreme award.

Slowdown urged on Halswell development

Full view: An ntsGartist’s impressionntearchitect’s drawing  of the Halswell Town Centre which would include a large shopping centre, 400 townhouses and a retirement village

Suburb is at risk of "infrastructure failures" if developed too quickly, a community board member says.

Shock at South Canterbury Finance verdicts

robert white, edward sullivan, lachie mcleod

Disbelief was on the faces of Bob White and Lachie McLeod yesterday as they were told they could leave the dock free men. | Verdict a 'slap in the face'

'Elitist' development upsets locals

Governors Bay

Plans to build gated subdivision on prime real estate in Governors Bay have angered residents.

Students see promise in business of recycling

Recycled wine bottles

High school students turn a young enterprise scheme recycling wine bottles into a fledgling money-maker.

Shareholders in new Feltex bid

Feltex

Class action against former directors and sellers of Feltex shares will succeed if courts agree the firm's prospectus was flawed, lawyer says.
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