Disputes of up to $350K will be able to go to a resolution service instead of court.
Construction in Canterbury is at record levels with the peak yet to come.
Broadband plans for households at "gigabit" speeds are likely this year in Christchurch.
OPINION: It's a hard row to hoe being a New Zealand-based oil and gas company.
A key support of economic growth, construction, hit another flat patch at the end of the year, after a flying start to 2014.
NZ's constant drive to produce more export milk could be self-defeating, dairy farm syndicate manager says.
Australian supermarket giant Woolworths has sold its stake in The Warehouse to the family behind Farmers and Pascoes at a $110m loss.
OPINION: New Zealand is now in the spotlight for international events, with promoters making huge investments and carrying substantial risks.
The Canterbury Mortgage Trust made a profit but there is no dividend any time soon for its more than 4000 long-suffering local investors.
Christchurch and Canterbury Tourism needs to be more transparent and open to the public, tourism operators say.
Investors in jetpack developer Martin Aircraft are on a very wild ride.
The price Kiwis are having to pay for a night away is being driven up by the strong economy and an influx of foreign tourists.
Prolonged drought is threatening the planting of crops and supply of winter feed for stock.
OPINION: How can you move away from bragging about your product to giving prospective customers genuinely useful information?
Food, history, art, nature, and sexy inflections – you can savour them all on a visit to Akaroa.
Start-up firm, Myovolt, is preparing for the global launch of its vibrating, wearable technology to help boost circulation.
People working two jobs or more need to cope with getting a full pay one week and just 10 hours the next.
Canterbury home builders failed over a third of final building code inspections in the last half of 2014.
Embattled coal miner Solid Energy puts off presenting its half year accounts because it says it is worried it cannot repay debt next year.
Christchurch's Mercer Group says it is on track with its annual sales and earnings objectives, despite a $23,000 interim loss.
It began with two guys tinkering away in a blueberry packing shed.
Insurers are set to decide which businesses will benefit from new, improved protections for people buying insurance.
Local control of NZ meat and dairy manufacturing is being whittled away by China's control of product certification, an infant formula-maker says.
NZ's newest airline announces direct routes from regional centres to Auckland, Queenstown and Hamilton.
Scales Corporation beats prospectus forecasts, reporting an annual net profit of $18.4m as it continues to eye growth.
Lyttelton Port of Christchurch says first half freight volumes have been hit by an export-based partnership using rival PrimePort Timaru.
Buyers of sections at 400-home Groynes Park subdivision are frustrated at a lack of action.
Energy-efficient light bulb manufacturer Energy Mad's shareholders approve capital raisings that will give SuperLife a controlling stake.
Crime analytics software company Wynyard Group has posted a loss of $22.2m, double last year's loss.
Ebos Group is picking a 10-11 per cent improvement in full-year net profit so long as the kiwi-aussie currency cross-rate remains steady.
Holiday hideaways in Hanmer Springs are among the best-reviewed in the country.
OPINION: When things go badly, we tend to blame the players only. Business can be similar, especially when it comes to sales teams.
Papanui Club manager is leading a $12m-plus plan to recreate the club's facilities in a modern format.
Summerset Group Holdings says pent up demand for retirement living means it will look for further sites in Christchurch.
PGG Wrightson is dabbling with wholesaling product to its competitors, including the world's biggest-selling weedkiller.
A man-made lake that could hold enough water to fill 12,000 Olympic-sized swimming pools is planned to supply more reliable irrigation in Canterbury.
Cloud software firm says it has enough cash in the bank for its 'current plans'.
Canterbury Development Corporation boss called 2014 "the year of the golden economy" for the region, but he is more cautious about this year.
House prices in Auckland and Christchurch are "heady" but Kiwibank is not too worried about stretched values on the back of low interest rates.
OPINION: The line between what's taxable and what isn't can be blurred, and it takes a court to sort it out.
An Ashburton man illegally sold more than 100 paua to a Wellington fish and chip shop, only to get caught red-handed days later.
Insurance experts will offer advice to homeowners struggling with their earthquake claims at a meeting in Christchurch.
Investor confidence drops sharply, puzzling analysts and bucking the national trend.
The future of Christchurch's giant 2200-home Highfield Park subdivision has been thrown into doubt.
Multinational goldminer OceanaGold Corporation recovers from huge loss to make a record profit of more than US$100 million.
Ten years is a term that few people will be willing to commit to in hopes of coming out ahead on interest rates, say brokers.
NZ Superannuation scheme is a "fairly solid floor for keeping people out of poverty", a researcher for the Commission for Financial Capability says.
There's a mysterious little workshop hidden away in Addington where all manner of repairs take place.
Even the NZX can be caught out by a tax audit. The sharemarket business paid $1.2 million extra after the IRD checked its books.
Four years on from the devastation of the February 22, 2011, earthquake the Christchurch insurance scene is much altered but intact.
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