Christmas freight frenzy

Record apple exports have boosted profit forecasts for Scales Corporation.

Fruit exporter Scales is taking a long term view on the South Island's freight tangle.

Stranded Kaikoura rentals rescued

Tomorrow's third rental vehicle convoy from Kaikoura has been postponed by the threat of bad weather.

More than 100 volunteers pitch in to get abandoned tourists' vehicles out of quake-hit town.

Wooing Tree plans to develop a boutique 'vineyard village' in Cromwell

Wooing Tree directors Thea and Steve Farquharson and Jane and Geoff Bews

Central Otago's Wooing Tree Vineyard plans to develop a boutique residential and commercial space at its wine business in Cromwell.

Proposed Wanaka lakeside development attracts scrutiny

A bridge over Waterfall Creek leads from Wanaka to Glendhu Bay.

Opposers say the combination of adverse effects from a proposed commercial lodge is unacceptable.

Carlton Courts to reopen with new businesses

The corner of Bealey Ave and Papanui Rd in Christchurch will again be a hospitality hub with the reopening of Carlton Courts.

The Carlton Courts building on one of Christchurch's busiest corners has been repaired and will become a food and drink hub again.

Cromwell restaurant and bar opening

Five Stags food and beverage manager George Tiko and bar manager Renee Paranihi are looking forward to the opening of ...

After six months of renovations, the Golden Gate Lodge has reinvented itself.

Rock pubs ch-ch-changing

Dunedin's Captain Cook Tavern, affectionately known as The Cook by music lovers, has been refurbished into a gastro pub.

They nurtured our most beloved bands - now they're office blocks and restaurants.

Commerce Commission to prosecute over concrete building panels

The Commerce Commission is moving to prosecute people over the alleged misrepresentation of concrete building panels.

Commission acting on allegations Chinese-made panels were sold as German-designed equivalents of a higher quality

Insurer questions port 'betterment'

Has Lyttelton Port Company inflated its earthquake damage - this was the question raised in the High Court in Christchurch.

Insurance broker AON wants to work out how Lyttelton Port arrived at the figures behind its damages claim.

The politics of the glass box rebuild

"To rebuild a broken city in glass might seem like giving the rolling ground a middle finger, but glass is a practical ...

OPINION: To rebuild a broken city in glass might seem like giving the rolling ground a middle finger, but glass is hard, durable and lets in light.

New fabric could power your phone

Simon Dyer and his wife Vanessa, owners of Christchurch company 2CLight Co with the company's solar powered caps.

Kiwi inventor Simon Dyer has signed exclusive rights to electricity-generating solar fabric called SolFab.

Luring the 'silver' dollar

Between 2005 and 2015, the number of over 50s visitors to New Zealand grew by 44 per cent.

Tourism is waking up to the fact that "silvers" are our fastest growing visitor market.

Taking the high road

Rhod Pickavance is chief executive of Christchurch transport software company, Connexionz

Christchurch can be a "smart" city as well as the Garden City by investing more in public transport technology.

Road blocks hamper trade video

Laneway Espresso on Durham St is one of the affected businesses.

Road cones, fences and closed exits greet those brave enough to drive central Christchurch.

Bidding in NZ's hottest housing market video

The median sale price in October 2016 was $923,750 compared with $624,500 in October 2015.

A typical Queenstown house now sells for over $1m, so what's it like in an auction room there?

Anger at Christchurch chaos

This is the scene outside Stuart Winter's Laneway Espresso. He says he has lost all of his morning commuter business.

The almost non-stop road works, and persistent alterations are driving away customers and hurting businesses. This is Christchurch's CBD almost six years after the February quake.

Goughs sell building to Dotcom lawyer

Kim Dotcom's lawyer has bought a heritage building in central Christchurch from the Gough family at a discounted price.

Tourist tax proposed

Ideas for raising money for tourist facilities could benefit  visitor hot spots such as Lake Tekapo.

Bed and border levies are proposed to help pay for toilets, car parks and other tourist facilities

Calls for faster action on quake-prone buildings

The Historic Hurunui Hotel between Waikari and Culverden has been red stickered because of serious structural damage.

Action needed to make safe up to 900 quake-prone buildings in Christchurch, says leading engineer.

Road congestion intense

Pacifica's coastal ship Spirit of Canterbury offloading at Lyttelton.

Calls for more coastal shipping, as Lewis Pass road congestion reaches a peak.

Average Queenstown Lakes house value tops $1 million

Queenstown Bay.

Sales of multi-million dollar properties in the Queenstown Lakes have boosted the average property price to over $1 million for the first time.

Where is the centre of Queenstown?

The proposed Queenstown Central development as shown in a resource consent application.

"There's only one downtown Queenstown and we are it."Downtown QT manager Steve Wilde.

New city store for furniture chain

Freedom Furniture has an outlet in the Homebase centre in north-east Christchurch, and is now building another in the ...

Freedom Furniture is to reopen in Moorhouse Ave, the street it was based on before the Christchurch earthquakes.

Sausages and spa deliver

New rides at Rainbow's End this summer are expected to lift earnings.

Putting tiny tots behind the wheel at Rainbow's End could prove a winner for owner Rangatira Investments

Hotel had 'critical weaknesses'

Hurunui hotel publican Sean Madden said that when he took over the lease two months ago he was not aware of an ...

Drinkers were oblivious to the fact the hotel's front wall was so unstable an emergency tunnel was suggested.

People 'don't like walking through'

Laneway Espresso owner Stuart Winter outside his Durham St cafe, which is stradled by road works.

Inner-city businesses struggle as road works forecast to take weeks now set to run until 2017.

New shops, bankers move in

Final touches go into the courtyard in the BNZ Centre.

Retailers battle paperwork and earthquakes as they work to open their doors in central Christchurch's BNZ Centre.

Watchdog dismisses development

Developer Allan Dippie's house plans are being opposed.

An assessment says Allan Dippie's proposed new Wanaka house will have very low visual impact but the Upper Clutha Environmental Society says that is wrong.

More cranes than Manhattan

The RLB Crane Index has hit new heights.

Auckland's building boom has surpassed Christchurch - and New York - as cranes pop up everywhere.

Rocking economy strong - NZIER video

Exports will be affected by protectionist policies of trading partners like the US, according to economic forecaster NZIER.

The costs of the recent earthquakes are "highly uncertain" but the economy can cope, says think tank.

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