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Queenstown 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.

$1 billion added to Canterbury quakes bill

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

Labour dispute: Lyttelton Port injunction dismissed

Lyttelton Port of Christchurch's bid to stop port workers withdrawing labour dismissed by Employment Court.

Festive frivolity could result in problems

Employers warned to take an "arm's length" approach with staff this Christmas.

Smiths City's profit dips

National home appliance and furnishings chain Smiths City has announced a slight drop in trading profits for the first six months of the financial year.

Lyttelton Port seeking injunction

Lyttelton Port is trying to obtain an injunction declaring the withdrawal of labour by port workers unlawful.

Chrisco contracts under fire in Australia

Christmas hamper company is facing court action in Australia over allegedly unfair contract terms.

Yellow directory business to attempt reboot

The Yellow pages are heading for a new chapter.

Christchurch needs 8000 more construction workers

Canterbury needs 8000 more construction workers for the rebuild's peak in December 2016.

Lacklustre Christmas sales hit Kathmandu figures

Outdoor clothing retailer Kathmandu's share price dropped 34 cents to $2.44 today, as the company advised a reduction in gross profits following a lacklustre start to Christmas sales in Australia.

PGG Wrightson confirms forecast

PGG Wrightson says its trading performance is on track with previous forecasts despite lower forecast dairy payouts.

Gull entices buyers with petrol for $1.65 a litre

Petrol prices may fall to around $1.70 a litre in some parts of the country where Australian player Gull is savagely discounting.

LPC to expand inland cargo

Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) has finalised purchase of a 27-hectare site for the development of an inland cargo hub.

Trades training at all-time high

Christchurch's rebuild has helped create a boom number of 5000 new apprentices for the construction industry in 2014.

Smart money's on using the plastic

Credit cards have a reputation as dumb debt but sometimes putting gifts on plastic is the smartest option.

$10m development fund almost spent

A fund encouraging developers to build residential units within Christchurch's four avenues is almost all gone.

Independent rebuild reviewer appointed

Independent reviewer to look into rebuild work and costs related to Christchurch's quake-damaged horizontal infrastructure.

Advance payments show Fonterra's in a tight corner

OPINION: Fonterra's advance monthly payments to its suppliers this spring went unusually close to breaching its end-of-year payout forecast.

Silver Fern Farms allowed meat discharge

Silver Fern Farms granted consent to discharge into Waimakariri river, after commissioners placed "little weight" on petition by thousands.

Stonewood Homes deny stonewalling couple

A couple who have moved 9 times since the quakes should have been in their new home two months ago.

Aggrieved workers lay wage complaints

Agriculture, forestry and fishing bosses are big offenders when it comes to ripping off workers.

SMEs vulnerable to phreaking

Small businesses with inadequate phone security are at risk of being targeted by hackers.

The good times are rolling in Canterbury

We look back on Christchurch in 2014 and ask: Is this as good as it gets?

A sign he is getting word out

You admire them from the road. Those handsome signs on the farm gate, beckoning you down the driveway.

Connor approved for Acurity takeover

The private hospital firm gains clearance to takeover listed company Acurity.

Chorus plays down court claims

Chorus is playing down the chances of it pursuing telecommunications retailers through the courts

Interest hike deemed unlikely

Reserve Bank did not need to lift interest rates this year and may not need to raise them again next year, as low inflation is balancing out growth.

Port industrial strife to continue

Mediation talks between Lyttelton Port and union workers falter.

Couriers charging for absence

National transport firm Freightways has extended its policy of charging for an unsuccessful courier delivery.

Franchisee fed up as assurances fall flat

Immigrant fears he has lost $19,500 in an attempt to get ahead with a cleaning franchise.

Potholes get deeper for customers left in lurch

Debts mount for The Pothole People

Workers and customers are finding themselves out of pocket after The Pothole People went bust.

So much for peak oil...

OPINION: Why the sudden interest in the virtually unexplored Pegasus Basin, off the Wairarapa coast?

Court gives a little breathing space

The High Court has given stricken Christchurch building company Williams and Co a little breathing space but not for long.

Angry investors tackle Pyne Gould Corp

Investors make their feelings known at Pyne Gould Corporation's annual meeting today.

Lyttelton port workers begin overtime ban

Not happy with an initial 2 per cent pay rise offer, Lyttelton port workers start an indefinite ban on overtime.

NZ hovercraft saves Canadian reindeer

For a deer trapped on thin ice on a remote Canadian lake, rescue came in an unlikely form.

Heated industrial property market cooling

Christchurch has the highest percentage of manufacturing staff in NZ but the region has the most vacant industrial land in the country.

Heritage Christchurch manor for sale

Eliza's Manor, a mid-19th century house and boutique hotel is for sale in central Christchurch.

Shopping: pain or pleasure?

Christmas shopping 'crazy and stressful'

OPINION: Who loves shopping? If it means battling crowds and Christchurch's ghastly roads to search for something I may not want or need, no thanks.

$40,000 fine for no quad bike helmets

A Marlborough farming couple has been fined $40,000 for not wearing helmets while riding their quad bikes.

Gelatine low-smell option delayed

Plans to make low-odour gelatine put on the backburner by a smelly Woolston factory.

Software firm outgrows Epic

Anchor tenant of Epic, the two-year old innovation hub in central Chch, is on the hunt for much bigger new premises.

Onus on plaintiff, says court

Coalminer Bathurst Resources loses application for summary judgment for debt of close to $4m against Brightwater Engineers.

Cunning convertibles put rich listers in Luxe crew

OPINION: What brings such far-flung Kiwi and European investment interests together? One word - tax.

Pothole People in receivership

Another Christchurch construction company goes under, leaving customers out of pocket.

University makes $550m quake settlement

Canterbury University's $550m insurance settlement with Vero is the biggest ever in NZ.

Sewers may be able to cope with SFF waste

Christchurch's wastewater network may be able to cope with SFF meat waste within a year.

Christmas job losses at Asco

Nearly 20 staff are being axed with closure of manufacturer Asco Carbon Dioxide.

Overtime ban set to sting port

Unions predict disruption to Christmas cargo at Lyttelton Port but port management disagree.
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