Alleged exploitation of backpacker labour under investigation

Argentinian tourist Maria Arcos has worked in several New Zealand backpacker hostels in return for free accommodation.

Backpackers working for a free bed instead of wages are doing everything from cleaning backpacker lodges to picking up horse poo as volunteer labour comes under scrutiny.

Woolies casualties include Countdown

Countdown has held its own in the New Zealand market but its Australian parent Woolworths is not enjoying such happy times..

Six Countdown stores to close as Australian parent company undergoes major restructure.

City buyers shun poky homes

Cramped apartments are putting off potential buyers looking to move to central Christchurch.

Christchurch developers cramming poorly-designed apartments into small spaces are frustrating potential buyers wanting central city living.

Cut plastic waste in one step

Brianne West is a bio-chemist. She was studying at the University of Canterbury when she got the idea for Ethique's products.

Young Kiwi businesswoman tackles beauty industry's rubbish problem.

Making Chch 'edgy' video

Could Christchurch's biennual Festa light festival be used to promote the city as "edgy"?

Christchurch needs to become an "edgy 21st century city" to attract its share of the tourism boom.

$8.5m spat destined for court gallery

This luxury Redcliffs home is at the centre of a pricey High Court wrangle in Christchurch. Its owners claim it will ...

Insurance dispute over a luxury Christchurch mansion owned by Golden Homes director is destined for the courtroom.

Green dreams for the red zone

Exploring the red-zone's possibilities: School children on walking trip through cleared suburbs by the Avon.

After a long wait the serious talk about the future of the Avon residential red zone has begun. But does the broken land have to tell its own story?

Vineyards produce 'evolutionary' map

Felton Road Wines winemaker Blair Walter at the launch of a Bannockburn vineyard map for wine lovers keen to learn more ...

Fine wine regions around the world have them, now Bannockburn in Central Otago does too.

Cathedral group costs thousands video

The badly damaged Christ Church Cathedral.

Taxpayers will stump up about $50k for the working party considering the fate of the derelict Christ Church Cathedral.

A population strategy please

Economist Shamubeel Eaqub

OPINION: There are two broad issues with immigration.

Homeowners 'left in the poo'

Rob Doney says EQC failed to assess and repair earthquake damage to his Waltham property.

Christchurch man says unrepaired earthquake damage scuppered the sale of his rental property.

Some creditors may have to pay

Stonewood Homes was placed into receivership owing unsecured creditors $15m.

Some Stonewood Homes creditors may be forced to return money so other creditors are paid.

Unexpected message in the ceiling

Workers fixing Sign of the Kiwi find surprise message.

Contractors repairing the roof of Christchurch's historic Sign of the Kiwi building discovered a hidden message.

From Pokemon Go to bovine laptops - no bull

Mike O'Donnell

OPINION: How will this game change the way business meets the needs of consumers?

A city with opportunity

"A city image is not real until it is adopted by its people, it has to resonate, be grounded in truth and be something ...

OPINION: "NZ's newest city is described as a place with opportunities to grow, connect and find balance."

The return of Roger Sutton

Roger Sutton is set to lecture post-graduate students.

Boss of Cera who quit following sexual harassment investigation set to lecture post-graduate students.

War on the dollar

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler

Borrowers could benefit but imports would be more expensive as central bank begins "attack" on the strong New Zealand dollar.

Rebuilding lives a tough job

Margaret Edwards has an engineer's report which says the property needs to be repaired to a higher standard than it has been.

''Our guys have got to feed families like everyone else, but they still try and do the right thing.''

No winter blues for tourists

Efforts to get tourists to visit year round are paying off with more than ever coming in winter.

Winter weather isn't deterring tourists, who continued to arrive in record numbers in June.

Tourist loo fund too late video

Councils say it will be a push for them to meet a  six month deadline to build toilets and other tourist facilities.

South Island towns flooded by tourists are worried they won't get new toilets built in time for summer.

Public ferries for Queenstown?

Queenstown Lakes District Council chief executive Mike Theelen says public transport must be frequent, cost-effective ...

Council considers ferries and a "park and ride" bus system as potential public transport options.

Agent wants Pero to learn real estate

Mike Pero has rejected a suggestion he needs to train as a real estate agent: "I am a CEO. I do not sell houses."

Mike Pero might be made to learn the real estate business after a disciplinary body upheld a complaint about his company.

Rydges Hotel may rehire staff

An aerial of the Rydges Hotel, with the now-demolished Grant Thornton building behind. The former Christchurch City ...

Quake-damaged Christchurch hotel will be fixed and former staff may be offered their jobs back.

New lending rules unfair on non-Auckland buyers – Canterbury investor

New lending rules from the Reserve Bank will restrict loans for would-be investors with small deposits.

New financing rules aimed at curbing the runaway Auckland housing market are unfair on the rest of the country, a Canterbury property investor says.

Streamline of public holiday urged in Queenstown

Queenstown Chamber of Commerce chief executive Ann Lockhart.

Confusion around whether to observe the Southland Anniversary Day or Otago Anniversary Day in Queenstown has been ongoing for years.

Queenstown ice-cream shop to open new premises

Mrs Ferg front of house service cashier Masha Erjavec, 26, is look forward to the opening of a second Mrs Ferg gelataria ...

"It will be a lovely little twist on the food experience.'' - general manager Steve Bradley

Keeping it between boss and worker

Former editor-in-chief of The Daily Telegraph Sir Max Hastings says of Boris Johnson: "If this charlatan and sexual ...

OPINION: What does one one of Boris Johnson's former employers have to say about the new British foreign secretary's character?

Few changes for Victoria Square

Few changes will be made to Christchurch's Victoria Square.

Otakaro's new $6 million plan stays true to the 1980's design of the central Christchurch square.

Reserve Bank move no solution

Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler has given banks little time to prepare for new lending restrictions.

OPINION: The central bank is adding new lending restrictions, but it is not trying to solve the problem.

Internet outage fixed

Internet services are down for hundreds of customers in Papanui and Strowan.

Internet services have been down for residents in two Christchurch suburbs affected since Monday.

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