Business

Russian trade deal in limbo

Tim Groser

NZ almost finalised an agreement with Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan before the Crimean and Ukraine crises stalled talks.

Mortgage brakes misplaced

home loan break fee

One year in, controversial home loan restrictions are working but at the expense of first-home buyers.

Boss' pay rise defended

lyttelton port

Lyttelton Port boss Peter Davie's salary keeps rising, this year by 18 per cent to $1.24 million.

No warm fuzzies if taxpayers lose

Chalkie

OPINION: At the risk of looking like someone who shouts at puppies and bites the heads off buttercups, Chalkie would like to talk about venture capital.

Election jitters see confidence fall

Stock market NZX

Business confidence is retreating, diving to a two-year low, with and pre-election politics are to blame, ANZ says.

Not satisfied with record

Westland Milk Products

Westland Milk not satisfied with payout to farmers despite a record total group revenue for 2013-2014.

NZX threatens suspension

magnifying glass dollar

Investment company Pyne Gould falls foul of the stock exchange for not filing audited accounts on time.

Security not tight enough at oil summit

oil

Seven protesters burst into the New Zealand Petroleum Summit this morning.

House sales 'go bonkers'

Circuit St, Strowan, $3.5m

Another Christchurch home sells for $3.5m as the market goes 'bonkers' post-election.

Kiwis seek gas remedies

A cattle beast in a respiration chamber to measure its food,  as well as greenhouse gas and nitrogen deposits in its dung and urine.

Almost half NZ's greenhouse gases come from farmed animals and Palmerston North-based research groups are looking at ways to reduce that.

Heat goes on milk production

CRV Ambreed's Maree Pearce shows dairy farmers how to attach heat detectors to cows.

Missing a heat in a cow will cost a farmer at least $200 as the cow comes into milk later than she might have.

Land sale approved

Apples

The OIO has retrospectively approved the sale of 35 hectares of land near Timaru to US investors.

Fonterra in uphill battle

Fonterra

Fonterra is the second-largest milk processor in the world but it trails many of its peers in adding value, research suggests.

Managing complexity

nick

OPINION: Leaders need to apply different skills when dealing with complicated problems.

Free trade agreement 'close'

South Korea’s ambassador to New Zealand has ramped up expectation that a free trade agreement is imminent.

'Rock-star economy' ignores regions

Ifor Ffowcs-Williams

OPINION: The importance of the regions to export earnings is well known but national agencies struggle to co-ordinate regional priorities.

'Armed maniac' jailed for fraud

John Fagan

Man who once introduced himself to Sir Paul Holmes as an "armed maniac" is jailed for millions of dollars worth of fraud.

Juken NZ fined $57K over injury

Forestry

A forestry and timber company has been fined after a worker lost part of his finger in an accident.

Synlait gets Chinese tick

Synlait Milk

Synlait Milk receives its long-awaited approval to be be a registered manufacturer of infant formula in China.

Air NZ defends airfares

Air New Zealand says prices are significantly lower than five years ago, but it will keep trying to bring fares down.

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