Business

Bank dampens talk of 6pc growth

per cent

Consumer and business confidence is so high they suggest the economy could grow as much as 6 per cent.

New BNZ chief bullish

BNZ chief executive Anthony Healy

BNZ's new chief executive is banking on consistent growth as NZ's economy continues to expand.

Dick Smith online sales up

dicksmithstrap

Consumer electronics retailer Dick Smith reports 47pc bounce in online sales, but NZ sales fell almost 6 per cent.

Slow rebuild impacts SI growth

Robin Clements

South Island growth may not soar quite as high in the future, because of a slower than expected Canterbury rebuild.

Fraudster's wife gets $900k

Former Ross home

Wife of man behind NZ's biggest fraud pockets nearly $900,000 from family mansion sale.

English upbeat on Genesis

Genesis

Funds raised through the partial sale of Genesis Energy may be lower than they could have been, with taxpayers getting good value only "on average" over the sales process, the finance minister has admitted.

Rents likely to keep rising

rent

Rents have risen nearly 5 per cent in the last year, and one observer believes they will rise further this year as would-be first-home buyers remain stuck in the rental pool.

Rethinking the numbers

Robin Clements

OPINION: Important economic indicators signal strong optimism in the South Island, economist Robin Clements reports.

Liquidator 'breached fundamental principles'

dave henderson

A liquidator who referred to property developer Dave Henderson as a "little bastard" has been found guilty and ordered to pay costs.

NZ 'falling behind on R&D'

Labour Party

Labour is promising research and development tax credits and accelerated depreciation for hi-tech firms, at a cost of $300 million a year.

Labour backs 'subbies'

David Cunliffe

Labour will seek a law change to help subcontractors caught up in big construction firm failures.

Small cheesemaker looks to Asia

Mike Carey of Barrys Bay

For more than 100 years, New Zealand cheesemakers have separated curds from whey at Barrys Bay.

A life saving business

Mike Mander

Defibrillator supplier Heart Saver launched on April Fools day but the market it services is certainly no joke.

New home for hotel

Grand Chancellor site

Christchurch's tallest building pre-quake, the Hotel Grand Chancellor will not be rebuilt in its old spot.

From bean to bar to belly

Wellington Chocolate

The Wellington Chocolate Factory is the new kid on the block.

Farmers urged to seek help

Doug Avery

Mental illness among farmers is like grass staggers a top agricultural communicator claims.

Sustainable farming gets $9.9m

Nathan Guy

Farming industries to match the Government's funding with $8.7m of their own money.

Strong debut for Genesis

Genesis

Shares in Genesis Energy traded as high as $1.83 on the NZX, well above their $1.55 issue price.

Bubble 'going to burst'

NZ money, cash

New Zealand's economic boom will pop, and with dramatic results, US experts say.

The rise of holiday rentals

Car Keys

At the click of a mouse you can let, sit, swap or share your home to holiday makers so it pays to know what you're signing up for.

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