Business

Work, wages revamp planned

David Cunliffe

Labour is planning a "fair workplace commission" to lift the lid on workers' pay and conditions.

Tribunal censures estate agent

NZ house, real estate, property

A prominent Queenstown real estate agent has been censured for unsatisfactory conduct.

Farm income drop to hurt

Fed

A cut in Fonterra's forecast will see the Waikato's dairy farmers cutting discretionary spending.

Miners expand prospects

Open cast mining

West Coast mining companies are still optimistic and planning expansions despite recent downturns in commodity prices.

$20m property must be sold

White House building on Oriental Parade, Wellington

A portfolio of central Wellington properties owned by members of the Papageorgiou family have been put up for sale by receivers.

Oil exec junket needed: Govt

Simon Bridges

Government defends spending of taxpayer money to wine and dine oil executives during the Rugby World Cup in bid to attract business.

Green solutions

Pourakino Valley farmers Jason Kells, left, Geordie Eade and David Diprose are aiming to improve water quality in their catchment and improve the public’s perception of agriculture.

Southland farmers employ new methods to improve water quality and profits.

NZ expands into skinny wine

wine

People want to drink wine, but be skinny and a little less drunk - at least that's the theory behind $17m research project.

Building surge may be levelling

Construction worker/ Hard hat

ASB's "Cantometer" rose again last month showing Canterbury's economy continued to be driven by its construction sector.

Short list of $200m schools

School classroom

The Education Ministry is down to two private contenders in the race to build four schools for $200 million before 2018.

Stop building castles in the air

Chalkie

OPINION: Why Chalkie thinks lines company regulation is a waste of effort.

Farmers face $4b pay cut

milk

Fonterra's reduced forecast farm-gate milk payout will "come as a shock to farmers".

Man still critical after crushed

St John's Ambulance

Worker remains in a critical condition after being stuck between two food trucks near Auckland airport.

Aussie rate cut on the cards

Australian dollar, money

A strong currency may force the Australian central bank to cut interest rates.

Auckland storm proves costly

sorm

The violent storm that swept across Auckland in June has cost insurers $30 million so far.

Air NZ flies more passengers

air nz

Air New Zealand carried 1.24 million passengers last month, 31,000 more than in the same period last year.

Lowdown on your credit

credit score

Credit bureaus store more personal information than ever, so it pays to check what dirt they have on you.

Call for lower tax on savings

piggy bank, savings

The new Fair Tax for Savers Campaign argues the current income-tax regime "hugely overtaxes" savings.

Last big lender lifts rates

per cent

Westpac, Kiwibank and TSB Bank have joined the rest of the pack and raised floating mortgage rates.

Director a 'model prisoner'

Tallentire

Jailed director of Capital + Merchant has been paroled after coping well in prison, Parole Board says.

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