Reserve Bank prepares to crack down on housing

Reserve Bank governor Adrian Orr is moving to tighten restrictions on mortgage lending.

1 min ago  Loan-to-value rules set to tighten in October, bank worried about borrowers with big loans getting into 'negative equity'.

What Square's purchase of Afterpay means for the future of credit and payments

For Afterpay, the deal makes perfect sense.

OPINION: The deal says a lot more about how we'll pay in the future than it does about Afterpay’s past success.

Housing as a human right: Those for and against

ACT leader David Seymour says that human rights is a pointless way to discuss housing.

A property investor, an MP and a renters' advocate give their views on reframing the housing debate around human rights.

Government should grant New Zealand's migrants residency

Oliver Hartwich of The New Zealand Initiative.

OPINION: Government should apologise to thousands of migrants and their families for distress caused during the border closure.

Water saving grass could help farmers through dry summers video

Vishna Weerarathne, a PhD student at Massey University, has identified ‘elite’ grass plants that can use water more ...

A Massey University researcher has identified rye grass plants that use water more efficiently.

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How to promote a business: From smiley face balloons to number plates

The Party People's Drummoyne, Sydney, Megastore grand opening in 2012.

OPINION: Even during Australia's lockdown, businesses can find interesting ways to get the word out.

Meet the Auckland family who have spent three generations on the ice video

The Blong family have loved running and owning a business that involves all generations. (L-R) Rosie Armstrong, Nell ...

Ross Blong traded a dairy farm for an ice skating rink in 1974, Paradice Ice Skating now have seven rinks across the country.

We need border rethink to fix skills chasm video

EMA chief executive Brett O'Riley says the skills shortage is now across multiple sectors, constraining growth across ...

OPINION: Without concerted intervention the already severe skills shortage will only deepen, says EMA chief executive Brett O'Riley.

Up to 90 new homes likely for former hotel site video

The land on Papanui Rd and Onslow St in Merivale has been sold for housing development.

Despite consent for a hotel, a large block will be developed with apartments or townhouses.

Green hydrogen explained video

In 2022, Hiringa Energy wants to open four hydrogen refuelling stations across the country to fuel long-distance trucks.

Hydrogen is already fuelling trucks, buses and industrial processes. Is it a viable alternative to fossil fuels?

Travel corridor to open with three Pacific nations video

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has acknowledged the leadership of the former PM of Samoa.

Workers will be able to travel to NZ from Tonga, Samoa and Vanuatu without undergoing a two-week stay in managed isolation.

Genesis takes a hit, but S&P/NZX50 starts August with a 0.8% gain

The New Zealand sharemarket kicked off August with a solid gain.

The NZ sharemarket kicked off the month with a solid rise, despite declines on Wall Street on Friday.

Heat still high for lockdown success story

Marie Helleur set up her chilli sauce company Aftermath during the last year's level 4 lockdown. It was only meant to be ...

Marie Helleur started Aftermath in her kitchen during last year's level 4 lockdown and it has grown so popular she is hoping to start a factory.

Countdown 'working hard' to get online shopping working again

Countdown has been dealing with technical issues with its website.

Some customers who ordered for delivery yesterday did not get their groceries.

Facebook's questionable Ray-Ban smart glasses collaboration

Facebook is collaborating on Ray-Ban sunglasses.

OPINION: Facebook’s next hardware release feel a little bit tragic, even before I’ve set eyes on it.

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The consumer laws Gen Zs don't know about video

Daniel Wells thought that he knew his consumer rights, until he tried to return a pair of faulty headphones.

Because of the gaps in their knowledge, almost half of all young people are likely to leave a consumer rights issue unresolved.

1980s investors have a warning for those in the sharemarket in 2021

OPINION: If you invested in 1989, you wouldn't have got your money back until 1997. And even that was shortlived.

What's the price of cheese overseas?

Consumers widely expect prices to rise video

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Game-changing woollen sticking plasters business pulls in investors

Lucas Smith, founder of Wool+Aid, says the company aims to be a serious player in the plasters and bandages market.

An innovative Kiwi startup is taking on the ubiquitous plastic plasters with woollen sustainable and biodegradable alternatives.

To grow a business, you need to follow up your plan with action

Good internal communication is key. Set up regular team meetings and get people talking and sharing.

OPINION: Annual planning sessions can be packed with enthusiasm and bright ideas — but it's what happens after that really counts.

June strongest month for small businesses in a year

Bear & Moo owner Hannah Porter sales of cloth nappies and baby products picked up in June.

Small businesses in retail, manufacturing and construction had the biggest sales increases in June compared with a year ago.

Cyberattacks on the rise: How to protect your business

Cyberattacks on small businesses are increasing, but there are basic but effective steps to protect our businesses ...

OPINION: Small businesses were once ignored by hackers, as they were too small and too anonymous to be worthwhile targets, but that has changed says Damian Funnell.

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Woman who sought damages from quake advocate and lawyer must pay them $225,000 video

Bryan Staples at his former “earthquake hub" on the Ferry Rd and Fitzgerald Ave corner in Christchurch.

Losing litigation can be costly as a former Christchurch homeowner has found.

Ryman shareholders grill board at annual meeting video

Outgoing Ryman group chief executive Gordon MacLeod says the company has more than enough working capital to meet its ...

Shareholders of the biggest retirement village business are worried about the fall in its share price and its high debt.

Worker ended up in coma after company 'took shortcuts' in manufacturing process

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56 Wickham St, Bromley  Christchurch, Fire and Emergency staff or Work Safe staff are ...

A company was under pressure to meet supply demands when it tried to make the active ingredient in the pesticide 1080 and a worker ended up in an induced coma.

Starting a 'girls' club' for women-led startups

Marian Johnson, chief executive of the Ministry of Awesome, says the way to bolster the number of high-growth startups ...

Women are trailing in the formation of high-growth businesses that have potential to shake up competitors.

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Up to 90 new homes likely for former hotel site video

The land on Papanui Rd and Onslow St in Merivale has been sold for housing development.

Despite consent for a hotel, a large block will be developed with apartments or townhouses.

Large hotel operator's tiny profit

Grand Millennium in Auckland is being used as a managed isolation facility.

Millennium & Copthorne's local hotel operations have posted a 'marginal' profit.

Council guideline spurs concerns around builders' mental health

Engineer Paul Stanley is concerned about the mental health of fellow construction industry workers following the ...

A Taranaki engineer has warned builders are at “breaking point” after a district council's guidelines were dropped on the construction industry, which has the highest national suicide rate as a sector.

13 homes in 9 years: Waiheke man documents rental crisis video

Ashley Welsh spent one of his days off taking pictures in the driveways of his Waiheke Island homes in order to make a ...

Ashley Welsh has highlighted the grim reality of Auckland's rental shortage by creating a fun calendar for his mum.

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Facebook's questionable Ray-Ban smart glasses collaboration

Facebook is collaborating on Ray-Ban sunglasses.

OPINION: Facebook’s next hardware release feel a little bit tragic, even before I’ve set eyes on it.

It makes business sense to be GMO-free

Southern Pastures executive chairman Prem Maan is urging caution.

OPINION: Are we on the brink of doing the wrong thing for all the right reasons?

New Zealand agriculture is showing the way video

Dozens of large tractors drove through Kerikeri's main streets in the Howl of a Protest.

OPINION: There are unintended consequences of what is being asked of rural New Zealand, says Dr Jacqueline Rowarth.

China crackdown on Jack Ma's education business marks a turning-point

Chairman of Alibaba Group Jack Ma.

ANALYSIS: Investors interpret move as a slap-down to China’s best-known billionaire and a warning for plutocrats not to get too big for their boots.

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It makes business sense to be GMO-free

Southern Pastures executive chairman Prem Maan is urging caution.

OPINION: Are we on the brink of doing the wrong thing for all the right reasons?

New Zealand agriculture is showing the way video

Dozens of large tractors drove through Kerikeri's main streets in the Howl of a Protest.

OPINION: There are unintended consequences of what is being asked of rural New Zealand, says Dr Jacqueline Rowarth.

Bayer takes additional US$4.5 billion charge for Roundup suits

Roundup is planning to swap out glyphosate in the US but says that is not due to safety concerns.

The company will replace glyphosate in its Roundup weedkiller with other ingredients when it comes to sales for the US residential lawn care market from 2023.

The Monitor Q&A — Nadine Tunley, HortNZ chief executive video

HortNZ chief executive Nadine Tunley is concerned about the pace and volume of environmental changes facing growers.

Horticulture New Zealand chief executive Nadine Tunley is concerned about the shortage of labour, and the pace and volume of change in the environmental area for fruit and vegetable growers across the country.

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Green hydrogen explained video

In 2022, Hiringa Energy wants to open four hydrogen refuelling stations across the country to fuel long-distance trucks.

Hydrogen is already fuelling trucks, buses and industrial processes. Is it a viable alternative to fossil fuels?

Dairy companies, volunteers dig deep to restore waterways, habitats video

Raniera Gillett and Marjo Ermens helping to plant some of the 3000 native trees around bat hill at Buxton Farm.

Shovel-ready volunteers dig in for riparian planting projects to help restore biodiversity on a dairy farm and a bat colony.

Greening up money flows is the aim of the Centre for Sustainable Finance

The ambition is to accelerate change and ensure the country keeps up with its obligations, says Bridget Coates.

Hoping to change the financial system, the Sustainable Finance Forum has launched an organisation to help bring to life its ambitious long-term plan.

Windy cows to be weeded out in climate quest video

New Zealand passed “peak cow” a few years ago and in 2019 had about 6.3 million dairy cattle.

Farmers are hoping new research to cut burps will allow them to keep their cows and meet their climate targets.

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Twitter founder Jack Dorsey’s Square to buy Afterpay for $41 billion

Afterpay was started by Nick Molnar and Anthony Eisen in 2014 and is the pioneer in the buy-now-pay-later space used by ...

Payments platform Square is set to acquire Afterpay in a $41 billion deal with Afterpay’s founders to stay on at the company.

Sky News suspended from YouTube over Covid-19 misinformation

Sky News Australia has been sanctioned by YouTube.

The Australian broadcaster has a history of broadcasting inaccurate views of coronavirus sceptics and deniers.

China crackdown on Jack Ma's education business marks a turning-point

Chairman of Alibaba Group Jack Ma.

ANALYSIS: Investors interpret move as a slap-down to China’s best-known billionaire and a warning for plutocrats not to get too big for their boots.

Bayer takes additional US$4.5 billion charge for Roundup suits

Roundup is planning to swap out glyphosate in the US but says that is not due to safety concerns.

The company will replace glyphosate in its Roundup weedkiller with other ingredients when it comes to sales for the US residential lawn care market from 2023.

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