Here's what it takes to be a real estate agent video

Under the Real Estate Agents Act aspiring agents must be a “fit and proper person” to qualify for a licence.

2:09 PM  Only “fit and proper” people can become real estate agents, and the industry’s regulator is making it clear what that means.

Work restarts on 150-townhouse development after contractor goes bust

Subcontractors locked out of the site of $125 million The Paddington residential development on Taranaki St are slowly ...

3:01 PM  The developer behind The Paddington says the demise of Armstrong Downes has cost his company "multiple millions", and created 3-4 weeks of delays.

Why is toilet paper never on special?

Toilet paper is rarely on special – but why?

First it was stockpiling, then it was a shortage. Now toilet paper is never on special.

Economy 'red lining': Another bank predicts biggest house price fall since 1970s video

House prices are set to fall significantly, Westpac says, but still only back to 2021 levels.

New Zealand’s economy is “red-lining” and there is likely to be more pain to come, including significant house price declines, reports say.

Briscoes recalls Zip sandwich press

Briscoes has recalled two Zip sandwich presses.

Briscoes has recalled two Zip sandwich presses over fears they could cause an electric shock.

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Iconic Russian car brand to be revived following Renault sale

The Moskvich 408 was a very popular car across the Soviet Union and other Eastern Bloc countires in the 1960s.

Russia will take control of French car manufacturer Renault's operations in the country and resurrect the iconic Soviet-era auto brand Moskvich.

Are groceries becoming a luxury? stuff nation

Growing tomatoes in buckets is just one way Trish Scoble saves money on groceries.

OPINION: Our garden is packed with fruit and veges, and we go the extra mile to find a bargain.

Wellington Airport post $3m profit, passengers up 19%

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In the year to 31 March 2022, the airport counted more than 3.5 million passengers. Just 48,667 of these were international passengers, due to the travel restrictions of Covid-19.

Council-owned beachfront plots sold to hotel developer video

These lots on Marine Parade in Paraparaumu Beach were bought by Kāpiti Coast District Council for $1.43 million in 2019. ...

The two plots have been bought by Safari Group Limited with plans to build a mixed-use development on the site, including a 46-room hotel.

Forestry trainees on track for good work opportunities

Jimi Sahota and Jimi Keegan are learning to maintain chainsaws as part of the forestry conservation course, which is ...

One hundred per cent job success for their predecessors has set a high bar for trainees learning about forestry and conservation at a course in Stratford.

Kiwi pensioners affected by unforeseen impact of Russian sanctions video

Along with other countries, New Zealand has imposed sanctions on Russia’s financial institutions in response to Vladimir ...

MFAT issues new guidance for banks, after hundreds of Kiwi pensioners were left out of pocket due to unintended consequences of Russian sanctions.

Knock knock: The opened/closed door at the centre of a legal dispute

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One side wanted an open door to be locked, while the other side argued it could be closed – but not locked.

Queensland looks to lure young Kiwis to work and travel

Before the pandemic, Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays was a popular stop for travellers.

The Australian state launches a new budget working holiday travel pass in a bid to woo young travellers and help combat labour shortages.

Hamilton EV dealer buzzing over Government electric cars announcement

Hamilton EV managing director Nick Down says the Government’s new announcement on affordability for electric vehicles ...

The latest emissions reduction moves from the Government will help boost electric vehicle sales and get gas guzzlers off the road, says a Hamilton EV dealer.

Auckland landlords tried to use tax change to justify $80 rent rise video

The landlords claimed the house was “stand alone” and therefore could command a high rent, but the tenants successfully ...

The landlords argued the loss of tax deductibility had made the rental "uneconomical" and the rise was necessary, but the Tenancy Tribunal disagreed.

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Which supermarket 'essentials' are cheaper? video

Battle of the supermarkets: Who has the cheapest prices on essentials?

Prices of certain grocery items have now been frozen or rolled back by New Zealand’s biggest supermarkets – but which one is the cheapest?

What are your tips for reducing your grocery bill? stuff nation

WRITE ON STUFF: Please tell us how to save on groceries. We're desperate and nearly broke.

A look at Elon Musk's expanding business empire

Cryptocurrencies: why they’ve crashed and what it could mean for their future

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Why 'good enough’ is often all you need in your marketing

I guarantee if you take enough action and try a few different marketing strategies you'll get some good results.

OPINION: If you try a few different marketing strategies you'll get some good results. And many times, 'good enough' is all you need to get started.

Love of feijoas drove NZ firm to 'leave no fruit behind' video

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Tristan Wastney of Little Beauties, with the product range made ...

OPINION: Nelson business Little Beauties makes dried fruit from food that would otherwise go to waste.

Career advice on how to ‘hack the system’ and find success

FILE - The Wall St. street sign is framed by the American flags flying outside the New York Stock exchange, Friday, Jan. ...

Through tips, tricks and "smartcuts," Dave Liu, an Asian American entrepreneur and 30-year Wall Street veteran, accelerated his career. Here's his best advice.

What I've Learned: Trust your instincts

Katrina Toovey has been in the restaurant business for almost 30 years.

Katrina Toovey has been in the restaurant business for almost 30 years, she says the secret to her success has been a focus on people and trusting her instinct. She shares what she learned along the way.

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Knock knock: The opened/closed door at the centre of a legal dispute

27042022. News. Pokies, pokie machine, class 4 gambling. Generic.

One side wanted an open door to be locked, while the other side argued it could be closed – but not locked.

Why is my KiwiSaver losing money?

For most investors the best approach in the current economic climate was to stay put and be patient, Claire Mathews said.

Investors checking the returns of their KiwiSaver fund in the last month may have done so with a wince of pain. We ask the experts what is going on, and what to do about it?

Children's work not 'chores': Gloriavale leavers win Employment Court case video

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Hosea Courage, left, Daniel Pilgrim, and lawyer Stephen Patterson speak after an Employment ...

Former Gloriavale members say they are “ecstatic” over the Employment Court’s ruling that they were employees.

Local trading card company raises $75,000 for Ukrainian refugees video

Legend Story chief executive James White put on large event in Poland that raised approximately $75,000 in support for ...

Meet the the Auckland business behind an event in Poland, where 400 people played as witches, wizards and warriors while raising money for Ukrainian refugees.

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Auckland landlords tried to use tax change to justify $80 rent rise video

The landlords claimed the house was “stand alone” and therefore could command a high rent, but the tenants successfully ...

The landlords argued the loss of tax deductibility had made the rental "uneconomical" and the rise was necessary, but the Tenancy Tribunal disagreed.

New 81-room 'Microtel' to open in inner city Wellington

Microtel by Wyndham Wellington Central is set to open on Vivian St later this year. This is example of what a room will ...

The Wyndham-branded hotel is is being developed on Vivian St by the Stonewood Group, owned by the Chow brothers.

Up $300,000 in two years: Christchurch's average home value tops $800,000 video

The surge in growth on the public housing wait list comes despite a government building programme.

In January 2020, the average house in Christchurch was worth just over $510,000. Two years on, it has jumped more than 50% to hit a new record of $800,000.

Auckland’s average weekly rent up 3.19% in a year video

South Auckland had the biggest rent increases in the Auckland region over the year to March.

Rents in south Auckland rose by 4.47% over the year to March, the biggest increase in the region, Barfoot & Thompson says.

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Higher farming costs will quickly start eating into dairy profits

The full effects of increased costs won’t become fully apparent in the dairy sector until the new season starts in June ...

OPINION: Just as consumers are grappling with a cost-of-living crisis, farmers are coming to terms with an impending cost-of-farming crisis.

Proposed code of welfare could destroy the commercially-farmed pork industry video

Sean Molloy is a Canterbury pig farmer.

OPINION: The draft code proposed by the Government would negatively impact pig welfare and hugely increase piglet mortality.

Why 'good enough’ is often all you need in your marketing

I guarantee if you take enough action and try a few different marketing strategies you'll get some good results.

OPINION: If you try a few different marketing strategies you'll get some good results. And many times, 'good enough' is all you need to get started.

Car trade-in scheme may be a clunker of a rumour video

Cash for Clunkers? America tried this one on over a decade ago.

OPINION: America failed with their car allowance rebate system, but could it be a good idea here?

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Marlborough mussel farms put harvesting on hold following toxic algae bloom

Routine tests on shellfish samples taken from the Pelorus Sound have shown Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) toxins ...

A large toxic algae bloom has closed several commercial shellfish “growing areas” in the Marlborough Sounds.

Dry autumn leads to financial relief for farmers and growers

The support package includes a tax flexibility with Inland Revenue and $30,000 to be given to Waikato, ...

Waikato and South Auckland farmers and growers struggling to make it through this year’s dry spell will now have access to a support package through MPI.

Kiwi farmer Katie Milne wants to lead world farmer group video

Kiwi Katie Milne is running for president of the World Farmers’ Organisation.

West Coast dairy farmer Katie Milne might be the next president of the World Farmers' Organisation.

Bee industry wants glyphosate reviewed video

Gloriavale’s Manuka honey brands hold UMF licences which could be cancelled if the body which issues them decides its ...

A call for information on the use of glyphosate is a good time to reconsider how it can be used safely, the bee industry says.

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$8m investment may get Stewart Island off diesel power video

Victoria University of Wellington postdoctoral research fellow Dr Soheil Mohseni [second from right] has modelled a ...

An $8 million capital expenditure can get Stewart Island off diesel power, a postdoctoral researchers says.

Business group wants urgent action on Government's $2.9b climate plan

A group representing some of NZ’s biggest businesses welcomes the $2.9 billion Emissions Reduction Plan, but wants a ...

Business and Government must work together at 'unprecedented scale and pace' to deliver on the Emissions Reduction Plan, says Z Energy CEO.

The public wants urgent climate action – until bike lanes pop up

Central and local government hold the power to build safe, attractive cycling and walking paths, boosting low-carbon trips.

Four out of five of us say we're willing to change to protect the planet. But ask about congestion charges, and that support flips.

Could a menu be inflating our carbon footprints?

By treating the lower-carbon option as the menu’s go-to, a café can reduce its per-meal emissions, a new study concluded.

By making falafel – rather than beef – the go-to option, diners choose lower-carbon cuisine, according to new research.

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Queensland looks to lure young Kiwis to work and travel

Before the pandemic, Hamilton Island in the Whitsundays was a popular stop for travellers.

The Australian state launches a new budget working holiday travel pass in a bid to woo young travellers and help combat labour shortages.

Elon Musk: Twitter deal 'temporarily on hold'

Billionaire Elon Musk says his planned purchase of Twitter is temporarily on hold.

The billionaire said the deal was on hold, pending details on spam and fake accounts on the social media platform.

Foxconn buys Lordstown Motors electric truck factory video

Foxconn, manufacturer of the iPhone, has purchased Lordstown Motors’ factory and will take over production of the ...

Taiwan's Foxconn Technology Group has completed its buyout of Lordstown Motors U.S. factory, a critical step as the iPhone manufacturer seeks to diversify into electric vehicles.

Crypto market loses $320 billion in single day

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There is debate as to how seriously these concerns should be treated, with some arguing it's temporary while others insist it's only the start.

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