NZX steady ahead of US inflation data, a2 Milk slumps 7%

Disappointed investors sold a2 Milk after it dashed hopes of imminent access to the US infant formula market.

Disappointed investors sold a2 Milk after it dashed hopes of imminent access to the US infant formula market.

We need to level the playing field between sawmillers and foresters

The Government wants to encourage more competition in the timber industry (file photo).

5:00 AM  OPINION: Treating wood processors equitably with foresters when it comes to carbon is a necessary first step for increasing competition in timber.

Low home loan rates were 'abnormal' video

ASB chief executive Vittoria Shortt announced a $1.42 billion after-tax profit on Wednesday. She was paid A$3.66 million ...

ASB has lifted the rate at which it checks people can afford home loans from 6.45% to 7.85%.

Sorry to burst your bubble, Starburst has been discontinued

It's a sad day for lolly lovers – Starburst has been discontinued.

Starbursts lollies have quietly disappeared from New Zealand shelves.

Are we about to pull the rug out from under our trade protections? video

Tony Nowell: A ban on live animal exports would contravene a fundamental rule of trade (file photo).

5:00 AM  OPINION: A ban on live animal exports would contravene a fundamental rule of trade, and its ripples create a serious problem for New Zealand.

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Vegan-friendly ice cream for dogs coming to a Christchurch beach soon video

Cocomutt will be available to buy on Sumner Beach in Christchurch from September.

Don't want to share that last bite of ice cream with your pooch? No worries, there's now a dog-friendly option.

Rental car denied because of guide dog video

Paul Hutcheson is a professional mediator and travels often for work.

Paul Hutcheson came to Auckland with his wife and his guide dog – but a Thrifty staffer wouldn't give them a car, citing a no pets policy.

Ramraid for onesies - baby clothes heist sparks theft-to-order warning

Renata Lardelli was woken up by police on Tuesday morning after her shop, Little Mash, was ramraided.

Vapes and cigarettes were not the target of ramraiders in Hamilton this week, as thieves instead went looking for children's and women's clothing.

Want an e-bike? Westpac launches cheaper loan for EV purchases video

People now have the opportunity to take out a cheaper loan for electric vehicles, e-bikes and e-scooters.

Westpac NZ has launched a new low-interest personal loan to support more New Zealanders to buy a range of electric vehicles and ebikes.

New Zealand's own 'Leftorium'

Alyson Harris runs Elite Left - an online store dedicated to left-handed people.

To the left, to the left: Christchurch woman tackles left-handness by opening her own shop.

Demand high for Rangiora land

The first stage of the Rangiora Business Hub development has seen exceptional market uptake with 18 of its 35 sites ...

Recent sales activity in Rangiora has highlighted the fact that demand is outstripping the supply of greater Christchurch’s industrial freehold land, real estate firm Colliers says.

Cigna admits misleading customers video

The Financial Markets Authority will now ask the High Court in Wellington to impose a pecuniary penalty on insurer Cigna.

Insurer admits lifting cover on 52,363 policies by more than inflation.

Communications Minister says Google upgrade a 'shot in the arm' for economy video

Google says NZ customers will be able to benefit from less lag and improved data sovereignty.

New Zealand will get its own Google cloud computing region, but the technology giant is coy on the specifics.

Training course hopes to tackle hospitality skills shortage

The pool at Hilton Lake Taupo.

A new training initiative at a Taupō hotel is hoping to address the labour shortage that is currently threatening New Zealand’s tourism industry.

The feud is over, but new challenges await

Forestry Minister Stuart Nash has made piece with iwi who were unhappy about his Government’s stance on exotic forests ...

OPINION: Now is the time for tangata whenua input into climate policy to be sharper and driven by experience.

money

KiwiSaver balances drop by $5b video

It’s been a tough year for KiwiSavers, but long-term returns on funds remain positive, despite losses over the past 12 ...

But Morningstar says long-term KiwiSaver returns remain strong.

Review your goals and financial position every year

OPINION: Your financial and personal goals should be reviewed every year to firstly check you are on track and to make any changes for the coming year.

'Frightening' rise in over-65s' home loans video

First-home buyers: Should you buy now or wait for prices to fall further? video

prosper

New Zealand's own 'Leftorium'

Alyson Harris runs Elite Left - an online store dedicated to left-handed people.

To the left, to the left: Christchurch woman tackles left-handness by opening her own shop.

Immigration New Zealand’s dirty little secret

INZ is the most inefficient Government department you are likely to deal with, says Ankur Sabharwal, owner of ...

OPINION: Immigration New Zealand is the most inefficient Government department you are likely to deal with for consistency of decision-making and timeliness.

Review your goals and financial position every year

Your financial and personal goals should be reviewed every year to firstly check you are on track and to make any ...

OPINION: Your financial and personal goals should be reviewed every year to firstly check you are on track and to make any changes for the coming year.

Butchery owner works seven days a week as he struggles to fill job vacancies video

Butcher Doug Jarvis is working seven days a week as he struggles to find employees.

Kim Kardashian came under fire for her comments about how “it seems like nobody wants to work these days” – but small to medium business owners might agree.

better business

Tyre stockpiler jailed over unpaid tax, lies and forgery 'catastrophe' video

Michael Benny Le Roy, 60, has been jailed for three years after he was found guilty of a host of unpaid tax and forgery ...

A judge said Michael Benny Le Roy's years of criminal activity had caused "considerable havoc" and sentenced him to three years in prison.

No 'scarred landscape' here: 800,000 trees planted on former gold mine video

The wetland site has seen native waterfowl return to the area.

An international mining company is making good on its promise to rehabilitate one of its now-defunct West Coast gold mines.

Cheap loans for South Waikato businesses aim to 'incentivise growth'

A SWIFT loan helped Putāruru-based steel building frame company Green Frame get three new machines worth several hundred ...

The interest is usually less than market rates - but the business must be in, moving to, or expanding in South Waikato.

Invest more in employees, look past the tried and trusted video

Accordant chief executive Jason Cherrington.

OPINION: In a tight job market employers have to get more innovative, says recruitment specialist Jason Cherrington.

property

Demand high for Rangiora land

The first stage of the Rangiora Business Hub development has seen exceptional market uptake with 18 of its 35 sites ...

Recent sales activity in Rangiora has highlighted the fact that demand is outstripping the supply of greater Christchurch’s industrial freehold land, real estate firm Colliers says.

First-home buyers: Should you buy now or wait for prices to fall further? video

Charlotte Fielding says she’s more worried about house prices rising before she can buy.

Some prospective buyers are "hiding in the shadows" - but is there any point trying to time the market when everything is so up in the air?

Ex-mayor takes council to court

New Plymouth hotelier and former mayor Peter Tennent, and his wife Rosemary, are the directors of Regina Properties Ltd ...

An ex-mayor of New Plymouth is taking the former council he presided over to court after it rejected his proposal to build a five-bedroom apartment atop a notable seaside property he owns with his wife.

National average house price falls under $1 million video

House prices in the Wellington region fell by 8.9% over the three months to July.

Wellington house prices fell by 12.2% over the last six months, but prices are softening nationwide, Quotable Value says.

opinion & analysis

The feud is over, but new challenges await

Forestry Minister Stuart Nash has made piece with iwi who were unhappy about his Government’s stance on exotic forests ...

OPINION: Now is the time for tangata whenua input into climate policy to be sharper and driven by experience.

Immigration New Zealand’s dirty little secret

INZ is the most inefficient Government department you are likely to deal with, says Ankur Sabharwal, owner of ...

OPINION: Immigration New Zealand is the most inefficient Government department you are likely to deal with for consistency of decision-making and timeliness.

How much do our top sportspeople earn?

Women’s rugby in New Zealand is subject to the same severe payment inequities that drove the US women’s soccer team to ...

OPINION: More sports bodies internationally are recognising the need for pay parity for women. So how do claims under our own Equal Pay Act work?

One year on from widespread power cuts, we must not let a good crisis go to waste

One year on from widespread power cuts, we must not let a good crisis go to waste.

OPINION: Unusual or not, it’s crucial we don’t allow lessons from that crisis to go to waste.

nz farmer

University year change pushed to help industry video

Tourism Minister Stuart Nash says he cannot see a downside to moving the university year.

Tourism minister says a shift in the university summer break would provide a student workforce for the horticultural and tourism sectors.

Kiwifruit company fails in bid to overturn 90-day trial ruling video

Farrand Orchards was ordered to pay Michael Tane more than $33,000.

The Employment Court says Farrand Orchards made a fatal error by allowing a trainee manager to start work before signing a contract.

Shoppers warned to brace for more pain at the checkout video

Analysts warn there is no end in sight for soaring food price inflation.

Analysts say there is no end in sight for soaring food price inflation.

Farmer confidence plumbs new depths video

Rising costs, supply chain issues and Government reform are key concerns for farmers.

Survey finds confidence is at a 13-year low as rising costs, staff shortages and Government reform weigh on farmers' minds.

green business

We need to level the playing field between sawmillers and foresters

The Government wants to encourage more competition in the timber industry (file photo).

OPINION: Treating wood processors equitably with foresters when it comes to carbon is a necessary first step for increasing competition in timber.

Focus on farm emissions misses the elephant of fossil fuels video

New Zealand prides itself on the efficiency of its livestock farming, but that gives farmers little room to move when ...

OPINION: While New Zealand fiddles with farm methane emissions, the rest of the world burns.

How are KiwiSaver investments changing the world? video

The Financial Markets Authority is clear that ethical investing disclosure could be better.

OPINION: A third of professionally managed investments apparently have a sustainability focus. That’s either great news or a huge exaggeration.

NZ is touting a green hydrogen economy, but faces big hurdles to get there video

BOC has a green hydrogen factory at NZ Steel's Glenbrook factory.

ANALYSIS: In its plan to retool the economy, the New Zealand Government highlighted green hydrogen as a game-changing fuel.

world

Corporate suits asked to handle bags at airports amid worker shortage

Queues snaking outside Sydney Airport’s domestic Terminal 2 in July.

Managers at Sydney Airport, Melbourne Airport, Virgin and Qantas are pitching in on frontline jobs after complaints of long queues and flight chaos.

Warren Buffett pounces on market swoon to buy equities

Billionaire investor Warren Buffett.

The billionaire's Berkshire Hathaway Inc is following an age-old adage: buy the dip.

RIP, Spirit - America's most hated airline

Spirit's eventual demise is a fate that the airline's critics may embrace.

The low-cost US carrier that launched thousands of late-night jokes and social media laments, may finally do what its haters wished for: go away forever.

Musk says Twitter deal could move ahead with 'bot' info

Twitter has argued in court that Musk is deliberately trying to tank the deal because market conditions have deteriorated

His comments come after both he and Twitter launched legal action against each other.

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