Stop building in flood zones, IAG says video

The flooded Maitai River in Nelson engulfed cars.

15 min ago  IAG, which owns the State, AMI and NZI insurance brands, also called for insurers, government and councils to work together to identify and prioritise flood-prone areas.

Man with Parkinson's can't get a benefit - his partner earns $1000 too much video

The income cut-out point for a Supported Living Payment is $56,309 gross a week for a couple with no children.

15 min ago  Ricky can't find work after he was diagnosed with the disease, and the couple has to manage on $57,000 a year.

Students at risk of burnout as cost of living bites video

Victoria University Students Association president Ralph Zambrano​ says rising cost of living is forcing students to ...

15 min ago  Victoria University Students Association president Ralph Zambrano says rising cost of living is forcing students to choose between medical bills or feeding themselves.

Zero carbon: A ‘transition’ not a ‘transaction’ video

John Berry says transitioning a business, our economy or the world economy to net-zero carbon takes time.

15 min ago  OPINION: Huge structural changes for businesses cannot happen in one ‘transaction’ overnight, they need to be managed progressively as a ‘transition’ over time.

OCR hikes: Is there a better way? video

Cost of living pressure is not spread evenly.

Homeowners have felt the squeeze of the central bank's attempts to control inflation. Susan Edmunds looks at some of the alternatives, including more tax for high-earners.

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Māoritanga drives Taranaki business

Hone Tipene (centre in blue) is using his company Tuarā Civil to help Māori reconnect with their heritage.

Tikanga plays at important role in everything Tuarā Civil does, including its daily ritual of karakia before the work day begins.

'Roll out the rainbow carpet': The big queer market NZ tourism is missing video

The size of the LGBTQI+ tourism market cannot be underestimated.

Pre-Covid, the global yearly spend of the rainbow tourism market was close to NZ$337 billion, not far behind the annual total spend by Chinese travellers overseas.

Ocean Flyer promises a revolution, but 'perception issues' remain video

Kiwi company Ocean Flyer has invested in a ground-breaking new sea glider design.

The NZ company is assuring the public it's safe to travel at high speeds just above the waves in something not in operation yet.

Part-time photographer's calendar coup

Stratford-based photographer Guy Vickers is thrilled his bird and nature pictures will feature in a selection of ...

Guy Vickers has honed his patience the hard way – crouching for hours in uncomfortable positions in mud and wet bush, waiting to shoot the perfect bird photo.

Market 'distracted' as traders look to big moves in Australia video

Fletcher Building chief executive Ross Taylor shared an annual profit jump of 42%, but the market was largely distracted ...

Fletcher Building chief executive Ross Taylor shared an annual profit jump of 42%, but the market was looking elsewhere.

Orr shuts down talk of whether he wants second term, as Reserve Bank hikes OCR video

The Reserve Bank has delivered its fifth interest-rate rise of the year to date, and it’s another “double hike”.

New forecast sees the key interest rate hitting 4% earlier than the central bank previously predicted next year.

What the OCR increase could mean for your mortgage video

Experts say the latest increase to the official cash rate may have little impact on borrowers.

Experts say the latest hike is unlikely to have much impact on mortgage rates.

'Cutting edge' seaweed technology gets Government support

A loan for AgriSea, announced by Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash, will help create a plant to ...

Plans to turn seaweed into a hydrogel that can be used in cosmetics and wound care now have a Government loan behind them.

KFC and McDonald's at Hamilton's growing inland port

Work has begun on the Waitomo super centre at the Ruakura inland port (file photo)

The two fast food restaurants will open by the end of the year at the Ruakura inland port

Fletcher Building annual profit jumps 42% video

Fletcher Building chief executive Ross Taylor expects ongoing profit growth this year with a solid pipeline of work.

Chief executive Ross Taylor expects to see ongoing profit growth this year, thanks to a solid pipeline construction work.

money

Dodgy salespeople now risk big fines, after changes to Fair Trading Act video

New laws mean if salespeople ignore a ‘do not knock’ sign they are breaking the law and can be fined of up to $30,000.

New laws will mean if salespeople ignore a ‘do not knock’ sign they are breaking the law and can be fined of up to $30,000.

Rising mortgage rates to cost households extra $3000 a year video

Food has increased 7% and petrol 33% over the past year but it's the cost of borrowing that is likely to hit many people hardest.

The $310m KiwiSaver deal that will pump tens of millions into Taranaki

A golden time to invest

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What obligations do employers have in hiring and firing disabled staff? video

As to whether a text from the Ministry of Health must be accepted as proof of illness, the likely answer is no, says ...

OPINION: A recent decision of the Employment Relations Authority highlights the potential lack of understanding as to what constitutes a disability.

What is your time worth?

In the race to grow your business, you often get caught up in the day-to-day activities of running the business.

OPINION: Most entrepreneurs feel like there are not enough hours in the day to achieve all they wish to.

Making your business famous is just a game

What fame game would you like to start playing in the next week or two in your own business?

OPINION: After more than 44 years in sales and marketing I have come to the conclusion that making your business famous and unforgettable is just a game you play.

Being a wahine Māori in business - it's a superpower

Three Waikato businesswomen recognised at the 2022 Māori Women’s Development Incorporated 2022 business awards held in ...

Three wāhine Māori in business are making their mark, striving to take on the world while tackling adversity.

better business

'Cutting edge' seaweed technology gets Government support

A loan for AgriSea, announced by Economic and Regional Development Minister Stuart Nash, will help create a plant to ...

Plans to turn seaweed into a hydrogel that can be used in cosmetics and wound care now have a Government loan behind them.

Being a wahine Māori in business - it's a superpower

Three Waikato businesswomen recognised at the 2022 Māori Women’s Development Incorporated 2022 business awards held in ...

Three wāhine Māori in business are making their mark, striving to take on the world while tackling adversity.

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.

property

Boulders fired at Auckland homes in volcanic eruption study video

The researchers built structures to mimic Auckland’s houses to understand how they might withstand a real life eruption.

Researchers shot rocks at mock houses to find out what the damage to Auckland homes might be.

Modern offices need 'fewer hot desks, more work lounges'

Many companies are reasserting their old work styles when it comes to the “return to the office”.

Half of office configurations are redundant for many businesses, an office designer says.

More than 500 first-home buyers may owe more than houses worth, CoreLogic says video

Nationwide, 98.1% of properties sold for a profit in the three months to June.

House resale gains are down, but most homeowners who sell are still making a profit, new figures show.

Hundreds of landlords hauled before tribunal for pocketing bond video

Pocketing a tenant’s bond rather than lodging it with Tenancy Services used to be rare but has become more common, a ...

Advocates on both sides say it's unacceptable: "It's technically stealing and it can be thousands of dollars."

opinion & analysis

How will Costco change the way New Zealanders shop? video

Bad weather and construction delays are holding up the opening of Costco’s first New Zealand store.

OPINION: Multiple delays and a NZ$60 entry cost have done little to quench enthusiasm for New Zealand’s first Costco.

What obligations do employers have in hiring and firing disabled staff? video

As to whether a text from the Ministry of Health must be accepted as proof of illness, the likely answer is no, says ...

OPINION: A recent decision of the Employment Relations Authority highlights the potential lack of understanding as to what constitutes a disability.

Battling inflation: 'People have had enough' video

Generic inflation, cost of living, price rises, percentage sign, arrow up chart

OPINION: As the Reserve Bank tries to get the economy back on track, an accounting adviser tells his clients now is not the time to trust anybody.

How we can make local government better video

A review is in process to make local government fit for the future (file photo).

OPINION: Changing the way councils work could unlock an entirely new way of working with local communities to determine their own futures.

nz farmer

Happier pigs might mean more expensive bacon video

Taranaki pig farmer Karl Stanley said he recently upgraded his farrow sheds at a cost of $1 million. He would have to ...

NZ Pork has proposed ways to keep indoor pigs happy, but says improving welfare will be costly and won't be climate smart.

Global dairy prices fall for a fifth straight auction video

Global dairy prices fell for a fifth straight auction.

Buyers are still keen to secure the product, just not willing to chase prices more than required, an analyst says.

'Cultural clash' of views about whether farmland is wāhi taonga

A dispute about whether part of a Hawke’s Bay farm should be classed as wāhi taonga, and if so to what extent, has made ...

A court dispute pitting Christian beliefs against the cultural significance of a 70-hectare farm has been labelled as a “direct clash” of religious views.

Smashing news for avocado fans video

The harvest is just beginning, but avocados are already going cheap.

With the harvest just beginning, everyone's favourite fruit is already going cheap.

green business

Some climate scientists say flood warnings on property go too far video

Auckland’s Tāmaki Drive is already inundated during high tides. Subsiding land is making this worse.

The Government will caution people about buying and developing at-risk properties. But it's basing the warnings on a world that's implausibly hot, some scientists are warning.

Trial of reliable zero-carbon power 'successful' video

The power from Mercury Energy's Ngātamariki facility is reliable, renewable and now, lower-carbon.

Geothermal power stations release small amounts of greenhouse gas. But Mercury Energy is trialling a system that could change that.

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.

world

Welcome aboard, unvaccinated cruise passengers

Carnival Freedom cruise ship.

The cruise industry has been supercharged in the US since cruise lines started easing testing and vaccine requirements in the past couple of weeks.

World's largest airline makes a big bet on a new supersonic era

The planes won't begin carrying passengers until at least the end of the decade, aiming to fill a void left when the ...

American Airlines agrees to buy 20 Overture jets from Boom Supersonic, gambling that a market will emerge for a new generation of sleek supersonic aircraft.

Australian mining giant ‘deeply sorry’ as staff report sexual harassment

A Western Australia parliamentary inquiry heard harrowing accounts of sexual assaults and harassment of female workers ...

BHP issues an apology to affected staff members after revealing it had received substantiated reports of more than 100 cases in the past 12 months alone.

Could the iPhone 14 Pro camera be a let down?

The iPhone 14 Pro. Leakers have concerns about the camera’s low-light performance.

OPINION: With (probably) less than a month until Apple unveils the iPhone 14 leakers have little else on their mind.

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