Was he Mr Business all along?

John Key worked hard to be seen as a guy you'd have a beer with.

OPINION: John Key worked hard to distance himself from his life as a financial shark - now he's leveraging his past.

Late nights at Awapuni threatened

The Awapuni Function Centre is one of several licensed premises wanting changes to Palmerston North's draft local ...

City council's alcohol policy could force function centre to close early and put some bookings at risk.

World Cup ticketing glitch

All Whites captain Winston Reid.
International football friendly match between Japan and the New Zealand All Whites at ...

Fault meant football fans could not buy tickets with cards other than Visa for a 'short time'. 

Qantas loves its Dreamliners

Known as "hub busters", 787s began operating in 2012.

The long-haul planes are "what we've wanted for 97 years", says the airline as it eyes more routes.

Collapse catches cricket out

230111.BUSINESS. Photo Maarten Holl. Crichq.com ceo Simon Baker with his I-Phone app which keeps score sheets for ...

Cricket clubs may have to go back to pen and paper to score games after CricHQ folds.

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Smoking ban 'unfair targeting'

Places with outdoor footpath dining such as Ponsonby's SPQR restaurant would have to make sure their outdoor dining area ...

Around 800 Auckland restaurants with public al fresco areas expect to see a drop in business.

Qtown businesses losses continue

Businesses are making insurance claims for interruptions caused by a burst water main.

Businesses are making insurance claims for ongoing interruptions caused by a burst water main in central Queenstown.

Stuck in rebuild limbo

Michelle and David McLean's home rebuild was demolished before it could be completed.

Michelle McLean wants to warn people about cross leases after her property got stuck in a rebuild deadlock.

Who buys liquor at 7am?

Under new regulations, you won't be able to reconstruct this photograph after 9pm. (FILE)

So you can buy booze at the crack of dawn but not after 9pm. And apparently that's OK.

Cost of ultrasounds on the rise

Some radiology clinics are charging pregnant women more and more for routine ultrasounds due to what they say is a lack ...

Auckland clinics say underfunding is forcing them to charge mums-to-be for routine checks.

'Auntie Dai' paid out

Dai Bing was working as the manager of the Auntie Dai's Dumplings restaurant in the Christchurch Bus Interchange ...

ERA orders company to repay woman whose name adorns a chain of Christchurch dumpling restaurants it started.

Labourers, machine drivers needed

Israel Whitley, 22, says his business that places labourers in jobs is doing "very good" as the demand for workers on ...

Need a job? Construction sites need you. But you will probably have to move out of the city.

Key's six-figure salary

John Key will give ANZ's board added credibility, commentators say.

Former PM John Key could earn at least $200k a year as chairman of the ANZ board in New Zealand.

An endless hunt for drivers

Class 5 truck drivers are in high demand in Taranaki, but those in the industry say it's a struggle to fill the positions.

There's little new interest in the trucking industry as those in it say finding qualified, experienced drivers is a struggle.

Southern companies at all time high

One of Synlait's dairy farmers Trevor Day.

South Island listed companies performed strongly

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You deserve rewards

If you've had a tough day you can instantly redeem your points for a treat in store, or if you are watching the bank ...

Mobil’s new reward scheme a whole lot more to Kiwi drivers.

Banks readying their roboadvisers

Westpac and BNZ have confirmed they are looking at launching roboadvice services.

The rise of multi-generational living

Big pay rise for Superfund boss

small business

Cutting conversation

New Zealand Barber of the Year Jen Lawton puts Brew Union co-owner Jules Grace in the chair for a trim.

She's happy to listen to your problems, and leave you with a smooth 'do.

Tantrum free shopping

Holly Vandenberg, with niece India Miller Rain Vandenberg, has started up the Panda Crew website where people can ...

Would you use a subscription service to buy your baby clothes?

Clothing boxes for tots taking off

Normandale mums Beverley Walter and Jess Halley have started a baby clothing library.

A couple of Wellington women are doing their part to help rescue and relocate babies' clothing through a new subscription service.

French Market owner in crash

La Cigale French Market owners Elizabeth and Mike Lind.

Pedestrian hit by car on Tamaki Drive is owner of famous La Cigale French Market.

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CBD is hot property

Hamilton CBD, seen from teh east side of the Waikato River, is experiencing increased occupancy amid a stroing of new ...

Waiting for a tenant doesn't work any more, Hamilton commercial real estate leader says.

Gun club misunderstanding

The Disputes Tribunal rulled there had been a misunderstanding between the New Plymouth Club  and The New Zealand ...

A venue which cancelled a booking for a gun show and auction has been ordered to pay some of the associated costs.

New life for old slum

Hamilton East's Jebson Place might be designated a special housing area, which would mean development could proceed ...

Demolished state homes make way for a new development.

Matterhorn wins reprieve

Matterhorn owner Sean Marshall is relieved when the bar can remain open for another four months.

"Stay of execution" for Wellington establishment Matterhorn as four-month lease is signed.

property

First-home buyers 'making sacrifices'

First-home buyers may be more willing to sacrifice on location or type of house, to get in the market.

The property market may be in a slowdown, but buyers just starting out are hanging in.

Farm and manor for sale

Glenralloch Manor, built in 1912, is the centrepiece of the farm for sale that overlooks Pigeon Bay, Banks Peninsula.

An "immaculate" Banks Peninsula farm is up for sale after 174 years with one Canterbury family.

Rental WOF slow to take off

Landlords for rental properties in Wellington have been slow to join up to the council's rental WOF trial. (File photo)

Only two landlords have applied since Wellington scheme launched six weeks ago.

Loans falling through on buyers

Buyers are being told to make sure they fully understand what a bank has agreed to, before they make an unconditional offer.

The price is right, the deal is done ... but the money to buy that house has gone.

opinion & analysis

NZ needs Ministry for the Oceans

Around 600,000 of us are recreational fishers.

OPINION: NZ's seen as a lucky country, but we have to be ambitious to protect one of our jewels.

Redundancy tests questioned

Have you ever been skydiving? Does that matter?

OPINION: Questions about skydiving and Greek mythology trouble those worried about their jobs.

Tech companies should look overseas

Leigh Flounders.

OPINION: The great tradition of Kiwi innovation is part of our cultural heritage, but how does the world view our potential in technology innovation?

Failure is failure

Those who glibly promote the virtues of failure, in ventures and corporate jobs, do a disservice to those who have failed.

OPINION: Fail fast. Fail cheap. Fail "forward". Hype about the importance of failure is out of control.

farming

Dairy prices, ANZ forecast down

ANZ rural economist Con Williams has lowered the bank's forecast price to a range of $6.25-$6.50 per kilogram of milksolids.

Dairy prices have fallen again, for the second consecutive auction.

Genomic breakthrough for forestry

Science leader of the Scion research team Heidi Dungey, right, and senior research officer, forest genetics, Nathalie ...

In a world first, Scion scientists have completed a draft assembly of the radiata pine genome.

NZ cows in Mexico probe

The shipment of ewe hoggets and 3224 heifers were loaded on a fleet of trucks to be taken to a farm near Mexico City ...

NZ cows destined for Mexican farmers ended up on the ranch of then-governor.

Affco manager resigns

Former Affco general manager Andy Leonard at this year's Mystery Creek Fieldays.

Affco general manager Andy Leonard left in a hurry but he's keeping mum about why.

world

Amazon Studios boss quits after harassment charge

Amazon Studios boss Roy Price quits after sexual harasment charge.

Amazon Studios says it has accepted the resignation of its top executive following sexual harassment allegations made by a producer.

NZ cows in Mexico probe

The shipment of ewe hoggets and 3224 heifers were loaded on a fleet of trucks to be taken to a farm near Mexico City ...

NZ cows and sheep were sent to help drought-hit Mexico - 900 ended up on the ranch of then-governor.

Car bomb killing after expose video

Investigative journalist Caruana Galizia was killed after a powerful bomb blew up her car.

A journalist who exposed Malta's link to offshore tax havens was murdered when a bomb exploded in her car.

Weinstein Co enters sale talks

Has Harvey Weinstein damaged his company's brand beyond repair?

Weinstein Company enters talks with private equity firm Colony Capital, over selling the bulk of its assets .

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