Agent loses house and license

A real estate agent forged a colleague's signature to save her family home (file photo).

4 min ago  Real estate agent's licence cancelled after she attempted to buy back her home with forged documents.

$45k fine for Peppa Pig

First Mart imported more than 800 Peppa Pig toys.

14 min ago  Toy fell apart in testing, posing choking hazard.

Rocket Lab's Mexican secret

Rocket Lab customers can request confidentiality, but NZ's Space Agency says it plans to become more proactive in ...

9:59 AM  Mexican military used Rocket Lab to launch surveillance research satellite, Space Agency reveals.

Joining the 1 per cent video

Mike King does not doubt humans are capable of changing their behaviour, but he does doubt claims that Kiwis are ...

9:31 AM  A growing number of Kiwis are giving 1 per cent of their incomes to charity.

Kiwifruit: Low wages, big profits video

Zespri's SunGold variety is earning record profits.

9:23 AM  Zespri racks up big profits, but not much for workers.

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Instagram still likes influencers

An Instagram friendly matcha pancake stack with chocolate sauce at Matcha Mylkbar.

Instagram change isn't the end of influencers, but their posts will take a hit.

Metal straw death is no lesson

Virtually anything can cause bodily harm if employed improperly.

OPINION: A freak accident with a metal straw isn't a sign that plastic is safer.

NAB boss to get up to $9.9m

Ross McEwan "knows what a mess looks like, and once you've seen one you should know how to remedy it", said an analyst.

NZ-born CEO Ross McEwan steps in after scandal laid waste to bank's top brass.

7 habits of the well-off

We all know that micro-spending does maximum damage – do a quick tally of those coffees and music and games downloads.

Do you throw away food every week? Yep, you're really throwing away money.

A lifestyle to dye for

Sharon Albrechtsen, of Eltham, combines being a business startup consultant and tie-dye artist.

Sharon Albrechtsen is making the world a brighter place, one tie dyed shirt at a time.

Strewth - Australia did what?

Prime ministers Scott Morrison and Jacinda Ardern likely had plenty to talk about during her visit to Australia, ...

OPINION: Everyone is concerned about China's expansion into the Pacific, but Australia may have left the front door open.

'Don't panic' over coastal hazards video

Mayor Richard Kempthorne provides a briefing for media during a Civil Defence emergency for a fire this summer that was ...

About 5500 Tasman residents whose properties may be at risk are about to get a council letter.

Bureaucrats moving to Cuba St

The Cuba St side of the Farmers building that has now been confirmed as home to the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Wellington's Cuba St earned its name for its art and hospitality. Now the bureaucrats are moving in.

Caveat whacked on Shelly Bay

Land for the Shelly Bay development, acquired from James Crawford more than a century ago, was never offered back to his ...

A caveat 133 years in the making could further stymie plans for development at Wellington's Shelly Bay.

'Ugly' building surrounded by treasures video

The five-storey building at 70 Tennyson Street, Napier, is among the city's ugliest pieces of architecture, and sits in ...

Vero House, the five-storey 1960's monolith, replete with 1980's modifications, towers over neighbouring Art Deco buildings.

money

If interest rates hit zero

If interest rates drop below zero, it could make better financial sense to lock your savings in box when to have it in a ...

The idea used to seem ridiculous, but economists are now speculating about what will happen if interest rates hit zero.

Painful holiday money gouges

OPINION: To cross a currency border results in an instant, and inexplicably high, loss of wealth for travellers.

Are electric cars worth it?

Are you getting poorer? video

small business

'Blind spots' in town's security

Brenda and Ricci Pakau-Timoti's Streetwise coffee cart in Feilding was burgled last month, costing them $20,000.

Proposal to bring 36 security cameras to Feilding backed by businesses after coffee cart robbery.

Hills Hats' 'Hatman'

"If someone says they like my hat, I'll usually give it to them," Hatman Simon Smuts-Kennedy says.

"Although I grew up around textiles, I never thought I'd make it my business."

Reducing food safety costs

Mister Chai co-owner Tim O'Sullivan, left, with Food Safety Minister Damien O'Connor at the launch of a series of new ...

Golden Bay cheesemakers were the inspiration for a new food safety tool that aims to reduce compliance costs for remote producers.

'Explosion' of Airbnbs in Nelson

Peter Pattullo says it's time to level the playing field between Airbnb, and traditional accommodation providers.

The owner of Nelson backpackers says Airbnb operators have a $20,000 advantage over him.

better business

Best books I never wrote

Kiwi economist, Kinley Salmon, predicts that the future is in our hands and a robot-led future is a way off yet.

Kinley Salmon, author of Jobs, Robots & Us, talks us through the books he wishes he'd written.

$1m GST fraud

Tony Edward Cree, a former commercial diver, has been sentenced to three years' imprisonment by the Christchurch ...

A former commercial diver has been sentenced to three years in prison after fraudulently claiming more than $1m in GST refunds.

Climate strike was just a day off, wasn't it?

In Wellington, school students went to Parliament to demand climate action.

OPINION: Why are these kids spending their holidays fighting climate change if the strike was "just a day off"?

Free light bulb change a fizzer

Electrician James Marshall from Marshall Electrical wanted to do something nice for Te Kūiti's kaumātua. He's ...

A mission to help the elderly when the lights go out didn't shine the way it was expected to.

property

Chch apartments snapped up

Hagley Mews complex on the corner of Ayr St and Deans Ave is selling homes for more than $2 million.

North Island investors priced out of their local apartment market are heading south.

Bureaucrats moving to Cuba St

The Cuba St side of the Farmers building that has now been confirmed as home to the Greater Wellington Regional Council.

Wellington's Cuba St earned its name for its art and hospitality. Now the bureaucrats are moving in.

'Ugly' building surrounded by treasures video

The five-storey building at 70 Tennyson Street, Napier, is among the city's ugliest pieces of architecture, and sits in ...

Vero House, the five-storey 1960's monolith, replete with 1980's modifications, towers over neighbouring Art Deco buildings.

Immigration cuts won't fix housing

Over the last five years, the median price has risen 36 per cent to $565,000, according to data from the Real Estate ...

The Government is limiting resident visas, but house prices are unlikely to fall as a result, experts say.

opinion & analysis

Plummeting business confidence will hit R&D

"Why would any business be willing to put its neck on the line and invest in R&D when the Government is doing nothing to ...

OPINION: Higher costs and greater uncertainty over Government policy has caused a sharp drop in business confidence.

Elon Musk's brainstorm

Brain wave or brain explosion? Elon Musk's latest venture raises many questions, starting with whether he's serious.

OPINION: The serial entrepreneur is out to rewire the human brain. Which could be good. Or bad.

Mediocre customer service

A smile and a helpful attitude can go an awful long way for customers.

OPINION: I've become intolerant of bad customer service. Would I like a scolding with that? No!

Visa slowdown kicks in

Mike O'Donnell had a stint in the immigration service when younger.

OPINION: Immigration NZ needs to lift its game when it comes to processing visas.

nz farmer

Mānuka honey adulteration risk video

Mānuka honey must contain four chemicals from the tea tree nectar and one DNA marker from mānuka pollen.

MPI only tests for added chemicals "when there is a specific requirement to do so" and relies on self-regulation.

Tales of a travelling shearer

Speed shearer Jack Fagan, 27, in action.

Forget surfing or playing footie, Jack Fagan uses his family's unique sporting skills to chase summer around the world and earn a living.

Fundraiser not for fainthearted

Deputy principal of Manaia School Kepa Grindlay (in blue) and his son Meihana lift a stillborn calf into their trailer.

Casualty calves, one of the realities of the annual calving season, are a valued fundraiser for rural schools.

Farming behind bars

Calving has just got underway at Waikeria Prison's three dairy farms with the first of the 2500 cow herd's calves being ...

A prison dairy farm is giving inmates the skills needed for outside employment.

world

Phone risk on some Boeing jets video

A Boeing 737 Max 8 airplane being built for India-based Jet Airways. The faulty systems were installed in some 737 and ...

Potentially hundreds of passenger jets are still flying with systems which can be affected by phone and radio signals.

Asia's 'Fort Knox' for sale

Banks like ANZ and JPMorgan Chase have kept their gold in the vault over the years.

It's been filled with fine art, precious gems and even banks like ANZ's gold. But finding a buyer for Singapore vault is tricky.

Musk's man to machine mission 'impossible'

Tech mogul Elon Musk unveiled plans to implant human brains with computer chips in an effort to merge man with machine, ...

The billionaire's plans to implant chips into human brains finds a sceptical audience among scientists.

Google cosy with China? Peter Thiel asks

Tech billionaire Peter Thiel listens as then US President-elect Donald Trump speaks and Apple's Tim Cook looks on at a ...

Google pushes back against Kiwi billionaire Peter Thiel's insinuation the company is doing business with China's military.

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