Mortgage gone - what next?

Paying off your home loan is a big financial achievement.

OPINION: There's a huge feeling of freedom the day your mortgage balance finally hits zero.

Runway safety showdown

The Civil Aviation Authority has warned that if it is required to reconsider runway safety areas in the way the Court of ...

Civil Aviation Authority says a ruling on Wellington runway could slash Queenstown tourism.

How to live in a house

The winter morning routine in many New Zealand houses.

Landlords say tenants can turn an ordinary family home into a damp, mouldy mess in months.

Ditch 'Blackadder' policies

"Current government thinking on land availability is the equivalent of Captain Blackadder anticipating the plan for the ...

Repeating the same things we've done before won't solve the housing crisis, expert says.

Spark fault largely fixed

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Spark North Shore hub business development manager Francis Sach.

4:21 PM  Issues began at 11am, says phone company.

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Hotel feast and famine

Christchurch has to attract more visitors if it is to avoid a damaging glut in the hotel rooms according to industry leaders.

Latest figures show 75 hotels with more than 11,000 rooms are either under construction or planned in the five main tourist centres, greatly reducing a forecast shortage.

Scales on track for forecasts

Scales Corporation managing director Andy Borland.

Scales Corporation's apple exports were slightly down on last season's stellar packout but remains on track for its full year forecasts.

Working weekends 'not the same'

The threatened strike action would coincide with the start of the scallop season.

Fisheries officers threaten strike over MPI refusal to pay penal rates.

Tourism ad complaints not upheld

A still from Tourism New Zealand's latest "100% Pure" campaign video.

A Government-backed tourism campaign showing a tourist about to drink river water did not violate advertising rules.

'Five star' venue's street fights

Flaxmere House is about 60 metres away from the Te Henga wetland -
 an important habitat for Australasian bittern.

Neighbours hit back against luxury Auckland wedding venue operating nearly five years without consent.

Your nightmare landlords stuff nation

Three renters share their experiences of almost uninhabitable homes.

Three renters share their experiences of almost uninhabitable homes.

Trade Me struggles to sell optimism

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Online powerhouse ups profit by a quarter, but property-listings warning and Amazon threat frighten investors.

LookSee Wellington to expand

Auckland and Christchurch economic agencies in discussions about expanding LookSee Wellington to their cities.

Wellington isn't the only one with a tech talent shortage, Auckland and Chirstchurch are now crying out for help.

Town's time to shine

Hayley Derry expects the new concept bar to open in November at the former site of Cornerstone Bar and Restaurant, with ...

Revamps, launches and takeovers: Marlborough's movers and shakers are getting ready for summer.

Fertiliser leader wants swimmable rivers

John Henderson is chairman of Ravensdown, a fertiliser co-operative.

Ravendown's chairman is among farming leaders pledging to make rivers swimmable.

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Stay legal if you want insurance cover

Parents have argued that their insurance companies were wrong to reject their kids' claims, because their illegal ...

New Zealand drivers are being left out-of-pocket when they give their insurance companies reason to turn down claims.

Accountants in hot demand

Many jobs that fizzled out during the recession are back, and deals are on the table.

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Retired renters struggling

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Builder lived high life, then fled

Former Queenstown builder Jaden Melgren on a duckshooting trip.

Jaden Melgren, who owes at least $670,000, enjoyed a flamboyant Queenstown life as his business slowly collapsed.

Into the Dragon's Den

Paanga Smith, 14, from QEC, presents for her group as students pitch their ideas in a competition.

Manawatu Maori secondary school students get a chance to test their business ideas.

Doug Robinson's dream solution for affordable lifestyle

Wanaka architect Doug Robinson in the living space of his nearly completed Tiny House.

Tiny house designer Doug Robinson is practising what he preaches about affordable living.

Barbecue-inspired restaurants to fire up

Godfrey's BBQ and Grill chef Louwie Venter, left, has been busy learning the regional recipes that general manager David ...

One is traditional American barbecue, the other South African Braai. Both come from a deep love of food.

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UK biz school heads to NZ video

Tony Henderson-Newport, of Kea Inspire, is bringing UK PopUp Business School to New Zealand.

A UK course which helped launch hundreds of businesses for free is coming to NZ.

Rain helped power firms, not you

Mercury's chief executive Fraser Whineray is also backing electric cars.

Power companies have been singing in the rain, but don't expect a drop in your bill.

Ex-mayor returns to law

Julie Hardaker will specialise in employment and public law, and be involved with Mai Chen's Superdiversity Centre.

Julie Hardaker's hard at work, still - just not as the mayor of Hamilton.

Who sits on NZ's top boards?

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Are New Zealand's highest-paying boards still pale, male and stale?


They get rent, we get ill stuff nation

I've developed lifelong health conditions as a result of substandard housing.

I've developed lifelong health conditions as a result of substandard housing.

Millionaire in six years video

Miguel Menezes owns 14 houses, four cars and two motorcycles.

He owns 14 properties, four cars, two motorcycles, goes on holiday every six months and he's never had a credit card.

More homes for Palmerston North

Jacinda Ardern announces more state houses for Palmerston North if her party gets into Government. On her right is ...

Both Labour and National announce plans to solve housing problems in Palmerston North.

Forced to share a home

A family of four ended up sharing bills with strangers at this Browns Bay property.

Family of four found themselves splitting bills with strangers when their landlord rented part of their house to other tenants.

opinion & analysis

CEO salaries no longer private

Employment lawyer Peter Cullen

OPINION: All stock exchange listed companies will be required to disclose how much they pay their chief executives from October.

Smart meters keep your life in a box

New Zealand is well-positioned for energy innovation.

OPINION: Do you want Facebook to know your fridge isn't running well?

Don't sass me, Siri

Artificial intelligence may replace some human roles in business.

OPINION: AI interacts with us well beyond just gathering our data and pumping out targeted content.

AI is coming for your job

Experts predict that AI will be able to drive a truck by 2027, work in retail by 2031, and work as a surgeon by 2053.

OPINION: Artificial intelligence is a threat to our jobs, regardless of whether you're blue collar or white collar.


Investment with 'sex appeal'

Misty Cove founder Andrew Bailey is selling a vineyard the company co-owns with Moa founder Josh Scott in Onamalutu, ...

It's like any commercial investment really, except you get to say you own a vineyard.

A medical exam gift 

At least half of Ni-Vanuatu come from northern regions, from where up until now they have had to travel long distances ...

Workers from Vanuatu who need a medical exam will not have to travel so far now.

'Just listen and hold us tight'

Louise Giltrap with her husband Geoff. "You guys need to focus. Just listen, say nothing unless it is 'I love you honey, ...

Stress is high during calving and Louise Giltrap has some advice for husbands and kids.

Arable farm sells for $8.25m

The record-breaking "Three Springs" farm near Methven which sold for $57,112 per hectare.

A Mid-Canterbury farm fetches a record value for cropping land.


Trump eyes Afghanistan riches

A US helicopter flies near the new-found gold mine site in Nor Aaba, Takhar Province, Afghanistan (file photo).

US president's plans to use some of the country's US$1 trillion in mineral wealth to pay for the war are unlikely to happen.

Claim that Nestle spring water isn't video

Nestle's Poland Spring water.

At least one of the firm's US water sites is near a current or former landfill, according to a lawsuit.

Killer crocs on hit list


"Problem" crocs up to 6m long with a taste for fishermen are fair game, Malaysia rules.

Trump's next battle looms

US President Donald Trump's demands to fund his border wall with Mexico may complicate efforts to raise the debt ceiling.

The US President isn't exactly winning friends in Congress - and he's going to need them very soon.

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