Quakes blamed for tax defaults

Duncan  Clarke was warned by phone and letter but continued non-payment of PAYE for another 21 months.

Home detention for a Christchurch concrete firm director who blamed quakes for his failure to pay $100,000 tax.

Bella Vista 'doomed to fail' video

Bella Vista Homes built 21 homes rendered unsafe for habitation in Tauranga.

Bella Vista houses were sold below what it cost to build them, leaving no money for vital earthworks.

Hire women, men work harder

Ports of Auckland operates a fleet of 13 metre tall manual straddle carriers which can stack containers up to three ...

Male productivity rose after a drive to hire more women at Ports of Auckland.

Kmart in Napier to be bigger

Napier's Kmart may be bigger than originally planned. (File photo)

Work hasn't even started on Napier's Kmart, but already the proposed development has expanded.

Developers continued selling

The failed Bella Vista development on Lakes Boulevard, Pyes Pa, Tauranga.

Bella Vista homeowners question how a company linked to the people behind their failed subdivision sold more properties.

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Kāpiti's new airline takes off video

Air Chathams pilot Andrew Daken was in the cockpit during Sunday's maiden flight into Kāpiti Airport.

After months of uncertainty, the Kāpiti Coast's new air service has begun.

'Strong interest' to build metro sports facility

A March Construction digger on the metro sports facility site on Sunday. March Menard Joint Venture have the contract ...

"High calibre" contractors are lining up for Christchuch's long-delayed metro sports facility build. 

When a sleep-out is a home

Denise Petrie's granny flat led to a shock when she opened this year's rates bill from the Selwyn District council.

Denise Petrie can't believe council's hiked her rates $1000, when her granny flat doesn't even have a kitchen.

Water scheme hopes money will flow

Hunter Downs Water chairman Andrew Fraser is appealing to investors for a "once in a generation" opportunity. (File pic)

Hunter Downs Water is seeking $18.55m in investor funding after securing the support of Waimate-based Rooney Holdings.

'We're just here to build stuff'

New Ōtākaro CEO John Bridgman has worked on major infrastructure projects around the world.

The new person in charge of Christchurch's anchor projects worked on Britain's Channel Tunnel and Auckland's Waterview project.

Jamie Oliver 'takes a humble pill'

Jamie Oliver has launched a new Italian cookbook.

Celeb chef blames lock-out laws and Brexit for his restaurant woes but admits he needed to make some changes, too.

Kiwi firms put gloss on numbers

What does an image mean? This one is from the Fletcher Building annual report from 2017. At the company's AGM later in ...

Are image-packed magazine-style annual reports influencing investors' views?

Eviction attempt backfires

Chequers Avenue, a quiet crescent in Chartwell, Hamilton.

Trust behind a Waikato tenancy will pay almost $370 to tenant after dispute involving meth tests and videos.

Chalk it up to forward thinking

AitkenTaylor urban designer Linnea Calob Jacobsen says the chalkboard will have a different question each week to help ...

Business group wants "cool ideas" on how the region should sell itself, and it has a massive chalkboard for the job.

$550,000 Newtown apartments snapped up

Resource consent has been granted for a 56-strong apartment development in the Wellington suburb of Newtown.

41 apartments sell in four weeks - despite having no car parking and the fact they haven't been built yet.

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Nothing like a spring clean

The daffodils are out, bills should be easing off and that means it's time to dust off your finances.

OPINION: For most people, the next three months are also the most financially stable of the year.

Goodbye avocado, hello money?

OPINION: Trying to use sheer willpower to overcome a bad habit is all but impossible – but there is another way.

'Expired food' still safe to eat video

How to survive a cash crunch

small business

Drive-offs force drastic action

Petrol station owners throughout New Zealand have daily petrol thefts.

Drive-offs, sob stories and abusive customers are a daily occurrence for petrol station workers.

Leaving The Square

Ross Hyde's family jewellery store has been on The Square in Palmerston North for 54 years.

Hyde Jewellers is one of Palmerston North's oldest businesses, and it's moving off The Square.

He could run, but he couldn't hide

As Dobbie Tipene was burgling Gelissimo Gelato he was being watched from afar. (File photo)

A burglar jumped into the harbour to avoid police, but the cold forced him ashore.

Angels and dragons

Angel Investors Marlborough members Mark Unwin and George Elworthy bought the whole company, Loring Distributors Solcor. ...

What do bungee cords and sci-fi films have in common? They're both ideas that went through the dragons den.

better business

Men must support gender equality

New Zealand is celebrating 125 years of womens' suffrage. But we still have a way to go in the workplace for gender equality.

OPINION: I've been called dumb for supporting equal pay for women. But it's not a women's issue.

The danger of speaking out video

Nikki Denley was sacked from Cosmo Pharmacy for speaking to media.

Attacked-and-sacked case illustrates the danger of talking publicly about an assault that happened at work, says lawyer.

Air NZ's tattoo ban unusual video

Trendy retailers might prefer sales staff with tattoos.

Air NZ says it's not OK to come to work with them, but what do other companies say?

Other plastics now in the gun

A lot of our waste is no longer being taken by China, forcing New Zealand to find other recycling buyers and onshore ...

Environmentalists welcome the ban looming on plastic bags, but it's only the just the beginning.


Kmart in Napier to be bigger

Napier's Kmart may be bigger than originally planned. (File photo)

Work hasn't even started on Napier's Kmart, but already the proposed development has expanded.

$550,000 Newtown apartments snapped up

Resource consent has been granted for a 56-strong apartment development in the Wellington suburb of Newtown.

41 apartments sell in four weeks - despite having no car parking and the fact they haven't been built yet.

Landlord protests outside tenant's work

After a tenant moved out of this west Auckland home, a disgruntled landlord protested outside her workplace.

Disgruntled landlord walked around tenant's backyard in a mask and staged a protest over cat faeces and disputed bills.

Apartments more popular

Real Estate Institute data shows apartments were 11.8 per cent of sales in the June quarter of this year.

But are you missing an opportunity?

opinion & analysis

Managing a reverse mortage

Your home can provide a pot of retirement gold.

OPINION: A reverse mortgage can help provide for a comfortable retirement.

There are many flavours of board charters

Mike O'Donnell: It is important to brew the right company board charter for the organisation at the time.

OPINION: Developing a board of directors charter is not unlike brewing a fine beer.

How personality affects pay

Does being nice get you a bigger pay packet? If you're a man, the answer seems to be No.

It pays to be conscientious and extroverted but might cost you to be shy.

What do I do about house insurance?

Kevin Lampen-Smith says its a good idea to get independent insurance advice.

OPINION: How can I get insurance for a property before I make an offer?

nz farmer

Ewe wouldn't believe it video

Proud mum ewe 605 with her lambs Molly, Polly, Holly, Ollie and Keith.

Nobody told ewe number 605 that sheep don't have five babies at one.

NZ's most dangerous job

While fewer forestry than farm workers have died in the last seven years, there are fewer of them, and the rate of ...

More people die on the job on farms but fatality rates are higher in forestry.

'Best hunter of his generation'

Alan "Dunc" Duncan in one of his deer recovery helicopters.

Obituary: Alan Duncan, contemporary of Barry Crump, was revered by fellow hunters.

Should we be eating wool protein?


It's soft, warm and durable and scientists say wool could also be good for your gut.


Paths to prosperity

All roads lead to Rome, the all saying goes. A new theory suggests this is why many cities are still wealthy today.

Places that prospered 1000 years ago are likely to be more advanced today. Why? Infrastructure.

Drug 'concerns' over Musk outburst video

Elon Musk has admitted that exhaustion is taking its toll.

​Entrepreneur reveals he uses Ambien to sleep in interview that sends company shares crashing.

Manafort jury back with questions video

Former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort goes through security as he arrives at federal court in Washington.

On its first day of deliberations, jury in the trial of US president's former campaign chair asks about "reasonable doubt".

Google to take big step: Report

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Bangkok, Thailand - June 15, 2017: Google icons printed on paper on green grass in the park. owned by ...

Report Google will control a big retail space in Chicago, but tech giant calls it rumour.

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