Writedown for NZ telco

Slingshot campaigned hard for the unbundling of Telecom's phone lines in 2006 and its new owner hopes to pull off a ...

18 min ago  Australian owner slashes value of CallPlus, Slingshot and Orcon business by $215m.

Future through whizz-kid's eyes video

Tanmay Bakshi has given keynote speeches to audiences at seven IBM events around the world.

1:08 PM  AI will augment our ability, not overtake it, says 13-year-old Tanmay Bakshi.

Multinationals' tax victory

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Wellington earthquake affected buildings. 
Quirky yellow stickered structures. The ...

11:51 AM  Secretive foreign association appears to have a big win over NZ tax clampdown plan.

Final credits roll for DVD store

The decline in customers over the last three years was noticeable, says Stoke Video Ezy owner Sean Davis.

Video Ezy in Nelson is no more but is the rapid decline really down to the internet?

NZ to ban microbeads

The ban will take effect six months after World Trade Organisation notification

A ban on those little bits of plastic in your skincare products is coming, earlier than expect.

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Not just rows of housing

New subdivisions are not all just dormitory suburbs where everybody commutes each day, says Kevin Atkinson.

OPINION: Criticism that new subdivisions create urban sprawl, or all look alike, is misplaced, believes Kevin Atkinson.

From bombings to pancakes

Stepfather Marcel Naenen and Ingrid Vercammen launched Van Dyck Fine Foods, better known as Marcel's Pancakes, in ...

A former freelance reporter tells of terror overseas and how he's come to the sweet life in New Zealand.

'Not your everyday doughnut' video

Lyttelton's Glamour Cakes owner Bree Scott with some of her own creations which are selling off the shelves.

Her beautiful sweet treats are going viral online, bringing hoards of dessert lovers to the small port town.

Do you know you've lent money to the government? video

It's important to understand how your investments should be expected to behave in different market conditions.

New research shows widespread misunderstanding of common debt instrument.

Hairdressers win holiday pay claim

Four Taranaki hairdressers have successfully applied to the Employment Relations Authority to have outstanding holiday ...

A group of hairdressers spent a year trying to claw back holiday pay owed to them by their former employer.

Auckland among most liveable cities

Auckland came in ahead of Hamburg and Helsinki in terms of liveability.

OK, the traffic is bad. But when you compare it to Lagos or Damascus, it's a dream.

Prime ewes hit $200 at Coalgate

Top prime lambs making $172 were eclipsed by a strong showing in the ewe market.

The $200 mark was reached for the first time this season for prime ewes at Coalgate.

The courage to speak up video

McLoon says growing up she always wanted to help people.

At about 17, Taylor McLoon walked off her first job, before becoming a leader in a collective action named the 'McStrike'.

Kiwis pay $50 bond at backpackers

A $50 "bad behaviour bond" has been the only way to stop rowdy, drunk Kiwis causing a problem for Mount Backpackers ...

A Tauranga backpackers fed up with disrespectful Kiwi guests is charging a "bad-behaviour bond".

Trump shuts business councils video

The dissolution of the councils was a remarkable moment for Donald Trump.

It was a remarkable moment for the US president, who talked up his business experience.

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money

The best KiwiSaver for me video

If there's one thing you do today, make sure to look up how much fees you're paying, says Anuja Nadkarni.

The younger you are, the more you can save on KiwiSaver fees - which can add up to tens of thousands of dollars.

Avoid simple insurance pitfalls

Many insurance problems could be avoided if policy-holders understood how their cover worked.

Money Week live chat

Kids learn value of a dollar

small business

Gun pointed at shop assistant's head

One of the men who robbed the Avalon Mini Mart on High St, Lower Hutt

Mini mart owner on edge after first robbery in 12 years.

Manfeild hosts business awards

The Feilding and District Business Awards will move to Manfeild in a bid to increase guest capacity. 

The Feilding and District Business Awards will move to Manfeild in a bid to bump up guest capacity. 

A little slice of Holland

Mischa van Dijk is the new owner of The Dutch Shop in Petone.

Petone's The Dutch Shop has a new owner who plans to offer more treats to her fellow Dutchies.

Wanaka growth continues to soar

Wanaka Interiors business co-owner Janine Fitchew is one of a growing number of start up business operators in the town.

One year in Wanaka: 93 new businesses, 450 extra jobs.

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Bottles replace biscuits at factory video

Flight Plastics chief executive Keith Smith with a handful of processed PET flakes and a fruit punnet made of recycled ...

A new plastic processing facility means 200 million bottles a year can be turned into recyclable food packaging.

It's the putting right that counts

Nicola Sladden: One grateful customer "offered to pay us with a side of venison".

OPINION: Banks' attitudes towards customers are not what they used to be.

Big money for council bosses

Reviews of a chief executive's salary don't consider what other workers in the organisation earn, Hamilton Mayor Andrew ...

Big pay increases for local council CEOs but not so much for low-paid staffers.

Sanitarium takes on NZ store

Sanitarium says it can't sell Weet-Bix in Weetabix-dominated markets, so it's only fair that it isn't sold here.

'Small-time trader' of British groceries readies for a court date with the Kiwi cereal giant.

property

Don't forget those who can't buy: Researcher

A significant number of renting households do not earn enough to buy a property in their areas.

Mother-of-four Melissa Greeff says the cost of keeping a roof over a family's head is a big barrier to getting ahead.

Brothel building for sale

Il-Bordello is on Vivian St.

"More bang for your buck" for this brothel building.

Asbestos found in backyard

Tenant Jade Darbyshire believes his landlords  failed to properly address his concerns about asbestos found in the yard ...

"It's been making people sick for years," claims Paekakariki tenant.

$2.9m payout for Fletcher chief

Mark Adamson: forfeited $8m in share options.

Mark Adamson, who sent "inappropriate" email over project problems, given multi-million dollar exit package.

opinion & analysis

A lesson from the Greens

If you had been employing Metiria Turei, would you have wanted to know about her benefit fraud?

OPINION: Is it better to disclose a criminal conviction to an employer or risk the truth dribbling out?

Airbnb seduces the people of Queenstown

What better way to offset a crippling mortgage than rent a room to Airbnb guests?

OPINION: There is a mutual love affair going on between Queenstown home owners and Airbnb.

Everyone has a personal brand

Cas Carter: "Sometimes showing warts isn't such a good idea.''

OPINION: When you're job seeking, going on a date, or making new friends, you're selling your brand.

Death of a decent day's work video

There's the much talked about threat of robots stealing our jobs.

OPINION: We should take the 24 extra minutes a day machines are giving us and spend it at the pub.

farming

At home with top farmer

An unusually wet winter has put some crops underwater and made it impossible to plant others on the Watson's farm at ...

Wheat yield world record-holder and Mid Canterbury farmer Eric Watson is also NZ arable farmer of the year.

A 105-year-old family farm

Waikoikoi farming family Thea Savage, Gareth, Bill and Pam McCall.

The McCall family have been farming at Waikoikoi for over a century.

More than riparian planting

DairyNZ chief executive Tim Mackle says dairy farmers have invested a "huge effort" in planting alongside rivers and streams.

Riverside plantings have their limitations on farms when it comes to cutting nitrate runoff, author says.

Pipeline blowout's $2m cost

Contractors lay a section of the North Otago Irrigation Company's main 1.2m pipeline.

A massive pipeline blowout caused a year's delay to a North Otago irrigation scheme and cost $2 million in lost revenue.

world

Trump shuts business councils video

The dissolution of the councils was a remarkable moment for Donald Trump.

It was a remarkable moment for the US president, who talked up his business experience.

Crowdfunding a legal bill

Amber Harrison says if every Seven viewer gave just $1, she could easily pay off the TV network.

Australian Amber Harrison wants help after a court brawl with Seven West Media came to the same ugly end as her affair. 

Game of Thrones arrests

The Spoils of War surfaced on the internet before the series premiered on TV.

Four arrests have been made in India over the leak of a Game of Thrones episode online three days before its premiere.

A$150,000 stray grape

The grape could not have been on the floor longer than 10 minutes, the court ruled.

Sydney supermarket wins fight against a customer awarded a small fortune after slipping on a grape.

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