Row over R&D grows

Rocket Lab Still Testing launch

National says tech industry concerns 'a big worry', but minister says matter is in hand.

Rise of the do-good business

Eat My Lunch lunches being prepared. Eat My Lunch is a private business, but free volunteer labour has enabled it to ...

Unless do-good social enterprise businesses have transparency rules, the risk of "impact-washing" is high.

Interest rate rises could hurt 

Conservative funds have their money in cash and fixed interest products.

Default KiwiSaver members will suffer if they stay put, adviser warns.

Lifestyle block or life sentence

Kevin Lampen-Smith: "Things that we take for granted when living in urban environments, like water, sewage and access, ...

OPINION: We want to move to the country. What do we need to know?

Age gaps can be expensive

Age-gap couples often have blended families, with one or both partners having children from a previous relationship and ...

OPINION: When one partner is much older, there are more financial concerns to manage.

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Students produce brave ideas

Abby McKee, 18, of Feilding High School, was part of a team in the Brave Thinkers programme that came up with an ...

Maybe brushing your teeth with turbo-charged toothpaste can lead to good gut health too.

What's eating Elon Musk? video

Elon Musk doesn't exactly go out of his way to win affection.

OPINION: ​He's the billionaire whose biggest fear is being alone, so why does he act like an opera diva?

Burberry slammed for burning stock video

British heritage brand Burberry, famous for its signature check, is under fire for burning its stock.

Instead of selling products at a lower price, the luxury brand burnt $55.2m of excess stock last year.

National want Govt action on concert

Close to 90 per cent of those living near Eden Park support the charity concert.

National says the Government should step in to ensure a charity concert at Auckland's Eden Park proceeds.

New Great Walk a thank you video

Care is taken to guide the track around big trees, and to replant ferns in the path.

The West Coast has high hopes for NZ's first new Great Walk in 25 years, currently being carved through the Paparoa mountain ranges.

Olympians of the wine variety

Matua winemaker Peter Russell takes part in the 1-metre spittoon at the Vin Olympics.

Young winemakers take timeout from the daily grind to go head-to-head in a battle of barrel rolling, egg splitting and water spitting.

$147m fuel cell investment goes flat

Early setbacks haven't dissuaded the New Zealand Super Fund from getting in behind young US green tech firms.

NZ Super fund suffers another setback investing in overseas 'green tech' businesses.

Asia ignorance a hindrance

Executive director of the Asia New Zealand Foundation Simon Draper said 66% of New Zealanders know nothing or little ...

Businesses need to move from ignorance to understanding if they wish to export into Asia, insider says.

Keeping the customer satisfied

The AA more than lived up to Mike O'Donnell's expectations and earned his continued business.

OPINION: Two encounters, one good, one not so, have left Mike O'Donnell thinking about how businesses cultivate their customers.

Ask Susan: How do I protect my son?

A family trust may provide the best solution.

OPINION: I'm worried about what will happen when I'm no longer there to look after him.

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Ask Susan: How do I protect my son?

A family trust may provide the best solution.

OPINION: I'm worried about what will happen when I'm no longer there to look after him.

More money for big city students video

Auckland and Wellington uni students say they should get higher allowances than those in the regions due to the higher cost of living.

Fuel tax hits commuters' wallets

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Asia ignorance a hindrance

Executive director of the Asia New Zealand Foundation Simon Draper said 66% of New Zealanders know nothing or little ...

Businesses need to move from ignorance to understanding if they wish to export into Asia, insider says.

Queen of antiques business video

Marcelle Cameron and Ngaire Low in their family business, Ethel Anne Antiques.

At nearly 90, Ngaire Low is like the Queen - actively involved in her realm despite being well past retirement age.

Food's just what the doctor ordered

Co-owner of Two Spoons baby food, Sarah Prior, says a desire for better baby food has now turned into a business.

A New Plymouth GP wanted better food for her baby daughter, so she set about making it herself.

Toto Pizza put into liquidation

The Auckland pizza place, Toto Pizza, has been put in liquidation.

The pizza store owes money to employees, Inland Revenue and other creditors.

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Four-day work week 'empowering'

Tammy Barker is still buzzing over Perpetual Guardian's four-day work week trial.

Perpetual Guardian staffer did just as much at work under trial, while getting to spend more time with her kids.

Millennials reject 9-5 workday video

Staff were paid for five days but only worked four throughout the eight-week trial held earlier this year.

Young, modern Kiwis will drive more flexibility at work like four-day weeks - and it works.

Sweatshop or sustainable? video

Some fashion industry workers can work for up to 14 hours with no breaks.

An app created by Wellington woman could bring transparency to the global fashion industry.

Four-day working week a winner for mums

Andrew Barnes, managing director of Perpetual Guardian, wants all Kiwi companies to give a four-day working week a go.

Working mums should stop negotiating on hours and start negotiating on productivity, four-day trial boss says.

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Eco-friendly and down to earth

An example of a rammed-earth home built by Terrafirma at Matakana.

With large thermal mass and moisture absorbent properties, rammed-earth construction finds new appeal.

Food and beverage hub for Hawke's Bay

The 16.5 hectare greenfield site in Hastings is soon to become Tomoana Food Hub.

A few big names have leased space already, but there's still room next to Heinz Watties in Hawke's Bay.

Apartments popular for young buyers

Danielle Myburgh and her partner Ben Thomas bought the apartment they were renting, after getting fed up of the ...

Apartments promising choice for young Kiwis wanting to buy.

Renters feel like visitors video

Robert Whitaker is one of the organisers for Renters United.

OPINION: Community ties are important - but it's hard to feel like you belong when you're having to move on every 12 months.

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Keeping the customer satisfied

The AA more than lived up to Mike O'Donnell's expectations and earned his continued business.

OPINION: Two encounters, one good, one not so, have left Mike O'Donnell thinking about how businesses cultivate their customers.

Renters feel like visitors video

Robert Whitaker is one of the organisers for Renters United.

OPINION: Community ties are important - but it's hard to feel like you belong when you're having to move on every 12 months.

Emergency volunteers face juggle

Coastguard has 1800 volunteers crewing 75 rescue vessels around the country.

OPINION: If Thai cave rescue happened here, would the divers get off work?

The treat yourself economy

Nurses protest outside Nelson Hospital during a 24 strike, the first such action by nurses in a generation.

OPINION: For years the cost of living increases have been hitting the poor harder than others and the issue may be coming to a head.

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Calls to shelve dam plan video

Water Information Network Inc member Lew Solomon says a protest is planned for August 9.

Tasman District Council is being urged to stop spending money on the controversial Waimea dam project.

New Zealand's newest lake video

Mangapoike landslide in Gisborne formed the nation's newest lake.

"We knew it was significant in a national sense the moment we saw it," scientist says.

'Clean meat' NZ's new dairy?

A visiting scientist says young Kiwis could lead the way in the production of "clean meat" and end of animal farming.

Scientist who believes people will stop farming animals by 2100 says NZ could become a world leader in producing "clean meat".

Where's this piggy from

NZ Pork spokesman Ian Carter says the industry has introduced its own country of origin labeling.

OPINION: You might be surprised where your bacon comes from.

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Holocaust comment puts Facebook on the spot

If Facebook were to ban Holocaust denial, it might also be called on to prohibit the denial of other historical events

Facebook faces many challenges over censorship, including the risk of becoming a media company.

Fine could hurt Google's apps earnings

Google gives Android mobile software for free to handset makers but coerces them to pre-install Google's apps if they ...

Google's US$5 billion fine in Europe could play into its rivals' hands in the app market.

Google fined $7.4 billion video

European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said Google used Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of ...

EU ordered changes that could affect which Google-owned apps appear on smartphones and tablets running its Android mobile operating system.

Jeff Bezos busts rich record

Jeff Bezos' net worth has soared by US$52 billion this year.

Amazon boss, with a net worth of $221 billion, is the richest person in modern history.

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