Invest for warmth and lower bills

Warm and without a care. Quite the opposite of how many Kiwi households feel when winter bites.

9:22 PM  Moisture is the biggest enemy, and that means prioritising shower domes and extractor fans.

Here's how to cut your petrol bill

Changing the way you drive will save you more money than collecting discount points.

Hint: It doesn't involve driving to a spot between Taupō and Rotorua.

NZ Post doubles up

NZ Post's sorting centre at New Plymouth opened a year ago.

NZ Post has consolidated its number of sorting hubs meaning some letters travel twice the distance.

Ryman founder cashes up $10m

Kevin Hickman founder of Ryman Healthcare.

Ryman founder Kevin Hickman and his wife Joanna have cashed up a portion of their shares to spend on other interests.

Bankrupt, but rich in assets

A buyer has not been found for the development at 8 Huka Rd in Birkenhead.

Bankrupt Auckland developer has Maserati and millions of dollars worth of property in Australia to his name.

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'Lax approach' sees licence suspended

The Bellbird Arms Tavern in Auckland's Manurewa.

When inspectors visited, the bar manager wasn't there. He was at the bottle store next door, praying.

'Boss' on trial for kidnapping

Jade Barton pleaded not guilty to charges resulting from the robbery and wounding of a taxi driver in August 2017.

Jade Barton was in it for the money when a taxi driver was bashed, kidnapped and robbed, Crown says.

Cinema workers strike again

Striking staff are asking for pay rises for senior staff.

Film screenings will continue as normal, Event Cinemas says.

EU trade gains may take years

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Kiwifruit growers could be among the first to gain NZ-EU body speculates.

Generations of Le Reve lovers

Three generations of Le Reve lovers from Taranaki, grandmother Theresa Gibbon, granddaughter Renee Moratti, 22, and mum ...

Renee Moratti says her mum used to go for aromatherapy before the doctor.

Zoning change for derelict flats video

Plans to demolish the Gordon Wilson flats, built in the late 1950s, are at a standstill with Victoria University waiting ...

Wellington's Gordon Wilson flats look set to be re-zoned, but their future remains uncertain.

Ultraviolet ambition paying off

Biolumic founder and chief scientist Jason Wargent explains how the UV treatment works to Palmerston North mayor Grant Smith.

Bedroom experiment buds into burgeoning agri-tech business.

Sheeran pumps millions into Dunedin

Ed Sheeran's three shows in Dunedin pumped millions into the local economy.

More than 30,000 Cantabrians helped pump nearly $38m into Dunedin's economy during pop star Ed Sheeran's visit.

Freight company fined for death

Toll Networks Ltd was fined more than $500,000 for the workplace incident.

A worker was standing next to a reversing forklift when pallets fell on him, crushing him.

Wendy's workers to strike

Unite Union members working for fast food chain Wendy's will strike over the weekend, but the action will be intermittent.

Unite Union has issued a strike notice to the fast food company from 6am to Saturday to midnight Sunday.

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money

Making money renting out rooms

Author Mary Christensen's latest book has been published - a guide to turning your spare room into cash.

A Queenstown author and Airbnb host wants others to stop feeling guilty about letting rooms in their homes to visitors.

Putting a price on grandparents

OPINION: Grandparents - you can't put a price on them. One British insurer tried though.

New Zealand's curtains crisis

Women suffer more in cold homes

small business

Bone density scanner in Qtown

Queenstown radiographer Lisa Bates has started a new business with a $100,000 Dual Energy X-ray Absorbimetry scanner.

"They said they would fund it so I ran out of reasons not to do it. I decided in December it was now or never."

Ocean's waste turns into shoes

Subs was set up by two Canterbury brothers to make jandals from waste plastic.

Seeing the havoc plastic creates in the sea spurred two jandal-loving brothers into action.

Wanaka pledges roll in for cold water wetsuit

Wanaka designer Eddie Spearing holds a prototype of the Ruby Fresh wetsuit, designed for people who like cold water swimming.

Swimming in the winter rain is a Wanaka thing. But what to wear?

Kidnapping defendant's denials

Bronson Boudine Samson captured on the taxi's security camera before he removed it.

Man on trial for bashing a cabbie before the taxi was set alight with the driver in the boot, told police he "didn't lift a finger".

better business

Incredi-bull mechanical beast video

The Te Aroha artist's creation is made out of scrap metal and weighs about 1.9 tonnes.

Worsley has a gearbox in one arm, an engine in the other and vases as giant testicles.

Stuff buys out Stuff Fibre

Stuff Fibre managing director Sam Morse is a former Vodafone executive.

One of New Zealand's fastest-growing ISPs bought by media company.

Lifting the lid on confidentiality

University of Canterbury Dean of Law Ursula Cheer explains what sexual harassment is in the eyes of the law.

What is stopping workers speaking publicly about their experiences of sexual harassment?

Blind VR developer in demand video

Che de Boer says his blindness is not a barrier, but an advantage, as his attention to detail is heightened.

He lost his home, but gained a skill, and he's now one of the most sought-after VR developers in the world.

property

'Far from neighbourly' neighbours

Leaves and tree roots encroaching on neighbours' property has left one Auckland couple with a hefty, court-imposed bill ...

The fallout from an overhanging tree breaks neighbourly relations and costs $20,000.

Banks are hot property

Banks are hot property.

Last week, a building tenanted by a bank sold for $4.05m, attracting 377 bids over 40 minutes.

Historic farm sells for $4 million

Bidding for the farm began at $3.5 million, between two Auckland businessmen.

Two NZ bidders for Manukau Heads farm perched above the site of the doomed HMS Orpheus.

Low rates no good to new borrowers

Interest rates may be low, but if you can't service a mortgage at 7 per cent, you won't get one at all.

Warning: If you can't service a mortgage at 7 per cent, you won't get one at all.

opinion & analysis

How inflated is your resume?

We only delve deeply into CVs when a serious problem emerges, exposing the organisation to horrendous reputational and ...

OPINION: We all do it, and we can get away with it because no-one's checking properly.

All our eggs in one electric basket

Pattrick Smellie: ''Energy efficiency, alternative fuels, and a retreat from heavy industry broke a previously umbilical ...

OPINION: There's just one problem when it comes to going all-out on renewables - winter.

EU trade benefits massive

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, right, welcomes the Prime Minister of New Zealand Jacinda Ardern, left, for a meeting ...

OPINION: Trade Minister David Parker's earned a hat-tip with a Kiwi "onya mate". But the hardest work is yet to begin.

FTA hard work pays off

For the EU, there are now strong strategic reasons to consider free trade down under.

OPINION: An FTA with Europe has been years in the making.

farming

Bovis-infected farmer outs himself video

Henk Smit has told a packed out Sir Don Rowlands Centre that his farm has Mycoplasma bovis.

Waikato dairy farmer Henk Smit has told a packed farmer meeting how his farm got Mycoplasma bovis.

Lincoln's joint $206m facility delayed

The west courtyard of the planned Lincoln University and AgResearch joint facility, looking towards the campus' historic ...

 A joint $206 million Lincoln University and AgResearch facility at the Lincoln campus will start construction later this year,

Farmers easy scapegoats

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News: A downturn in the Fonterra payout has created enormous pressure ...

OPINION: Farmers in New Zealand have somehow become a public whipping boy.

M bovis and Gypsy Day

Calvin Lauridsen believes he has done everything possible to protect his herd from Mycoplasma bovis ahead of Gypsy Day.

Footbaths, quarantine paddocks and clean trucks  the new normal as farmers try to protect cattle from disease.

world

Las Vegas strike could hit city hard

Las Vegas's Bellagio casino. Thirty-four casino-hotels stand to make losses if workers walk off the job on June 1.

More than 50,000 casino-hotel workers are mulling strike action at Sin City's world-famous resorts.

Bunnings UK venture fails

Bunnings Rangiora will officially open next week.

Aussie owner abandons attempt to expand Bunnings into the UK after heavy losses.

Trump loosens banking rules video

President Donald Trump said the legislation "rolls back the crippling Dodd-Frank regulations that are crushing community ...

US banks made US$56b in profit in 3 months - now they're getting a bit more help.

US woman wins baby powder case video

J&J is facing litigation over its baby powder from over 9000 plaintiffs.

US woman claimed her deadly cancer was caused by asbestos in J&J's baby powder.

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