Border closure sparks motorhome boom video

Research shows that almost three quarters of the 91,000-New Zealanders who freedom camped last year slept in a campervan ...

Kiwis unable to holiday overseas due to Covid-19 are buying mobile baches instead.

Engineering a way through the Covid contact tracing conundrum video

Hamilton wireless technology engineer Dean Armstrong did an “all nighter” to design his first prototype CovidCard, but ...

While most Kiwis were hunkering down in alert level 4 alert in April, Dean Armstrong was in his garage soldering a possible way out of the lockdown conundrum.

Shops face supply crunch: Is Christmas in danger? video

Retail isn't yet back to normal.

8:56 AM  It's nearly impossible to find a breadmaker, Briscoes boss says as a cashflow crunch looms.

STA, Air NZ customers have another option to get refunds - chargebacks

A company has launched to help customers get a refund from companies such as Air New Zealand.

NZ firm Refund Club can help unhappy creditholders get a refund from suppliers, if they paid using a credit or debit card.

How I'm adapting to life after a blow to the head video

Rob Stock was concussed during a Nerf gun battle.

ANALYSIS: Rob Stock was concussed during a Nerf gun battle. He talks to the experts about adapting to working life after a brain injury.

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Fashion stock back in vogue

Hallenstein Glasson surprised investors with a stronger than anticipated result, given the pandemic.

Clothing company gives investors something to cheer about.

$140 a kilogram: Whitebait back to 'gold-plated' prices video

Whitebait for sale at an eye-watering $139.90 a kilogram in a Wellington supermarket.

The tiny fish leaves salmon and snapper in its wake.

Air NZ expects to complete capital raising by June video

Air New Zealand is expecting to complete a strategic capital structure review by early 2021 after which it expects to ...

The airline has started to draw on a $900m loan from the Government.

Here's why there's never been a better time to invest in infrastructure

The Transmission Gully debacle shows how complex large projects get.

OPINION: It's cheap to borrow and hard to think of an asset that wouldn't deliver a return.

Just Jeans, Jay Jays owner threatens to close NZ stores

The company operates chains such as Jay Jays, Smiggle, Just Jeans and Peter Alexander in Australia and New Zealand.

Premier Investments is prepared to close a number of its chain stores if landlords are unwilling to renegotiate rents in a post-Covid-19 retail environment.

Business bodies giving bad imitations of 'Oliver Twist' says Sir Michael Cullen video

Sir Michael Cullen says there’s no use the tourism industry “asking the Government to subsidise it completely”.

Tourism and other industries need to put away the cap and come up with 'realistic plans' says former finance minister.

Hallenstein Glasson profit falls 4% to $27m, no plans to repay wage subsidies

Hallenstein Brothers and Glassons saw sales recover from a big decline during the level 4 coronavirus lockdown.

The $8 million in government support in NZ and Australia was key to keeping on staff, fashion retailer says.

Unemployment leaps

Confidence in the employment market has dropped among workers earning more than $100,000 a year, but increased among the ...

But Kiwis who are still in work appear to be less afraid of losing their jobs in the coming year.

Sir Stephen Tindall retires from The Warehouse

The Warehouse founder, investor and philanthropist Sir Stephen Tindall.

Sir Stephen Tindall has been with the company since he founded it in 1982.

Air NZ's All Blacks sponsorship up in the air video

Air New Zealand teamed up with the All Blacks for more than one in flight safety video.

Air NZ and the All Blacks are "in discussions" as the end of a sponsorship deal between the long-time partners nears.

money

Covid-19: New Zealanders unprepared for financial shock of coronavirus video

Steve and Ann Thornton have had to cut back on the luxuries after their financial stability was shaken by Covid.

For Ann and Steve Thornton, the coronavirus lockdown turned their dreams of a comfortable retirement upside down.

Here's how to boost your financial muscle video

OPINION: Research identifies the characteristics of financially 'resilient' households.

Sharemarket struggles for traction

Banks won't accept cash from customer trying to deposit money in friend's account

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Not seeing benefits from taking your business online? This might be why

Rachel Klaver is a marketing strategist, specialising in lead generation and content marketing, who runs Identify Marketing.

OPINION: Covid-19 forced plenty of businesses into the online world – but reaping the benefits requires time and energy.

Kiri Nathan is carving a path for Māori fashion

A fierce commitment to local people, places and culture underpins Auckland fashion designer Kiri Nathan’s global career.

A fierce commitment to local people, places, and culture underpins Auckland fashion designer Kiri Nathan’s global career.

New strawberry farm owners promise to make previous owners proud

Marlborough winemaker Nikolai St George samples a strawberry from his new business, Hedgerows Hydroponic Strawberry Farm.

“There’s pressure to keep it running as well as the previous owners. But we’re up to it."

Reap the benefits of supporting your staff's mental health and wellbeing video

Jaimee Brooking and Katy Thomas are the founders of realgood wellbeing.

OPINION: Supporting workplace wellbeing is within your control and important to consider.

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Not seeing benefits from taking your business online? This might be why

Rachel Klaver is a marketing strategist, specialising in lead generation and content marketing, who runs Identify Marketing.

OPINION: Covid-19 forced plenty of businesses into the online world – but reaping the benefits requires time and energy.

Covid-19: Orana Wildlife Park secures $500,000 to help with coronavirus recovery video

Orana Wildlife Park houses more than 1000 animals from 90 different species. (File photo)

The cash will go towards paying specialist staff salaries and building maintenance at the park, which houses more than 1000 animals.

Kiri Nathan is carving a path for Māori fashion

A fierce commitment to local people, places and culture underpins Auckland fashion designer Kiri Nathan’s global career.

A fierce commitment to local people, places, and culture underpins Auckland fashion designer Kiri Nathan’s global career.

Reap the benefits of supporting your staff's mental health and wellbeing video

Jaimee Brooking and Katy Thomas are the founders of realgood wellbeing.

OPINION: Supporting workplace wellbeing is within your control and important to consider.

property

You could buy a house for $155k in Cobden, NZ's cheapest suburb, but should you?

In Cobden the houses tend to be older, weatherboard, three-bedroom homes.

Being mortgage-free and having a big pile of cash is tempting, but there are some fishhooks to buying in a place where houses are a super cheap.

Seven two-storey homes for central site video

Developer Chris Satherley looks over plans for seven two-storey homes he hopes to build on the Queen St-Oxford St corner ...

Developer's plans to remove three homes on a corner site in Richmond and build seven two-storey homes ticks all the boxes and has been called a "win-win".

Accommodation sector seeks level-playing field for Airbnb rentals

Figures taken from Airdna on June 11 showed there were 441 entire properties listed on Airbnb in Nelson.

Hospitality NZ is asking councils to enforce the law on Airbnb-style rentals that don't meet residential accommodation thresholds.

Property investors seeking NZ's best return will find it in Southland: Reinz

If you are planning to rent an investment property to family or friends, it pays to spell out who is responsible for ...

It's one of the best times in 20 years for investors to borrow money, and Southland gives a big bang for your buck right now.

opinion & analysis

Here's why this property cycle might be different video

Auckland has infrastructure problems that aren’t so apparent in other parts of the country.

OPINION: Auckland may shoot ahead again but not by as much as some periods.

The National Party's problem is a lack of ideology video

Judith Collins outperformed Jacinda Ardern at the first leaders debate, writes Damien Grant.

OPINION: Judith Collins has waited two decades for this moment. You’d think she’d be better prepared.

How agritech can provide the green shoots for NZ’s post-Covid economic recovery video

Agritech is one of New Zealand’s fastest-growing export sectors.

OPINION: Increased investment is vital to unleash potential of agriculture technology industry.

Here's how New Zealand is helping spread smart pest management

A range of on-orchard factors can impact avocado fruit quality.

OPINION: Growers will be able to produce crops more efficiently and responsibly.

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Daylight saving: Your questions answered

Sunday marks the beginning of daylight saving time. (File photo)

We know daylight saving means more light in the evenings, but where did it come from? And why do we check our smoke alarms?

M. bovis investigations continue in Southland

A restricted place notice on the roadside of a Mycoplasma bovis infected farm. (File photo)

One farm is currently under investigation for M. bovis in Southland, while another three were declared infection-free last month.

Here's how New Zealand is helping spread smart pest management

A range of on-orchard factors can impact avocado fruit quality.

OPINION: Growers will be able to produce crops more efficiently and responsibly.

'I've never seen anything like it': Shrek 2 found in Gisborne video

Gizzy Shrek of Wairakaia Station.

Her fleece is 60 centimetres long and she has been evading capture for years.

green business

Why climate-heating methane escapes our landfills video

Any excess gas at Canterbury’s Kate Valley Landfill not used for electricity is immediately burned off.

New Zealand landfills are “world class”, according to a waste expert — so why do they still warm the climate?

Flight to nowhere a pointless waste of emissions

Qantas are selling scenic “flights to nowhere” – and there have been calls for Air New Zealand to follow the airline’s lead.

OPINION: Scenic flights would put the climate and New Zealand's environmental reputation in jeopardy.

Coal-free heat for 18 more schools video

The Government says too many schools are still using coal-powered heating systems.

Government annnounces funding to help schools ditch their coal-burning heating systems.

Earn over $59k? Your peers emit half the world's carbon

The wealthiest 10 per cent produce more than half the globe’s carbon pollution – so Oxfam are proposing luxury taxes.

Worldwide, people earning over NZ$59,000 contributed 52 per cent of all greenhouse gas produced over 25 years.

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Working at 3am. The price some travellers are happy to pay to stay on the road

The extreme time difference demands some drastic changes in working hours (file photo).

Remote-work programmes as far away as Estonia and Georgia have been attracting people who have been itching to travel again.

California is banning gasoline cars. Now the EV race begins video

Vehicles sit in rush-hour traffic at the interchange between the Interstate 405 and 10 freeways in this aerial ...

California just started the clock on a future that a few years ago would've been unthinkable: dealerships full of nothing but zero-emissions cars.

Tesla CEO Elon Musk's next big bet rides on better batteries

Tesla Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk announced new battery technology, but not all investors were impressed.

Sleeker, more affordable cars that can travel dramatically further on a single charge is what Tesla is promising from its latest battery tech.

Airlines plead for mandatory virus tests to prop up demand

Passenger traffic showed little improvement in August, according to IATA.

Industry argues that a 100 per cent adoption of rapid antigen tests would remove any need for quarantines.

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