Reserve Bank keeps OCR at 0.25%

The next scheduled opportunity for the central bank to change monetary policy settings will be on May 26.

Year-long promise not to move interest rates has expired - but there's no change regardless.

Harts buy ice cream company Emerald Foods

Walter & Wild is bringing ice cream company Emerald Foods back into Kiwi ownership.

2:26 PM  Rich lister Graeme Hart and his son Harry have bought ice cream company Emerald Foods Group, returning it to Kiwi ownership.

NZ 'neck and neck' with Australia over British trade deal video

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson signs the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement at 10 Downing Street, London ...

British papers surprise New Zealand exporters about closeness of UK free trade deal.

KiwiSaver membership fees 'should go' video

The Financial Markets Authority has told KiwiSaver providers that annual ‘membership’ fees should be reduced, or eliminated.

KiwiSavers pay $85 million in annual membership fees, but the FMA says there's little justification for them.

Potential buyer for mill appears

Whakātane has been worried about the mill’s closure, coming hot on the heels of Covid-19 and the Whakaari eruption which ...

2:32 PM  Is salvation in store for Whakātane's biggest private employer?

money

FMA demands KiwiSaver fee reviews video

FMA investment management director Paul Gregory has strongly encouraged” KiwiSaver scheme providers publish value for ...

KiwiSaver scheme managers have been told to review their fees every year, and demonstrate they are providing savers with “value for money”.

Kiwibank's gambling blocker 'saves people from losing $10k each' video

Hayley Beattie identified the impact online gambling had on some customers who were unable to work from home during the alert level 4 last year.

My Food Bag share price will recover, analysts say video

Here's how New Zealand's credit scores stack up, by region video

prosper

Investors pump more money into NZ start-ups despite Covid

A $20 million capital raise by Mint Innovation, which uses microorganisms to scavenge precious metals from e-waste, ...

Report for Google NZ says economy could get $46b annual lift from 'digital transformation'.

Hands up if you’ve ever had a great idea for an app that’s going to take over the world?

Casey Eden: There’s a lot of hard work involved with getting an idea from your brain to the real world.

OPINION: There are countless resources online to help with creating an app from scratch but here are some top tips for those who may not come from a tech background.

Cloud tech to simplify SME admin

Xero's cloud-based platform integrates with over 800 bespoke apps that support a wide range of business needs.

SPONSORED: New Zealand is a land of DIYers. But this sometimes leads us to work harder, not smarter.

Even doctors suffer from unhealthy work environments video

Employment lawyer Peter Cullen: “Frequently those subjected to problematic behaviour in the medical profession are ...

OPINION: Some of the most sought-after professions can be the most demanding for young people to train in. The medical profession is no exception.

better business

Hub lights digital candle in small-town Northland video

Kaikohe’s digital, business and education hub, Te Kona, is blessed by kaumātua including Isaiah Apiata, left, and Sid ...

A new iwi-led digital, business and learning hub aims to combat poverty and give independence to Ngāpuhi whānau.

Sealord tests the waters of local labour with new hoki season shift video

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Aerial photograph of Port Nelson with the Sealord site, centre.

With reduced overseas travellers in Nelson, Sealord has added a new ‘school hours’ shift to help more locals take up a hoki season job.

The benefits of part-time work

Happiness on just one day a week. New UK research finds a little bit of work may be satisfying but too much is not.

Happiness on just one day a week. New UK research finds a little bit of work may be satisfying but too much is not.

How technology helped connect the dots

Pat Johnstone of Higate Consulting and "Connecting with Dots" says adopting digital technology for her communications ...

Covid lockdowns helped a small deep south communications business widen its reach.

property

NZ's houses make $200b in capital gains over 12 months

New Zealand's residential property stock is now worth $1.39 trillion, more than four times the country’s annual GDP. ...

The country's housing stock is now worth a combined total of $1.39 trillion.

The value of private sector landlords video

House prices have been skyrocketing across New Zealand over the last year.

OPINION: Private landlords are doing the ‘heaving lifting’ in the provision of rental housing in New Zealand. New rules to stabilise house prices won't help.

Property investors dominated market in March, data shows video

Housing policy changes mean buying existing properties will now be less appealing to investors.

But Corelogic says that could be set to change.

Hutt Valley High pupils may have to leave school grounds for class due to mould

Hutt Valley High School's C Block has been closed after mould was found during remedial work.

Rented spaces near Lower Hutt's biggest school - but outside its grounds - may be used temporarily as classrooms after toxic mould was found in some classrooms.

opinion & analysis

Even doctors suffer from unhealthy work environments video

Employment lawyer Peter Cullen: “Frequently those subjected to problematic behaviour in the medical profession are ...

OPINION: Some of the most sought-after professions can be the most demanding for young people to train in. The medical profession is no exception.

Let’s not confuse retirement village living with homeownership video

Don’t fix something that’s not broken, argues John Collyns.

OPINION: There's a tradeoff for living in a retirement village, and many are happy to make it.

Navigating our complex relationship with China

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OPINION: China is a hugely diverse country. Conflating 1.4 billion individuals with a political party is, at best, lazy.

Companies must be our carbon heroes video

Big companies like Z Energy are the ones with the power to move fast on lowering emissions, says Z’s chief governance ...

OPINION: Companies, not households, must drive emissions reductions, Z Energy says.

nz farmer

Live export ban upsets both sides

Steam rises from cattle trucks waiting to unload to the Ocean Drover livestock carrier in PrimePort Timaru in July 2017.

A ban on all livestock exports from New Zealand has been met with disappointment by interest groups in South Canterbury.

Vanishing Lands: High country at risk

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Lake Heron Station in Canterbury.
Shepherds Holly Addison and John Templeton (JT) heading ...

High country farmers fear government reforms threaten their generations of work in one of the world's most stunning landscapes.

Organic sector now a $720m industry

Demand for organic dairy and wine is growing at a much faster rate than that for fruit and vegetables. (File photo)

Demand for organic dairy and wine has jumped over the last three years.

What is natural wine, anyway? video

Sommelier Pete Connell says natural wines can have a cloudy appearance. Look for them in boutique wine bars and ...

You may have heard these terms, but what do they really mean? A sommelier explains the ins and outs.

green business

Wastewater plants highest contributor of greenhouse gas emissions in district

Council reviewed its electricity bills for the year, for buildings, pump stations, treatment plants for example, to ...

Reducing emissions from wastewater plants is the big challenge for Waipā district if it wants to meet new targets.

How to find an eco-friendly home builder who takes sustainability seriously

Solar panels and prefabricated insulated wall panels are just two of the energy-efficient features in this Riccarton ...

It's important to ask the right questions to ensure you find a builder who has sustainable values.

NZ solar power takeup still low but economics are changing, says installer

New Zealand's take up of solar power is low compared to other countries, but that may soon change, says Lightforce chief ...

Lightforce raised millions of dollars last year to grow and get ready for a boom it believes is coming in the next 12 months.

Fletcher Building to convert tyres into cement at Whangārei plant

Up to 50 per cent of the 6.3 million waste tyres created in New Zealand each year will now be used in cement ...

About half of the 6.3 million waste tyres created in New Zealand each year will be used in cement manufacturing at the Golden Bay Cement plant instead of going into landfill.

world

The year of Covid-19 was a great time for super wealthy video

Jeff Bezos (left) and Elon Musk – according to Forbes the world’s wealthiest and second-wealthiest people.

As coronavirus led to dislocation and suffering across the globe, the world’s wealthiest people were amassing ever more vast fortunes with 660 more people becoming billionaires.

Australian vaccine delay casts doubt over Qantas' international restart plans video

Qantas has scheduled flights and is selling tickets to the United States, United Kingdom and Japan for late October.

Delay has thrown out the timeline for re-opening Australia’s border beyond New Zealand.

The forgotten shipping pallet is staging a pandemic-era rally

After carrying the weight of the global economy since World War II with little fanfare, the lowly shipping pallet is ...

Demand for the unsung hero of the global economy is soaring, and the price is going up.

Airlines pull Boeing Max over electrical issue

Boeing says it has informed 16 of its customers that they should address a possible electrical issue in certain 737 Max ...

Boeing says the electrical issue was discovered on a plane on the production line.

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