Stuff : Business (218)

Hallenstein Glassons alert to Amazon threat as online sales accelerate

Online trading at Hallenstein Glassons will help the fashion retailer post a Christmas trading period that may be 50 per cent higher than last season.

Modern Kiwis' spend on retail and dining out similar to 1999

New Zealanders are spending less than they were before the global financial crisis .

Kiwi tourists are spending more, but international visitors spend less

Total tourism spending has hit $36b, but our international visitors are spending less.  Latest Statistics NZ figures also show previous estimates of earnings from the cruise industry may have been overstated, and the tourism industry says the rising GST take from visitors reinforces its case ...

Public sector boss warns escalating CEO pay is 'not sustainable'

The Government is considering law changes to control top public sector pay, after it emerged another major organisation had ignored advice and hiked its chief executive's pay.

Sunshine wages: fact or fiction?

Marlborough is one of the sunniest regions in New Zealand, but are the region's workers sacrificing salary for sun? The average household income in Marlborough this year stands at $86,600, compared to the national average of $97,000, according to the Ministry of Business Innovation and ...

Lion is struggling to meet demand for beer in hot weather

Kiwis are drinking so much beer this summer that brewing giant Lion is unable to keep up with demand.

Changing nappies or breastfeeding in town a 'challenge', Queenstown parents say

Queenstown parents are crying out for more baby-friendly facilities.

Dying man cries tears of joy as Christchurch company offers to pay for funeral

A dying Christchurch man left $5000 out of pocket after pre-paying his funeral with Poppy Funerals just got some good news.

After 51 years, Peter's got a real nose for a good cheese

After more than half-a-century, veteran cheesemaker Peter Dawson doesn't need sophisticated technology to check on a cheese - he uses his nose.

Fortex financial controller critiques tell-all book by former boss

Graeme Thompson, the former chief executive of collapsed Canterbury meat processor Fortex who was jailed for fraud in the 1990s has highlighted the role of his chairman, the late John Austin, in his just-released book.

Fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety have new 'entities'

Stand-alone "entities" for fisheries, forestry, biosecurity and food safety have been created in a portfolio reshuffle that will have them sitting within the Ministry for Primary Industries .

Inquiry ordered into Auckland fuel pipeline outage

The Government has announced an inquiry into the pipeline outage which threatened fuel supplies into Auckland.

Wet weather has led to skyrocketing prices for pumpkin and kumara

Pumpkin and kumara have hit their highest price in 24 years and lettuce could be next.

Spark rolls out IoT network

Spark has begun rolling out its low cost "internet of things" network in a bid to lead the telecommunications industry.

Westpac branch closures too hasty, union says

Westpac ignored petitions and said it will close more branches because the way customers use banks is changing.

Jetstar to fly Wellington-Queenstown for first time since 2013

Jetstar is to start operating between Wellington and Queenstown for the first time since 2013.

New year promises new membership influx for Auckland gyms

Auckland gyms are expecting memberships to boom in 2018 beyond current record high levels.

Spring comes late for NZ property market - REINZ

New Zealand's real estate market had a late spring rebound, the latest statistics from the Real Estate Institute show.

Westpac branch closures too hasty, union says

Westpac says it is closing branches because the way customers use banks is changing.

Australian mall king, Westfield's Frank Lowy, hangs up his crown

OPINION: Less than week after being knighted by the Queen, Australia's king of retail malls, Frank Lowy, is abdicating this throne - selling his stake in his international empire to European giant Unibail-Rodamco. And his timing is impeccable. Retail malls are by no means dead but the economics of ...

Auckland man shows how to challenge your home's rating valuation

Auckland homeowner and landlord Gary Osborne is challenging the $895,000 rating valuation on one of his properties. He's not planning on selling them any time soon, so he doesn't feel he's shooting himself in the foot by seeking a lower valuation. He just wants to make sure he's only charged his ...

Proposed police restructure worries businesses on Auckland's North Shore

Reports of a restructure at a community police station have businesses on Auckland's North Shore worried.

Fairfax Media, Nib launch health insurance partnership Done

A new health insurance scheme has been launched, targeting people who have no health insurance. While many people have home, car and contents insurance, about 70 per cent of New Zealanders have no health insurance. Fairfax Media, owner of Stuff, and Nib, New Zealand's second-biggest health insurer, ...

Rocket Lab cans launch, two seconds from lift-off

Rocket Lab aborted the launch of its second Electron rocket two seconds before lift-off on Tuesday afternoon. After days of launch postponements due to adverse weather, space traffic and further preparation, Tuesday's attempt was the first to hear a countdown. The company live streamed the attempt ...

Labour-hire exploitation under scrutiny

OPINION: In current times, businesses are engaging workers in increasingly different ways.

Lake Maraetai's Mangakino Hotel selling for under $1m

Mangakino Hotel, its accommodation business and 4059 square metres of freehold land are on the market for less than $1 million.

The Kiwi 12 days of Christmas list will set you back more than last year

The annual 12 days of Kiwiana Christmas list is back but this year it will set you back a lot more.

'It's just so dangerous': Squalid conditions reported at water bottling plant

Workers building a water bottling plant in suburban Christchurch are allegedly sleeping on boxes and involved in a daily litany of unsafe work practices.

Rocket Lab launch aborted

Rocket Lab second rocket has aborted a launch at its Mahia Peninsula base in Hawke's Bay.

Broker's five-year struggle to sell opencast coal site

An opencast coal mine in North Taranaki that has been on the market for at least five years is proving to be a white elephant, the business' broker says.

Night Noodle Markets go cashless - but shoppers slow to catch on to new tech

New Zealanders' love for eftpos cards may hinder our adoption of digital wallet technology.

Digger driver dies after crashing off steep Wellington bank

A digger driver has died after crashing off a steep Wellington bank.

Annual allowance soaks up councillors' texts and cellphone calls

Taranaki regional councillors are in line to receive $1190 communications allowance each year for using their own cellphones, and laptops for council-related business expenses.

NZ asks WTO to help end fossil fuel subsidies

Trade Minister David Parker has formally asked the World Trade Organisation to help stop Governments around the world subsiding fossil fuels.

Port Taranaki vital to regional economy and community well being, report says

Public ownership of Port Taranaki is beneficial for the region and is unlikely to change in the near future, the Taranaki Regional Council says.

NZ trademarks mānuka honey and officials create new definition

Many New Zealand beekeepers are celebrating the sweet taste of a landmark decision by United Kingdom authorities to accept the term mānuka honey for trade marking.

Government's claim to KiwiSaver savings is a myth that continues

KiwiSaver members still have some worrying misconceptions about what might happen to their money if they died, divorced or suffered a financial disaster.

Driver blacklists and hi tech solutions to prevent visitor crashes

Rental car companies may extend a black listing scheme to keep bad tourist drivers off the road and there are hopes new technology will eventually help prevent crashes. 

Digger driver thought to have died after crashing off steep Wellington bank

A digger driver is thought to have died after crashing off a steep Wellington bank on Tuesday.

Retirement village operator confirms it has bought Wellington's Karori Campus

Wellington's former teachers' college will become a retirement village.

Pining for perfection? Visit a Christmas tree farm

It's beginning to smell a lot like Christmas. Unless, of course, you have a fake tree, then it probably doesn't smell like anything.

$385 million upgrade planned for Queenstown centre in next 35 years

A plan for a $385 million upgrade of Queenstown's town centre will be discussed this week.

Rocket Lab's plans for launch attempt

Rocket Lab hopes to launch its second rocket from Māhia Peninsula after 4pm on Tuesday.

Shops stock up for last-minute men and the Christmas rush

The time of giving, aka spending, is fast approaching, but have shoppers started their Christmas shopping or is it all being left to the last minute?

International aviation organisation opposes proposed tourist tax

The international aviation industry has come out against a proposed tourist levy saying airlines should not be saddled with the extra costs involved in collecting it.  

Handful of Auckland petrol stations still without premium after weekend pipe alarm

Motorists may have to shop around for 95 premium petrol as some some stations in Auckland have run out.

About 600 Hanover investors lagging on settlement deadline

About 600 investors who are eligible for a payout from collapsed finance company Hanover have not completed the paperwork to do so.

Farmers backs down on Farmers Club points changes

Farmers has largely reversed controversial changes to its loyalty scheme after a year of customer backlash.

Chatham Rock says losing battle over costs will impact cashflow

Chatham Rock Phosphate has warned it is likely to face the full cost of its application to the Environmental Protection Agency , but it plans to push ahead with a fresh application.

Police cut rumours worry businesses in Browns Bay on Auckland's North Shore

Rumours of drastic cuts to staff at a local police station have businesses on Auckland's North Shore worried.