Could a technology boom revitalise the West Coast?

The Buller District is known for its isolation, rugged weather and the minerals taken from the land since gold was discovered there in 1860. Now, after a long economic decline, green shoots of growth are appearing, driven by a technology hub with a husband and wife team at the top.

Cheat Sheet: Could we work less for the same pay?

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today, should we all work a four-day working week?

Sharesies makes its data look so good I want to invest

With its bright pineapples and 'kiwifruit brown', Sharesies has changed the visual game for investments. Can the startup teach banks some new tricks?

Cheat Sheet: Are we facing stock market armageddon?

Welcome to the Cheat Sheet, a clickable, shareable, bite-sized FAQ on the news of the moment. Today, we take a wild ride with global share markets.

Business Archive

The Primer: the app that puts you in touch with local tradies

Every week we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Alex Vaz and Nik Ellis, founders of an app that links up builders, plumbers and other tradespeople with jobs that need doing around the house.

Faded dream: Is boomtown Tauranga a bust?

Sell up and move to Tauranga for a better, more affordable lifestyle? Keri Welham finds Tauranga is still desirable, but housing and wages mean it may now be out of reach.

NZ’s driverless future is finally here (and coming first to Christchurch Airport)

Driverless cars are all the rage right now, but you don't have to be a Google or Tesla to have your head in the game. Jihee Junn talks to Auckland-based company HMI Technologies about Ohmio, its self-driving subsidiary set to deploy its first shuttles at Christchurch Airport later this year.

Is this the end of the road for the humble plastic bag?

Our two supermarket chains have agreed to get rid of plastic bags by the end of this year. Does this mean the end of the seemingly humble plastic bag? Rebecca Stevenson caught up with Wellington City Council's Roderick Boys to find out why we need to say goodbye to them, for good.

Could blockchain unshackle us from the corporate internet?

Could new infrastructure being built on the back of the digital currency create an internet where we keep our privacy? Technology blogger Richard MacManus says the blockchain platform offers that promise.

Can you trust your Fitbit?

Turns out troops on deployment all around the world are jogging with their fitness trackers turned on, drawing a helpful map of where they are. But former TUANZ boss Paul Brislen says there is a way to opt out from this stalker technology.

Scrimping for beginners: The Spinoff’s top money saving hacks

Just living and breathing seems to cost money now. But don’t worry, we got you. Here are The Spinoff’s tips for living a premium economy lifestyle on a discount economy income.

What’s happening in the PM’s Auckland suburb is a sign of things to come

As Housing NZ prepares to develop the corner near Russell Brown's house in Point Chevalier, he muses on the redevelopment, gentrification and spiralling growth in real estate values of the Auckland suburb he calls home.

The Primer: the company behind packaging made of plants, not plastic

Every week we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Tony Small, founder of plant-based packaging company Innocent Packaging.

Could smart cities make life a bit easier?

Former Auckland councillor Mark Thomas says smart cities – those which embrace technology in planning – can reap big environmental and financial rewards.

Catering for gender diversity isn’t that hard – just look at how businesses are handling it

Stats NZ's decision to exclude sex, gender and sexuality from the census has come in for strong criticism. But many businesses in New Zealand – most recently Southern Cross Health Society – are already well ahead of the curve.

A sad reality: rocket launches are boring

On Sunday, a rocket was launched into orbit by Rocket Labs, an aerospace manufacturing company founded by New Zealander Peter Beck. We watched the full livestream – and these are the 'highlights'.