Business Archive

The taxpayer has spent $1.48 billion to bail out AMI. Does anyone care?

Amid all the controversy over EQC re-repairs cost overruns, little attention has been paid to the huge amounts we're paying to bail out Southern Response, the agency formed to take over private insurer AMI's earthquake claims.

Cheat sheet: What’s up with Air New Zealand’s Dreamliner fleet?

What on earth is going on with Air New Zealand's new Boeings?

Would the real Mt Albert BBQ Noodle House please stand up?

Two restaurants with the exact same name operate beside each other in Mt Albert. But which is the real Mt Albert BBQ Noodle House? Madeleine Chapman eats and investigates.

Financial advice from business mogul (and Real Housewife) Bethenny Frankel

On a recent visit to Auckland, Rebecca Stevenson tapped the Real Housewives of New York star for her top financial tips.

The AI-powered chatbot that can help you learn te reo Māori

Jihee Junn talks to Jason Lovell of Reobot, an IBM Watson-powered chatbot that allows you to practise conversational Māori via Facebook Messenger.

How we learned to love being charged for using our own money

New Zealanders get charged some of the highest fees for debit and credit card use in the world and most of us don't even realise it, writes Paul Brislen.

Mind on my money: The Spinoff takes Nigel Latta’s money personality quiz

Don’t be scared, information is power right? And a new money personality quiz built by our partners at Kiwibank could help you tackle your money issues. The Spinoff took it for a spin – here are our results.

A three-step plan to truly affordable housing (no, we don’t need another review)

We all agree we need more affordable housing; but how can we achieve it? 2 Degrees Mobile founder Tex Edwards says our market has failed and lays out the case for more Government intervention.

I founded Happy Cow Milk to make a difference in dairying. I failed.

He founded an ethical dairying company that would allow calves to stay with their mothers. Last week, Glenn Herud had to admit that his enterprise had failed.

How Goodnest wants to be the Uber for home cleaning

We talk to James MacAvoy, co-founder of Goodnest, which is a lot like Uber, but for getting your house cleaned.

How one worker fought back after BizDojo Auckland’s collapse left her out of pocket

BizDojo was founded as a co-working community for startups. But following the collapse of its Auckland branch, former staff have accused it of bullying and unpaid redundancy. This is how one worker fought back and won.

Denise L’Estrange-Corbet slams Trelise Cooper for unethical clothing

If Trelise Cooper is "deeply committed to strong ethical standards" she appears to have a funny way of showing it, says fellow fashion designer Denise L'Estrange-Corbet.

Have we finally got a solution to the hell that is provisional tax?

Provisional tax has long been contentious among small business owners. A new cloud-based system has been launched, but it could be grounded by the same old problems

Ten young entrepreneurs New Zealanders should know about

Wisdom and experience come with age, but these young people are proving to be wise beyond their years. We've picked out ten Kiwi business moguls aged 30-years or under that are promising good things for the future of New Zealand business.

Great news: NZ’s biggest company to stop exploiting NZ’s smallest companies

After ruthlessly exploiting their monopoly power by imposing payment terms of up to 90 days on thousands of small suppliers, dairy giant Fonterra has bowed to morality with a new invoicing policy.

Why having a job is the best way for graduates to get a job

A new Victoria University survey of Wellington employers reveals the importance of work experience – of any kind – when choosing from similarly qualified job candidates.

Five small businesses explain how and why they pay their staff a living wage

A handful of employers in the retail, hospitality, food manufacturing and events industry have gone above and beyond by paying all their staff at least $20.55 per hour. Here, they explain the reasons why – and how they manage to do it.

Are you getting your money’s worth from your KiwiSaver fees?

Last year Kiwis paid about $340 million in KiwiSaver fees. David Boyle from The Commission For Financial Capability says changes to our annual statements should make it easier to understand what we are paying for.

Meet the councillors moonlighting as West Auckland’s booze and gambling tsars

Gambling and booze, booze and gambling. Those delicious legal – but potentially devastating – vices. Rebecca Stevenson investigates how a handful of men hold a tight grip over West Auckland bars.

Count me out on the tax-love bandwagon

Even if you admire the ends, the who and what of tax is pretty loathsome, argues Danyl Mclachlan

The company taking your unwanted paper and upcycling it into notebooks

Every week we ask a local business or product to introduce themselves in eight simple takes. This week we talk to Kareena Harris from The Misprint Co, makers of bespoke upcycled paper notebooks.

Mojo Coffee: Why we increased our prices

Mojo Coffee NZ general manager Katy Ellis responds to criticism over the company's decision to raise coffee prices following the minimum wage increase.

In defence of property managers, Public Enemy No 1

Much of the criticism is unfair and almost cruel in its depiction of the many hard working people who work in the industry – believe me, I've seen it all.

Why we need to stop thinking of tax as a burden

The rhetoric over the past decade or so has painted tax as a 'burden' from which we need 'relief'. But PSA national secretary Erin Polaczuk argues that tax isn’t a burden nor a necessary evil, but something paid by Kiwis, for Kiwis.