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Two tradies jailed for two years for 'calculated' tax evasion

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:46:43 +1300

Two tradesmen have been jailed for each evading nearly $1 million in tax, Inland Revenue says.


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When a cyclone hits, what are your rights as an employee?

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:26:10 +1300

As tropical storms continue to rip through the country, we look at how your employment relationship and rights might be affected.


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Deal near for sale of Slingshot, Orcon owner Vocus NZ

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:29:37 +1300

The sale of the country's fourth-largest telecommunications company, Vocus New Zealand, should be agreed by the end of June, says its Australian owner.


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Owner of Canterbury's historic Tipapa Estate seeks the right buyer

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:33:08 +1300

Tipapa Estate in Greta Valley, North Canterbury is largely hidden from public view thanks to a long driveway and a big stand of mature trees.

That's why most travellers on the main highway have never sighted the buildings on part of the historic Motunau Run, first settled in 1888 by a well-known land owner of the time, William Acton-Adams, a prominent lawyer and financier from Christchurch.

The 73-year-old current owner, John Carr, has operated the property just north of Waipara as an events centre since 2004 when he bought the former deer farm of about 200 hectares.

He sold the majority of the farmland, retaining 25ha and the stately timber large house built in 1925 by Herbert Acton-Adams, incorporating native timbers and macrocarpa.


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State Services Commission spends almost $10,000 per employee on office refit

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:45:16 +1300

State Services Commissioner chief executive Peter Hughes is under fire after an office refurbishment costing almost $10,000 for each employee.


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The Grocer's Market suppliers owed $250k

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:25:19 +1300

The Grocer's Market owes $250,000 to at least 30 suppliers and has not paid 15 staff, the liquidator of its contract holding company says.


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Kiwis spent $125m more on gambling, stats show

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 20:22:55 +1300

Bigger prizes tempted Kiwis to splash out on Lotto over the past year.


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Quakes and ageing trains hit KiwiRail revenue

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:35:27 +1300

State-owned KiwiRail has posted an operating surplus of $15 million after battling the challenges of earthquakes and ageing locomotives.


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Chorus prepares for knock-on effect of power outages

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:30:15 +1300

Network company Chorus has checked and refuelled the generators in its phone exchanges and deployed portable generators to possible trouble spots in preparation for weather-related outages triggered by ex-tropical cyclone Gita.


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Te Mata Mushroom Company eyeing up site near Waipukurau

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:26:30 +1300

Havelock North's Te Mata Mushroom Company is looking at building another operation near Waipukurau.


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Commerce Commission asked to investigate Trade Me fee changes

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:10:44 +1300

Almost 20 retailers have complained to the competition watchdog over fee changes by Trade Me.


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Fishery company payments were gambled away

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 16:28:55 +1300

A Christchurch fishery broker took $387,225 from seven fisheries companies and lost it through online gambling.


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Australian retail group to buy Macpac

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:56:41 +1300

Another New Zealand outdoor clothing and equipment company has changed hands.


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Wagamama Wellington leads world-wide chain in plastic straw ban

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:49:05 +1300

Wagamama Queen's Wharf has led the world-wide chain in banning plastic straw after discovering the damage they were inflicting on Wellington Harbour.


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Former Ray White property manager under investigation amid scamming claims

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:33:02 +1300

Nearly 25 landlords may have been robbed of thousands of dollars by an Auckland property manager, according to allegations lodged to the Real Estate Authority (REA).


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Auckland bakery Daily Bread draws in followers using 600 years of German baking knowledge

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:46:08 +1300

An old school approach to baking, using 600-year-old equipment, is proving popular at a new central Auckland bakery.


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Magritek, company founded by Sir Paul Callaghan, planning to transfer jobs to Germany

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:25:08 +1300

Magritek, a technology company founded by Sir Paul Callaghan, has told staff around half of its New Zealand workforce could be transferred to Germany.


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Lack of care over caretaker lands school a $4000 penalty

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 14:20:17 +1300

Failure to pay a caretakers wages - and dumping his personal property - has landed a Rotorua school with a $4000 penalty from the Employment Relations Authority.


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Jacinda Ardern expects CPTPP text to be released on Wednesday

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:39:46 +1300

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern says the full text of the new-look trans pacific partnership will be released on Wednesday afternoon.


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Banks didn't agree to cut fees at same time, association says

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 12:44:03 +1300

Competitive pressure is being credited for banks moving in unison on their ATM fees this week.


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