Prices of greens falling

Vegetable prices fell for the fourth consecutive month in December, led by cabbage, broccoli, and cauliflower. "This seasonal movement is expected as we move through summer – December has been the cheapest month for these kinds of vegetable for... Read More

Waiting for an angel’s blessing

“I am going through a divorce and will find myself in a position that could have a devastating effect.” It was an email to SunLive– a plaintive appeal for help or an ad for a business opportunity, but probably both. Andrew Matthews... Read More

A city of two councils

Tauranga ratepayers face the prospect of forever paying for two separate council buildings in the same city, unless some way is found to get the two talking. Tauranga City Councillor Larry Baldock is currently preparing for the first city transformation... Read More

Tauranga takes a close fifth

Fifth place, it's not ‘in the money' nor does it have the cachet the Flight of the Conchords gave to Hamilton's fourth place, but it's Tauranga. Population estimates by Statistics New Zealand reveal Tauranga has overtaken... Read More

Comvita cashing in on purchase

Comvita has sold its Medihoney brand and related intellectual property and goodwill to its long term US partner Derma Sciences in a deal that will realise a minimum of NZ$30 million. Gross proceeds amount to US$13.25m (about NZ$19m) with a further US$5m... Read More

Surprise! House prices are still high

The Tauranga housing market continues to rise with home values up by 24 per cent year on year and 4.3 per cent over the past three months, with the average value in the city now $672,197. According to the latest monthly QV House Price Index data, Western... Read More

What’s better – experiences or things?

Kiwis would be much happier if they forked out money to purchases experiences instead of things this Christmas, says Rainbow's End. While it sounds like flagrant self-promotion for the theme park, the claim is backed up by recent research which... Read More

Easter trading proposed for Coromandel

A new Easter Trading Policy and proposal is now out for public consultation, says the Thames-Coromandel District Council. Changes to the Shop Trading Hours Act in August this year now allows councils around New Zealand to make policies allowing trading... Read More

Hauraki booming despite predictions

If the experts predicted a dismal future for regional New Zealand, no one told Hauraki. In a climate of expected population and economic decline, the district is booming, say Council. In 2015, Gross Domestic Product growth was 8 per cent compared with... Read More

Christmas gift card caution

Gift cards are a popular present at Christmas time, but Consumer Protection encourages consumers to understand the terms and conditions before adding gift cards to their shopping list. MBIE Consumer Protection Manager Mark Hollingsworth says many people... Read More

Opinion Poll

Do you still believe in the ‘Kiwi quarter acre dream’?

Yes, I desperately want the house on a quarter section
No, apartments are the way of the future
Don't care, I just want to own my own house

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