The Government has opened its books, six months between Budgets.

Opening the books: Government targets mental health, creating opportunities for Māori and Pacific people in 2019 Budget priorities

That's according to the Finance Minister who's released The Half Year Economic and Fiscal Update.

AUCKLAND - OCT 12 2018:Tree crashed on a car in Queen Street due to a very high winds and bad weather in Auckland, New Zealand.

Insurance payouts for extreme weather events hit $226 million for 2018

This is is the second most expensive year in nearly half a century.

Trade Me set to be bought by a British private equity firm for $2.56 billion

Chairman David Kirk says offer $6.45 a share merits being put to shareholders with recommendation.

Health issues have seen BJ Smith and his family take a step back, but they won’t be giving up the surf.

Family-owned New Plymouth surf shop shutting its doors for good after three decades

Health issues have seen BJ Smith and his family take a step back, but they won’t be giving up the surf.

Fast food chain Taco Bell coming to New Zealand

The brand will be rolled out here and in Australia over the next five years.

Yealands Wines fined $400,000 over record keeping breach, false statements

These are the first convictions under the provisions of the Wine Act in New Zealand.

Terry Baucher says New Zealanders can expect a call from the tax department about the changes.

Tax expert warns of 'teething issues' as IRD face major changes affecting thousands of Kiwis

Some Kiwis can expect a call from the tax department about the changes.

Christchurch, New Zealand - December 4, 2015: Tourist walk by the Chalice in Cathedral square Christchurch. It's a large modern sculpture of an inverted cone  made up of patterns featuring different native plants made by Neil Dawson.

Large rise in retail spending in central Christchurch

Food and drink made up the greatest proportion of spending.

Personal attacks “is something I would tone down if I was him”, the former PM said.

Shane Jones' criticism of Air NZ chair not New Zealand 'way' - Sir John Key

Personal attacks were "something I would tone down if I was him", the former PM said.

Unrecognizable manual worker using circular saw while cutting piece of wood at construction site. His colleagues are in the background.

Failed Christchurch construction company Corbel owes $4.5m

Corbel became the latest construction industry player to go under, when it folded last week.

South Korean company to develop NZ deer milk into moisturiser

It will be the first time Kiwi deer milk has been sold for use in the beauty industry.

"Hong Kong, China - August 18, 2012: Air New Zealand Boeing 777-200ER leaving Hong Kong International Airport. Air New Zealand is a member of the Star Alliance."

Urgent talks begin between Air NZ and unions to try to avert engineers' strike

Aviation unions have said members will strike on December 21.

Reporter Whena Owen looks into the impact of ‘over-tourism’ on New Zealand.

Q+A investigates: Is over-tourism in Aotearoa causing locals to be 'crowded out?'

Economist Shamubeel Eaqub says leadership is needed from the industry and from Government.

Massey University, which partnered with Huawei to upgrade wireless infrastructure, says its watching developments closely.

China summons US ambassador to protest detention of Huawei's executive

Meng Wanzhou, in custody in Canada, is reportedly suspected of trying to evade US trade curbs on Iran.

Daily Air New Zealand flights from Christchurch to Singapore to take off in 2019

The flights will be in addition to those by alliance partner Singapore Airlines.

As Air New Zealand workers' strike looms, union says staff are 'under-appreciated and under attack'

More than 40,000 customers could have their flights cancelled four days out from Christmas.

NZ Post reminds people of Christmas deadlines as they deal with record parcel volumes

Extra staff have been put on to deal with the surge at this time of year.


Wellington cafes embrace plastic pollution cutting scheme allowing thirsty Kiwis free water bottle refills

Jill Ford started the scheme after seeing the affect of pollution first-hand.

Tip Top ice cream (file picture).

Fonterra's possible sale of Tip Top: 'They just need the cash'

A marketing expert says the sale of Tip Top could see a repeat of the Dunedin Cadbury factory saga and would not make long-term sense.

Tip Top ice cream (file picture).

Fonterra considers sale of Tip Top ice cream brand

Fonterra said although Tip Top was performing well, the business had "reached maturity" as an investment for the co-operative.

Unrecognizable manual worker using circular saw while cutting piece of wood at construction site. His colleagues are in the background.

Christchurch-based building company Corbel fails

It is the latest in a string of construction companies to fail or suffer losses in New Zealand.

But pointing out the “very obvious” without legislation is also an option, the Deputy Prime Minister tells Breakfast.

Winston Peters puts retail fuel industry on notice: 'If we have to legislate, we will'

The Deputy Prime Minister tells Breakfast that public embarrassment is another option on the table.

The Regional Economic Minister and the National MP debated the Provincial Growth Fund, possible capital gains tax.

Shane Jones accuses National of 'fearmongering' over possible capital gains tax

He also defended his criticism of business leaders, saying "don't come the cry-baby with me".

MBIE pays $1.9m back to employees left out-of-pocket

Affected current staff include MBIE, WorkSafe and those Ministry of Housing and Urban Development people paid through MBIE's payroll system.

Kiwi certified cannabis producer invites local growers to partner in production of medicinal product

The company believes it can increase 'competitive advantage' by joining forces with other growers.

Auckland City BMW on Great South Road.

BMW Group apologises after Auckland dealership used 1500 compulsory recall emails for marketing purposes

The emails were collected as part of the compulsory Takata airbag recall process.

It’s a Chinese company and experts warn there will be consequences from Beijing.

Huawei seeks 'urgent meeting' with Government after GCSB shuts down proposed 5G partnership with Spark

A NZ representative for the Chinese owned telco says it wants to "find a way forward".

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