Comcast beats Fox in auction, bids $55b for Europe's Sky TV

Comcast has emerged as the top bidder for European broadcaster Sky after a rare auction held by British regulators.

Shot of New Zealand twenty dollars.

New Zealand retains triple A credit rating

Finance Minister Grant Robertson said the rating was very pleasing.

Melbourne, Australia - November 19, 2012: Qantas Airways Airbus A380 registered VH-OQF takes off as QF93 to Los Angeles (LAX) from Melbourne International Airport at Tullamarine, Victoria.

Qantas expands Asian routes in deal with Cathay Pacific

In turn, Cathay Pacific customers will be able to book flights on 13 Qantas domestic routes.

Melbourne, Australia - August 24, 2017: A pedestrian walks past a Michael Hill jewelry store at the corner of Little Collins and Elizabeth Streets in the Central Business District of Melbourne, Australia.

Michael Hill hires new CEO as jewellery chain looks to expand

Daniel Bracken brings experience from fashion chain Burberry.

Twenty-six bars, cafes, restaurants and food trucks on the waterfront are trialling a plastic straw-free future.

New law in California limits plastic straws in restaurants

You can still get them, but you'll have to initiate the request or the business can be fined.

Six 'cowboy' car traders banned for five years amid increased online trading

The six rogue dealers have been banned for serious breaches.

East Coast forestry company's illegal logging history revealed

Company has been blamed for tonnes of debris washing up in Tologa Bay.

New figures show GDP grew for the last quarter of 2015, political editor Corin Dann says.

New Zealand's GDP rises one percent in June quarter

It's the largest rise in two years, the new figures from Stats NZ show.

Eyes are on the country’s financial performance this morning, with ASB tipping strong quarterly growth.

Strong growth expected in GDP figures to be released this morning

Two of the banks are tipping strong quarterly growth.

Los Angeles Airport sign.

Up to 200 Fonterra staff fly to California resort for meeting as co-op announces $196 million loss

Fonterra says Huntington Beach was chosen because of its proximity to LA Airport. But it's at least an hour's drive.

Forest in Indonesia (file picture).

Greenpeace links forest destruction for palm oil to global brands

It claims more than 130,000 hectares of Indonesian forest has been destroyed since 2015.

Kiwi chocolatier Whittaker's takes leap into ice cream bars

The company has partnered with Tip Top for three permanent flavours.

Pharmacist holding medicine box and capsule pack in pharmacy drugstore.

Oxfam claims NZ among countries hit by tax-shifting drug companies

It says Abbott, Johnson & Johnson, Merck and Pfizer are systematically shifting their profits.

The Opposition says it shows the Prime Minister is distracted.

Did 'distracted' Jacinda Ardern's radio remarks cause the NZ dollar to rise?

Asked about GDP figures to be released this Thursday, the PM hinted at positive news. But she was talking about something else altogether.

Kānuka oil creating hope for East Coast locals

Kānuka - which comes from the same family as mānuka - covers about 30 per cent of the Tairawhiti-Gisborne region.

Road workers in the area are also continuing to struggle with clearing debris from the roads.

Extreme weather events sparking insurance companies to look at risk-based pricing

Consumer Affairs Minister Kris Faafoi spoke to TVNZ1's Q+A about the issue.

The Prime Minister gave details of the Government plan during a speech in Auckland.

Jacinda Ardern outlines Government's top 12 priorities for New Zealand over next 30 years

The Prime Minister outlined the plan during a speech in Auckland today.

This weekend marks 10 years since the financial services company Lehman Brothers, a titan of Wall Street, surrendered to bankruptcy.

New financial crisis is already in the making, former Lehman Brothers boss claims

Tom Russo's warning comes ten years to the day since the financial services company Lehman Brothers, a titan of Wall Street, surrendered to bankruptcy.

An image posted on Instagram by Iyia Liu, left, and a screenshot of Celebration Box products, pictured right.

Most read: Complaints made to Commerce Commission after Celebration Box's sweet startup gig turns sour online

The company, run by entrepreneurs Iyia Liu and Briar Howard, is facing an online backlash after a surge in orders within the past few weeks left them apparently struggling to meet demand.

Pizza Hut sign

Former Hastings Pizza Hut owner fined for illegally employing work

A judge rejected Mahipal Reddy Kolan's request that he be discharged without conviction.

Fonterra's Darfield plant.

Fonterra's interim CEO admits performance must improve as $196 million loss announced today

The Fiscal Year 2018 results come after a tumultuous year for the company that saw Theo Spierings announce his resignation as chief executive.

New World's reusable container promotion backfires after microwave mishaps

The company had been angling the promotion as an environmental effort.

Material from soft plastic recycling bins at NZ supermarkets is sitting in storage

"If people have gone to all this effort, they have an expectation that it is going to be recycled."

Maria Latu (R) works 60 hours a week as a team leader and is paid $17 an hour.

Sistema workers accuse company of exploitation: 'We are not treated equally'

Maria Latu is a team leader on the factory floor. She gets paid $17 an hour for a role that often sees her in charge of more than 20 staff running eight machines.

Dakota Access Pipeline protests continue as authorities violently fight back at the reservation.

Native American tribes file lawsuit trying to block massive oil pipeline in US

The court action comes two years after the similar Dakota Access Pipeline protest.

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