Series: Business leaders’ Budget 2017 wish lists – William Rolleston

The Federated Farmers president warns against "propensity for governments to get side-tracked by the quick buck.”

Lindsay makes first investment since selling Sistema

"I'm investing in a New Zealand company with good management which has a history of delivering growth."

Are Sky's rugby broadcast days numbered?

NZ Rugby confirms doing its own internet broadcasts is on the radar but Sky says it still has a role to play.

Editor's Insight: Chinese takeover spree subsides – but will it last?

Chinese companies may have weak brands and lack skills in global business but they have other competitive advantages.

NZ Funeral Directors says few problems here

An Australian study found exploitation of grieving families

Ebos to buy Australia's HPS for $A154m, expanding pharmacy footprint

Tue 23 May

The acquisition is expected to increase Ebos's underlying ebitda by at least 5% in the 2018 financial year.

The Opportunities Party's Gareth Morgan

Opportunities Party smokes political rivals in poll

Mr Morgan's pot policy proves more popular than his previous impersonation of the typical Twitter user.

Xero wins plaudits for artificial intelligence product suite with revenue potential

Tue 23 May

Xero signalled AI and machine learning were at the heart of a new product suite last year.

Prime Minister Bill English

English tight-lipped on further budget details

Mon 22 May 4

But the prime minister did admit he was looking forward to “sitting down during the long budget speech for the first time in nine years.”

The Week Ahead — May 22

Mon 22 May

NBR View's Simon Dallow takes a look ahead at this week's business stories. 

Rocket Lab's 18m Electron Rocket on the launchpad at Mahia Peninsula
Sean Hannity

Property

It’s never been more expensive to rent in the regions, data suggests

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Trade Me Property head of product Alistair Helm says the jump in rental prices in the regions is “significant.”

Banking & Finance

Motor Trade Finance reports lower underlying profit, increased market share

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Communication and processing expense increased 22 percent due to targeted multimedia advertising campaigns.

Technology

NZ's Ubco raises $3.95 million to power electric farm bike

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The company's Ubco 2x2 is designed in New Zealand and uses advances in electric motor design and battery technology.

Politics

US President Donald Trump receives the Order of Abdulaziz al-Saud medal from Saudi Arabia's King Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud at the Saudi Royal Court in Riyadh (Getty)

Trump calls on Muslim leaders to confront extremism

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PLUS: Trump reverses Obama block on $110b weapons deal.

Media

Media Watch: Why RNZ deserves a funding boost

The state broadcaster has broadened into activitie that could not have been imagined nine years ago when its budget was frozen.