Alka Prasad is an Auckland-based business reporter covering small business and retail.
Alka Prasad graduated from the University of Auckland in 2018 with a Bachelor of Health Sciences and a Bachelor of Arts. She went on to write for Government agencies in Wellington, including Inland Revenue and the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment. Her role at NZME started through the Te Rito journalism cadetship where she worked across newsrooms including Whakaata Māori, Pacific Media Network, Newshub and the NZ Herald. Her work at the Business Herald started in 2022 where she covers small business and retail. You can contact Alka at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Small Business: Barbenheimer breaks Penthouse Cinema’s nearly 50-year box office record
The Kisby family bought the Vogue in 1975 and turned it into the iconic Penthouse Cinema.
Supie partially snapped up by another Kiwi business
'The purchase price we paid wasn’t significant.'
Insolvent restaurant racks up $1.2m in creditor claims
The Manawatū restaurant operated for less than two years before going into liquidation.
Creative instinct: Retailer proud to shine a light on Māori designs
'This is the highlight of this business.'
December spending on a “sharper decline than expected”
Electronic card spending fell at the end of last year which might be bad news for retail.
Māori authority exports drop 16 per cent in September quarter
Stats NZ's tatauranga umanga Māori data for the September quarter show a drop in exports.
Kiwi cosmetics manufacturers leading industry growth
New research shows Kiwi cosmetics manufacturers are defying an industry downturn.
Manawa Udy on sustaining Māori business through political noise
Ngahere Communities' online store Konei opened its first retail store this month.
Mabel’s owner on its mission to bring Burmese flavours to Wellington
Mabel's pays tribute to the owner of NZ's first Burmese restaurant, The Monsoon.
Jaimee Lupton on running TikTok’s most popular haircare brand
The Monday Haircare co-founder says this year has brought successes as well as challenges.
Vaping, swimming pools, live gigs: 2023 sets consumer spending records
Data from ANZ and Worldline showed spending was subdued in December but still set records.
On edge and hoping for a ‘normal year’: Top five retail priorities for 2024
Industry players say 2024 will be a test for businesses and consumers.
Rekkha Yoga founder on getting the ancient practice off the mat
The yoga in social media and studios might sometimes be far removed from its roots.
Gracie MacKinlay on Mighty Ape’s record-breaking 2023 sales
MacKinlay says the retailers face a challenging 2024 despite record-breaking sales.
Bed, Bath and Beyond NZ profits defy downturn, climb 7.5pc
The homeware retailer had a rise in revenue and profits in its latest full-year report.
Pic’s Peanut Butter chief says new Government has a ‘tough road’ ahead
Aimee McCammon studied at Harvard Business School this year and hasn't lost momentum.
From dairy worker to retail boss - Carolyn Young on her priorities as head of Retail NZ
The sector is facing tough economic conditions and crime.
Boxing Day spending flat, ‘disappointing’ result for retailers
Boxing Day spending was flat on last year but pre-Christmas spending pulled through.
Christmas Wonderland Store owner on filling the gap left by Kirkcaldie & Stains’ closure
The business started with an aim to bring the 'indulgence' of European Christmas to NZ.
Lift in Kiwis' pre-Christmas spending rings up $2.65b for month
Worldline data showed Kiwis' spending is up on last year in the countdown to Christmas.
Beaufort Watches founder on growing the ‘untouched’ Kiwi market
Beaufort Watches owner Robert Kwok says his passion is to share the craft of watchmaking.
Retail spending up in November but retail outlook remains ‘cautious’
Stats NZ data showed card spending was up across all categories last month.
Supie collapse: Potential buyers unlikely to continue operating
The grocery retailer went into voluntary administration and liquidation last month.
Photographer on elevating migrant voices in NZ’s fine arts
Abhi Chinniah reveals challenges as she makes strides in Aotearoa’s fine arts scene.
Cost of living hits customers as Woolworths NZ's profits slashed
The supermarket giant's revenue rose 4.5 per cent.