Archive for January, 2009

No Room for Delay on Western Ring Route

“The decision by government to look at alternatives to the proposed tunnel option for Waterview is neither unexpected nor unreasonable but should not be allowed to delay completion of Auckland’s Western Ring Route” says NZ Council for Infrastructure …
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Fixed Rate Mortgage’s Need To Be Broken

The Productive Economy Council (PEC) has come out strongly in support of both Bill English’s and Phil Goff’s requests for banks to reduce fixed interest rate bank fees in the interest of the New Zealand economy.
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Maunsell AECOM wins big in Bangladesh

The New Zealand business of leading engineering consultancy Maunsell AECOM will deliver critical transport and power infrastructure in Bangladesh after winning two major projects, the US$1.5 billion Padma Bridge and US$13 million Haripur power plant.
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Consents Drop: Case for Housing, Green Home Fund

A dramatic drop in building consents and fears about the long-term health of the building industry is more evidence that social housing and the Green Homes Fund have a critical role in the Government’s stimulus plan, says Green Party Co-leader Jeanette …
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Minister endorses Whenuapai decision

“The decision by Waitakere City to discontinue proceeding with their proposed district plan change relating to Whenuapai Airbase is a sensible response to Government policy,” says Defence Minister Wayne Mapp.
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Hector in Wgtn to thank parliament for set net ban

Forest &Bird is encouraged by Wednesday’s sighting of a Hector’s dolphin in Wellington harbour as a sign that the dolphins have come to say thank-you for the set net ban introduced in May 2008.
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Statement of preliminary issues available for NZ

The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application received from Mr David Ferrier on 12 December 2008, seeking clearance for himself, or his company, New Zealand Woolscourers Limited, concerning the acquisition …
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Downgrades to expected GDP growth in Aust, NZ

We have been forecasting recession in Australia since last October, but the latest dire news on the global economy means that we are even more confident in this view than before. Our global team again has marked down the forecast for 2009 global GDP …
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SH20 Waterview Project Urgent

The Government decision to review the SH20 Waterview project is understandable given the $1 billion increase in its cost, said Auckland Business Forum chairman Michael Barnett.
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TV Is The Most Influential Medium Despite Claims

The Newspaper Advertising Bureau (NAB) has challenged a comment made in the release put out by this office earlier this week. The comment they referred to was: “television remains the most effective medium for reaching and influencing consumers”.
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Fairfax appoints new editor for Sunday magazine

Fairfax Magazines has appointed Debbie Harrison as the new editor of Sunday magazine.
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Greens support new hydro scheme in Buller

The Green Party’s West Coast-based MP Kevin Hague today lodged a submission in support of a proposed hydro scheme on the Stockton Plateau.
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MasterCard Papers – RBNZ Payments Analysis 30/1/09

Welcome to the tweleth edition of MasterCard Papers. This is a new initiative from MasterCard Worldwide designed to enhance understanding of the payments industry, and make good use of publicly available data and information. By opening the email …
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Business overdraft and base interest rate relief

Westpac New Zealand has announced a 1% cut to its business overdraft and base business lending rates, in a move that will provide some relief to businesses as well as the rural sector.
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NZ needs to be ready for recovery

New Zealand will be better prepared for economic recovery if households, firms and banks do not “pull down the shutters”, Reserve Bank Governor Alan Bollard said today.
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Popular Bike Wise Week grows to Bike Wise Month

Hot on the heels of the release of a  set of new regional cycling maps, the Auckland Regional Transport Authority (ARTA) and local territorial authorities around the region, are working together to provide a month of fun cycling events in February …
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Federated Farmers Farm Day goes www.farmday.org.nz

“For urban dwellers looking to discover the country, a big step forward has come with the Federated Farmers Farm Day website going live at midday today,” says Don Nicolson, President of Federated Farmers.
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Treasury briefing to Minister of Finance released

Finance Minister Bill English has today released a briefing document from the Treasury,
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Goff calls for National to heed UN call

UN General Secretary Ban Ki Moon’s call for a global “Green New Deal” that creates jobs and fights climate change exposes just how out of touch the National Government is on these issues, Labour Leader Phil Goff and Climate Change spokesperson Charles …
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Greens pleased Whenuapai plans on hold

The Green Party congratulates Waitakere City Council on postponing the hearings on a proposed district plan change intended to allow a commercial airport to replace the airbase at Whenuapai.
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