Archive for February, 2009

ASEAN-NZ FTA Sends Positive Signal During Slowdown

The conclusion of a Free Trade Agreement between ASEAN, Australia and New Zealand comes at a critical time for New Zealand exporters facing the world economic slowdown, according to the Wellington Regional Chamber of Commerce.
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Seaweek – it’s more than meets the eye

Beach and oyster shell clean-ups, along with stream monitoring demonstrations are some of the Auckland Regional Council events happening during Seaweek 1-8 March.
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Online Rural Trader provides top network

A special rural-oriented website, which has been launched this week, will present a rapidly-expanding range of rural news, views and trade to people with interests in the country and outdoors.
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New Zealand’s ABC Learning Centres trading Well

There has been widespread interest in the purchase of ABC Developmental Learning Centres (NZ) Ltd, with a number of offers for the entire 127-centre business now being actively considered.
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Woolworths profit climbs 10%; shares fall on ASX

Feb. 27 – Woolworths Ltd., Australia’s biggest retailer, posted a 10% gain in first-half profit as increased earnings from its supermarkets made up for weaker revenue from New Zealand and from consumer electronics.
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Changes needed – community sector told

“Work together differently or face dire consequences from the economic downturn” was the challenge put to attendees at the Impact on Communities: Managing the Downturn together workshop held in Wellington yesterday.
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Guinness Peat posts loss on Coats, writedowns

Feb. 27 – Guinness Peat Group, the investment company chaired by Ron Brierley, posted a full-year loss as it wrote down the value of its portfolio and its Coats threadmaker unit was hit by the downturn.
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Representation needed in Internet Policy Debate

The Creative Freedom Foundation welcomes the Government’s decision to delay the Guilt Upon Accusation law Section 92A, however this delay also calls for two non-Governmental groups to decide the future of New Zealander’s access to the internet. The two groups …
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New networking group looks for more members

It isn’t quite the butcher, the baker and the candlestick maker – but Auckland’s newest dedicated ‘word-of-mouth’ Business Network International (BNI) chapter is looking for motivated business owners, including a wine distributor, a property …
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Conservative positioning strengthens finance firm

A conservative stance and a strong inflow of new funds marked the performance of South Canterbury Finance Group for the six months to 31 December 2008.
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Fairfax announces A$684 mln placement at discount

Feb. 27 – Fairfax Media Ltd., Australia’s second largest publisher, plans to raise as much as A$684 million selling shares via a offer to existing shareholders to pay down debt and strengthen its balance sheet.
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Minister To Launch Fraud Awareness Week

Minister of Consumer Affairs Heather Roy will next week launch Fraud Awareness Week – a joint initiative that focuses on raising awareness of scams in the community.
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Non-toxic algal bloom Lyttelton harbour

An algal bloom in Church Bay, Lyttelton Harbour, has been confirmed as a non-toxic phytoplankton Gymnodinium .
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TimeFiler helps IMS Payroll up the ante

Press release, Enfinit Software and IMS Payroll, New Zealand, 23-Feb-2009. Leading New Zealand payroll provider IMS Payroll has formed a strategic alliance with Christchurch based Enfinit Software to offer its customers extended functionality with an affordable …
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“Grassroots Voices” Report on jobs

The New Zealand Council of Christian Social Services (NZCCSS) “Grassroots Voices” research report was released today.
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MARAC profit falls 48% on impairments, lending

Feb. 27 – MARAC Finance, the finance company owned by Pyne Gould Corp., said first-half profit fell 48% on impairment charges for bad loans and a downturn in lending.
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Treasury project gains extra Council funding

Thames-Coromandel District Council has agreed to purchase a property next to the historic Carnegie Library in Queen Street, Thames, to enable the Coromandel Heritage Trust to proceed with its plans for an archive centre.
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Keeping Kids At School Solution To Jobs Shortage

Mountaineer and co-founder of the Foundation for Youth Development, Graeme Dingle, is calling for greater focus on keeping young people in school for longer to help address the current jobs shortage.
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Affinity ID Steps Into The Limelight

New Zealand’s leading specialist in integrating technology and marketing, Proximity ID today changes its name to Affinity ID, heralding a new independent player in the competitive relationship marketing arena.
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Economic Conditions Biting into Tourism Markets

World economic conditions are biting into the New Zealand tourism industry with a decrease in the number of long-haul tourists visiting in January this year.
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