Archive for November, 2009

Lake Tekapo i-SITE Visitor Centre to open tomorrow

Press Release – Destination Mt Cook Mackenzie

Visitors to Lake Tekapo will be greeted with an official 100% Kiwi welcome from tomorrow (Tuesday 1 November) when New Zealand’s newest i-SITE opens at the Lake Tekapo i-SITE Visitor Centre. Read more »

Speech: Roy – Consumer Transactions

Speech – New Zealand Government

Thank you for the invitation to speak to you today. As industry and consumer representatives, and stakeholders of ‘Consumer Affairs’, you are well placed to listen to and give me constructive feedback on the issues I’m going to address. I welcome the chance … Read more »

Telstra rejigs structure, consolidates NZ unit

Article – Businesswire

Nov. 30 (BusinessWire) – Telstra Corp., Australia’s largest phone company, will rejig its structure and fold the New Zealand business into a single trans-Tasman market, the company announced today. Read more »

Motorcyclists see themselves as bullet proof

Press Release – New Zealand Police

Increased motorcycle traffic on Canterbury’s State Highways recently has urged Police to issue yet another warning to riders. Several motorcycle related events around the South Island have meant large numbers of motor cycles travelling up and down … Read more »

Inequality won’t lead to economic prosperity

Press Release – Green Party

Revisiting the disastrous policies of the 80s and 90s will lead to increased inequality and environmental damage, and will not put New Zealand on the road to long-term economic prosperity, Green Party Co-Leader Russel Norman said today. Dr Norman was responding … Read more »

Taskforce Report Challenges Politicians and Voters

Press Release – New Zealand Business Roundtable

“The Taskforce report on closing the income gap with Australia offers a realistic assessment of New Zealand’s major economic challenges and a substantial programme for achieving the 2025 goal”, Roger Kerr, executive director of the New Zealand … Read more »

2025 Taskforce: A Good Starting Point

Press Release – ACT New Zealand

The first report from the 2025 Taskforce grapples with the complex issues surrounding New Zealand’s economic decline, and goes some way to proposing ideas that may help solve them, ACT New Zealand Finance Spokesman Sir Roger Douglas said today. “The … Read more »

Govt aspiring to mine another National Park

Press Release – Green Party

The Green Party today confirmed rumours that the Government is considering removing mining protection from 20 percent of Mount Aspiring National Park. “The rumble of Brownlee’s bulldozers just got louder,” said Green Party co-leader Metiria … Read more »

2025 Taskforce Report welcomed

Press Release – New Zealand Government

The 2025 Taskforce’s report clearly identifies the issues New Zealand needs to tackle to achieve higher wages and a better standard of living, Regulatory Reform Minister Rodney Hide said today. Under the chairmanship of Dr Don Brash, the Taskforce … Read more »

Cruise ships estimated to bring $6m this season

Press Release – Destination Northland

Northland is expected to host a record 35,000 cruise ship passengers this season, bringing an estimated $6 million into the region. Destination Northland general manager Brian Roberts said a total of 30 cruise ship visits to the Bay of Islands are scheduled … Read more »

Review Broadcasting Standards: Special Olympics NZ

Press Release – Special Olympics NZ

In the wake of recent media events, Special Olympics New Zealand has approached the Broadcasting Standards Authority and requested a review of the application of the Broadcasting Standards to ensure that the use of “retard” and “retarded”when … Read more »

New illegal street racing laws take effect

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Two new laws giving police, courts and local authorities greater powers to crack down on illegal street racing come into force at midnight tonight. The Land Transport (Enforcement Powers) Amendment Act and the Sentencing (Vehicle Confiscation) Amendment … Read more »

Goff: Brash report a sham and waste of time

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Today’s report by Don Brash’s 2025 Task Force is a sham designed to cover up the fact that National has done nothing to help hard-working Kiwi families struggling to make ends meet now, says Labour Leader Phil Goff. “The taskforce has been a … Read more »

NZSki Scoops Queenstown Business Awards

Press Release –

The company that operates three New Zealand premier ski areas, Coronet Peak, The Remarkables and Mt Hutt, has been again recognised for business excellence. The company was named 2009 Westpac Supreme Business of the Year and winner of the large business … Read more »

Serious value in Taskforce report

Press Release – Business New Zealand

The first report of the 2025 Taskforce displays a comprehensive grasp of the factors that could propel New Zealand’s economy into higher growth. Business NZ Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly says while the report covers the broad range of actions required … Read more »

Brash calls for return to failed policies

Press Release – Progressive Party

“It’s like the return of Dracula.” That’s how Progressive Wigram MP Jim Anderton is describing Don Brash’s recommendations released today. “Don Brash and David Caygill were cheerleaders for the asset sales, deep spending cuts and wage cuts that … Read more »

World’s Best Practice Needed for Govt Regulations

Press Release – 2025 Taskforce

Up to a third of the gap between New Zealand and Australian incomes could be bridged by ambitious regulatory reform alone, the 2025 Taskforce said today. “Contributors to the Taskforce’s work have given us shocking examples of the ways in which current … Read more »

Bold Tax Reform Would Spur Enterprise, Excitement

Press Release – 2025 Taskforce

The 2025 Taskforce has recommended an initial target of restoring government spending as a percentage of GDP to 2005 levels by 2012/13, and using the savings to eliminate the fiscal deficit and make it possible for every New Zealander to pay no more than … Read more »

Govt Choices Make It Hard to Close the Income Gap

Press Release – 2025 Taskforce

The 2025 Taskforce says that poor choices made by successive governments explain why the New Zealand economy isn’t doing better. “Successive governments, with only short-lived exceptions, have failed to grapple with the full extent of our economic … Read more »

Report Designed to Spark National Conversation

Press Release – 2025 Taskforce

The 2025 Taskforce hopes that its report and recommendations released today will spark a serious national conversation about how New Zealanders could bridge the income gap with Australia, which now stands at 35%, equivalent to $64,000 a year for a family … Read more »

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