Archive for September, 2010

How to start a conversation in social media forums

Press Release – Genesis Interactive

Good pick up lines and ways to break the ice, to start conversations with strangers, is enough to make anybody’s palm break into a sweat – it’s also possibly one of the biggest obstacles to more people adopting social media marketing. Read more »

MARKET CLOSE: NZ stocks follow Aussie market lower

Article – Businesswire

Sept. 30 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand stocks fell for a third consecutive session, following the Australian market lower as speculation that the Australian dollar may reach parity with the greenback, creating issues for local exporters. Fletcher Building … Read more »

Employment law changes to increase discrimination

Press Release – New Zealand Council of Trade Unions

Employment law changes will increase the likelihood of discrimination occurring in the workplace, said two representative union groups appearing before the Transport and Industrial Relations Select Committee today. The CTU’s youth wing “Stand … Read more »

Prices and Tax goes up, but wages frozen

Press Release – Unite Union

JB Hi-Fi workers are combing a protest over low wages with opposition to the GST rise this Friday. Read more »

Mercer Group eyes $9 mln share issue, placement

Article – Businesswire

Sept. 30 (BusinessDesk) – Mercer Group, the stainless steel products manufacturer part-owned by Allan Hubbard, is mulling a $9 million share issue to investors and private placement as it looks to get itself out of debt trouble. Read more »

Musical chairs on Natural Dairy (NZ) board

Article – Businesswire

Sept. 30 (BusinessDesk) – Natural Dairy (NZ) Holdings, the Hong Kong-listed investment company that recently scaled back its ambitions to invest in New Zealand, has lost two directors to ill health and gained a new chairman. Read more »

Rates relief possible for homeowners

Press Release – Christchurch City Council

The Christchurch City Council decided today to review its rates remission policy before the next rates instalment falls due on 15 November. Read more »

Greens launch Keep it Kiwi campaign with lamington

Press Release – Green Party

Green Party Co-leader Russel Norman today launched the Keep it Kiwi campaign, handing out lamingtons in front of a Kiwibank branch in Wellington to celebrate New Zealand ownership at a time when John Key’s Government plans to make asset sales an election … Read more »

Alliance Party slams GST rise, calls for new tax

Press Release – New Zealand Alliance Party

The Alliance Party says raising GST to 15% will hurt the majority of New Zealanders and cause financial stress and hardship. Read more »

Ballance appoints new Human Resources Manager

Press Release – Ballance Agri-Nutrients

Simon Batters has joined Ballance Agri-Nutrients at its head office in Mount Maunganui in the role of Human Resource Manager, effective 28 September. Read more »

Complaints Commissioner welcomes switch

Press Release – Electricity and Gas Complaints Commission

The Electricity and Gas Complaints Commissioner Judi Jones welcomes a rule change that will cut the time it takes for electricity users to switch between suppliers. Read more »

Giant Maori carvings welcome visitors to Eden Park

Press Release – Eden Park

The countdown to the official opening of Eden Park on October 10 begins today when four giant Maori carvings, which will provide a towering Maori cultural welcome to visitors and sports fans to the new stadium, begin their journey to Auckland from … Read more »

0.9% Over 7 Years Not Good Enough – 30 September

Press Release – Manufacturers and Exporters Association

There is a lack of ambition in the tax package that comes into effect tomorrow say the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA). The additional 0.9 percent growth improvement over seven years projected by Treasury is pitiful considering … Read more »

NZ business confidence falls to 15-month

Article – BusinessDesk

Sept. 30 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand business confidence extended its downward spiral to a 15-month low as firms hunker down for a slow and tepid recovery, according to the National Bank Business Outlook, out today. Read more »

Lion Nathan buys back Auckland redevelopment site

Article – BusinessDesk

Sept. 30 (BusinessDesk) – Brewing company Lion Nathan Pty has bought back the site of its former Newmarket, Auckland, brewery after the AMP Capital Investors investment fund that took full control failed to secure capital funding for redevelopment. Read more »

Government officially failing youth unemployment

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

A report card created by the New Zealand Institute’s NZahead project confirms that New Zealand is falling behind the rest of the OECD in addressing youth unemployment, with the Government receiving a ‘C’ on their measures to address this issue, … Read more »

New Roading Contract Awarded

Press Release – Waimakariri Council

Sicon Limited has again been successful in being awarded the Council’s contract for maintaining the district’s roading network. Sicon is a local company based in Darfield, with a well-established depot in Rangiora. Read more »

Pike River Concludes Working Capital With NZOG

Press Release – Pike River Coal

Pike River Coal announces that it has concluded negotiations for an unsecured loan facility of up to $25million with its largest shareholder New Zealand Oil & Gas (NZOG) to provide short-term working capital for the company. Read more »

Commonwealth members enjoy trade advantage

Press Release – Royal Commonwealth Society

New research published today by the Royal Commonwealth Society shows that a Commonwealth country’s trade with another member is likely to be a third to a half more than with a non-member, even after taking into account other possible contributory factors … Read more »

First electric vehicles for use in NZ welcomed

Press Release – Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority

The Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA) today welcomed the launch of a trial in Wellington of four full electric vehicles. Read more »

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