Archive for January, 2011

MARKET CLOSE: NZ stocks fall on Egyptian unrest: FBU drops

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 31 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand stocks fell as investors fled higher yielding, or riskier, assets amid fears Egypt’s political turmoil will spread to other countries in the region. Fletcher Building Ltd. paced decliners on the exchange, while DNZ … Read more »

First new NZYF Club for 2011

Press Release – Young Farmers

It’s going to be a lot easier for Young Farmers living in South Taranaki to join a New Zealand Young Farmers Club when the new Alton Club has its first official meeting on February 15th. Read more »

Weather Brings Bites, Stings and Disease

Press Release – Kiwicare

The La Niña weather pattern is not only bringing New Zealand a warm moist summer, it is also bringing ‘plagues’ of pest insects. Read more »

Capping Taxi Numbers A Flawed Approach

Press Release – ACT New Zealand

Capping the number of taxis in the Wellington region is a ridiculous idea – one that will result in higher prices, longer waiting times and which will prove disastrous for consumers, ACT MPs Sir Roger Douglas and Hilary Calvert said today. Read more »

Hokitika’s Mahinapua walk – a step away from heaven

Press Release – Word of Mouth Media

We wobbled back to our Kapitea lodge on the hilltop north of Hokitika, plonked ourselves down and didn’t move. Read more »

Oktobor Helps Create Unique Mandom TVCS for NZTA

Press Release – Oktobor

In his director’s treatment for the latest trio of NZTA TVCs Nick Ball described ‘Mandom’ as, “A room, space, corner or area that is specifically reserved for a male person to be in a solitary condition, away from the rest of the household … Read more »

Is Goff Chasing Tax-Avoiding Labour MPs?

Press Release – Libertarianz Party

Libertarianz leader Richard McGrath challenged Phil Goff to state for the record that none of his MPs attempt to reduce their taxable income, in the wake of Goff’s call for establishment of an Anti-Avoidance Tax Taskforce. Read more »

Early Childhood Education funding at record $1.4 billion

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Education Minister Anne Tolley says the Government’s investment in early childhood education (ECE) in the coming year will be $100 million above the original Budget 2010 allocation, bringing the total spend to $1.4 billion. Read more »

Call for public input into energy safety review

Press Release – New Zealand Government

The Government is seeking public input into a review of the gas and electricity sector’s certification regime, says Associate Energy and Resources Minister Hekia Parata. Read more »

McCully concerned for NZs as travel risk increases

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Minister of Foreign Affairs Murray McCully is advising New Zealanders not to travel to Egypt, and those already there to leave if safe to do so, as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today upgraded its travel advisory to the highest possible category of alert … Read more »

Rural Broadband demands a step change

Press Release – Federated Farmers

Following recent media speculation on the outcome of the $300 million Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI), Federated Farmers is challenging the initiative to ensure it delivers radically improved broadband for over one million New Zealanders “The Government … Read more »

January 2011 Monthly Economic Indicatiors (MEI)

Press Release – New Zealand Treasury

• Economy weaker than we expected in mid-2010 even allowing for extraordinary events • Recession likely to be avoided as real GDP is expected to rise in the December 2010 quarter, but could also be weaker than previously forecast • Outlook for 2011 … Read more »

New Zealanders prepare to get on the juice

Press Release – FebFast

Stock up on juice and dust off that book of non-alcoholic cocktail recipes… New Zealand’s first ever FebFast is just hours away. Hundreds of people around the country have signed up to the Drug Foundation’s FebFast fundraiser, which starts … Read more »

Overseas trade boost continues thanks to farmers

Press Release – Federated Farmers

Despite one of the toughest seasons in memory, the agricultural sector’s contribution to the export economy has maintained its high, according to the latest Statistics New Zealand Overseas Merchandise Trade statistics. “Every New Zealander can be … Read more »

NHNZ “High-Speed” Stock Footage Website Goes Live

Press Release – NHNZ

NHNZ officially launches its new high-speed user friendly stock footage library, NHNZ Moving Images on February 1st, following the successful beta testing of its redesigned stock footage website. The website is a showcase for the international … Read more »

Respecting the Median Multiple Housing Measure

Press Release – Hugh Pavletich

There is a world of difference between being schooled in a subject and actually educated in it. As Oscar Wilde said “Never let your schooling interfere with you education”. Over the past thirty years or more, thanks to the politicization of urban issues … Read more »

Strike to occur at Auckland Casino on Chinese New Year

Press Release – Unite Union

Staff at the SkyCity Casino in Auckland, New Zealand, will be striking on Chinese New Year against what they call an inadequate contract offer and to protest discrimination against Chinese workers. About a third of the staff at the Casino are Chinese. The … Read more »

NZ Dollar Outlook: Kiwi in range amid Middle East turmoil

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 31 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand dollar will probably tread water this week as Egypt’s internal strife keeps investors wary of risk-sensitive assets, even as commodity-linked investments are bolstered by rising food prices. Read more »

Police support winery in closing concert bar

Press Release – New Zealand Police

Police fully support the decision by Church Rd Winery to close the bar at Saturday night’s George Thorogood/Joe Cocker concert in Napier. Senior Sergeant Sarah Stewart said police were concerned from very early on in the night about the high levels … Read more »

NZBIO: Farewell from the CEO

Press Release – NZBIO

It is a meaningful word – “farewell”. In its contemporary use it basically means; “see you later and take care.” In its Old English translation however, it means much more, something like “I am leaving now and even though our paths … Read more »

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