Archive for January, 2011

Online accident reporting launched

Press Release – Maritime New Zealand

The launch of online accident reporting will make it quicker and easier for people to report maritime accidents and incidents, Maritime New Zealand (MNZ) says. The organisation has developed a new online reporting system so commercial operators … Read more »

Building Industry in Crisis

Press Release – Straight Up Productions

Building consent statistics released today by the Statistics Department show the industry is in crisis with consents issued almost 60% below the peak of six years ago. “There is no doubt the industry is in a double-dip recession as consents have … Read more »

Poverty Not Inequality Should Be Our Main Concern

Press Release – New Zealand Business Roundtable

Other things being equal, I prefer less inequality in incomes and wealth rather than more. But I worry much more about poverty and hardship – in New Zealand and in poor countries. It’s easy to explain why. Imagine if all incomes in New Zealand … Read more »

Chair and deputy reappointed to Takeovers Panel

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Commerce Minister Simon Power today announced the reappointment of David Jones as chair and Colin Giffney as deputy chair of the Takeovers Panel. Read more »

World-leading scientists, Nobel Prize-winner in Wellington

Press Release – Victoria University of Wellington

Some of the world’s leading physicists and chemists are in Wellington next week for a conference to discuss exciting advances in their fields. The conference—AMN-5, which runs from 7 to 11 February—is hosted by the MacDiarmid Institute for Advanced … Read more »

NZ thoroughbreds lure international buyers

Press Release – Minister for Racing

A strong Australian dollar and another outstanding season for New Zealand-bred thoroughbreds across the Tasman augur well for the 85th national yearling sales series starting in Auckland today, Racing Minister John Carter said. “Buyers from around the world … Read more »

Consumers need full facts on alcohol’s risks

Press Release – Green Party

Labels on alcohol warning pregnant women of the dangers of drinking while pregnant are long overdue, Green Party alcohol spokesperson Sue Kedgley said today. A food labelling review by Food Standards Australia New Zealand has recommended mandatory … Read more »

NZ building consents sink to lowest since April 2009

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 31 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand’s residential construction sector continued to shrink in December, with building consents falling to their lowest level since April 2009, the sixth straight month of declines. Read more »

Health Advisory Labels on Alcohol a Step Closer

Press Release – The Alcohol Advisory Council

A push by the Alcohol Advisory Council (ALAC) for health advisory labels to be placed on alcohol containers warning of the dangers of consuming alcohol while pregnant is a step closer. A Trans-Tasman food labelling review panel has just released its … Read more »

NZOG share price fall overdone, CEO Salisbury says

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 31 (BusinessDesk) – Investors have overdone their sell-off of New Zealand Oil and Gas Ltd. following the Pike River coal mine disaster, and are failing to account for the impact of high oil prices on the company’s fortunes, says chief … Read more »

NZ posts monthly trade deficit on aircraft purchases

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 31 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand posted its sixth straight monthly trade deficit in December as purchases of aircraft and parts drove up imports, outpacing an increase in exports. Read more »

Greater benefits for SBS Bank non profit groups

Press Release – SBS Bank

New Zealand Alpine Club (NZAC) executive officer Ollie Clifton says the support and personal touch from the team at their Riccarton branch of SBS Bank, in Christchurch, had been fantastic since their club moved their banking to a SBS Star account specifically … Read more »

Gould steps down as Pyne Gould director to head up Wrightson

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 31 (BusinessDesk) – Christchurch businessman George Gould has resigned as a director of Pyne Gould Corp. as part of the conditions of taking over as managing director of PGG Wrightson. Read more »

Cyclone clears for Hawke’s Bay Wine and Food Festival

Press Release – Hawkes Bay Wine and Food

The early departure of Cyclone Wilma made way for a sunny and successful Hawke’s Bay Wine and Food Festival on Saturday. Despite heavy rain on Saturday morning the weather cleared in time for gates opening at 10am. However organisers faced a nerve-wracking … Read more »

Karaka 2011 Premier Sale Live Online

Press Release – NZ Bloodstock

New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2011 Premier Sale will be streamed live online from 11am this morning. Click here to view the live webcast. The Premier Sale will also be covered live on Sky Sports 3 on the 31 January and the 1 February. Read more »

National & Greens gain from “state of the nation” speeches

Press Release – iPredict

* National and Greens gain from “state of the nation” speeches while Labour slips back * John Key forecast to govern, needing support of just one of the Act, UnitedFuture and Maori parties * Probability of new left party involving Hone Harawira rises * … Read more »

Wellington waterfront’s free wifi switched on

Press Release – Trademe

Visitors to the waterfront in New Zealand’s capital will enjoy fast and free wireless internet access from today, thanks to a joint effort from Trade Me and Wellington City Council. The free wifi network went live this morning, beaming from access points … Read more »

Building consents drop in December

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

The value of consents issued for both residential and non-residential buildings dropped in the month of December 2010, compared with December 2009, Statistics New Zealand said today. Residential consent values fell 26 percent, to $368 million – … Read more »

Quarry industry reflects hard times

Press Release – AQA

The population may be steadily growing, but the nation’s demand for aggregates has been reducing since the boom year of 2005 when almost 50 million tonnes was required. In 2009 only 33 million tonnes was needed – a reduction of some 43% – a very sharp … Read more »

Stocks to watch: FBU, MHI, NZO, OGC, SEK, TEL

Article – BusinessDesk

Jan. 31 (BusinessDesk) – The following stocks may be active on the New Zealand exchange after developments since the close of trading. All prices are in New Zealand dollars unless specified. Read more »

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