Archive for February, 2011

Luxottica offers replacement eyewear for Cantabrians

Press Release – Luxottica

As a result of the devastating impact of the Christchurch earthquake last Tuesday, eyewear company Luxottica will provide any individual or family directly affected by the earthquake with free replacement of their damaged prescription glasses or … Read more »

Consumer Demand for GM-Free Food Gives NZ The Advantage

Press Release – GE Free NZ

The launch in Australia of the GM-free True Food guide is another signal to New Zealand growers and food manufacturers to maintain a GM-free policy and protect the integrity of the food chain. Read more »

MARS Bar goes green on cocoa

Press Release – Mars NZ

The cocoa in MARS® Bars will be going green in New Zealand from the middle of this year. Read more »

Support Package Timely

Press Release – Business NZ

BusinessNZ says the support package announced today for employers and employees is timely. Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly says the rapid support for Christchurch businesses and staff will be welcomed by those affected by last week’s earthquake. Read more »

Trucks Start Rolling Into the Port

Press Release – Lyttelton Port Company

Lyttelton Port of Christchurch (LPC) would like to advise all customers the port’s core services are operational following the 6.3 magnitude earthquake on Tuesday 22 February 2011 Read more »

Financial commitment to rebuild Canterbury

Press Release – New Zealand Government

The Government has reaffirmed its commitment to provide the financial resources necessary to rebuild Christchurch and the Canterbury economy, Finance Minister Bill English says. Read more »

Turners & Growers FY profit drops 34% on tax expense

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 28 (BusinessDesk) – Turners & Growers Ltd., the fruit and vegetable exporter controlled by Guinness Peat Group, posted a 34% drop in full-year profit after a tax expense that wiped out growth in operating earnings. Read more »

Hellaby more than doubles 1H profit, ‘green shoots’ sparse

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 28 (BusinessDesk) – Hellaby Holdings, which has investments in auto-parts, shoes, packaging and construction equipment, more than doubled first-half net profit despite seeing few “green shoots,” reflecting its successful restructuring. Read more »

ANZ Canterbury Earthquake Appeal now totals more than $2.1 m

Press Release – ANZ Bank

The ANZ New Zealand 2011 Canterbury Earthquake Appeal now totals more than $2.1 million. This includes donations from members of the public to our ANZ and National Bank accounts, and also staff donations. The account was opened late Tuesday 22 February. … Read more »

PM Releases Initial Earthquake Assistance Package

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Prime Minister John Key today announced an initial support package for Christchurch businesses and workers affected by last week’s major earthquake. Read more »

Earthquake support package available immediately

Press Release – New Zealand Government

The initial earthquake support package for employers and employees is available now and the first payments will be in bank accounts by Wednesday says Social Development Minister Paula Bennett. “There is a lot of uncertainty over whether jobs and businesses … Read more »

Scientists to investigate five major submarine volcanoes

Press Release – GNS Science


ASB Quake Update

Press Release – ASB Bank

Three ASB branches are now open for business in Christchurch, along with 14 ATMs. The Hornby, Northlands Papanui and Riccarton Mall branches are all open from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Lincoln University branch will be closed tomorrow. The following ATMs … Read more »

Wellington hotels coping well despite slower recovery

Press Release – New Zealand Hotel Council

Rugby World Cup will provide a short term boost to Wellington hotels after a slower than expected economic recovery over the past two years. Speaking at NZ Hotel Council’s 2010 Annual Operating Survey presentation in Wellington this afternoon, NZHC Independent … Read more »

HRV to donate to Christchurch Earthquake Appeal

Press Release – HRV

HRV is making a donation of $50,000 to the Christchurch Earthquake Appeal fund launched by Prime Minister John Key yesterday. Read more »

How long to search? — a review

Article – Science Media Centre

How long to search? — a review of evidence from Haiti’s quake 28 Feb 2011 In an effort to assist New Zealand-based rescue efforts, the journal Disaster Medicine and Public Health Preparedness has published a series of open-access articles reviewing … Read more »

Business confidence on the up before earthquake

Article – BusinessDesk

Business confidence on the up before earthquake Feb. 28 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand business confidence took a turn for the better before last week’s 6.3 magnitude earthquake struck Christchurch, as the primary sector took advantage of strong commodity … Read more »

Coal price jump underpins strong first half for Solid Energy

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 28 (BusinessDesk) – State-owned coal miner Solid Energy New Zealand Ltd. made a net profit of $45.2 million in the six months ended Dec. 31, reflecting a surge in the global price of high quality coking coal. Read more »

Terms of trade reach 35-year high

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

The merchandise terms of trade rose 0.6 percent in the December 2010 quarter to reach a 35-year high, Statistics New Zealand said today. Export prices rose while import prices fell. The rise means that 0.6 percent more imported goods could be funded … Read more »

Telstraclear donating 100,000 wristbands

Press Release – TelstraClear

Telstraclear is today donating 100,000 wristbands – with more to come – to support the people of Christchurch with the restoration of their city. Read more »

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