Archive for October, 2011

National plans selling assets returning 17.6% pa

Press Release – Green Party

The Green Party is questioning the National Party’s decision to fund new infrastructure by selling state-owned assets (SOEs) that have returned, on average, 17.6 percent per annum over the last five years. “National have come up with the most expensive … Read more »

ICT and hi-tech exports continue to grow

Press Release – NZICT

New Zealand ICT and hi-tech exports are proving to be a solid source of growth and resilience for the country’s economy. According to the Technology Investment Network (TIN 100) Report 2011, which was released today, New Zealand ICT and hi-tech companies … Read more »

$530m rail loophole increases Labour’s borrowing

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Associate Finance Minister and National Party Campaign chair Steven Joyce says Labour has left gaping holes in its promises to fund the Auckland City Rail loop, which will only add to their extra borrowing. “Construction funding for the upgrade of … Read more »

Hobbit to reap $20.2M from taxpayers in first year

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 31 (BusinessDesk) – The production company for Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit racked up $20.2 million for its tax rebate in the first actual year of production, according to its financial statements. Read more »

Grey Power Warns Of Impact of High Immigration Rates

Press Release – Grey Power New Zealand

Grey Power is concerned about the impact on the underlying sustainability of NZ Superannuation by the current open immigration policy of the Government with its shift from traditional immigration sources to large numbers of migrants coming from Asian and African countries … Read more »

Trade Me’s Treat Me launches mobile deal platform

Press Release – Treat Me

Trade Me’s group buying website Treat Me launched Treat Me Now today, a new instant deal platform that will see Kiwis sign up to receive great deals from businesses in real-time. James MacAvoy, Head of Treat Me, said Treat Me Now ( … Read more »

Auckland’s biggest problem is Wellington – Greenpeace

Press Release – Greenpeace New Zealand

Auckland planners must account for the realities of the 21st century, rather than clinging to the car-based dreams of the 1950s, if the city is to prosper, and improve its liveability, says Greenpeace New Zealand in a submission to be made today on … Read more »

2011 New Zealand Post Christmas stamp issue

Press Release – New Zealand Post

New Zealand Post’s Christmas 2011 stamps, which are being released on 2 November, feature an iconic cast from the Nativity. The stamps, which come in five denominations, feature the baby Jesus in his manger (60c), an angel appearing to shepherds ($1.20), … Read more »

Minister in Singapore for Defence, Science

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Dr Wayne Mapp is travelling to Singapore today to represent New Zealand at the 40th anniversary of the Five Power Defence Arrangements (FPDA). Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, the United Kingdom and New Zealand are the partners in the FPDA – the … Read more »

Champions Return for 30th Anniversary

Press Release – Speight’s Coast to Coast

Multiple winners of the Speight’s Coast to Coast are among the champions being invited back for the 30th anniversary event next February. Nine times winner Steve Gurney from Christchurch and five times winner Kathy Lynch from Hokitika head up a list … Read more »

Sounds good: Philips & O’Neill team-up to produce new range

Press Release – Philips

Philips has joined forces with iconic surf brand O’Neill to produce three unique styles of headphones designed to deliver high-quality sound and withstand the demands of an active lifestyle. The collaboration delivers sound quality and durability for … Read more »

TrustPower first-half profit rises 15% on increased output

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 31 (BusinessDesk) – TrustPower, the utility controlled by Infratil, posted a 15 percent increase in first-half profit on revenue from its Snowtown wind farm, increased NZ production and higher wholesale electricity prices. Read more »

Victoria Park Tunnel dangerous goods rating an NZ first

Press Release – News A Plenty

The partial opening of the new Victoria Park Tunnel in Auckland (29 October) has opened the door on a new era of sophistication for the fire-safety industry in New Zealand. Innovative systems from a specialist Auckland company have provided the … Read more »

Wanted: Garden hosts with the most

Press Release – Wellington City Council

Have you enjoyed seeing and meeting visitors to the city during the Rugby World Cup? If so, and you love the outdoors, the city and all it has to offer, you should consider becoming a volunteer host at the Wellington Botanic Garden. Read more »

Unprotected mobile devices target of latest hacking activity

Press Release – AVG

AVG (AU/NZ) Pty Ltd, the distributor of the award-winning AVG Internet and mobile security software in Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific, is alerting mobile device users to update their security to protect against the latest cyber crime threat: … Read more »

Telecom credit rating cut to BBB+ by Fitch on demerger

Article – BusinessDesk

Oct. 31 (BusinessDesk) – Telecom’s long-term foreign currency credit rating has
been cut one notch by Fitch Ratings, with the agency carrying out its threat after
shareholders last week signed off on carving the company in two. Read more »

World conquering entrepreneur at Angel Summit

Press Release – Angel Association

David Rose is an American serial entrepreneur, ‘super angel’ investor who has founded or funded over 80 pioneering companies that are helping to define the future. He has been described by BusinessWeek as a “world conquering entrepreneur”, … Read more »

Google’s Eric Schmidt Expounds on His Senate Testimony

Press Release – New Zealand Business Roundtable

A week after Google Chairman Eric Schmidt testified before the Senate Judiciary antitrust committee, he was back in California at the company’s headquarters in Mountain View. There on September 29, Schmidt — who until this April had served as the company’s … Read more »

Polycom Turns Video Display Screens into Virtual Whiteboards

Press Release – Polycom

Polycom, Inc., the global leader in standards-based unified communications (UC), today unveiled an innovative whiteboard solution, the Polycom® UC Board™, which improves communication and collaboration in video conferences by allowing meeting … Read more »

Samsung delivers a unique smartphone experience with Omnia W

Press Release – Samsung

Samsung Electronics New Zealand announces the launch of the Samsung Omnia W, its
first Smartphone based on the latest release of Microsoft’s Windows Phone, code-named
Mango. Featuring an elegant design, a vivid SuperAMOLED display, as well as an enriched … Read more »

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