Archive for May, 2012

Minister Welcomes Manawatu Gorge Re-Opening

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Hon Gerry Brownlee Minister of Transport 31 May 2012 Media Statement Minister Welcomes Manawatu Gorge Re-Opening Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee has applauded the hard work done over the past nine months which has seen the Manawatu Gorge reopen today, … Read more »

English Catches Up With Budget Policy

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

The Finance Minister today admitted he had not understood the Child Tax Credit changes his Government rammed through under budget urgency,” Labour’s Revenue spokesperson, Dr David Clark says. “Speaking on the Finance Minister’s behalf in Parliament, … Read more »

Appointments to the Electricity Authority

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Appointments to the Electricity Authority Two members of the Electricity Authority have been reappointed, Energy and Resources Minister Phil Heatley announced today. David Bull and Roger Sowry have both been reappointed for five years, effective 1 … Read more »

Pumpkin Patch adds Briscoe boss Rod Duke to board

Article – BusinessDesk

May 31 (BusinessDesk) – Pumpkin Patch, the children’s clothing retailer, has announced two new directors will join its board, one of whom is Briscoe Group managing director Rod Duke. Read more »

Whale Watch Kaikoura Joins Business Delegation To China

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Whale Watch Kaikoura Joins Business Delegation To China Iconic tourism company Whale Watch Kaikoura will be represented in a business delegation to China this month that will be led by Māori Affairs Minister Dr Pita Sharples. “Whale Watch Kaikoura … Read more »

Mainstream employment solutions failing refugees

Press Release – Changemakers Refugee Forum

A new report highlighting the factors that enable people from refugee backgrounds to gain employment has found that mainstream employment solutions have not been helpful. Read more »

Wool Market Generally Steady

Press Release – Wool Services International

New Zealand Wool Services International Limited’s General Manager, Mr John Dawson reports that the 10,200 bales of North Island wool on offer this week comprising 68 percent of Short Second Shear wools saw a generally firm tone and a 76 percent … Read more »

Solid Energy reports fourfold rise in Taranaki coal seam gas

Article – BusinessDesk

May 31 (BusinessDesk) – State-owned coal miner Solid Energy’s estimate of potentially recoverable coal seam gas reserves in its onshore Taranaki permit areas has identified a fourfold increase and will see the company concentrate its CSG activities there. Read more »

Government Hot Water Subsidy to be replaced with Carbon Tax

Press Release – Econergy Limited

Government Hot Water Subsidy to be replaced with a Carbon Tax Uptake of innovative technology for saving on electric power bills is facing increasing headwinds with changes in government policy says David Senn, Managing Director of Econergy Limited, … Read more »

Parental leave payments to increase from July

Press Release – New Zealand Government

An increase to parental leave payments will put more money in the pockets of young families, Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson says. On 1 July the maximum parental leave payment available to eligible employees and the self-employed will increase from … Read more »

The issue of Public Service TV in New Zealand

Press Release – Save TVNZ 7

NZ once had public service TV along similar lines to the BBC, ABC and CBC. NZ’s public service TV has been slowly eroded since the 80s and with the abolition of the charter which was ineffectual, TVNZ has embraced its role as a purely commercial … Read more »

Employers Warned Over Illegal Dismissals

Press Release – Employment Law Experts

Employers are warned not to use the economic downturn as a cover to illegally dismiss staff. Employment Law Experts, a leading Auckland employment relations firm, today announced its research findings that an increasing number of employees are being … Read more »

Labour Leader Takes His Chances on Talkback

Press Release – Rhema Broadcasting Group

Labour leader David Shearer will be swapping the daily debate of parliament for the cut and thrust of talkback radio on Friday, 1st May, as he co-hosts the Pat Brittenden Morning Show on New Zealand’s Rhema. Read more »

Public service cuts hit home at regional IRD offices

Press Release – Public Service Association

Parts of provincial New Zealand will take another hit today from cuts to the public service as dozens of Inland Revenue staff lose their jobs. Approximately 60 staff in the Invercargill, Nelson, Rotorua, Napier and New Plymouth offices are being made … Read more »

NZ Wind Power Invention Receives International Recognition

Press Release – Gyro Technologies Limited

A New Zealand invention, designed to make wind power more efficient and cheaper, has been singled out by a renowned wind technology expert as one of the world’s leading new innovations. Read more »

Deep Sea Oil: Greenpeace/Te Whanau A Apanui Legal Challenge

Press Release – Greenpeace New Zealand

Auckland 31/5/12: A judge will hear legal arguments as part of a judicial review of the legality of a permit awarded to the oil company Petrobras to drill in deep water off the East Cape, in the Wellington High Court on June 5 and 6. Read more »

Rock lobster concession areas retained

Press Release – Ministry For Primary Industries

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) announced today that the existing rock lobster Concession Area Minimum Legal Size (MLS) Regulations for CRA 3 (Gisborne), CRA 7 (Otago) and CRA 8 (Southern) will be retained. Read more »

NZ business confidence falls in May for first time in 7 mths

Article – BusinessDesk

NZ business confidence falls in May for first time in 7 months, National Bank says Read more »

Australian Private Equity Returned 7.85% In 2011

Press Release – Cambridge Associates

Boston, MA, and Sydney, Australia The Cambridge Associates LLC Australia Private Equity and Venture Capital Index (CA Australia Index) rose by 7.85% in 2011, significantly outperforming the S&P/ASX 300 Accumulation Index which fell by 10.98% over the … Read more »

Wild rivers need better protection: Environment Commissioner

Press Release – Parliamentary Commissioner For The Environment

Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright is calling for greater protection for New Zealand’s wild and scenic rivers. The call comes with the release of Dr Wright’s latest report: Hydroelectricity or wild river? Climate change versus … Read more »

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