Archive for June, 2013

Update on NZ Convention Centre negotiations

Press Release – New Zealand Government

The Government and SkyCity Entertainment Group have extended to Friday, 5 July the timeframe for negotiation of the final agreement to design, build and operate the $402 million New Zealand International Convention Centre. Read more »

KiwiSaver funds easier to compare

Press Release – New Zealand Government

New KiwiSaver disclosure rules giving New Zealanders better information to compare Kiwisaver funds come into force tomorrow says Commerce Minister Craig Foss. Read more »

No smart meters without regulation

Press Release – Domestic Energy Users Network

NZs electricity is more expensive, less reliable and more environmentally damaging than it should be. The reason is that electricity retailers have developped smart-meter technology to serve their own ends. Read more »

Q+A: Jessica Mutch Interviews Gerry Brownlee

Press Release – TVNZ

There are 2 National Land Transport Fund programmes that will be in the intervening time before, say, the rail link. What we have said, of course, is that those other 5 very significant roading projects that we want to bring forward. Read more »

KiwiSaver first home buyer stats soar

Press Release – New Zealand Government

The number of first home buyers using KiwiSaver to get onto the first rung of the property ladder has increased seven fold over the past 2 years, Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith and Revenue Minister Todd McClay announced on KiwiSavers 6th birthday. Read more »

Leave GMO regulation to government, not councils

Press Release – Federated Farmers

With some councils trying to regulate genetically modified organisms, Federated Farmers is backing a move by the Minister for the Environment, the Hon Amy Adams, to clarify who has regulatory responsibility for the management of GMOs. Read more »

National neglects regions’ transport needs

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Regional New Zealand has been forgotten again as National spends up the transport budget in vote-rich cities says Labours Transport spokesperson Iain Lees-Galloway. Read more »

Super City Council Supporting ZMs Fabulous Gay Wedding

Press Release – ZM – Radio Station

ZMs Fabulous Gay Wedding which will take place on 19 August at 8am, (the day the bill becomes law), has now become an Auckland event with two key Council bodies offering support. Read more »

Brownlee says its up to Len to sell assets for loop

Press Release – The Nation

Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee says Auckland Mayor Len Brown will have to consider selling assets to fund the central city rail loop. Mr Brownlee said selling the assets would have to be something considered as the case for the loop advanced. Read more »

Asian markets move ahead in leaps and bounds

Press Release – CMC Markets

The mood of financial markets has been more settled in recent days, with investors cheering both good and bad data from the US. We have seen a low US GDP print evoke a positive reaction on thoughts that it will reduce the need for early QE tapering. … Read more »

RESEND: MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares rise as markets rebound

Article – BusinessDesk

June 28 (BusinessDesk) New Zealand shares rose on the last trading day of the second quarter, joining an Asia-wide rally after better economic data out of the US and Japan. NZ Oil & Gas, Chorus, Restaurant Brands and OceanaGold led the … Read more »

MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares rise as equity markets rebound

Article – BusinessDesk

June 28 (BusinessDesk) New Zealand shares rose on the last trading day of the second quarter, joining an Asia-wide rally after better economic data out of the US and Japan. NZ Oil & Gas, Chorus, Restaurant Brands and OceanaGold led the … Read more »

Fish & Game: Developing Sustainable Recreational Fishing

Press Release – Northland Fish and Game

Since February, North Canterbury Fish & Games Steve Terry has been one of 66 participants engaged in securing the future of recreational fishing in New Zealand. Read more »

Howick Councillor Welcomes East West Link Announcement

Press Release – Dick Quax

Howick Ward Councillor, Dick Quax has described the governments pronouncement that it wants to speed up the combined Auckland Manukau Eastern Transport Initiative and East-West Link project as a great boost for Aucklands south eastern region. Read more »

CBD and suburban land development key to unlocking potential

Press Release – New Zealand Council for Infrastructure Development

The Governments much anticipated statement of support for New Zealands largest ever public transport investment announced today will give Auckland property owners and employers confidence to develop, grow and thrive, says Stephen Selwood CEO … Read more »

Govt AMETI, East-West Link commitment will delight business

Press Release – Cameron Brewer

The Prime Ministers Backing Auckland speech today is great news for business groups who have been pushing for action on key transport projects for years particularly in the south-east, says Auckland Councillor for Orakei Cameron Brewer, who chairs … Read more »

SMC turns Five! Plus unravelling Phar Lap’s DNA

Column – Science Media Centre

SMC turns 5! WCSJ 2013; Phar Lap; PM’s Prizes; New from the SMC; Sciblogs highlights; Research highlights; Policy News; Sci-tech events Read more »

Q+A 30/6/13: Ikaroa Rawhiti, Auckland Transport, Kevin Rudd

Press Release – Television New Zealand

On Q+A this week, Deputy Political Editor Jessica Mutch interviews the successful candidate from the Ikaroa Rawhiti by-election, then talks through the result with Labour leader David Shearer. Shell ask him about recent poor poll results and … Read more »

Environment Commissioner releases smart meters report update

Press Release – Parliamentary Commissioner For The Environment

The Parliamentary Commissioner for the Environment Dr Jan Wright has released an update to her 2009 report, Smart electricity meters: How households and the environment can benefit . Read more »

NZ dollar heads for 6.7% quarterly slide on Fed tapering

Article – BusinessDesk

June 28 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand dollar is heading for a 6.7 percent quarterly slide as the Federal Reserves signal of an end to its massive monetary stimulus this year sent investors back to the greenback. Read more »

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