Archive for May, 2016

NZ dollar gains on rising business confidence

Article – BusinessDesk

May 31 (BusinessDesk) – The New Zealand dollar gained after a survey showed business confidence rose for a third month while strong Australian exports, building approvals, and business lending figures drove up the Aussie dollar, dragging the kiwi with it. Read more »

Tobacco Tax All About Money; Not Public Health

Press Release – New Zealand First Party

The government is clearly not concerned about health issues, if they were honest they would ban it, but they wont because they want to keep tapping into a goldmine in taxation, says New Zealand First Leader and Northland Member of Parliament, Rt … Read more »

NZMA welcomes tobacco plain packaging

Press Release – New Zealand Medical Association

The New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) welcomes news the Government intends to introduce a standardised packaging regime for tobacco products. Read more »

New Labour-Greens MoU falls short of coalition

Article – BusinessDesk

May 31 (BusinessDesk) – The Labour and Green parties have signed a memorandum of understanding in which they commit to “work collaboratively to change the government”, in a move intended to demonstrate an alternative government-in-waiting while forcing … Read more »

Open Minds and Doors to People with Disabilities – HRC

Press Release – Human Rights Commission

The Human Rights Commission has welcomed the Governments Hidden Talent Tour to encourage employers to take on more New Zealanders with disabilities. Read more »

Snow falling around South Island – carry chains

Press Release – NZTA

Snow has been falling steadily on State Highway 73, Porters Pass, between Springfield and Arthurs Pass in Canterbury this afternoon. Between 10 and 15 cm was forecast. Read more »

Privacy Commissioner welcomes NetSafe as new HDCA agency

Press Release – Office of the Privacy Commissioner

Privacy Commissioner John Edwards has welcomed the Governments announcement today of NetSafe as the Approved Agency appointed under the Harmful Digital Communications Act. Read more »

Fonterra winds up $109M staff pension scheme

Article – BusinessDesk

May 31 (BusinessDesk) – Fonterra Cooperative Group, which is on a cost-cutting drive in the face of weak global prices, has wound up a $109 million staff pension scheme inherited from the New Zealand Dairy Board as part of the amalgamation that created … Read more »

Mercer Group to consolidate operations in Christchurch

Article – BusinessDesk

May 31 (BusinessDesk) – Mercer Group, the stainless steel fabricator, is to restructure its operations by consolidating design, engineering, and machine manufacturing in Christchurch. Read more »

NZ “struggling to commercialise good innovation”

Article – BusinessDesk

May 31 (BusinessDesk) New Zealanders have great ideas but the commercialisation of them was near zero, says Israeli entrepreneur Isaac Bentwich, whose latest venture, CropX, is based on technology from Landcare Research. Read more »

Chinese airline stake in Virgin could help Air NZ sale

Article – BusinessDesk

May 31 (BusinessDesk) – Air New Zealands proposed sale of its 25.99 percent stake in Virgin Australia could be aided by a Chinese airline operator’s new stake in Virgin. Read more »

Former SkyCity boss Nigel Morrison sells shares

Article – BusinessDesk

May 31 (BusinessDesk) – Former SkyCity Entertainment Group chief executive Nigel Morrison has raised $461,450 by selling a small part of his stake in the casino group. Read more »

LGNZ welcomes Northland Transportation Alliance

Press Release – Local Government NZ

Local Government New Zealand President, Lawrence Yule, welcomes the establishment of the Northland Transportation Alliance (NTA) as an excellent example of collaborative leadership across four councils and the NZ Transport Agency. This is a great example … Read more »

Approved Agency an important step in managing online harm

Press Release – Internet NZ

InternetNZ is pleased to see today’s announcement that NetSafe will be the “Approved Agency” under the Harmful Digital Communications Act. Read more »

Separation of South Island eel stocks

Press Release – New Zealand Government

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced changes to quota management for eels in the South Island which will see the current single stock split into two longfin and shortfin eels. Read more »

Suppression of foreign driver accident information

Press Release – Dog and Lemon Guide

The police censorship of information about accidents involving foreigners is unacceptable, says the car review website Read more »

LINZ boss Mersi tapped to be Transport CEO

Article – BusinessDesk

May 31 (BusinessDesk) – Land Information New Zealand chief Peter Mersi has been appointed chief executive of the Ministry of Transport after almost three years running the government department that includes the Overseas Investment Office. Read more »

NetSafe announced as the Approved Agency

Press Release – Netsafe

NetSafe to manage and assist internet users with online harassment under a new civil enforcement regime NetSafe welcomes the Minister of Justices announcement that it has been appointed as the Approved Agency under the Harmful Digital Communications … Read more »

Last week for applications to Contact Epic Community Fund

Press Release – Contact Epic

Community organisations and residents are being encouraged to apply for support from the Contact Epic Community Fund before applications close on Wednesday June 8. Read more »

Sneaky Tax Hike Will See Households, Motorists Paying More

Press Release – New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union

The Taxpayers Union is labelling the $50 million increase in the fire insurance levy a sneaky tax hike, following changes announced in Budget 2016. Taxpayers Union spokesman, Ben Craven, says: Read more »

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