Unemployment drops sharply to 5.3%, near six-year low

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 3 (BusinessDesk) – New Zealand unemployment unexpectedly fell to near a six-year low in the final three months of 2015 as people left a labour market flooded by strong migration and as employers took on more workers. The kiwi dollar initially jumped … Read more »

Unemployment rate falls to 5.3 percent

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

The unemployment rate fell to 5.3 percent in the December 2015 quarter (from 6.0 percent), Statistics New Zealand said today. This is the lowest unemployment rate since March 2009. There were 16,000 fewer people unemployed than in the September … Read more »

Labour writes to Talley’s urging resolution of Affco dispute

Article – BusinessDesk

Feb. 3 (BusinessDesk) – The Labour Party has urged Talleys Group to resolve the five-month dispute between Affco and Wairoa meatworkers, saying it is causing severe financial hardship for the employees, their families and the local community. Read more »

Job market adds up for accountants

Press Release – Hays

Strong accountancy and finance professionals are seeing such high demand for their skills that recruiting experts Hays says they can sit and wait for the right opportunity to come their way. According to the latest Hays Quarterly Report , both temporary … Read more »

Rabobank announces new head of Food & Agri Research

Press Release – Rabobank

Rabobank Australia & New Zealand Group has announced the appointment of Tim Hunt as new General Manager of its Food & Agribusiness Research (FAR) division. Read more »

Fairfax Media NZ appoints Chief Marketing Officer

Press Release – Fairfax Media

Fairfax Media New Zealand has announced the appointment of Campbell Mitchell as Chief Marketing Officer. Read more »

REINZ Announces New Regional Director

Press Release – REINZ

The Real Estate Institute of New Zealand (REINZ) has appointed BayleysLocations, Queenstown General Manager, Gail Hudson to the REINZ Board. Read more »

Heritage Hotel Management New Appointment

Press Release – Heritage Hotels

Heritage Hotel Management is delighted to announce James Pringle has been appointed as the national sales manager, based in Wellington. Read more »

DLA Piper Appoints New Partner

Press Release – DLA Piper

Highly experienced insurance litigator Caroline Laband has joined DLA Piper as Partner. She has 15 years New Zealand and UK experience, most recently as senior associate in a New Zealand firm. She is recognised as a leading expert in insurance and reinsurance … Read more »

Simpson Grierson Welcomes Four New Senior Associates

Press Release – Simpson Grierson

Mark Allen is a commercial property expert with broad experience across a range of commercial property, property development, commercial and contract matters. He has advised on projects for major corporate clients utilising his contract management … Read more »

Good Progress – But More Work to Do to Make Forestry Safe

Press Release – Forest Industry Safety Council

A reduction in deaths and serious injuries in forestry since 2013 is encouraging but there is more work to be done yet, the Forest Industry Safety Council (FISC) says. Read more »

Hutt Valley Business Confidence Surges

Press Release – Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce

Hutt Valley business confidence in New Zealands economy has surged in the latest Hutt Valley Chamber of Commerce Business Confidence Survey, sponsored by Red Hot Business Coaching. Read more »

New Marketing Manager for Christchurch Airport

Press Release – Christchurch Airport

Sarah Carrick-Leslie will begin the new role for the gateway to the South Island on February 22, after more than five years as National Advertising Manager for PGG Wrightson. Read more »

Visitor arrivals continue to break records

Press Release – Statistics New Zealand

Visitor arrivals to New Zealand numbered 444,900 in December 2015, the highest-ever monthly figure, Statistics New Zealand said today. The biggest increase was in visitors from China, up 11,000 (43 percent) from December 2014. Read more »

Synlait revises milk price forecast to $4.20

Press Release – Synlait

Synlait Milk has revised its forecast milk price for the 2015 / 2016 season from $5.00 per kgMS [1] to $4.20 per kgMS. Read more »

Little: Backing The Kiwi Dream

Speech – New Zealand Labour Party

The reason I wanted to open with that is our economy is a bit like that story the machines started, theres nothing we can do to stop it, its coming towards us and weve got to decide what to do about it. Read more »

Three years free education for the 21st century economy

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

Labours Working Futures Plan will provide three years of free post-school education across a persons life so New Zealanders can thrive in the 21st century economy, Opposition Leader Andrew Little announced today. Read more »

Ruth Dyson: Vulnerable Women the Victims of Govt Inaction

Press Release – New Zealand Labour Party

The Governments failure to address the housing crisis and its refusal to take steps to raise wages have led to vulnerable women being exploited, Labours spokesperson for Women Ruth Dyson says. Reports today that women are being offered free rent … Read more »

Revolutionising Retirement

Press Release – Retirement Income Group

Lifetime Income products are now available in New Zealand, signaling a significant development for the retirement sector. Read more »

Possible job or wage cuts in store for bus drivers

Press Release – First Union

One of the unions representing Auckland bus drivers is very concerned to learn that NZ Bus and Howick and Eastern Buses have lost their contracts for units and runs in South Auckland. Read more »

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