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Chinese ratings agency ranks NZ highly for good credit risk

By Michael Daly of NZPA Wellington, July 14 NZPA - A Chinese firm trying to compete with the big three ratings agencies has ranked New Zealand seventh best credit risk in a list of 50 countries.

PM makes the final cut in overseas headlines

PM makes the final cut in overseas headlines
Wellington, June 1 NZPA - Headline writers around the world were able sharpen their pencils -- and gird their loins -- with the news that Prime Minister John Key has had a vasectomy.

New violence in Bangkok after night-long clashes

Wellington, May 14 NZPA - The New Zealand Embassy in Bangkok is located at the centre of scenes of violence and has closed, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has confirmed.

Whaling consensus unlikely

Whaling consensus unlikely
Wellington, April 22 NZPA - An International Whaling Commission (IWC) support group's discussions on how to tackle its opposition to Japan's whaling activities appear to have fallen short of a consensus.

IMF says dairy prices to support NZ output growth

Wellington, April 22 NZPA - The International Monetary Fund expects output growth in New Zealand of 3 percent in 2010 and 3-1/4 percent in 2011 to be supported by higher commodity prices, particularly for dairy products, and by stronger domestic demand.

NZ Sharemarket Eases In Trade Reduced By Auckland Holiday

NZ Sharemarket Eases In Trade Reduced By Auckland Holiday
Wellington, Feb 1 NZPA - A New Zealand sharemarket reduced by the Auckland Anniversary Day holiday ended lower today, reflecting weakness in offshore markets.

Market Eases While Telecom Makes A Small Gain

Wellington, Feb 1 NZPA - The New Zealand sharemarket opened slightly easier today, but Telecom made a small gain after getting its XT mobile network up and running again on Friday night.

NZ Dollar Consolidates Above US70c Ahead Of Holiday

NZ Dollar Consolidates Above US70c Ahead Of Holiday
Wellington, Dec 24 NZPA - The New Zealand dollar consolidated in a fairly narrow range above US70c in subdued trading ahead of the Christmas holiday break.

Kiwi Up Against Softer US Dollar And Other Major Currencies

Kiwi Up Against Softer US Dollar And Other Major Currencies
Wellington, Dec 24 NZPA - The New Zealand dollar's dip below US70c on weaker than expected gross domestic product data was short-lived as it gained overnight against a softer US dollar and other major currencies.

NZ Backs Moves For Mandatory Code In Polar Tourism

NZ Backs Moves For Mandatory Code In Polar Tourism
Wellington, Dec 9 NZPA - New Zealand has backed tougher controls of cruise ships visiting Antarctic waters to address environmental threats from a tourism boom on the frozen continent.

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