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Risks in leaving rationalisation to ports - lobbyist

Wellington, Oct 13 NZPA - A northern business lobby has backed the industry-led approach to ports rationalisation recommended in a government-commissioned maritime freight report -- but warns ratepayer-owned ports may have problems with such decisions.

Business hits out at Transpower price rise proposals

Wellington, Sept 27 NZPA - The Employers and Manufacturers Association has hit out at price rise proposals from state-owned grid operator Transpower.

Business sector warming to compulsory savings

Business sector warming to compulsory savings
Wellington, Aug 17 NZPA - The business sector appears to be gradually warming to the prospect of being involved in compulsory retirement savings schemes.

CTU mounts lonely criticism of budget

CTU mounts lonely criticism of budget
By Kevin Norquay of NZPA Wellington, May 21 NZPA - The Council of Trade Unions (CTU) was a lone wolf howling in the darkness yesterday, outnumbered by tax specialists who declared Finance Minister Bill English's budget as resilient as a house built from bricks.

English pulls tax white rabbit from the hat

English pulls tax white rabbit from the hat
By Kevin Norquay of NZPA Wellington, May 20 NZPA - Finance Minister Bill English has come up with a tax package "that almost looks like white rabbits out of the hat", New Zealand Institute of Chartered Accountants Institute tax director Craig Macalister says.

Cut Company Tax Rate, Business Sector Says

Cut Company Tax Rate, Business Sector Says
Wellington, Feb 19 NZPA - The business sector is urging the Government to cut the company tax rate after Finance Minister Bill English indicated it was under consideration.

Businesses Welcome Commitment To Tax Reform

Businesses Welcome Commitment To Tax Reform
Wellington, Feb 9 NZPA - The Government's proposed tax reforms will promote economic growth and plug holes in the existing tax system, business groups say, but a major union has criticised them.

Minimum Wage Decision Expected Tomorrow

Minimum Wage Decision Expected Tomorrow
Wellington, Jan 26 NZPA - A decision on the minimum wage is expected to be announced tomorrow by Labour Minister Kate Wilkinson, Prime Minister John Key said today.

PM Rules Out $15 An Hour Minimum Wage This Year

PM Rules Out $15 An Hour Minimum Wage This Year
Wellington, Jan 18 NZPA - Prime Minister John Key has ruled out a minimum wage increase to $15 this year despite 61 percent of New Zealanders supporting the hike in a recent survey.

PM Rules Out $15 An Hour Minimum Wage This Year

PM Rules Out $15 An Hour Minimum Wage This Year
Wellington, Jan 18 NZPA - A survey has found 61 percent of people support raising the minimum wage to $15 but Prime Minister John Key has ruled out that kind of increase this year.

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