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Door-to-door farm visits welcomed as floodwaters recede

Teams from the local Rural Support Trust and Red Cross have been documenting destroyed pastures, damaged homes and inundated orchards, as they carry out assessment visits to flood-affected farms and orchards in the Bay of Plenty.

Gentrack Accelerates Growth With Acquisitions

Gentrack Group Ltd (NZX/ASX: GTK) is pleased to announce that it has acquired Blip Systems A/S and agreed to acquire CA Plus Ltd, subject to final closing conditions. These strategic acquisitions expand Gentrack’s airport software product range and customer base worldwide.

Clear support among public for tourism

The public is right behind the tourism industry with almost all New Zealanders agreeing that international tourism is good for the country, as shown by the latest research from Tourism New Zealand and Tourism Industry Aotearoa.

Construction to start on Hikurangi UFB network

Exactly three years after Northpower Fibre completed New Zealand’s first ultra-fast broadband network, the company is embarking on another UFB network build.

Waterfront backpackers lodge placed on the market

The only waterfront backpackers accommodation hostel in the Coromandel tourist-magnet township of Whitianga has been placed on the market for sale.

Social media connects with freedom campers

A social media campaign targeting young freedom campers has been an outstanding success, attracting 2.4 million views over the summer.

Immigration thresholds to focus on skills - BusinessNZ

Changes to immigration settings will help get higher skilled migrants while also safeguarding the positon of New Zealand workers, says BusinessNZ.

Spark outlines upgrade of NZ's voice communications to next gen tech

Voice communications in New Zealand is in for a massive upgrade with Spark New Zealand announcing this morning it is switching from the ageing Public Switched Telephone Network (PSTN) to a next generation IP-based network.

Flexi Cards appoints CEO

Flexi Cards has appointed sales, marketing and loyalty expert Chris Lamers from Sovereign as its new Chief Executive in New Zealand. Chris takes up the position on Tuesday, 18 April, following the resignation of Greg Shepherd who was with the company for more than 12 years.

New edition of 'Upside downside: a guide to risk for savers and investors'

The Reserve Bank today released a new edition of its popular guide to managing the risks involved in saving and investing.

NZ Dairy Industry Award finalists prepare for judging

The 33 finalists in the 2017 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards won’t be taking a break over Easter - they will be too busy preparing for the final round of judging which gets underway on 22 April.

New Zealand the bright spot for Opus

Opus International Consultants (NZX:OIC) is seeing the benefits of its new global growth strategy, following a disappointing 2016.

Retail card spending up for March 2017 quarter

Retail spending using electronic cards rose in the March 2017 quarter across most retail industries, Stats NZ said today.

Senior public law specialist Sally McKechnie to join Simpson Grierson

Simpson Grierson is pleased to announce the appointment of senior lawyer Sally McKechnie as a partner in its Wellington office.

Record number of Auckland apartment completions forecast

Auckland’s new apartment market is booming, with a record number of apartments due to be completed over the next two years.

Top tech firms crowned

A belief in the power of technology to transform organisations is a common trait across the businesses that provide the IT infrastructure that keeps our economy going, says MYOB.

NZ's ten fastest cities for broadband revealed

New figures released by Chorus have revealed New Zealand’s top ten cities for fast, fixed line broadband. Dunedin is way out in front after making the most of winning Chorus’ Gigatown competition, with an average connection speed of 196Mbps.

More RMA stress and cost for farmers in Horizons region

Federated Farmers is deeply disappointed by a legal decision which suggests the Horizons Regional Council has not implemented the One Plan correctly and environmental gains are not being made.

Dairy consultants qualify under new certification scheme

An inaugural group of farm consultants are now qualified under the New Zealand Institute for Primary Industries Management’s Dairy Farm Systems Certification Scheme.

North Island wool auction eases

New Zealand Wool Services International Ltd’s CEO Mr John Dawson reports that despite the weighted currency indicator easing slightly, the North Island Wool Auction saw a softening for good to average style wools, with poor colour wools faring better Of the 10,183 bales on offer 80 percent sold

Beef + Lamb and the MIA reiterate the importance of market access

Overnight the United Kingdom (UK) triggered Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, beginning the process of exiting the European Union (EU).

Z Energy installs more EV charging stations

Z Energy and ChargeNet NZ are installing three more rapid-charge electric vehicle (EV) charging stations by the end of April to help extend the country’s EV charging network. The new charging stations, supplied by ChargeNet NZ, will shortly join the other 6 rapid-

Auckland Ballance Farm Environment Awards winners announced

Fourth generation dairy farmers Scott and Sue Narbey have won the Auckland Ballance Farm Environment Awards. The win was announced at a gala dinner at the Holiday Inn Auckland Airport, Mangere, on March 29.

boardPro doubles customer numbers in first two weeks

Small to medium sized enterprises (SME) are embracing newly-launched board software provider boardPro with user numbers doubling in the first two weeks after launch.

Productivity Commission report 'demonstrates need for a Royal Commission'

"The Productivity Commission report released today identifies many of the key issues confronting urban development in New Zealand, but its recommendations fail to align planning, local government decision making powers and funding", says Stephen Selwood, Chief Executive of Infrastructure New Zeal

Electricity distribution pricing change a must, say retailers

The 29 electricity network companies responsible for delivering the power within towns and cities must work with the sector and move quickly on reform of their charges to enable better outcomes for New Zealanders, especially those on lower incomes.

NZ Post signs landmark agreement with China logistics giant

New Zealand Post this week signed an agreement with the Henan Bonded Logistics Centre (HNBLC) and Trademonster that will simplify access for New Zealand companies to one of world’s largest consumer markets.

New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards are heading south

The 2018 New Zealand Dairy Industry Awards are heading south!

Focus on trade strategy - EMA

Today’s release of the Government’s Trade Agenda 2030 comes at an important time says the EMA. The recalibration of our trade effort with the particular emphasis on revising all existing trade deals is timely, as well as ambitious, says Kim Campbell, CEO, EMA.

Former Farmers boss ‘a great retailer and merchant’

Former Farmers CEO Rod McDermott, who died this week, was a great retailer and merchant who contributed a huge amount to retailing in New Zealand, says Wellington Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford.

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