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Latest review sees changes to 200 approved chemicals

The latest Chemical Review carried out by the Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) has reclassified 200 substances approved for use in New Zealand, and, where necessary updated the controls put in place to manage their use.

New researchers 'should focus on primary industry'

Federated Farmers wants a plan to attract the world’s top scientists to New Zealand to concentrate on those who will work on primary sector initiatives and the environment.

Singapore Airlines to fly non-stop to Manchester

Singapore Airlines will fly non-stop between Singapore and Manchester from 30 October 2016. In addition, as part of the Northern Winter Schedule, services to Adelaide and Kolkata will increase during peak periods, while seasonal services to Sapporo will be operated in December 2016.

Cold snap could lead to $10,000 repair costs during winter

The average winter home insurance claim peaks at more than $10,000, data from IAG NZ during a cold snap in July last year has revealed.

Mad Mike Whiddett's 'most extreme stunt ever'

Kiwi drift car sensation Mad Mike Whiddett has demonstrated the reliability of the Vodafone 4G network in a high octane stunt at Leadfoot track in Hahei.

Minister for Manufacturing 'a vital step for NZ manufacturers'

Manufacturers are pleased with today’s announcement by James Shaw and the Green Party to include a Minster for Manufacturing in any future cabinet. This is a vital step for ensuring government understands manufacturing and can effectively help unleash the potential of the sector.

Xero announces eGST to make filing GST returns easier

Xero (@Xero) customers can now file their GST returns in Xero and send them straight through to Inland Revenue electronically, making it easier to connect with Government using the power of Xero.

Holiday arrivals rise 15,300 from June 2015

Visitor arrivals numbered 196,200 in June 2016, setting a new June record, Statistics New Zealand said today. Visitor arrivals were up 11 percent from June 2015, due mainly to a 21 percent increase in holiday arrivals.

PM visits Fonterra manufacturing facility in Indonesia

Today New Zealand Prime Minister, Rt Hon John Key, and Deputy Minister of National Development Planning, Gellwynn Daniel Hamzah Jusuf, visited Fonterra Brands Indonesia’s Cikarang manufacturing facility to mark the strong agricultural partnership between Indonesia and New Zealand.

NZ Global Women appoints new CEO

A leadership change at Global Women paves the way for continued national growth in accelerating our country toward the new normal of diversity and inclusion in New Zealand businesses.

Air NZ pioneers 'gate to gate' use of Bluetooth devices

In a first for airlines in the South Pacific, Air New Zealand is giving customers the freedom to use Bluetooth devices ‘gate to gate’ across its entire fleet.

Property Institute slams 'knee jerk reaction' by Reserve Bank

Property Institute of New Zealand Chief Executive, Ashley Church, is asking the Government to consider removing the Reserve Bank’s ability to influence housing policy in light of what he describes as ‘a politically motivated response to house price inflation’.

Landlords' biggest concern about tenants is unfounded - AA Insurance

Concerns about malicious damage by tenants may be keeping landlords awake at night, but their fears are unfounded.

Oceania secures HK$19.5m, forms new JV in Hong Kong

 Premium food and supplements company Oceania Natural Limited (NXT: ONL) has secured HK$19.5m in funding to establish Oceania Natural Asia Limited (ONL Asia), a new subsidiary in Hong Kong formed to help accelerate the growth of ONL’s distribution network in China.

Spark Digital technology drives SkyBus into Auckland

SkyBus director Michael Sewards says Spark Digital's technology and innovation are some of the key reasons behind his company's decision to invest in New Zealand.

Deloitte bolsters cloud and digital offerings with Sixtree

Deloitte expands its technology offerings, with the team from trans-Tasman integration specialist Sixtree to join the professional services firm in New Zealand and Australia.

Reserve Bank consults on new nationwide investor LVR restrictions

The Reserve Bank has today released a consultation paper proposing changes to loan-to-value restrictions (LVRs) to further mitigate risks to financial stability arising from the current boom in house prices.

NZ tech companies jumping feet first

New Zealand tech companies are jumping feet first into one of the world’s fastest growing and youngest markets, a leading New Zealand software company says.

Major NZ summit to deal to cyber crime

New Zealand is not exempt to major security risks which could impinge on the economy and livelihood as a nation, NZ Tech chief executive Graeme Muller says.

Changes ahead for Gisborne's electricity network

Eastland Network has launched a solar research trial to gather "real world data" as part of its planning for the future electricity needs of the Gisborne, East Coast and Wairoa regions.

76% of companies believe the IoT is critical to future success

The latest international IoT Barometer Report released by Vodafone suggests IoT innovation has now gone mainstream. The report supports IDC’s report that predicts there will be approximately 30 billion connected things globally by 2020 - a $3 trillion global market opportunity.

Litmus testing on good taste and decency released by BSA

New research has been released by the Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) today on the public’s attitudes to standards of good taste and decency.

Budget Loans and Evolution Finance found guilty on 106 FTA charges

Finance companies Budget Loans Limited and Evolution Finance Limited have been found guilty in the Auckland District Court on 106 charges brought by the Commerce Commission under the Fair Trading Act.

Markets to look through Bank of England caution and terrorist attacks

By Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets)

Inland Revenue transformation programme 'remains on time and under budget'

The BusinessDesk story run on yesterday on the cost of Inland Revenue’s business transformation project risks giving the impression the programme is running over budget.

Takeovers Panel appointments announced

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith has announced three appointments to the Takeovers Panel, the regulator of the corporate takeovers market. The appointments will take effect on 1 October.

Spark offers '2GB GO' data boost as NZ catches gaming fever

Spark has today launched a new "2GB GO" data pack for just $10. The pack, which is double the data and half the price of the extremely popular 1GB extra, is only available to buy during the school holidays and gives Spark customers an extra 2GB of data to use over two weeks.

Grabaseat celebrates 10th birthday with $10 fares

Air New Zealand’s Grabaseat is poised to launch its biggest fare sale yet, offering one thousand $10 seats across all domestic routes operated on Air New Zealand’s network to celebrate 10 years of the Grabaseat website.

Feds say Local Government Needs You

With nominations for this year’s local authority elections opening on Friday, Federated Farmers is calling on farmers and other business-minded people to consider standing for election.

Mixed market shows some bright spots

New Zealand Wool Services International Limited’s C.E.O, Mr John Dawson reports that the more varied offering at this weeks’ South Island auction saw targeted buying with better demand for the longer wools.

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