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NZ company using phone tech to improve workplace safety

ThunderMaps, leading developer of mobile risk awareness apps, announced that its users can now make location-aware health and safety reports when offline.

Vodafone enjoys record summer in mobile

A piglet and rising demand for mobile family plans have dished up considerable new growth for Vodafone in the New Zealand mobile market, attracting more than a quarter of a million new customers over the summer period.

IAG NZ reports lower insurance profit

IAG’s New Zealand general insurance business produced a solid underlying result for the financial half year to 31 December, however reported a $NZ150m strengthening of its risk margin in respect of the February 2011 Canterbury earthquake which contributed to a significantly lower insurance prof

Term deposits: Kiwibank 'offers outstanding value'

CANSTAR releases its 2016 Term Deposit Award report today, researching and rating the term deposit products offered by nine financial institutions.

Fletcher Building reports growth in net earnings

Fletcher Building today announced its unaudited interim results for the six months ended 31 December, 2015. The group recorded net earnings after tax of $172 million, compared with $114 million in the prior corresponding period.

Charges laid over alpaca and cashmere claims

Two businesses and four associated individuals face charges for making false or misleading claims about the origin and composition of their cashmere and alpaca products.

War on weeds nets $44 million windfall

A tiny insect’s huge appetite is saving New Zealand dairy farmers $44 million a year. A new Landcare Research quantitative study has revealed the "surprising" amount the Ragwort flea beetle saves in control costs.

AWCI appoints new Executive Officer

The AWCI is a grouping of Building Industry organisations in the interior fitout sector. The association includes contractors, tradesmen, manufacturers and suppliers.

Positive Christmas result for retailers

Today’s Retail Trade Survey results show steady growth for retail businesses through October, November and December, up 4.4 per cent in actual terms on the same quarter of 2014. Core retail categories fared slightly better, up 5.2 per cent.

NZ Bus 'surprised and disappointed' with strike notice

NZ Bus says it is surprised and disappointed by today’s decision by Tramways Union drivers to strike for 24 hours from 4.00am this Friday.

Countdown welcomes 2016 Graduate intake

Eleven of New Zealand’s next generation of retail leaders have taken their first few steps into the retail world, with Countdown’s Graduate programme.

Two thirds of Kiwis using contactless - MasterCard

The number of people using contactless payments has jumped over 20% compared to just a year ago, according to MasterCard research. The MasterCard survey of over 1000 New Zealanders found 85% of Kiwis have increased their use of contactless payments over the past year.

Insurance and savings industry to rethink Financial Services Council

The Financial Services Council’s (FSC’s) Chief Executive, Peter Neilson, is stepping down while the organisation considers its future.

Foundation North announces new Chief Financial Officer

Foundation North, one of New Zealand’s largest grant-making organizations supporting the work of not-for-profits, has announced Liam Sheridan as its new Chief Financial Officer.

Valentine's Day reminder to sever your banking ties if love fails

Your finances as well as your heart can be broken if you don’t update your banking arrangements after a relationship breakdown, says Banking Ombudsman Nicola Sladden.

Fonterra milk for schools celebrates major milestone

Fonterra has delivered more than 50 million packs of milk to Kiwi kids since its Milk for Schools programme began - that’s more than 10 million litres of milk.

Battle to keep Hastings GMO free heats up

A group of Hawke’s Bay food producers have launched a campaign to keep Hastings GMO Free as the Hastings Council prepares to go head to head with the government and Federated Farmers.

Beef and Lamb New Zealand making global connections

Beef + Lamb New Zealand teamed up with Le Cordon Bleu New Zealand Institute (LCBNZ) recently to host six chefs from China - winners of the global "Chef par Excellence" culinary competition.

Highest monthly rise in food prices since June 2013

Food prices rose 2.0 percent in January 2016, Statistics New Zealand said today. This is the highest monthly rise since June 2013, and follows five consecutive months of decreases.

'Too many Kiwis burying their heads in the sand' when it comes to debt

Credit card debt is again expected to cause hardship for many Kiwis this summer as the higher monthly payments now start coming through on the increased card spending, which was used by many to fund the holiday and Christmas season.

Effluent reduction model could be dairying 'game changer'

A Northland farmer’s unwavering determination to secure the resource consent compliance that had been eluding him has seen him play a key role in a potentially ‘game-changing’ effluent reduction model for the dairy industry.

Suncorp NZ announces half year result 2016

The Suncorp Group today reported a net profit after tax (NPAT) of AU$530 million for the six months to 31 December 2015.

NZ small dairy farmers content with their lot

New Lincoln University research has found many small dairy farmers are content with the size of their operation, despite the constant calls for economic growth.

Guest nights rise in December

National guest nights for December 2015 were 6.2 percent higher than in December 2014, Statistics New Zealand said today.

UC leadership training adopted by Wynyard Group

The Postgraduate Certificate in Strategic Leadership is designed for experienced managers who are interested in further developing their leadership capabilities.

Queenstown Airport airfield improvements 'on track'

Queenstown Airport has reached a key milestone in its six-month project to improve airfield infrastructure, with the widening of the main runway now complete and the runway resurfacing about to commence.

Hawkes Bay wines impress international wine VIPs

International wine celebrities and trade visitors have spent the weekend testing their knowledge of Hawke’s Bay wine as they’ve competed in The Hawke’s Bay Wine Amazing Race during the 2nd annual Hawke’s Bay Wine Celebration.

First Lightning Lab Christchurch team closes investment

A company that helps people manage their property portfolios is the first Christchurch Lightning Lab team to close its investor funding after raising more than $200,000.

Tourism NZ announces Megan Gale as new ambassador

Tourism New Zealand has announced Aussie star Megan Gale as its first ever ambassador to promote cycling to the Australian market, at a press conference held in Sydney today.

First Open Source Scholarship recipients announced

Catalyst is delighted to announce the first two recipients of the Catalyst Open Source Scholarship. Recipients Liam Sharpe and Aleisha Amohia will receive $2000 towards study costs each year for the next three years, while they complete their Bachelor of Science degrees.

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