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Blerter visits National Fieldays

Blerter will be at this year’s National Fieldays held at Mystery Creek in Hamilton talking to the rural sector about health and safety.

New era dawning for the primary sector says Federated Farmers

The latest KPMG Agribusiness Agenda, released today confirms Federated Farmers thinking that the primary sector needs to do more to meet the changing needs of consumers and the wider public.

Feds say LGNZ's Excellence Programme 'a step in the right direction'

Federated Farmers welcomes the launch of Local Government New Zealand’s Excellence Programme which details a new independent standards system to measure the performance of local authorities.

Lower profits earned by foreign investors in New Zealand

Foreign investors returns from New Zealand fell more than half a billion dollars in the March 2016 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. This helped narrow the current account deficit to just under $1.5 billion for the three months.

Guild welcomes new President and Vice President

The new Board of Directors of the Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (the Guild) has elected Graeme Blanchard as President, and Cameron Monteith as Vice President.

Fert price drop goes some way to relieving pressure

Ballance Agri-Nutrient’s latest round of price drops will go some way to relieving pressure on farmers looking to make the most of home-grown feed this season.

ITx: Meet the speakers

New Zealand’s largest tech conference, ITx, kicks off in less than a month with a raft of workshops and speakers on a wide range of topics. The programme includes a number of international speakers with expertise from right across the spectrum of ICT disciplines.

Elderly dad left in lurch by son highlights need to prepare for old age

The case of a son leaving his dad in the lurch resulting in him almost losing his house, highlights the need for people to think ahead to protect their finances in their old age, says Banking Ombudsman Nicola Sladden.

Kiwis want option to up their KiwiSaver contributions - ANZ survey

Almost half of New Zealanders would like to increase their KiwiSaver contributions by 1% at a time that suits them, according to a new survey by ANZ.

Locals shine in Checker of the Year competition

Last night, more than 90 checkout operators from Manawatu New World, PAK’nSAVE and Write Price stores tested their skills against each other onstage at the Massey University Auditorium with the hope of ultimately taking out the title of Foodstuffs North Island Checker of Year.

Appointments to Earthquake Commission Board announced

Minister Responsible for the Earthquake Commission Gerry Brownlee has announced one new appointment and two reappointments to the Board of the Earthquake Commission (EQC).

Universities to study NZ's co-operative sector

New Zealand’s co-operative business sector is better known overseas than in this country but that is set to change with two leading universities joining forces to conduct the first research study into the economic contribution of Kiwi co-ops.

Housing market's impact on spending patterns

The volatile housing market is feeding through into higher spending at shops and, in spite of some weakness in spending during May, this underlying positive pressure remains.

Dunedin City Council Group Chief Financial Officer resigns

Dunedin City Council Group Chief Financial Officer Grant McKenzie has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of a well-known Dunedin company, the Allied Press Limited.

Significance of Orion's Northern Loop Cable Project recognised

Completion of one of the biggest projects undertaken by electricity network company, Orion NZ Limited, is critical to providing the region with a cost-effective and resilient power supply today and into the future.

Dairy prices down, from farm gate to grocery store - Statistics NZ

Global dairy prices have fallen over the last two years, meaning lower payments for farmers, and lower prices for consumers. This article provides an overview of the New Zealand dairy industry over recent years. It refers to data from price indexes and the agricultural production statistics.

Updated tool-kit to help farmers improve health and safety

An updated tool-kit designed to help farmers better manage risks on their farms will be distributed at National Fieldays at Mystery Creek.

Fuel slows May card spending

Retail spending using electronic cards was $4.8 billion in May 2016, up $152 million (3.3 percent) from May 2015, Statistics New Zealand said today. Of the six retail industries, the only decrease in spending was in the fuel industry, down $40 million (6.6 percent).

International visitors help fill hotels and motels

International guest nights in April were up 13.4 percent compared with the same month last year, more than offsetting a drop in domestic guest nights that was due to the timing of Easter.

Record sales of blueberries reported

Huge demand for New Zealand blueberries is being welcomed by local growers who have exported a record 1.37 million kilograms of fruit this season.

Rural Broadband Initiative completed

Chorus has today announced the company has completed its work under the Government’s Rural Broadband Initiative (RBI), bringing better broadband to hundreds of thousands of people all over New Zealand.

Call for Vodafone/Sky to commit to network neutrality

InternetNZ has called on Vodafone and Sky to commit to 'network neutrality' with their proposed merger plans.

Further views invited on competition law

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith calls for further submissions on the misuse of market power as part of the government’s targeted review of competition law.

SPANQ launches Kickstarter campaign

SPANQ, the Suburban Pursuit and Navigation Quest game, has been in real-world testing for the past few months and is now on Kickstarter looking for funding to take the game to the next level.

Arrest of Serious Fraud Office suspect on return to New Zealand

Simon Lawrence Wood Turnbull (43) appeared at the Auckland District Court today having been arrested at Auckland International Airport on 38 Crimes Act charges.

NZI announces new Head of Rural Insurance

NZI is pleased to announce the appointment of Jon Watson as NZI’s Head of Rural Insurance.

Positive outlook for NZ manufacturers - survey

New Zealand’s manufacturing and wholesale SMEs are optimistic for the year ahead, and remain positive that rising consumer confidence will translate into strong sales, according to the latest MYOB Business Monitor survey.

Chair of MinterEllisonRuddWatts named as an officer of the NZ Order of Merit

Our congratulations to Cathy Quinn, Chair of MinterEllisonRuddWatts, who has been named as an officer of the New Zealand Order of Merit in the Queen’s Birthday honours list.

Minor changes to financial markets regime

Commerce and Consumer Affairs Minister Paul Goldsmith today announced the approval of a number of changes to the financial markets conduct regime following industry feedback.

Z wins 'best employer' title

Z Energy has been announced as a 2016 Aon Hewitt ‘Best Employer’ for the second year running. The annual award recognises the best employers across New Zealand and Australia through examining employee engagement scores and people practices.

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