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New building info website launched

Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today announced the launch of a new website,, to make information on regulation of New Zealand’s $25 billion a year building industry more accessible.

SKY wins Olympics broadcast rights

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has awarded SKY Network Television Ltd the right to broadcast the XXIII Olympic Winter Games PyeongChang 2018, the Games of the XXXII Olympiad Tokyo 2020, the XXIV Olympic Winter Games Beijing 2022 and the Olympic Games 2024, the host city of which has ye

Wool market eases

New Zealand Wool Services International Limited’s Marketing Executive, Mr Malcolm Ching reports that the 8,200 bales on offer from the South Island saw an 81.3 percent clearance with slightly easier levels.

ASX: Markets losing momentum

By Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets)

Caldera Health appoints Robert Mitchell as CEO

Caldera Health has appointed Robert (Rob) Mitchell as Chief Executive Officer to manage overall operations of the company and to drive commercialisation of its gene-based prostate cancer diagnostic tests.

Growing domestic travel to support NZ economy - TIA

There’s never been a better time for New Zealanders to see for themselves why 3.2 million visitors a year flock to our shores, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand (TIA) says.

Digital-friendly census to be tested tonight - Statistics NZ

A new digital-first census model is being tested by Statistics NZ on 22,000 households across the country tonight. This will help test the new processes planned for the next census in 2018.

Christchurch city's retail spending continues to rise

Christchurch city's retail and hospitality spending continues to outpace that at the national level, Statistics New Zealand said today.

NZME announces video news show

NZ Herald Focus, a digital video news show, will launch in April, New Zealand Media and Entertainment (NZME) announced today.

New Central South Island farmer director for Beef and Lamb NZ

Farmers in the Central South Island have elected Cave farmer, Bill Wright as their farmer director on the boards of Beef + Lamb New Zealand and the New Zealand Meat Board. The election was contested by Timaru farmer, John Gregan.

Chinese New Year 'bigger and better than ever before'

This year’s Chinese New Year has resulted in a record number of Chinese visitor arrivals, up 15.2 per cent on the same holiday period last year - making it New Zealand’s biggest Chinese New Year to date.

BNZ expands relationship with brokers

BNZ has announced a second broker partnership with Mortgage Express making the bank’s home loan products available through an additional 80 brokers across New Zealand. The bank re-entered the broker market in May 2015 after a decade long hiatus in a bid to boost its market share.

Many restaurants 'finding it very hard to find suitable chefs'

The National President of the New Zealand Chinese Association (NZCA) Mr Meng Foon doubts that there are many unemployed Chinese chefs in New Zealand and certainly none in Gisborne where he is mayor.

Consumer confidence: Hippity hoppity

Consumer confidence continues to bounce along at near-average levels, boding well for spending in the lead up to Easter. The ANZ-Roy Morgan Consumer Confidence Index dipped slightly to 118.0 (from 119.7 in February), but remains in line with the historical average.

IrrigationNZ launches soil moisture monitoring resoure

Coming to grips with the technology available to assess soil moisture on-farm has been made easier with the release of IrrigationNZ’s Soil Moisture Monitoring Guide. Funding support for this resource has been provided through AGMARDT.

Zespri adds 400 hectares of its gold kiwifruit variety

At the start of what is set to be a record-breaking 2016 season, Zespri is positioning itself for the future by announcing the release of a further 400 hectares of its gold kiwifruit variety SunGold this year.

INZBC relaunches Wellington Chapter

Cementing its place as the leading national organization in India NZ Trade, INZBC launched its Wellington Chapter, on 16th March, in the presence of some key stake holders.

Sale prices holding steady, apart from dairy - REINZ

Data released today by the Real Estate Institute of NZ ("REINZ") shows there were 10 more farm sales (+2.2%) for the three months ended February 2016 than for the three months ended February 2015.

Skinny comes out tops in customer satisfaction and value

The results are in, the numbers have been tallied and the people have spoken - Skinny Mobile is officially New Zealand’s number one mobile brand for customer satisfaction and value.

Revised standards for safer children's nightwear

Revised standards surrounding the safety of children’s nightwear have now been mandated, helping parents make informed decisions about the safety of their children’s clothing.

USD $70 million submarine cable project underway in Raglan

A team of specialist submarine cable experts will arrive in Raglan this month to lay the first section of the Tasman Global Access (TGA) undersea cable.

Fonterra confirms Kaikoura site closure

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited has today confirmed the permanent closure of its Kaikoura site, following the conclusion of staff consultation. Mark Leslie, Director New Zealand Manufacturing, says the decision to close the site has not been made lightly.

Cost of posting a letter reaches $1

The cost of sending a medium sized letter by Standard Post will increase 20 cents to $1 from 1 July 2016.

New Kia Optima: 'More space, luxury and safety'

A bigger, more luxurious and technologically advanced Kia Optima is set to reignite the sedan market in New Zealand. The new 2016 Kia Optima, which is now on sale here, takes another step forward in dynamic design and quality, injecting personality into the sedan segment.

Air NZ to open expansive new Brisbane International Lounge

Air New Zealand’s latest purpose-built, architecturally designed and significantly larger lounge will open its doors tomorrow at Brisbane International Airport.

Survey of urban teens finds lack of knowledge about food production

A new survey of teenagers living in New Zealand’s cities and regional towns has found an alarming lack of knowledge when it comes to farming and food production, with 81 per cent admitting they know only "a little" or "nothing at all" about these topics.

Dairy prices 'affecting over one fifth of NZ SMEs'

More than one-in-five small and medium enterprises across New Zealand are feeling the effects of falling dairy prices, according to leading accounting software developer MYOB.

Forest industry signs pact to prevent more worker deaths

Forestry sector leaders will today make a public commitment to work together to reduce injuries to workers when they sign the Forest Industry Safety Council Charter.

Survey shows resilience key to our energy future

The newly released World Energy Issues Monitor, the World Energy Council’s annual survey for New Zealand, shows the issues keeping New Zealand energy executives awake at night reflect rapidly changing energy needs and the challenge of achieving a more resilient energy system.

Oyster purchases landmark Auckland building

An Auckland landmark property has been acquired by leading New Zealand commercial property company, Oyster Group.

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