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House of Travel appoint Marketing Director

House of Travel has appointed Ken Freer to the role of Marketing Director to build on the company’s record retail form of the past three years.

Wholesale sales up but show mixed results

Wholesale trade sales rose in the September 2014 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. Seasonally adjusted total sales rose 0.7 percent, after a 1.8 percent rise in the June 2014 quarter.

'NZ falling behind' in new digital media ventures

New Zealand media market lacks in innovation and in new digital media ventures according to the fourth Journalism, Media and Democracy (JMAD) New Zealand media ownership report released today.

Vehicle sales through to December '14 outpacing FY2013

New Zealand vehicle sales have already outpaced last year’s total sales - and 2014 still has a month left to run.

Surging optimism among sheep and beef farmers

A surge in optimism among sheep and beef farmers has seen New Zealand rural confidence stage a slight rally in the past quarter.

Governance NZ replaces Chartered Secretaries NZ

The growing importance of corporate governance in New Zealand business has seen Chartered Secretaries New Zealand Inc. (CSNZ) change its name to Governance New Zealand to better reflect its membership and sphere of influence.

Au Pair Link acquired by Evolve Education

New Zealand’s largest au pair agency and leading home-based early childhood education (ECE) provider, Au Pair Link, has been acquired by the Evolve Education Group. Evolve tomorrow (5 Dec.) becomes a publically listed company on the New Zealand and Australian stock exchanges.

'Mixed support' at wool auctions

New Zealand Wool Services International Limited’s General Manager, Mr John Dawson reports that the combined North and South Island offering of 8,800 bales saw a mixed reaction with targeted buying and an 89 percent clearance.

Construction industry cautious on 2015 - survey

Despite the effects of the soaring Auckland housing market and the Christchurch rebuild, New Zealand’s construction and trades industry isn’t as buoyant as expected, with below average revenue growth and more conservative forecasts from local SME operators.

Creative HQ inks three-year partnership with Chapman Tripp

Creative HQ, Wellington’s startup base, has secured a three-year partnership with Chapman Tripp to provide a range of services to it and its startups. Since 2003, Creative HQ has supported and mentored hundreds of entrepreneurs as they build startup ideas into global businesses.

More support for Otago farmers to improve water quality

Dairy farmers in Otago are receiving more support to meet upcoming water quality rules through a series of DairyNZ ‘EnviroReady’ field days being held with the support of Federated Farmers and Beef + Lamb.

Guild supports criteria of Pharmac's new '15 Factors'

The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (the Guild) supports the criteria of PHARMAC’s new ‘15 Factors for Consideration’ announced last week. The Factors for Consideration will replace PHARMAC’s nine Decision Criteria from late 2015.

Aotearoa Credit Union launches first Maori language ATM

Aotearoa Credit Union is launching the world’s first Māori language ATM as part of a unique joint venture with a marae-based health, social services and education provider in the Waikato.

Hamilton's milk-based anti-acne product launches in Mexico

Epiology, the world’s first anti-acne cream with a patented active ingredient derived from New Zealand cow’s milk, is going global.

Lamb numbers 'show modest recovery'

The widespread drought of two years ago continues to have an impact on sheep and beef farming, with Beef + Lamb New Zealand’s (B+LNZ) Lamb Crop 2014 survey indicating only a modest improvement in numbers tailed this spring.

Creative HQ extends partnership with CityLink

Creative HQ, Wellington’s startup base, has extended its partnership with CityLink to bring internet and WiFi services to startups free of cost at Creative HQ’s new premises in the Hope Gibbons building in Wellington.

Companies 'dealing responsibly' with ecosystems

Leading companies are dealing responsibly with ecosystem issues, says Penny Nelson of the Sustainable Business Council. Companies that are members of the Sustainable Business Council presented their work today on ecosystems to a meeting of the Natural Resources Sector Group.-

'Needless job cuts' in Sealord's Nelson factory

"Today is a sad day for Sealord workers who have needlessly lost their jobs," said SFWU Assistant Secretary Neville Donaldson.

Consultant appointed to investigate bee industry restructure

New Zealand’s bee industry has appointed a consulting firm to advise the industry on how best to unify under one peak representative body. To date the industry has been represented by several bodies and membership

New record for year to date commercial vehicle sales

David Crawford, Chief Executive Officer of the Motor Industry Association says "With one month of 2014 to go, more new commercial vehicles have been sold year to date than for any previous year. The previous highest year for new commercial registrations was 2013 with 30,881 units sold.

'Fresh thinking' addresses global aviation industry shortage

This week, Airways New Zealand will present an alternative approach to air traffic control training at a symposium of world experts.

UDC Finance increases profit 20 per cent

UDC Finance’s net profit after tax rose to $51.5 million for the year ended 30 September 2014, an increase of 20 per cent on the previous financial year.

Commerce Commision 'causes copper uncertainty'

InternetNZ is displeased that today’s announcement of a draft final pricing principle for copper broadband hasn’t provided the certainty the industry needs.

Former Gordon Stephenson Trophy-holders reflect on year

Winning the National Winner title in the 2013 Ballance Farm Environment Awards opened up a whole world of opportunity for Canterbury farmers Craige and Roz Mackenzie.

Spark warns of customer impact from Chorus wholesale charges

Spark New Zealand said today it was undertaking an urgent review of all broadband and fixed voice customer pricing following the announcement by the Commerce Commission of proposed new wholesale rates that Chorus charges retail service providers, including Spark.

Airport changes mean better biosecurity - MPI

Layout changes and new x-ray equipment at Auckland Airport will benefit biosecurity, says the Ministry for Primary Industries. The new layout, which opened late last week, provides increased space and improved flow for biosecurity checks.

Interest rate cut overdue - EMA

The Employers and Manufacturers Association has joined the call for an early cut to interest rates. According to the EMA the Reserve Bank should reduce the Official Cash Rate right away or risk deflation next year when the economy is predicted to slow.

Claudelands claims two major venue industry awards

Hamilton’s Claudelands claimed two major awards at the Entertainment Venues Association of New Zealand (EVANZ) Awards in Dunedin last night. Claudelands won the Supreme Venue of the Year Award, and Large Venue of the Year category, celebrating venues of 5000 seats or larger.

Nikko Asset Management tops NZ$4bn in AUM

New Zealand investors’ appetite for multi-strategy funds, as well as those focused on global bonds and cash, has driven assets under management (AUM) of Nikko Asset Management New Zealand to exceed NZ$4 billion for the first time, the company announced today.

First oil from the Maari Growth project

OMV is pleased to announce "first oil" from its Maari redevelopment drilling campaign in New Zealand. The Maari redevelopment drilling campaign in New Zealand, also known as the Maari Growth project, aims to increase reserves, production and recovery from the producing Maari field.

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