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Quarry operator ordered to pay over $150K after employee crushed to death

A South Canterbury-based quarry and transport operator has been ordered to pay reparations of $100,000 to the family of an employee who was crushed to death while working at its Gordon Valley limestone quarry.

Comvita and Putake Group announce Joint Venture

Global natural health products company Comvita (NZX:CVT) and Putake Group Limited (Putake), a Blenheim-based apiary management business, today announced their agreement to form a 50:50 joint venture (JV), Putake Group Holdings Limited.

International campaign set to boost NZ dairy exports

A new multi-million-dollar marketing campaign has begun to educate Australian, Chinese and ultimately U.S consumers on the health benefits of New Zealand’s grass fed dairy products.

MTA announces new Chief Executive

MTA is pleased to announce the appointment of Craig Pomare as its new CEO. Mr Pomare will assume responsibility immediately, succeeding Warwick Quinn who recently left MTA to lead the BCITO.

NZ poultry industry - new strategies needed to catch next wave of growth

Strong growth in both volume and value terms is possible for New Zealand’s chicken meat industry, but it needs to focus on alternative strategies to capture new opportunities, according to a new report by agribusiness specialist Rabobank.

Toyota Hilux now top selling 2WD ute

The latest Hilux launch that saw the model’s range expand to 21 variants late last year is making inroads with customers in the Light truck market.

Mary Quin joins Westpac NZ board

Experienced international executive and director Mary Quin has been appointed to the board of Westpac New Zealand.

MyRepublic ranks first on Netflix Speed Index

Following Netflix’s international expansion into 130 new countries, Internet Service Provider (ISP) MyRepublic has debuted on the Netflix Speed Index this month, ranking 1st in this measure of Netflix prime time performance for Singapore and Indonesia, as well as achieving the top score for the

World first Kiwi Robotics technology set to take on Europe

Kiwi company Invert Robotics, which uses robotics to revolutionise the way industrial tanks are inspected, is raising capital to expand into the European dairy market, and is in partnership discussions with a multi-billion euro turnover company over the use of its technology.

Queenstown Airport welcomes first commercial after-dark flight

Queenstown Airport achieved a major milestone for New Zealand aviation and tourism tonight as it welcomed its first commercial after-dark flight.

ARANZ Medical named Hi-Tech Emerging Company of the Year

ARANZ Medical Ltd a specialist in 3D scanning and informatics solutions for the healthcare sector, has been named the Coretex Hi-Tech Emerging Company of the Year at the New Zealand Hi-Tech Awards 2016.

Commercial property market forecast to stay strong

Colliers International’s latest Capital Market Report indicates that the very strong commercial property market is about to enter a new pattern of activity as opposed to approaching a peak.

New report on diversity in screen production highlights gaps

A report just released by NZ On Air shows gender and ethnicity gaps in some key roles in the television and digital media production sectors.

Abano to sell Audiology shareholding to JV partner

Abano Healthcare Group Limited (NZX: ABA) advises that it has entered into an agreement to sell its 50% shareholding in Bay International Limited for $32 million, to interests associated with Peter Hutson, as a result of those interests exercising their existing pre-emptive rights under the Bay I

Ahuwhenua Trophy winner congratulated

Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy and Māori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell have tonight congratulated The Proprietors of Rakaia Incorporated, this year’s Ahuwhenua Trophy winner.

Canon Media Awards recognise RNZ journalism

RNZ's journalism has been recognised with three major awards at the Canon Media Awards announced in Wellington this evening.

Annual international visitor spend passes $10 billion for the first time

International visitor spend passed $10 billion for the first time, growing by 25 percent in the March 2016 year, shown by the latest International Visitor Survey released today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE).

Visitor arrivals remain high

Visitor arrivals numbered 256,700 in April 2016, to set a new April record, Statistics New Zealand said today. Visitor arrivals were up 8 percent from April 2015, with a 40 percent increase in visitor arrivals from China.

Gold rush for Kiwi breweries at Australian International Beer Awards

It was Kiwi gold rush for at the 2016 Australian International Beer Awards in Melbourne last night, with 13 New Zealand breweries winning gold medals.

Southern quality to fore in print awards

Dunedin-based Southern Colour Print has fully illustrated the pride, initiative and quality of workmanship in the South by earning this year’s prestigious Pride In Print Supreme Award.

Apprenticeship funding good for growth - BusinessNZ

Funding for apprenticeships is excellent Budget spending, says BusinessNZ. Funding for an additional 5,000 apprenticeships has been announced for this year’s Budget.

EMA welcomes trades and training investment

Today’s announcement of about $23 million investment in apprenticeship training and Maori and Pasifika Trades Training (MPTT) is a welcome step to meet part of the skills shortage of EMA members.

Cider syndication grabbed by investors

Investors have snapped up a ‘million dollar’ opportunity to own interests in Oyster Group’s Cider Building syndication which has closed early, oversubscribed.

MPI Investigation not enough, says LegaSea

Recreational fishers are concerned that the proposed investigation into the dumping, wastage and cover-ups by the Ministry for Primary Industries does not go far enough.

Uncontrolled urban sprawl will increase vegetable prices - HortNZ

It’s a simple equation: Auckland spreads its housing into our fruit and vegetable production land = we all pay more for food. Horticulture New Zealand says if more houses are built on the most productive rural land then we can all expect to pay more for fresh vegetables and fruit.

Feds disappointed at latest velvetleaf confirmation

Federated Farmers is disappointed to learn that a fourth line of fodder beet seed has been confirmed as being contaminated with velvetleaf. To date velvetleaf has been found in 11 regions on 250 properties.

Canstar Blue Survey shows fewer Kiwis are sticking to a budget

Fewer New Zealanders are using a budget to help them manage their finances according to the latest survey by consumer satisfaction company, Canstar Blue. Canstar Blue recently surveyed more than 2,000 Kiwis to learn about their financial habits and how they rated their bank.

Stratex, Oji Fibre Solutions and NZME Star in PrintNZ Awards

Stratex Group’s Sione Taueli Tonga was bestowed with the coveted PrintNZ Apprentice of the Year Award, Oji Fibre Solutions Hamilton facility manager Tony Antoniadis was named Trainer of the Year and NZME took out the Training Company of the Year Award in a gala celebration at SkyCity on May 13.

NZ apple industry 'the most competitive in the world'

New Zealand’s $700 million apple industry has again been named the world’s most competitive performer. The World Apple Report, out this week, ranks New Zealand first over 33 major apple producing countries.

'Wellbeing important to Kiwi companies but bullying still an issue'

Kiwi companies rank wellbeing as a top priority, according to the latest New Zealand Diversity Survey results, but incidents of bullying and harassment are continuing to climb.

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