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Crowne Plaza Christchurch wins silver in national award

The design team behind the stunning new Crowne Plaza Christchurch has won a silver award in a national competition. New Zealand design agency Designworks received the silver accolade in the Best Design Awards for its innovative and fresh design approach for the hotel.

Air New Zealand begins Inflight Wi-Fi rollout

Air New Zealand has started trialling its new Inflight Wi-Fi service on one of its long-haul Boeing 777-300 aircraft.

FSC welcomes KiwiSaver report card

The Financial Service Council has welcomed the release of the annual FMA report on KiwiSaver. "This is a valuable annual check-up on the health of the KiwiSaver system, how the scheme is growing, what’s working well, and what needs improvement.

Visa’s Everywhere Initiative invites entries from startups and fintechs

Visa, the global payments company, has today launched its second annual Everywhere Initiative aimed at Australia and New Zealand start-ups that have women in leadership.

Northland campaign shows regional marketing success - Tourism NZ

A recent pilot campaign to attract Australian travellers to Northland has shown that regional dispersal is possible through targeted marketing.

NZ beef prices drop marginally lower with further downward pressure expected

A strong New Zealand dollar and declining US imported beef prices have seen New Zealand beef prices drop marginally lower over the past quarter.

Ethique to launch second equity crowdfunding campaign

Christchurch based social enterprise Ethique is launching their second equity crowdfunding campaign on PledgeMe on 29 September to fund marketing and expansion in international markets as well as working capital to keep up with demand.

Range low front of mind

By Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets)

Spark customers benefit from more capacity on the mobile network

Spark has announced the addition of a third mobile node or Evolve Packet Core (EPC), adding additional capacity and resiliency to its nationwide mobile network.

Jet fuel starts to arrive at Wiri terminal from Marsden Point

Jet fuel has started to arrive to the Wiri terminal from Marsden Point, and is expected to reach Auckland Airport by Tuesday, Energy and Resources Minister Judith Collins says.

Solarcity NZ selected as Tesla Powerwall Certified Installer

New Zealand’s leading solar energy service company, solarcity, is pleased to announce it is has been selected as a Tesla Powerwall Certified Installer.

Reserve Bank introduces revised outsourcing policy

The Reserve Bank today published a revised outsourcing policy for large banks. "The revised policy aims to ensure that a bank can continue to operate in a situation where a key service provider fails," Deputy Governor Grant Spencer said.

Two new executives join growing solarcity team

solarcity has made two new appointments with Mikal Todd taking up the role of Chief Information Officer and Karen Sharp as Head of Customer Experience. Both Mikal and Karen bring years of professional experience to the growing solarcity executive team.

New app to help farmers protect the environment

Farmers have a new tool to help them identify opportunities on farm to get even better environmental results.

Counties Power uses drone technology

Counties Power has begun surveying their network assets for the first time with drone technology. The drone is currently working through the network area surveying 57 switches. The switches, which control power flow, are located at the top of power poles.

Suncorp New Zealand completes claims assessments in Kaikoura area

Suncorp New Zealand said today it had completed all claims assessments in the Kaikoura area, and closed the temporary office it set up for customers following the November 2016 earthquake.

Proposed Kiwi Point Quarry expansion: consultation to start

Wellington City Council’s City Strategy Committee has today agreed to consult on expansion plans for the Kiwi Point Quarry in the Ngauranga Gorge.

Feds backs plan to open up Landcorp to young farmers

Federated Farmers supports the sale of farms currently operated by Landcorp to young farming families. "This gives young farmers another pathway into farm ownership.

2 Cheap Cars to pay upwards of $320,000 for employment breaches

Second hand car dealer 2 Cheap Cars Limited has been ordered to pay a $70,000 penalty, and is estimated to be liable for upwards of $250,000 in arrears, following a Labour Inspectorate investigation.

Mike Styles receives Adult Literacy and Numeracy Leadership Award

The Industry Training Federation and the Skills Highway team is delighted to congratulate Mike Styles on receiving the 2017 Adult Literacy and Numeracy Leadership Award, awarded by the National Centre of Literacy and Numeracy for Adults.

Powerco joins EMANZ

The Energy Management Association of New Zealand is delighted to welcome Powerco as its latest Sustaining Partner.

July weather costs insurers $31m

Ten days of snow, rain wind and flooding in July has caused $31 million damage to people’s homes, contents, businesses, boats and motor vehicles the Insurance Council of New Zealand reported today.

'Focus on fees for long-term KiwiSaver benefit'

Dr Ayesha Scott - Lecturer, Finance (AUT)

ANZ Commodity Price Index: Sweet 16%

The ANZ Commodity Price Index slipped 0.8% m/m in August, matching the fall in July.

Reserve Bank leasing office space to Defence Force

The New Zealand Defence Force has signed a lease to occupy three floors in the Reserve Bank of New Zealand building, beginning later this year.

Reserve Bank policy a key driver in economic performance - RBNZ Governor

The Reserve Bank’s monetary policy has been an important driver in the last five years behind above-trend growth in the economy and employment, Reserve Bank Governor Graeme Wheeler said today in a speech.

Wattie's staff volunteer help to feed the hungry

On Saturday 2nd September staff from Kraft Heinz (Wattie’s) Hastings will volunteer their time in partnership with Rise Against Hunger and The Salvation Army to help fight hunger in New Zealand.

New Zealand wine exports reach record high

The export value of New Zealand wine has reached a record high according to the 2017 Annual Report of New Zealand Winegrowers. Now valued at $1.66 billion, up 6% in June year end 2017, wine now stands as New Zealand’s fifth largest goods export.

Lions supporters proving their value off the field

A new report shows that the Lions tour provided a significant boost to the local economy, attracting high value and experience driven British and Irish supporters.

Vodafone NZ delivers strong growth and return to profit

Vodafone New Zealand today released its results for the year ended 31 March 2017 which saw revenue increase 2.8% year on year and EBITDA 7.9%. Overall Vodafone NZ reports a full year profit after tax of $40.2m.

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