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AWF appoints Alex Park as COO

AWF Group, New Zealand’s largest recruitment and staffing solutions company, has appointed Alex Park as Chief Operating Officer of AWF, its industrial and operational recruitment subsidiary.

Credit cards: What rewards are worth it?

Merchandise, cash and flight rewards - the incentives available, just for flashing the plastic, are extensive. But - are they worth it? CANSTAR have crunched the numbers and the verdict is yes: the rewards are there - if you spend enough. Airpoints Turbulence

Spark launches new Ultra Fibre plan line-up

Spark is giving customers an even more compelling reason to switch to its Ultra Fibre plans from today with the introduction of new competitive pricing for the majority of its plans (details below) and Fibre Landline (voice-over-fibre technology) for landline calling.

'Profitable harvest' for Araparera Forest JV

The Araparera Forest Joint Venture between council and a hapu of Ngati Whatua O Kaipara is being wound up with the profitable harvest of the trees.

Confidentiality breach affected successful business

The Privacy Act applies to individuals only. However banks also owe a duty of confidentiality to all customers that provides they must not disclose customer information except in very limited circumstances.

Minister opens 'world-leading' herd test facility in Hamilton

The Minister for Primary Industries, Hon Nathan Guy, officially opened LIC’s new herd testing facility in Hamilton this morning.

Port decision 'jeopardises cruise sector and NZ economy'

Not proceeding with the full expansion plans for the Ports of Auckland jeopardises the fast-growing cruise sector, and will cost Auckland and New Zealand’s economy millions of dollars, Cruise New Zealand says.

AWF Madison Group announces Future Directors appointment

Rachel Hopkins is to sit on the AWF Group board under the Future Directors scheme, an initiative aimed at deepening the talent pool of directors.

Reserve Bank completes licensing of non-bank deposit takers

The Reserve Bank has completed the licensing of Non-bank Deposit Takers (NBDTs), with licences issued to 31 entities.

POAL welcomes 'pragmatic, workable' compromise

Ports of Auckland welcomes today’s decision by Auckland Council’s Governing Body to support a compromise proposal to proceed with construction of one wharf extension and put the other on hold.

Tomizone makes public offer

PHW Consolidated Limited, the ASX listed company has agreed to acquire Tomizone Limited in an all scrip deal that will see the company relist as TOM:ASX.

Forecast milk price drop 'tough pill for farmers'

Fonterra Shareholders’ Council Chairman, Ian Brown said Farmers will be disappointed with Fonterra’s latest revision to this season’s forecast Farmgate Milk Price, which has reduced from $4.70 per kg/MS to $4.50 per kg/MS.

Global recognition for VMob at I-COM Awards

New Zealand mobile personalisation platform, VMob, has taken out a trio of awards at the I-COM big data conference in San Sebastian, Spain.

Xero and Paymark team up to eliminate paper receipts

At Xerocon Auckland today, Xero and Paymark announced that they are teaming up to eliminate paper receipts in New Zealand.

New requirements for companies coming into effect

The changes introduced by the Companies Amendment Act 2014 are continuing to come into effect for both newly incorporated companies and existing companies, says DLA Piper New Zealand’s Reuben Woods. The next set of major changes take effect on 1 May 2015.

Chch's Church Square achieves first 9 Homestar Design rating

Christchurch will soon boast one of New Zealand’s most sustainable homes, with a house under construction in Addington achieving 9 out of 10 under the Homestar rating system. This is the highest Homestar rating awarded to date.

Rally continues for confident businesses

Business confidence and employment, investment and activity intentions are holding at highs consistent with strong economic growth, according to the April ANZ Business Outlook survey.

NZ and French livestock farmers 'face similar challenges'

New Zealand and French livestock farmers face many similar challenges, says Beef + Lamb New Zealand, following a visit here by French livestock sector leaders.

Transfield workers 'pay the price of Chorus' mismanagement of UFB'

Workers at Transfield Services are to pay the price for Chorus’ mismanagement of the ultra-fast broadband project and attempts to escape the copper market.

'Unworkable' Environment Court decision will not be appealed

An unworkable and economically damaging recent Environment Court decision will not be challenged by Horticulture New Zealand because of the cost and time involved.

No interest loans now available for low-income families

BNZ, Good Shepherd NZ, Ministry of Social Development and The Salvation Army have launched the second stage of their successful Community Finance initiative - the No Interest Loan Scheme (NILS).

Workers' Memorial Day 'a call to action for leaders'

Workers’ Memorial Day (April 28th) is a powerful reminder to people in positions of influence and power about their vital role in fostering safe and healthy workplaces, says the Business Leaders’ Health and Safety Forum.

Commerce Commission prosecutes Twenty Fifty Club

Twenty Fifty Club Ltd and its sole director Gavin John Marsich have today appeared in the Manukau District Court facing 17 charges in relation to its pay-day loans business.

Fonterra announces management appointments

Fonterra Co-operative Group Limited today announced changes to the roles and responsibilities of two members of the Fonterra Management Team.

'Plucky Country' opens up ANZAC confidence divide

Kiwi consumer confidence has gone from high to higher, opening an ANZAC confidence divide over Australia, according to the ANZ-Roy Morgan New Zealand Consumer Confidence report.

Monetary policy to remain stimulatory - Reserve Bank

The Reserve Bank today said it will ensure that monetary policy is stimulatory to support output growth above potential, to help lift inflation back to target.

Cricket and holiday periods boost visitor arrivals

Visitor arrivals to New Zealand numbered 291,800 in March 2015, a record high for a March month, Statistics New Zealand said today. The latest figure was 15 percent higher than in March 2014, and 8 percent higher than in March 2013.

Fuji Xerox appoints new Managing Director for NZ

Fuji Xerox New Zealand is pleased to announce the appointment of Gavin Pollard to the role of Managing Director for New Zealand. The announcement follows the promotion of outgoing managing director Neil Whittaker to the role of MD for Fuji Xerox Australia.

RBNZ appoints external monetary policy advisers

The Reserve Bank has appointed Tony Caughey and Conor English as part-time external monetary policy advisers. They replace Luke Moriarty and Richard Townsend, who have served in this capacity for three years.

Commission releases draft decision on Transpower application

The Commerce Commission has today released a draft decision on Transpower’s application seeking to recover its overspend on the North Island Grid Upgrade Project (NIGU).

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