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Cities merger idea should be explored, says Chamber

The idea of a merger between Wellington City and Porirua should not be dismissed out of hand, says Wellington Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford. "The potential for greater scale and opportunity of merged services should at least be explored.

Market realities 'a bitter pill for farmers to swallow'

Fonterra Shareholders’ Council Chairman, Duncan Coull, said that today’s announcement of a further 25 cent drop in the 2015/16 forecast Farmgate Milk Price, from $4.15 kg/MS to $3.90 kg/MS, while reflective of the current market conditions, is a bitter pill for Farmers to swallow.

Shadow Board sees no OCR change as appropriate

NZIER’s Monetary Policy Shadow Board recommends the Reserve Bank holds the interest rate at 2.50 percent in its Official Cash Rate announcement this Thursday.

International Women's Day 'a day to celebrate Kristine Bartlett'

"E tÅ« union member Kristine Bartlett and her fellow workers are the perfect women to celebrate on International Women’s Day," says CTU Vice-President Rachel Mackintosh.

Oyster Group granted Managed Investment Scheme licence

Oyster Group is one of the first in the commercial property industry to be granted a Managed Investment Scheme (MIS) licence by the Financial Markets Authority.

Chapman Tripp named NZ Law Firm of the Year

Chapman Tripp has won the New Zealand National Firm of the Year award in the IFLR Asia Awards for the second consecutive year.

Gender equality key focus for NCWNZ's new CE

Enabling women’s potential through concentrating on gender equality will be the main focus of the National Council of Women of New Zealand’s new Chief Executive, Lynn McKenzie when she starts in March at NCWNZ.

Beca announces new CFO

Beca announced today that Mark Fleming (currently the Group Finance Director) will be taking over the reins as Chief Financial Officer in April 2016, as part of Beca’s on-going planning for succession in senior leadership roles

New chair for Meat Industry Association

The New Zealand Meat Industry Association (MIA) has announced that its chairman, Bill Falconer, is to retire in April after more than 15 years in the position.

Three new helicopter companies select Spidertracks

Real-time aircraft tracking specialists Spidertracks have been selected by Redding Air Service, Island Express Helicopters, and Guardian Helicopters USA to provide a full-suite fleet tracking service for their 18 helicopters at Heli Expo in Kentucky.

Office rents marching on - Colliers International

Colliers International’s Global Office Survey (based in USD/sqft/p.a.) of more than 150 cities for December 2015 showed Auckland and Wellington prime net rents ranked 54th and 73rd respectively. These latest rankings are slightly ahead of June 2015’s rankings of 61st and 84th respectively.

Weak lamb prices 'cutting into farmers' profits'

Weak lamb prices are cutting into sheep and beef farmers’ profits this season.

KiwiRail announces operating surplus of $27m

KiwiRail today announced an operating surplus of $27m for the six months ended 31 December 2015 compared to $35m achieved in the same period the previous year. The result included significant items totaling $6m relating primarily to restructuring costs.

Telco shows the way for infrastructure - NZCID

"New Zealand’s rise up the OECD on measures of telecommunications performance is an example of what can be achieved with strong public and private sector cooperation, market competition and cutting edge infrastructure procurement," says Stephen Selwood.

Energy sector leadership, politicians on stage at Downstream

The energy sector’s annual 2-day conference ‘Downstream’ is being held in Auckland this week, March 2-3 at the SkyCity Convention Centre in Auckland.

Payments NZ welcomes ICBC to Bulk Electronic Clearing System

Payments NZ has welcomed a new direct settlement participant to its Bulk Electronic Clearing System (BECS), the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China New Zealand Limited, (ICBC).

Kiwifruit business wins BoP Ballance Farm Environment Awards

BAYGOLD Limited, a large-scale kiwifruit operation, has taken out the Supreme title in the 2016 Bay of Plenty Ballance Farm Environment Awards.

Dell announces new data protection solutions

Dell today announced a series of new data protection solutions to help organisations better protect business-critical systems, applications, and data - either on premises or in the cloud.

NZF enters agreement to raise $125,000 in new capital

The Board of NZF Group Limited ("NZF") advises that it has today entered into an unconditional subscription agreement with Chai Kaw Sing, a wholesale investor, to issue 16 million new ordinary fully paid shares in NZF at an issue price of 0.0078125 cents per share.

MinterEllisonRuddWatts appoints CEO

MinterEllisonRuddWatts today announced it has appointed Mike Schubert as its new Chief Executive, effective 1 May 2016.

Fonterra plant openings 'celebrate strength in southern dairying'

Fonterra has further highlighted its commitment to New Zealand’s dairying communities this week as the Co-operative officially opened four new plants across the South Island.

Next steps for Kiwifruit Industry Strategy Project

The government’s consultation document supporting the Kiwifruit Industry Strategy Project has been released.

Hawke's Bay's apple exporters team up for coolstore

Two of Hawke’s Bay’s biggest apple exporters have teamed up to store apples, today opening the regions largest single rooms coolstore. Bostock New Zealand and Mr Apple have officially opened their new 8600m2 coolstore near Flaxmere, which has the capacity to store 30,000 bins.

'Greater transparency needed' to meet demands from consumers and shareholders

The Institute of Directors (IoD) is calling for more holistic reporting that includes diversity, health and safety performance, board composition and independence in its submission to the NZX on Corporate Governance Reporting requirements.

Avocado industry joins GIA biosecurity partnership

Today NZ Avocado Growers’ Association Incorporated (NZAGA) signed the Deed of the Government Industry Agreement (GIA) for Biosecurity Readiness and Response in Tauranga, becoming the eighth Signatory to sign the Deed.

'Another link added' in transforming the dairy value chain

Food Safety Minister Jo Goodhew today congratulated Fonterra on the opening of their new mozzarella plant at Fonterra’s Clandeboye site. The new plant will result in 25 new jobs and a doubling of Fonterra’s total mozzarella production to 50,000 metric tonnes per annum, over two plants.

Aged Advisor website reveals top aged care and retirement villages

Aged Advisor, the independent review and compare site for aged care and retirement villages, today announced the winners of the 2015 Aged Advisor People’s Choice Awards.

Federated Farmers welcomes bee industry unification

Federated Farmers welcomes the announcement that the outcome of the National Beekeepers Association (NBA) special vote is positive. The positive vote for change means the NBA will become Apiculture New Zealand as of 1 April 2016.

New tool 'makes Public Records Act compliance cheaper and easier'

The Chief Archivist’s report to parliament in December 2015 on the state of government recordkeeping highlighted disappointing progress by many government agencies.

The Star newspaper launches bigger and better weekly edition

As a part of their campaign to provide more local news to the people of Christchurch, Star Media’s directors, Pier and Charlotte Smulders, are excited to announce changes to The Star newspaper.

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