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Briscoe Group reports sales growth

The directors of Briscoe Group Limited announce that unaudited sales for the first trading quarter ended 1 May 2016 were $133.0 million, being 11.02% higher than the $119.8 million reported for the same quarter of last year.

GIA partnership welcomes agreement for fruit flies

Steps to reduce the potentially devastating impact of a fruit fly incursion have been taken in Wellington today by Government and a number of horticulture industry groups.

Pipfruit New Zealand protecting NZ biosecurity

New Zealand’s $700 million pipfruit industry says it will have greater confidence in the country’s biosecurity system now that it will play an influencing role in helping to manage and govern biosecurity and risk.

What impact do milk solids payouts have on the economy?

Milk solids payouts have been in the news a lot of late with a rollercoaster ride of pricing that has shaken the farming sector’s confidence. But what impact do these fluctuating prices have on the broader economy?

EQC streamlines approach to over cap claims with insurer support

The Earthquake Commission (EQC) is introducing a faster handover process for the remaining dwelling claims that are likely to be over cap, with the support of two major insurers.

Insurers settled 83,000 Canterbury properties, including 20,000 over cap

The Insurance Council of New Zealand announced today that private insurers have settled 20,000 Canterbury earthquake over cap residential property claims in its latest release of quarterly progress data.

Time for Government to act - NZMEA

The latest New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) Survey of Business Conditions completed during April 2016, shows total sales in March 2016 increased 1.28% (year on year export sales increased by 5.31% with domestic sales decreasing by 5.03%) on March 2015.

EQC running 'Fix. Fasten. Don’t Forget' campaign in Mitre 10 stores

Watch out for EQC’s "Fix. Fasten. Don’t Forget." messages in Mitre 10 stores in the coming weeks. EQC has joined forces with the New Zealand-owned retail chain to promote our preparedness message throughout the country.

MIA welcomes electric vehicle initiatives

The Minister announced today a range of measures to incentivise the uptake of plugin vehicles.

Fonterra's market-linked organic milk price 'reflects growing demand'

Following Fonterra’s recent announcement that it plans to introduce a market-linked organic milk price for its organic milk farmers, the Co-operative has forecast an opening market-linked organic milk price of $9.20 per kg milk solids for the 2016/17 season.

Seafood exports reach record high

Seafood, one of the country’s top export earners, continues to show strong growth with exports reaching a record high of $1.713 billion in the year to end March, says Seafood New Zealand Chief Executive Tim Pankhurst.

RMA changes may not fix deeper problems - BusinessNZ

Changes proposed for the Resource Management Act are positive but may not address the RMA’s deeper problems, says BusinessNZ in its submission on the Resource Legislation Amendment Bill.

Dairying women;s award winners announced

Fonterra would like to congratulate the 2016 Dairy Woman of the Year winner, Rebecca Keoghan. Keoghan wins a place on the 11-month Global Women Breakthrough Leaders programme, sponsored by Fonterra, which was announced at the Dairy Women’s Network conference in Hamilton.

Oz Clarke inducted in to NZ Wine Hall of Fame

Oz Clarke, the man who helped put New Zealand Wine on the map, will be inducted into the New Zealand Wine Hall of Fame on International Sauvignon Blanc Day, Friday May 6.

NZME 'reclaims number one in news, sport and entertainment'

The results for the first 2016 GfK independent radio survey have been released. More people are listening to commercial radio in New Zealand, (up by more than 240,000Ɨ people) demonstrating the strong engagement radio continues to have with audiences.

Warehouse Money Purple Visa Card receives 5-star Canstar rating

The Warehouse Money Purple Visa Card has been awarded a 5-star rating in the latest Canstar Credit Card Rewards star ratings report - just six months after launching.

New hub for business - EMA opens new offices

EMA’s new premises were officially opened by the Rt Hon John Key today, following a blessing by Ngati Whatua earlier in the day. The new office block and conference/training facility is stage two of the development of the Khyber Pass Road site in Auckland.

Spark and Huawei switch on NZ's fastest mobile site

Spark and network partner Huawei have enabled the first 4.5G mobile site in New Zealand at Spark’s Hereford Street exchange in Christchurch.

ANZ Commodity Price Index falls by 0.8% in April

The ANZ Commodity Price Index fell by a further 0.8% in April to be back 16.8% y/y. Dairy prices, notably butter, cheese and casein weighed heavily. Prices also fell for beef (-2.8%), venison (-3.0%), logs (-1.4%) and wool (-0.3%).

Commitment to improve freedom camping management

The tourism industry, local government and other stakeholders have committed to working together to improve the management of freedom camping in communities around New Zealand.

PSA welcomes Peter Hughes as new State Services Commissioner

The Public Service Association welcomes the appointment of Peter Hughes as the next State Services Commissioner and Head of State Services.

FMA issues formal warning to Craigs

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has today issued a formal warning to Craigs Investment Partners Limited (Craigs) under section 80 of the Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism Act 2009 (the AML/CFT Act).

Call for more care setting up joint accounts

The Banking Ombudsman Scheme is urging people setting up shared accounts to think carefully about how they allow users to operate such accounts after continuing to see a steady stream of complaints about "account mandates".

Mighty River Power moving to single brand - Mercury

Mighty River Power and Mercury Energy will become one brand later this year. Chief Executive, Fraser Whineray, says a single new Mercury brand will "bring the Company’s near century-long heritage together with our customer-driven innovation".

Trade Union Centre returns to Christchurch

A new Trade Union Centre (TUC) returns to Christchurch five years after the devastating 2011 Feburary 22, earthquake. The new centre will open on May Day - International Workers Day - at it new north Christchurch location.

Air NZ lands historic first evening flight in Queenstown

Air New Zealand has successfully operated the first evening flight into Queenstown in preparation for scheduled commercial services commencing next month.

Velvetleaf search and destroy nears completion

The management of the pest weed Velvetleaf is entering a new phase as property searches across the country draw to a close. Search and destroy activities have been conducted on more than 600 properties since March this year when velvetleaf was discovered in several regions.

Surge in EU milk production 'not opening of floodgates'

Signs are emerging that EU milk production growth is finally slowing, indicating the recent post-quota surge in production is a "one-off adjustment rather than an opening of the floodgates", according to a visiting expert on the European dairy sector.

Appointments to TVNZ and NZ On Air

Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams today announced appointments to the boards of two of New Zealand’s iconic media organisations, Television New Zealand (TVNZ) and NZ On Air.

ICNZ disappointed with unfair fire service funding

Continuing to tax only those people who pay insurance to fund the fire service is blatantly unfair and well out of step with best policy practice internationally, the Insurance Council of New Zealand said in response to today’s new funding arrangements for the fire service.

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