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NZ tops UN global census on co-operatives

The champion of the Kiwi co-operative sector is delighted by New Zealand’s top ranking in a UN survey measuring the social and economic impact of co-operatives in 145 countries.

FMG extends its university scholarship programme

Applications for FMG’s agriculture scholarships are now open and will this year include school leavers looking to study ag-based degrees at Waikato University.

Biggs right fit for WREDA, says Chamber

Wellington Employers Chamber of Commerce welcomes the appointment of Peter Biggs as the inaugural chair of the regions new economic development agency, WREDA.

Canterbury asbestos investigation: No charges to be laid

WorkSafe New Zealand has concluded its investigation into the management of asbestos in the Canterbury Home Repair Programme and has decided not to lay any charges.

Dairy inspections find disappointing practices

Recent Otago Regional Council (ORC) dairy farm inspections have found disturbing examples of non-compliance with the Otago Water Plan prohibited activity rules.

Fonterra and MFAT partner to advance dairy in developing countries

Fonterra and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) have agreed to work together to help developing countries build viable dairy industries and increase dairy nutrition knowledge.

Small increase in visitor arrivals

The number of visitor arrivals to New Zealand in September 2014 (193,300) increased 1 percent compared with September 2013, Statistics New Zealand said today.

Dairy SolutioNZ develops 'heat tolerant cow'

Hamilton, New Zealand-based Dairy Solutionz Ltd has led an expert genetics team to develop a new dairy cow breed conditioned to thrive in lower elevation tropical climates and achieve high milk production under heat stress.

JUCY to launch in the UK

A New Zealand vehicle rental company will launch a multi-million dollar expansion into the UK market to capitalise on potential British accommodation shortages during the 2015 international rugby tournaments.

MYOB outlines plan for online accounting practice solutions

New Zealand’s leading accounting software provider MYOB today shared its vision for how it will fundamentally transform the relationship between accountants and their clients, and announced the first milestone in its journey to take accounting practice solutions online.

NZ business culture to blame for flatline productivity

Despite people working longer hours, New Zealand is facing a serious productivity problem, which Paul Kane, Partner,Privately Held Business at Grant Thornton New Zealand attributes to a laid back business culture in this country.

Connexis award for Northpower

Northpower employees have been recognised for excellence in the electricity sector. Two of Northpower’s Cable Jointers claimed top spots in the annual Connexis Cable Jointers competition at Thursday night’s Excellence Awards Dinner held in Christchurch.

RBNZ to introduce a broader TWI

The Reserve Bank is changing the way it calculates the trade-weighted index (TWI), Reserve Bank Assistant Governor and Head of Economics, Dr John McDermott, said today. Dr McDermott said that the Bank periodically reviews the construction of the TWI. The last review was in 2007.

Issues statement: Purchase of Novartis' consumer healthcare business

The Commerce Commission has published a statement of preliminary issues relating to an application for GlaxoSmithKline to acquire Novartis’ consumer healthcare business.

Large services sector, modest energy users - Statistics NZ

The total energy use of the services sector accounts for less than 20 percent of the total business use, Statistics New Zealand said today. The services sector contributes 44 percent of New Zealand's GDP and covers 55 percent of people employed.

MediaWorks appoints chief information and product officer

Tom Cotter has been appointed to the newly created role of CIPO (Chief Information and Product Officer) for MediaWorks.

Southland trucking company targets two million litre fuel saving

One of New Zealand’s largest trucking businesses is targeting fuel saving and sustainability by joining the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority’s (EECA’s) Heavy Vehicle Fuel Efficiency Programme, which aims to improve fuel efficiency and decrease carbon dioxide emissions in the hea

'Strong start to FY15' for SkyCity

Substantial growth in SKYCITY’s Auckland business, led by the excellent ongoing performance of the Federal Street dining precinct and high hotel occupancy, have helped deliver a strong start to FY15 for SKYCITY Entertainment Group.

Infracon liquidators announce conditional sale

John Fisk and Tony Pattison, as Liquidators of Infracon, have today announced they have entered into a conditional sale and purchase agreement for the going concern sale of the Infracon business to Higgins Aggregates Limited.

Crucial to know the details of your will, says Law Society

The New Zealand Law Society is advising people they should not hesitate to check regularly that their will is up-to-date. Such a check should include where the will is held, whether the status of the key people involved has changed, and a regular review of the contents.

Smartrak appoints new general manager

Global GPS fleet management and business intelligence solutions company, Smartrak Limited, has appointed Kahl Betham into the newly established New Zealand General Manager (GM) role.

'Take an electricity check-up' during Money Week

The Electricity Authority is urging Kiwis to take a couple of minutes during Money Week (which runs from 13-19 October) to check and make sure they are getting the best power deal.

Kiwis bank on smartphones

Busy ASB customers armed with smartphones are pushing demand for mobile banking to new heights with financial transactions on ASB’s mobile app increasing by two thirds in the past year.

'Overwhelming public demand' for sustainable KiwiSaver funds

A survey of New Zealanders has revealed that Kiwis care deeply about how their KiwiSaver funds are being invested and that they want more sustainable KiwiSaver options.

2 Cheap Cars expands

One of the country’s fastest growing companies is set for further expansion with four new branches across the country in three months.

Fine-tune your digital finances to keep you financially fit

Digital banking can help your financial fitness if used with care. Banking Ombudsman Deborah Battell says her top tips for getting financially fit in the digital banking age are:

BusinessNZ Energy Council releases briefing

The BusinessNZ Energy Council (BEC) has released its Energy Briefing 2014 today, highlighting the strong performance in the sector and outlining a number of recommendations to keep improving and allow business to leverage New Zealand’s domestic successes internationally.

NZers 'underestimate investment risk'

Research conducted for the Financial Markets Authority (FMA) shows Kiwis are switched-on about straightforward, low-risk investment options. But when responding to questions about investments with more risk, people are far less confident.

RBNZ launches 'What is Money' video

The Reserve Bank has today released a video explaining the functions of money and the Reserve Bank’s role in producing and protecting it.

Guest nights show mixed picture

Although the trend for national guest nights continued to rise in August, below the national level the picture was mixed, Statistics New Zealand said today.

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