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NZ's first commercial scale biodiesel plant receives tallow delivery

New Zealand’s first commercial-scale biodiesel plant today received its first delivery of inedible tallow, which enables the beginning of biodiesel production.

TB differential levy to be introduced

New Zealand’s meat processors have for some years collected a single uniform biosecurity levy on beef and dairy cattle at meat processors to pay for the costs of TB eradication.

DairyNZ: break-even cost pared back as farmers lift efficiency

Industry body DairyNZ says the increased dividend and the maintained $4.25 per kg MS Fonterra Farmgate Milk Price is some good news for farmers with shares.

New Hub great for wider region, say Chambers

The new Waingawa log hub will provide tremendous opportunity for the wider Wellington region say the Wellington and Wairarapa Chambers of Commerce.

Michael Anderson named CEO of MediaWorks

MediaWorks has today announced the appointment of Michael Anderson as CEO. Michael will join MediaWorks on the 29th August from Australia where he is currently Chairman of Oztam and oOH! Media and a non-Executive Director of Fairfax Media.

March weather cost insurers $30m

Two days of wild weather in March that caused several rivers to overflow has cost insurers $30 million dollars, the Insurance Council of New Zealand reported today.

Independent travellers bring tourism dollar to new regions

A new report into New Zealand’s tourism sector says travellers are looking to regional New Zealand for a more ‘authentic’ Kiwi experience.

Local firm launches new broadband service for motorhomers

An innovative Kiwi company has played a key role in launching a new 4G-enabled broadband service that’s designed specifically to meet the needs of motorhomers.

Bumper weekend ahead, says Chamber

Wellington retailers and the hospitality scene can look forward to a bumper weekend as the city hosts the Super Rugby final, says Wellington Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford.

Sniffing out the enemy: scent may be stoats' Achilles heel

Odour could be the next weapon in the arsenal against some of New Zealand’s worst predators including the stoat, the major killer of young kiwi chicks in New Zealand’s native forests.

Latest property report shows similar trends

Newly released figures again show overseas tax resident buyers and sellers are behind three percent of New Zealand property transfers, Land Information Minister Louise Upston says.

Financial sting from honeybee loss

New Zealand agriculture stands to lose $295-728 million annually if the local honeybee population continues to decline, according to a new study into the economic consequences of a decline in pollination rates.

Serial immigration fraudster jailed

A Fijian man has been sentenced to 30 months’ imprisonment for what a judge described as a lifetime of immigration fraud.

SuchCrowd gains approval for match funding from NZVIF

SuchCrowd has set a new precedent for investment documentation in New Zealand. A Lightning Lab Christchurch Alumni company, SuchCrowd is the first company to gain approval for match funding from NZVIF using KISS documentation.

Z customers get fuel discounts as Fly Buys Pumped goes live

Z Energy customers will get instant fuel discounts and bonus Fly Buys points for all of August to celebrate the arrival of Z’s new loyalty programme ‘Fly Buys Pumped’.

ASX: Early caution despite lower bond yields and iron ore over $60

By Ric Spooner (Chief Market Analyst, CMC Markets)

2degrees first with 100GbE Trans-Tasman Interconnect

2degrees today announced the successful activation of its 100GbE interconnect to the Southern Cross Cable Network, driven by the massive growth of content providers such as Netflix fuelling New Zealanders’ demand for data.

FMA releases conduct guide for feedback

The Financial Markets Authority (FMA) has released a guide to how it will examine whether financial services providers are demonstrating good conduct under the Financial Markets Conduct Act (FMC Act). The guide is open for consultation today.

Commerce Commission considers rendering merger

The Commission has received an application for the Wallace Group Limited Partnership (Wallace Group) to acquire up to 100% of the assets and business of Wallace Corporation Limited, Farm Brands.

Chamber welcomes David Jones - a great addition to the city

David Jones has done a superb job with the refurbishment of the former Kirkcaldie and Stains store, says Wellington Chamber of Commerce Chief Executive John Milford. "They have built a store that will challenge the best in the world and of which the city can be proud.

Unitary Plan 'mixed bag for business'

Auckland Council’s Unitary Plan has allowed for growth of general commercial development in key areas of the city, but does not seem to have fully aligned this with new residential development, says the EMA.

Vodafone's new high-tech workplace of the future

At the official opening event of Vodafone’s new Christchurch-based South Island headquarters, InnoV8, Chief Executive Officer Russell Stanners heralded InnoV8 as the most technologically advanced office workplace in New Zealand.

ITF welcomes Labour careers and apprenticeships plan

Labour's plan, if elected, to increase apprenticeships and improve pathways from school to work is welcome, says the Industry Training Federation (ITF).

Labour's plan to boost skills development refreshing - CTU

The future of work needs to be one where working people have good, satisfying jobs with decent incomes, and Labour's announcements today on boosting skills are welcome, the CTU said today.

Charges laid for Auckland International Airport fraud

A woman has appeared in the Auckland District Court today on Crimes Act charges laid by the Serious Fraud Office (SFO).

New Seoul-Christchurch charter service to meet demand

Demand from Korean travellers wanting to tour the South Island has led to a new charter service for the coming summer. From December 2 to January 28, Asiana Airlines will fly a weekly service between Incheon, Seoul and Christchurch Airport, to bring 2500 visitors to the South Island.

Brandon Capital Partners expands into NZ with AU$200m life science fund

Brandon Capital Partners, one of Australia’s leading life science venture capital firms, today announced the expansion of its operations into New Zealand.

Singapore Airlines to increase services to Christchurch

Singapore Airlines will increase services to Christchurch for the peak summer season with an additional five flights between 13 November 2016 to 5 February 2017, bringing the total supplementary flights to 35 and the total number of flights this year to 401.

Singapore Airlines appoints manager for Wellington and South Island

Singapore Airlines today announced the appointment of Ms Kate Mayo as Manager Wellington and South Island as preparations continue ahead of the launch of the historic ‘Capital Express’ in September.

Local government 'in need of fresh ideas'

Local Government Business Forum has called the New Zealand Initiative’s latest report a breath of "fresh ideas" in the often stale debate about what is the right size for local authorities.

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