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'Major revision' of NZ's overall planning framework needed

"The Productivity Commission’s comprehensive report into land for housing underlines the need for a major revision of New Zealand’s overall planning framework.

Major export award conferred on Sir George Fistonich

Sir George Fistonich, CEO and Founder of Villa Maria Estate, received a very pleasant surprise at the Air New Zealand Cargo Export NZ Auckland Awards last night.

Federated Farmers want to see fine print on raw milk

Federated Farmers wants to see the fine print of the rules around selling raw milk before farmers will know it its worthwhile.

Milford case 'an isolated incident'

Castle Point co-founder Richard Stubbs said today the FMA announcement shows that the Milford situation appears to be a genuinely isolated case.

Synlait announces new partnership

Synlait Milk announced a new partnership with United States company, Munchkin Inc., and a subsequent premium earning milk supply opportunity at its annual milk supply conference held in Christchurch today.

Connor Healthcare withdraws merger appeal

Connor Healthcare Limited (Connor) has withdrawn its appeal to the High Court of the Commerce Commission’s decision declining clearance for it to acquire all of the shares in Acurity Health Group Limited (Acurity) that it did not already own.

Chorus brings Co.Starters programme to NZ

Aspiring entrepreneurs in towns around New Zealand will soon have the opportunity to turn their ideas into sustainable and thriving businesses when an internationally-renowned start-up franchise launches in New Zealand this week.

Weak primary industries slow GDP growth

After a series of strong increases, GDP increased 0.2 percent in the March 2015 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. The lower growth reflected a 2.9 percent fall in primary industries (agriculture, forestry, and mining) - the largest fall since September 2010.

Biggest cruise ship to ever visit Auckland confirmed

Auckland has secured a place in the Royal Caribbean’s Ovation of the Seas 2016/17 itinerary to host what will be the biggest cruise ship to ever visit New Zealand.

Beef + Lamb 'not able to progress JV development model'

Beef + Lamb New Zealand won’t be progressing a joint market development model with meat processors in the next commodity levy cycle from 2016-2022.

PledgeMe 'NZ's busiest equity crowdfunding platform'

In the past week, two equity crowdfunding campaigns on PledgeMe have hit their minimum funding goals and are blazing forward looking for more investors.

Consumers at risk from outdated privacy law - expert

New Zealand’s privacy law is falling behind the rest of the world and threatening consumers’ personal data, according to a leading cyber risk management expert.

Hastings businesses penalised for failure to provide records

The Employment Relations Authority (ERA) has ordered three Hawke’s Bay horticulture contractor businesses to pay a total of $22,500 in penalties for failure to provide employment records to the Labour Inspector.

Oil helps current account deficit narrow

Lower oil prices at the start of 2015 drove a decrease in New Zealand's overseas expenditure in the March 2015 quarter, Statistics New Zealand said today. This helped New Zealand's seasonally adjusted current account deficit fall to $1.8 billion.

Benefit of online visas 'may be negated by travel tax'

Improvements to make visitor visa processing easier and faster risk being negated by the impacts of the Government’s new travel tax, the Tourism Industry Association New Zealand says.

Coca-Cola Amatil to build new manufacturing facility in Auckland

Coca-Cola Amatil New Zealand (CCANZ), the company that makes and sells Coca-Cola drinks and other leading beverages in New Zealand, is establishing a manufacturing operation at The Landing Business Park at Auckland Airport

Black Pearl Mail opens office in Australia

New Zealand-headquartered global software company Black Pearl Mail has opened an office in Sydney reflecting significant demand in Australia for its unique product that enhances the capabilities of email as a business tool.

Entries open for NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards

The Sustainable Business Network (SBN) announced today that entries are now open for the 2015 NZI Sustainable Business Network Awards.

Mint Asset Management appoints new chairman

Funds management company Mint Asset Management (Mint) is pleased to announce the appointment of Mark Todd to the role of Chairman.

EPA seeks submissions on Chemical Review 2012-2014

The Environmental Protection Authority (EPA) is calling for submissions on its application for a modified reassessment of a range of substances under its Chemical Review 2012-2014.

Airways lands major China contract

Airways New Zealand has signed an agreement with China’s Civil Aviation Second Research Institute (CASRI) to distribute its air traffic control training simulators throughout China.

Geoff Burns appointed as chair of Bachcare

Independent tourism sector director and advisor Geoff Burns has been appointed as the new chair of Bachcare Limited. Bachcare is New Zealand’s leading full-service holiday home rental company and manages over 1,100 holiday homes throughout New Zealand.

Abano names Richard Keys as new CEO

Abano Healthcare Group (ABA:NZX) announced today that Richard Keys, the company’s Chief Operating Officer and Chief Financial Officer, has been appointed Chief Executive.

1000 new homes for Auckland at Hobsonville

Building and Housing Minister Dr Nick Smith today welcomed the decision by the Hobsonville Land Company (HLC) to bring forward the development of 1000 new homes at Hobsonville Point in Auckland.

IATA clarifies Cabin OK initiative

The International Air Transport Association (IATA) issued comments clarifying key elements of its Cabin OK initiative which have been misunderstood in some reporting.

INZBC applauds codeshare announcement

The India New Zealand Business Council (INZBC) applauds the announcement today by Air New Zealand (NZ) and Air India (AI) of an agreement to codeshare on either airlines flights.

Elders Primary Wool announce name change to CP Wool

Elders Primary Wool has today announced they will change their brand name to CP Wool from September 2015. The brand name change follows the 50 per cent acquisition of the Elders New Zealand business by South Island based Carr Group.

Food prices up 0.4 percent in May

In May 2015, food prices rose 0.4 percent, Statistics New Zealand said today. This follows a 0.3 percent fall in April and a 0.1 percent rise in March. "Higher food prices in May were influenced by seasonally higher prices for fresh vegetables," prices manager Chris Pike said.

'Minor dip' in manufacturing sector's level of expansion

New Zealand’s manufacturing sector experienced another minor dip in its level of expansion during May, according to the latest BNZ - BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI).

Air NZ appoints world renowned wine consultants

Air New Zealand has appointed two of the world’s leading wine judges and commentators to its wine selection programme.

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