Over 100 mainly tomato hot-house gardeners and distribution workers will walk off the job for 24 hours (4am Monday 24th to 4am Tuesday 25th) over bleak pay and the company refusing to come to the table to address worker's concerns. Workers at the nine striking sites will also picket each main site; the five Auckland sites gathering at the Favona site and an individual picket at every other site outside of Auckland (Ohaupo, Reporoa, Palmerston North and Christchurch). The pickets will begin at 7am, media are invited to attend. Bargaining began in February with FIRST Union workers seeking a national…
Auckland International Airport plans to sell up to $175 million of six-year fixed-rate bonds to institutional and retail investors as it seeks to help fund its biggest ever infrastructure spending programme.
The Tax Working Group (TWG)'s "Future of Tax" interim report is 188 pages long. There have been (and there will be) many hundreds more pages written about the findings. (Newsroom has written a few.) And that's even before the full report comes out in February next year.
Gross Domestic Product statistics out today are further evidence that business commentators’ attempts to darken economic and political confidence are out of step with reality, Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff says.
The rigorous process to look at the risks around the three re-entry options being considered for the Pike River Mine has turned up no “showstoppers”, Pike River Recovery Agency Chief Executive Dave Gawn says.
Amazon dipping its toes into the insurance market in India may likely have ripples effects for New Zealand, which is seen as a test bed for large organisations looking to try something new. FintechNZ general manager James Brown says insurers in New Zealand hold over $20 billion in assets and over $15 billion in liabilities which are not insignificant amounts. “What this clearly demonstrates is that we are ripe for new emerging technologies. “This decision by Amazon is a serious move by one of the biggest global tech firms and is an indication that they are going after large markets…
A capital gains tax on the sale of investment property, businesses, shares and other assets such as farms is a step closer if the interim report of the Tax Working Group leads to firm recommendations in its final report next February
The latest threat report released by CERT NZ today shows over 700 cyber security incidents were reported from 1 April to 30 June - the largest ever volume for a single quarter – cementing CERT NZ’s role as a central coordinator in New Zealand.
Responding to misinformation around the ERA and MECAs – FIRST Union General Secretary Dennis Maga says the proposed changes of the Employment Relations Amendment Bill reverse much of what has been the erosion of workers’ rights over the last decade and that there’s nothing in the proposed changes that hasn’t been done before in New Zealand.
50 Christchurch workers who restore pallets for the distribution of many of New Zealand’s well-known products and who are striking for the third time until Sunday will be holding a picket today (13/09/2018) over dismal pay and large pay variations between company work sites.
Auckland Council’s Cecilia Tse won the risk management professional of the year award while the council’s risk team won the excellence in developing capability in risk management award at RiskNZ’s annual awards in Auckland today.
Tilt Renewables's independent directors have repeated their advice that shareholders reject a takeover offer from major shareholders Infratil and Mercury NZ, after Tilt announced it has signed a 15-year supply deal with Victoria's state government
The Green Party is welcoming the release of stage one Electricity Price Review report and will continue to push for a transition to 100% renewable energy whilst ensuring fair pricing for houses and businesses alike, Green Party Energy spokesperson Gareth Hughes said today.
Workers at the JNL/ Juken Triboard Wood Products Mill in Kaitaia remain concerned after today’s company announcement that the mill would be undergoing a major upgrade, and around 40 jobs may be on the chopping block.
Nearly a thousand workers covered by collective agreements at Countdown’s distribution centres (in Christchurch, Palmerston North, and Auckland), will see their hourly wage go to a minimum of $25 this year in a new deal that sets a new bench mark for how companies engage labour-hire workers.
Victoria University of Wellington’s new Chair in Regulatory Practice, officially launched yesterday, is set to be New Zealand’s hub for regulatory-related research and learning, and could ensure something like the leaky building crisis never happens again.
Progress continues for Hawke’s Bay Food Innovation Hub Sapere Research Group has been appointed to carry out a feasibility study and business case for the creation of a Hawke’s Bay Food Innovation Hub.
Parliament's education and workforce select committee heeded union submissions on the first tranche of an employment law overhaul which would let the workplace relations minister add new groups to the list of vulnerable employees
Technical mining experts gather in Greymouth for the next two weeks to look at risks involved in each of the three re-entry options the Pike River Recovery Agency is investigating for the Pike River Mine.
Hamish Rutherford reporting in the Sunday Times for Stuff writes that the mood of boardrooms is currently highly pessimistic, which some take as a sign of a slowdown while others claim should be dismissed as a poll by executives of the Labour-led Government.
Steel & Tube Holdings says 71 percent of its deeply discounted 1-for-1.9 pro rata rights offer was taken up by shareholders and the stock has been halt for a shortfall bookbuild to raise another $17.8 million.
Brambles owned CHEP Pallets staff in Christchurch are striking again after FIRST Union members have voted unanimously to walk off the job at the Hornby plant today at 2pm. Striking workers have decided to march to the local shopping mall to draw attention to their struggle for equal pay with CHEP’s Auckland Wiri Plant.
On 19 July 2018 the Minister Responsible for Pike River Re-Entry, Andrew Little, signed off the Agency’s baseline Concept Plan as the basis for further detailed planning and preparatory work on required equipment and infrastructure.
As the title suggests, the prospect of a second-tier patent system in New Zealand failed to advance past first base, with the New Zealand Government halting the progress of the “Advancement Patent” following its first reading. While the prospect of New Zealand having a second-tier patent system appears all but dead and buried for now, the debate both for and against its introduction raises a valid question: Did New Zealand need a second-tier patent system?
Auckland's largest non-bank property financer has over $100m to invest and is eager to support the Government’s highly anticipated KiwiBuild programme but like others in the development sector the lending company is awaiting more detail.
Fisher & Paykel Healthcare expects the cost of contesting the latest patent allegations from rival ResMed will cut annual earnings by as much as $10 million in a far-ranging dispute across multiple jurisdictions
Auckland bus drivers who work for Ritchies Murphy will be picketing again today from 3-5pm as part of strike action. The strike will include a BBQ picket - a few hours out of the day where drivers will walk off the job to have some down time socialising, something they don’t often get to do.
Robotics Plus, a New Zealand agricultural robotics and automation company, today announced it has appointed Dr Matt Glenn as the company’s chief executive officer. The move comes after a period of accelerated growth for Robotics Plus fuelled by industry demand for its innovative horticulture automation technologies.
A life-changing adult learning programme developed by Upskills and biscuit and snacks maker The Griffin’s Foods Company was a category winner at the Diversity Works Awards in Auckland on Wednesday night.
LGNZ welcomes the Government’s response today on delivering better responses to natural disasters and other emergencies, having taken the Technical Advisory Group’s (TAG) recommendations to put safety and wellbeing of New Zealanders at the heart of the emergency management system.
Auckland bus drivers who work for Ritchies Murphy will be picketing from 3-5pm today as part of strike action. The strike will include a picnic picket - a few hours out of the day where drivers will walk off the job to have a BBQ and spend time with family at St Aidens Reserve, Takanini, today Thursday 30th August at 3pm
A Beca-sponsored poll of infrastructure leaders at the recent Infrastructure New Zealand Building Nations Symposium indicates confidence is growing that New Zealand can meet its infrastructure challenges, but suggests there needs to be greater detail shared with industry and the community around plans to address Auckland’s infrastructure needs.
The latest Monthly Regional Tourism Estimates (MRTEs) released today by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) show that tourism expenditure grew in all regions for the year ended July 2018.
50 Christchurch workers who restore pallets for the distribution of many of New Zealand’s well-known products will be striking again tomorrow over low pay and large pay variations between company work sites.
‘Step Up: Developing High Potential Women into the Leaders of Tomorrow’ offers companies the opportunity to invest in the best and brightest female talent by proving them nine months of in-depth training, designed by female business leaders to create female business leaders.
Geneva – The International Air Transport Association (IATA) released data for global air freight markets showing that demand, measured in freight tonne kilometers (FTKs), rose 2.1% in July 2018, compared to the same period the year before. This was the slowest pace of growth seen since May 2016 and well below the five-year average growth rate of 5.1%.
The New Zealand dollar traded in a tight range as investors largely overlooked a speech by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern aimed at stoking flagging business confidence ahead of the latest survey on Thursday . . . . . . >
The Independent Assessment Board which oversees the local government excellence programme CouncilMARK™ has released today the reports of council assessments and ratings for Environment Canterbury and Upper Hutt City Council.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern wants to win over business leaders with a new working group headed by Air New Zealand chief executive Christopher Luxon and sought to ease fears over sector-level collective agreements, saying no more than two will completed . . . . >
Christchurch Airport reports a financial year 2018 (ending 30 June 2018) which saw passenger numbers reach a record 6.87 million (up from 6.57m). Long-haul passenger numbers lead the way with growth of 17% year on year, trans-Tasman passenger numbers grew 5% and domestic passenger numbers grew 4%.
Around 10 concrete truck drivers in Auckland are striking on Monday over long hours, low pay and the exploitation of their fellow migrant workers. The workers will also picket from 9am tomorrow (Monday 26th August) outside Allied Concrete Penrose Plant, 20 Leon Leicester Ave, Mount Wellington, Auckland 1060. Media are invited to attend. The action follows a strike and picket last Friday in Avondale.
50 Christchurch workers who restore pallets for the distribution of many of New Zealand’s well-known products will be striking tomorrow over minimal pay and large pay variations between company work sites.
Christchurch Airport’s position as the South Island’s gateway has gone from strength to strength following a bumper year for visitor arrivals. Official statistics reveal Christchurch Airport’s arrivals growth over the past year was more than twice that of the national growth (8.5% CH v 3.9% NZ). Chief Aeronautical and Commercial Officer, Justin Watson, says the statistics are outstanding and reveal strong growth from all the key visitor markets of Australia (+7.8%), China (+25.0%), Europe (+7.7%) and the United States (+11.8%). “The growth reinforces the collective work we have been doing with the South Island tourism industry and our airline partners…
A “game-changing” new partnership between Victoria University of Wellington’s commercialisation arm, Viclink, and New Zealand financial services company Booster will see Booster invest at least $10 million in businesses spun out of the University’s world-leading research.
Air New Zealand today announced earnings before taxation for the 2018 financial year of $540 million, an increase from the prior year result of $527 million, representing the second highest profit in the airline’s history.
New Zealand’s primary supplier of motorhomes and custom commercial vehicles, Action Manufacturing, which is part of the Tourism Holdings (THL) group of companies, has announced the acquisition of refrigerated truck body and trailer manufacturer Fairfax Industries. Spread across two manufacturing sites in Auckland and Hamilton, Action Manufacturing employs over 200 people has been named the largest vehicle manufacturer in New Zealand. The company is a primary supplier of motorhomes to the New Zealand market as well as specialist vehicles for the medical, emergency, tourism and transport sectors. Fairfax Industries is a leader in the manufacture of refrigerated truck body and…
The number of online job advertisements rose by 0.6 per cent in the month of July 2018 and 7.1 per cent over the year, according to the latest Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) Jobs Online monthly data release.
Comvita, New Zealand’s largest producer and marketer of honey and bee-related products, is reducing its risk and positioning itself for future growth by honing in on where it can get the most bang for its buck
The Council of Trade Unions Secretary Sam Huggard said today that unions were supporting a public health system that listened to and valued the advice of clinicians, in response to the Association of Salaried Medical Specialist’s concerns about our pathology services.
The 19th annual AmCham DHL Express Success & Innovation Awards were held at the Pullman Auckland Hotel last night, with Tourism Holdings winning the Supreme Award for doing business with the United States.
Tonkin + Taylor develops logistics website - In recent years, tropical cyclones, earthquakes and tsunamis have cut a swathe of destruction across the Pacific. Many millions of dollars and tens of thousands of humanitarian aid worker hours have been devoted to recovery efforts.
One of New Zealand’s most established economic research agencies, BERL, will explore the Government’s intention for a Wellbeing Budget next year at its inaugural annual wānanga in Wellington on August 23.
EMA is pleased its long time call for a comprehensive solution to how New Zealand invests in and delivers vital infrastructure projects has made a significant step forward today. Infrastructure Minister, Shane Jones, announced at Infrastructure New Zealand’s Building Nations Symposium a new entity will be established to provide expert advice, planning and strategy to support the delivery of major infrastructure projects across the country. "This has been a long time coming. We commend the Minister for taking the step to effectively create an agency which will have the mandate to pull together the long-term pipeline of our infrastructure needs,"…
Skellerup Holdings, the rubber goods manufacturer best known throughout rural New Zealand for its iconic 'red band' gumboot, lifted annual profit to a record as both its industrial and agri divisions boosted earnings. The shares hit a new high
"Wage growth was still slow over the last year, and though for some it picked up a little from the year before, it is uneven," says CTU Economist Bill Rosenberg commenting on the Labour Markets (Income) statistics released by Statistics New Zealand this morning. Average hourly wages grew 3.1% in the year to June, more than the 2.3% growth last year, while the median (middle) hourly wage grew only 2.9%, which is less than the 3.4% growth last year. "While this period includes a strong increase in the minimum wage on 1 April and the care and support pay equity…
Council of Trade Unions Acting President Rachel Mackintosh said that updated figures out today from Statistics New Zealand show that women are still not being paid their worth and employers are not complying with current equal pay law.
Top three mainland developer China Vanke had a busy month in July, spending more than RMB 25.4 billion to add 33 new real estate projects around the country as it pushed to expand its land bank via project acquisitions in Shanghai, Dongguan, Hangzhou and other locations. Along with the developer’s purchase of land for residential, office and retail development, however, Vanke also expanded its logistics holdings in China by purchasing Swire Cold Chain Logistics from Hong Kong-listed Swire Pacific for just less than RMB 2 billion ($291 million). With the RMB 1.998 billion acquisition of Swire’s set of refrigerated shipping…
Annual revenue and profit are up for transport company Freightways, which remains on the acquisition and expansion trail having bought four small Australian companies for $9.8million reports Simon Hartley in the ODT.
BlueScope Steel's two Kiwi businesses, New Zealand Steel and Pacific Steel, delivered an 84 percent lift in underlying earnings in the year to June 30, outstripping strong gains across the rest of the multi-national Sydney-based business and delivering th
Duncan Coull, Chairman of the Fonterra Shareholders’ Council, has expressed his absolute disappointment with today’s Board decision to reduce the 2017/18 forecast Farmgate Milk Price by five cents to $6.70 per kg/MS in order to support the balance sheet, and the decision to retain more of the Co-op’s earnings which will likely see no further dividend payment to Shareholders over the 10 cents distributed earlier in the year.
The role of small business in the economy is to be enhanced with a new strategy to drive performance and better connect small and medium enterprises with government, large businesses and research institutions.
On August 3, 2018, New Zealand’s primary workplace health and safety regulator announced it would only investigate bullying in the workplace if the victim has been diagnosed as being seriously mentally harmed.
The Government has announced their Mana in Mahi – Strength in Work Scheme, which will provide support payments equivalent to the persons benefit to employers who take on apprentices aged 18 to 24 years, who have been on a benefit for six or more months.
Fonterra Cooperative Group's 2018 earnings may differ from its previous guidance, the country's dominant dairy company said today. Its securities trading on the NZX and ASX have been halted while it crunches the numbers, with an update expected tomorrow . . . .
Newly appointed KiwiRail chair Greg Miller has also been appointed to a five-member working group charged with writing a new upper North Island supply chain strategy to guide the government's desire to integrate port, rail and road transport infrastructure planning for the country's economic and population epicentre.
Seequent, (formerly ARANZ Geo) a developer of revolutionary visual data science software, has been named a finalist in the LPC Champion Medium/ Large Exporter category in the Westpac Champion Business Awards 2018.
A smart watch company co-founded by Sir Ray Avery has launched its wristwear-cum-personal alarm products - albeit without the functions envisioned when the business won a high tech award and $10 million total investments from Spark and Bupa reports Eloise Gibson for Newsroom.
This year’s finalists for the Westpac Champion Business Awards were announced tonight at a function hosted by the Ara Institute of Canterbury at the new Kahukura Building (Engineering and Architectural Studies) located on the Ara Campus.
Steel & Tube Holdings attracted several new investors in the first tranche of a deeply discounted $80.9 million capital raise, which it will use to shore up its balance sheet in a wider restructuring of the steel building products supplier . . . . .
The government is pumping another $3.9 million of co-funding into 19 projects that range from improving the range of electric camper vans to building a series of charging stations as part of its goal to get 64,000 electric vehicles on the road by 2021 . . . . .
In blocking former Leader of the Opposition and Reserve Bank Governor Don Brash from speaking on campus tomorrow, Massey University disgraces an important tradition of free speech on university campuses and a fundamental tenet of a liberal democracy.
Steel & Tube Holdings, the steel supplier whose shares have lost almost a third of their value this year, plans to raise about $80.9 million to repay debt and strengthen its balance sheet as it restructures its business under new management . . . . .
The Government has formally launched its Trade for All agenda, with Jacinda Ardern saying the public’s confidence in trade must be rebuilt. Just another working group, or a savvy play to win back business confidence? Sam Sachdeva reports for Newsroom.
Ten leading businesses are backing a new diagnostic study of New Zealand’s entire plastic packaging system. The work will identify key challenges and interventions for the adoption of a circular economy approach to plastics.
TruRating, who are live in New Zealand, are customer experience experts specializing in point-of-sale customer feedback solutions, and Datacap Systems, the leading integrated payments middleware provider, announced today that TruRating will be launched on Datacap’s point-of-sale platform in Q3 2018.
A pair of family-run Hawke's Bay businesses will be bidding for international attention following big wins at the annual ExportNZ Hawke's Bay ASB Exporter of the Year awards.Woodcut Tools and Rocket-it-Board
The war of tariffs kicked off by the Trump administration’s imposition of aluminium and steel duties earlier this year has put the squeeze on Canadian microbreweries, leading some to cut production for lack of aluminium beer cans.
Tapware designer Methven's shares lifted 5 percent after news it has inked a deal with China's Jiangsu RuiZhiShang Building Materials Company to use its shower technology in a series of key projects over the next decade
Murray Sherwin, Chair of the New Zealand Productivity Commission, welcomes a new project with the Australian Productivity Commission into Growing the digital economy and maximising opportunities for small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs).
PGG Wrightson has agreed to sell its seed and grain business to Danish cooperative DLF Seeds for $421 million in cash and $18 of debt repayment, and signalled it may return up to $292 million to its shareholders . . . . .
A major upgrade to Auckland’s main water treatment plant in Mangere took top honours at the Civil Contractors New Zealand’s (CCNZ) national awards in Hamilton last night. Other awards went to projects across the country, ranging from the Chatham Islands to the banks of the Waikato River.
"Alan Hill pay your bills." Aviv Jones of family trucking business Trucks 4 Hire couldn't be clearer on what she expects from the director of Intercivil, a civil construction business, which was put into receivership by the BNZ, and then liquidation by the courts.
The Gisborne-based business was presented with the award by the Head of Trade Finance at ASB Bank, Mike Atkins, at the sold-out awards dinner last night at the Napier Conference Centre. Earlier in the evening, Cedenco had won the inaugural T&G Global Best Medium to Large Exporter Award. An impressive commitment to product development and innovation has seen fruit and vegetable manufacturer Cedenco Foods New Zealand named as ExportNZ Hawke’s Bay ASB Exporter of the Year. The Gisborne-based business was presented with the award by the Head of Trade Finance at ASB Bank, Mike Atkins, at the sold-out awards dinner…
Today, at the Future of Work Tripartite Forum’s first meeting, the group endorsed a proposal by The Manufacturers’ Network to run a pilot programme investigating the Skills Shift in the manufacturing sector.
The government's first tripartite 'Future of Work' forum, bringing together policymakers, business leaders and unionists, discussed upcoming education needs and ways to overcome the country's lacklustre productivity . . . . . .
A micro-credential system introduced by the New Zealand Qualifications Authority will help ensure that New Zealand businesses can access employees with the skills they need in a world that is rapidly changing, says BusinessNZ.
Tourism New Zealand is heralding new opportunities for associations, academia and professional conference organisers to work together to promote New Zealand as a business events destination favoured by Asia Pacific organisations.
Economists are tipping the second-quarter unemployment rate to remain steady but some say Wednesday's data may point to signs of wage inflation as the impact of a lift in minimum wage kicks in and migration continues to slow . . . .
Many owners underestimate how much work goes into running their own small firm, research finds. Being a small business owner is a lonely position to be in says the new chief executive of Business Mentors New Zealand.
New Zealand has tumbled from top to bottom of the OECD business confidence rankings with the most recent data revealing New Zealand has the second lowest level of business confidence in the developed world, National’s Finance Spokesperson Amy Adams says.
“The importance and value of arm’s length infrastructure advice to Government to assist infrastructure decision-making will be the keynote topic at this year’s Building Nations Symposium,” says Stephen Selwood CEO of Infrastructure New Zealand.
Head of Biosecurity New Zealand, Roger Smith, and Deputy Secretary responsible for Australian biosecurity, Lyn O’Connell, meet in Canberra yesterday to exchange letters of cooperation between the two countries on exploring emerging technologies to better manage biosecurity risk.
As the major shareholder in iconic New Zealand smallgoods manufacturer Hellers, we are very pleased to inform you that Hellers has acquired Moira Mac’s, a leading Australian manufacturer of chilled, ready-to-eat poultry.
The value of annual imports rose $374 million more than exports, pushing the June 2018 annual trade deficit to $4.0 billion, Stats NZ said today. This is the largest trade deficit for a June year in a decade.
new zealandThe deadly lung disease striking down tradies in Australia is said to be looming over New Zealand too. There has been an alarming spike in cases among Aussie tradies believed to be linked to silicosis – a toxic dust dubbed "the new asbestos".
LINX Cargo Care Group, and its subsidiary C3 Limited, announced today that it has been successful in its bid to acquire Pedersen Group, a market leading provider of wood chipping and woodyard management services to pulp and paper mills, and forest owners in Australia and New Zealand.
With the Government coming under increasing pressure to loosen its self-imposed fiscal cap and borrow to fund the public service in particular, the EMA encourages the Minister of Finance to hold tight to the pledge that has been made.
Smiths City Group will make sure its 591 workers are all earning at least the living wage from October and will let employees use a day of sick leave every year for their own well-being as the retailer works harder to get onside with its staff
Funds from the sale of Hawkins Construction to Downer EDI were recycled back into the leftover businesses to settle a claim on a major project, wind down the remaining projects, and prepare for a growing number of legal disputes, the receiver says
E tū is welcoming the decision of the Court of Appeal to turn down an appeal application from global airline catering company LSG SkyChefs, cementing an important legal victory for New Zealand workers.
EMA believes the series of recent business-related commentary on low productivity, business confidence dropping and inflation rising, adds to its call for a rethink on the Employment Relations Amendment Bill and other industrial relations legislation.
Extending its antipodean buying spree, Logos Property has agreed to acquire a 10-hectare site in Auckland to develop a 55,000-square-metre logistics facility. The deal, the first in the country for the regional warehouse developer, comes after a rush of transactions in Australia and amid intense competition and fast growth.
The establishment of the Climate Leaders Coalition, a joint initiative of sixty New Zealand businesses who together represent just under half of this country’s emissions, is an unprecedented move towards solving climate change.
The Reserve Bank is recruiting for a new Head of Communications following Mike Hannah’s decision to leave the role after 16 years of service. Mr Hannah will remain with the Reserve Bank as Board Secretary, and is pursuing other opportunities.
LOGOS has announced that it is expanding its Asia Pacific business into New Zealand with the acquisition of a property in Auckland from Fletcher Concrete and Infrastructure Limited, a subsidiary of Fletcher Building.
Steel & Tube Holdings' new chief executive Mark Malpass says the company paid too much enter the irrigation sector, struggled to compete against bigger rivals and ended up writing off its investment to return focus to its core steel business
What would happen to the banking system if a downturn in the Chinese economy caused a fall in New Zealand exports, rising unemployment, falling house prices, and three years of low payment to dairy farmers?
Air New Zealand has slammed the "ravages of airport pricing behaviour" in New Zealand in support of changes to the Commerce Act it says would help curb airport owners' charging and cut air travel costs for passengers
New Zealand farmer confidence slid in the past quarter amid concern about the impact of Mycoplasma bovis cattle diseaseon the country’s agricultural sector, with the number of farmers expecting conditions to improve now only just outweighing those
Seven out of 10 Kiwi businesses want New Zealand to take action on limiting greenhouse gas emissions, though there’s less agreement on the way to achieve it, a survey of more than 1,200 business leaders commissioned by Westpac Banking Corp showed
New Zealand Post, the national postal service first established in 1840, is undergoing the biggest upheaval in its history as technological change reduces letter volumes and stokes demand for parcel services, which are often more expensive to manage
Ensuring that employment practices are free from gender bias, that pay rates are transparent and that the role of unpaid work is finally recognised, are among new Principles launched today to help workers and employers eliminate the gender pay gap in the state sector.
E tū says thousands of its members are expected to benefit from the Government’s Families Package, which cames into effect 1 july. The package includes: widening eligibility for key benefits including Working for Families which will increase for many wider access to the Accommodation supplement and an increase for eligible people in expensive locations such as Auckland and Hamilton a Winter Fuel benefit A lift in the Family Tax Credit and an increase in the abatement threshold. Best Start payments for families with a new baby. The implementation of the package also coincides with the extension of Paid Parental Leave…
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Fair Labor Association (FLA), a collaborative effort among brands, universities and civil society organizations to improve working conditions and protect workers’ rights, announced today that New Zealand outerwear brand Kathmandu Holdings and Pou Chen Group – a leading footwear manufacturer in Taiwan – have received accreditation for their social compliance programs. Each company was recognized for advancements in their social compliance programs that work to uphold fair labor standards in their supply chains.
The Reserve Bank today announced the 2019-2020 dates for releasing its quarterly Monetary Policy Statements (MPS), Official Cash Rate (OCR) decisions, and the six-monthly Financial Stability Reports (FSR).
The government is looking at giving commercial property developers access to finance at low interest rates if they build vital infrastructure to support new homes, says housing and urban development minister Phil Twyford
Ravensdown, the farmer-owned fertiliser cooperative, expects its new aerial imaging tool to be commercially available within two years, opening the door to what it calls “soil testing from the sky”. . . .
EMA is asking the coalition Government MPs to explain how the old world thinking of the proposed Employment Relations Amendment Bill will deliver the productive, high growth economy they say they want.
The Serious Fraud Office and Reserve Bank of New Zealand are each investigating matters relating to CBL Insurance and associated entities. The Reserve Bank is co-operating with the Serious Fraud Office investigation. The Reserve Bank is also co-operating with the Financial Markets Authority’s investigation relating to issues of market conduct and disclosure by CBL Corporation. No further comment on these investigations will be made at this time. Further reporting: ShareChat
New Zealand's regional economic confidence rose marginally in the quarter ending June, with only six of the country's 11 regions showing an improvement over the previous quarter, as pessimism in Auckland grew and optimism cooled in three key dairy and oil . . .
Trade Me CEO Jon Macdonald has announced he intends to step away from the company in approximately six months. This will bring to a close a tenure that started in 2003, including more than a decade as CEO.
The BusinessNZ Planning Forecast for the June 2018 quarter shows that though many key economic indicators remain on the positive side of the ledger, there are a number of risks that could undermine what is currently a generally healthy outlook.
New Zealand structural log prices rose to the highest level for 25 years as local mills compete with the export market to secure supply for the domestic construction market amid strong demand from China . . .
Air New Zealand’s latest initiative to reduce inflight waste has seen more than 132 tonnes diverted from landfill in its first nine months – the equivalent weight of three of the airline’s A320 aircraft.
Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff today congratulated the Government, the Public Service Association and E tū - and also providers - on a deal that rightly puts mental health and addiction support workers back into the pay equity settlement they were left out of last year.
Steel & Tube Holdings said it agreed to a $21.1 million sale-and-leaseback deal of its Blenheim Road property in Christchurch, a key distribution hub for the company, as part of its restructuring efforts to raise working capital and pay down debt
Fletcher Building's outgoing chair Ralph Norris announced the board's audit and risk committee chair Bruce Hassall will succeed him when he steps down from the troubled building company in September . . .
Fletcher Building chief executive Ross Taylor said the company expects to take restructuring charges of $85 million to $95 million in its 2018 results as it moves to a decentralised operating model with more divisions and will also write down the value of its Rocla and Roof Tile businesses.
Fonterra Cooperative Group is satisfied Beingmate Baby & Child Food is taking the right steps to deal with a labelling issue after getting caught out in a widespread audit by Chinese regulatory authorities
Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters doubled down on last week's New Zealand First party attacks on the performance and leadership of Fonterra, saying the country's largest business was costing the economy more than $2 billion from food safety and animal . . .
Bunnings, the hardware chain owned by Australia's Wesfarmers, will pay more than $11 million to 12,235 New Zealand past and current employees after identifying mistakes in implementing the Holidays Act 2003
The rapid rise of tech companies working in the insurance market and investment by traditional insurance firms into new advanced technologies is expected to lead to better deals for customers in coming years, InsurTechNZ chair Jason Roberts says.
Seed funding of $US20 million ($NZ28.5 million) has been secured by Australian company Plaman Global, which is proposes to mine more than 30 million tonnes of a rare organic black diatomite near Middlemarch, Central Otago. Diatomite is processed into fertiliser pellets.
The Council of Trade Unions President Richard Wagstaff congratulated Living Wage Aotearoa and the Government for moving to a living wage of at least $20.55 an hour by the first of September for all people employed in the core public service.
Energy and Resources Minister Megan Woods has defended the government’s decision not to issue new offshore oil and gas exploration permits despite it going against official advice, saying she didn’t think officials had taken into account the changing world we live in.
The Commerce Commission has opened an investigation to determine whether Fulton Hogan's proposed acquisition of Stevenson Group construction materials business will lessen competition in any relevant market
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Emirates SkyCargo, the freight division of Emirates and the largest international cargo airline, has signed an MoU with Cainiao Smart Logistics Network Ltd. ("Cainiao"), the logistics arm of the Alibaba Group, to jointly facilitate the delivery of cross-border parcels as Cainiao looks to expand its global logistics infrastructure with Dubai as a hub.
Danone plans to increase its investment in New Zealand infant formula manufacturing by acquiring up to 49 percent of Yashili New Zealand Dairy Co, the local unit of China Mengniu Dairy, according to a filing in Hong Kong
Jason Paris, currently Vodafone Group's director for convergence acceleration, Africa, Middle East and Asia Pacific region, will succeed long-serving local head Russell Stanners, who is stepping down from his role as Vodafone New Zealand chief executive at the end of October