Mar 01, 2018 - Some 250 senior Australian and New Zealand business and community leaders, twelve Government Ministers and two Prime Ministers will meet in Sydney this Friday, 2nd March, to identify ways to strengthen the trans-Tasman relationship.
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Industry interest in the announcement that Napier-based business site MSCNewswire routinely achieved more than one million visits a month has prompted the site's proprietors to publish a confirming certificate (pictured) from iSystems, also of Napier, the hosts of the site.
Feb 22, 2018 - Christopher Pyne believes Lockheed Martin Australia has “cemented its ongoing commitment to Australia’s defence industry” after the opening of its new Australia and New Zealand headquarters in Canberra.
Feb 22, 2018 - Parcelport is an Auckland, New Zealand based logistics software company, and is in the process of expanding its business into Southeast Asia, preliminarily planning to set up an office in Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia, mainly as their CEO, Jimmy Wu has several contacts there, and also because it is close to Singapore where he may be able to raise capital. Another good reason for moving to Malaysia is that there are also government centres which assist with foreign investment.
Parcelport is a privately held company and they recently partnered with global transport and logistics group TNT to service New Zealand exporters, and they also recently closed a funding round with Zino Ventures and Ice Angles. The proceeds are funding the expansion and allowing it to consolidate and grow its business in New Zealand.
Next up for the company’s expansion are Indonesia, Thailand and Vietnam, countries which have been chosen owing to the expansion of their middle class. Southeast Asia also has a strong emerging e-commerce market selling to North America, Europe and China, which Parcelport is working to service.
Parcelport’s point of difference is that it focuses on servicing small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) while its larger competitors focus on bigger businesses. The way this works is than an SME places its customer’s consignment order with Parcelport which would assign the job to the appropriate courier company for delivery. Parcelport calculates the freight cost, prints tickets and shipping labels for the courier, and tracks the delivery.
Wu founded the company in 2011 which now has 10 employees in its Auckland office, and its customer engagement is contracted out to a local contact centre, so for more information on courier services NZ, pay as you go couriers and parcel post NZ please go to http://www.parcelport.co.nz
Feb 22, 2018 - A leading economist saysNew Zealanders will have to wait until later in the year to see where the needle settles on the government’s ‘superficial change v substantive change’ spectrum.
Dr Ganesh Nana, chief economist at BERL, says either way the longer-term case for change, along with external influences, will continue to question the strength of the foundations of New Zealand’s recent charmed economic ride.
Dr Nana will give a keynote presentation at a NZ Health IT (NZHIT) event in Auckland next Tuesday, February 27. He says the new government has styled itself as the government of change. But, will it be superficial or substantive?
“For businesses in the health sector, the shift beyond GDP (as a measure of prosperity) means access is also important. Suggested measures incorporate a four capitals approach where inclusion is part of social capital. Is there trust and are there institutions enabling communities to enjoy as well as contribute to broader wellbeing?
“Are communities able to access services, or are some excluded? Will the much-vaunted technology advances maintain, enable and improve broad access to health services, or improve services for select proportion of the population as others experience depleted services?
“The capability and capacity of homecare and aged care workforce prompts similar questions as to whether services are inclusive or exclusive to groups in the community.
“In other sectors the overall case for change is clear, though not widely accepted. While New Zealand’s economic growth story has been enviable at the headline level, the sustainability of the drivers - dairy, tourism and immigration - was always questionable.
“The side-effects of deteriorating water quality in rivers and streams, strained regional tourism infrastructure, and housing shortages have increased the prominence of these questions.
“The affordability of maintaining local infrastructure in the face of static or declining ratepayer base, accentuates long-term sustainability questions.
“Workforce numbers and skills continue to dog the economic story, with productivity and per-capita growth noticeably less impressive. The concentration of the distribution of prosperity has strained some social indicators.
“Ageing demographics call into question the long-term viability of government finances then there are external influences such as geo-political instability, such as BREXIT, US, China, Korea, Russia, Persian Gulf, trade barriers; climate change, robotics and synthetic foods.
“The fundamental economic strategy based on low inflation and low wages, with an increasingly large safety net required by government is not delivering the results desired by many.
“The new government has signalled changes in the form of larger transfers to lower income families, higher minimum wage, regional development boost, research and development incentives and house building. These appear more of the same, but perhaps superficial rather than substantive changes in economic framework or strategy.”
Dr Nana says changes around monetary and tax policy remain in the wait and see category. Potentially substantive changes lie in the performance indicators associated with the Living Standards Framework to be incorporated in forthcoming Budget announcements.
Measuring economic performance via indicators beyond GDP growth have the potential to require more balanced investment and policy actions.
Treasury drafts favour a four capitals approach – financial/physical capital, human capital, natural capital and social capital, he says.
“While in line with including child poverty targets in the Public Finance Act, the extent of and appetite for incorporating the ‘4 capitals’ approach into the NZ economic and policy framework will determine whether this is substantive or superficial.”
Feb 20, 2018 - E tū is extremely disappointed with the confirmation today that the plastic card manufacturer, ABCorp is to close its Christchurch plant. About 50 workers will lose their jobs after the company confirmed it was moving operations at the plant to Australia.