Business

PGG Wrightson reaffirms 2015 earnings growth

22 Dec 2014 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk PGG Wrightson reaffirms 2015 earnings growthBy Suze MetherellDec. 22 (BusinessDesk) - PGG Wrightson, the rural services firm controlled by China's Agria Corp, has affirmed expectations... more

GPG gets warning notice over Coats pension scheme

22 Dec 2014 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk GPG gets warning notice over Coats pension schemeBy Paul McBethDec. 22 (BusinessDesk) - Guinness Peat Group has received a warning notice over its Coats Pension Plan from the UK Pensions... more

NZ regulator clears Fletcher of anti-competitive behaviour

22 Dec 2014 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk NZ regulator clears Fletcher of anti-competitive behaviour in plasterboard marketBy Jonathan UnderhillDec. 22 (BusinessDesk) - The Commerce Commission says it found no evidence that... more

Abano lifts 1H profit 51% as dental revenue grows

22 Dec 2014 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk Abano lifts 1H profit 51% as dental revenue grows, audiology turns aroundBy Paul McBethDec. 22 (BusinessDesk) - Abano Healthcare, the listed healthcare investor, boosted first-half profit... more

NZ dollar edges up as yields remain attractive

22 Dec 2014 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk NZ dollar edges up as yields remain attractiveBy Paul McBethDec. 22 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand dollar edged up against the greenback as traders seek higher yielding assets heading... more

Martin Jetpack reviews ASX listing as Chinese investor commi

19 Dec 2014 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk Martin Jetpack reviews ASX listing as Chinese investor commits A$50M By Pattrick SmellieDec. 19 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand jetpack maker, Martin Aircraft Co, has secured more than twice... more

MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares follow global rally, led by Fletcher

19 Dec 2014 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk MARKET CLOSE: NZ shares follow global rally, led by FletcherBy Paul McBethDec. 19 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand shares joined in a global rally which started on Wall Street and continued... more

NZ dollar at 11-month high vs. Aussie dollar

19 Dec 2014 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk NZ dollar at 11-month high vs. Aussie dollarBy Paul McBethDec. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The New Zealand dollar rose to an 11-month high against its trans-Tasman counterpart as investors weigh... more

Auckland convention centre cost jumps by a fifth

19 Dec 2014 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk Auckland convention centre cost jumps by a fifthBy Paul McBethDec. 19 (BusinessDesk) - SkyCity Entertainment Group, the casino and hotel operator, is in talks with the government on how... more

Tweaked Connor bid clears Acurity takeover

19 Dec 2014 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk Tweaked Connor ownership soothes regulator's concerns in Acurity takeoverBy Paul McBethDec. 19 (BusinessDesk) - The Commerce Commission has signed off a takeover bid for Acurity Health... more

Flavell to push law review to drive Maori agribusiness

19 Dec 2014 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk Minister Flavell to push law review to drive Maori agribusinessBy Paul McBethDec. 19 (BusinessDesk) - Maori Development Minister Te Ururoa Flavell expects to table legislation in the... more

US start-up accelerator Y Combinator invests in GlassJar

19 Dec 2014 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk US start-up accelerator Y Combinator invests in Canterbury software companyBy Fiona RotherhamDec. 19 (BusinessDesk) - US start-up accelerator Y Combinator is investing in kiwi software... more

NZ business confidence eases in December, still buoyant

19 Dec 2014 Business News
By Paul McBeth Dec. 19 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand business confidence slipped in December, while staying largely upbeat, as inflation remains tame in spite of a growing economy and exporters see improving... more

Steel & Tube mulls position on Lewis Holdings judgment

19 Dec 2014 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk Steel & Tube mulls position as interim judgment finds in favour of Lewis HoldingsBy Suze MetherellDec. 19 (BusinessDesk) - Steel & Tube Holdings is considering its legal position... more

Xero's former chief revenue officer moves to Trade Me

19 Dec 2014 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk   Stuart McLean moves to Trade Me as Xero ditches chief revenue role By Suze Metherell Dec. 19 (BusinessDesk) - Stuart McLean will join the executive team at Trade Me Group, the... more

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News

A summer ‘gift’ for your boatie

19 Dec 2014 News
Helping your friends and family stay safe on the water this holiday season is the gift that lasts a lifetime, Associate Transport... more

Consultation starts on ACC rates for free doctors’ visits

19 Dec 2014 News
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman and ACC Minister Nikki Kaye say consultation starts today on ACC support towards free kids’... more

Business

NZ business confidence eases in December, still buoyant

19 Dec 2014 Business News
By Paul McBeth Dec. 19 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand business confidence slipped in December, while staying largely upbeat, as... more

Xero's former chief revenue officer moves to Trade Me

19 Dec 2014 Business News
Article - BusinessDesk   Stuart McLean moves to Trade Me as Xero ditches chief revenue role By Suze Metherell Dec. 19 ... more

Living

New access system for Te Urewera

19 Dec 2014 Lifestyle
‘Hunters from throughout NZ and especially the North Island, will welcome the start of the new access system for Te... more

Fanzones for Auckland’s non-stop summer

19 Dec 2014 Lifestyle
Auckland will turn on a range of free activities this non-stop summer, with the Dick Smith NRL Auckland Nines Festival and Fanzone,... more

Property

Affordable housing development agreement signed

18 Dec 2014 Property
The Government has signed a development agreement for the construction of 237 homes as part of its affordable housing project on an... more

NZ weekly rents rise 5.3% in November, upward trend slowing

15 Dec 2014 Property
By Paul McBeth Dec. 15 (BusinessDesk) - Median national housing rents rose at an annual pace of 5.3 percent in November, slowing... more

Migration

Immigration rises to a fresh annual record

19 Dec 2014 Migration
Immigration rises to a fresh record, fuelled by returning kiwis, Indian students By Suze Metherell Dec. 19 (BusinessDesk) - New... more

UK pension service Britannia 'pauses' TV ads on FMA warning

19 Dec 2014 Migration
By Suze Metherell Dec. 19 (BusinessDesk) - Britannia Financial Services, a UK pension transfer agency whose advertisements feature... more

Travel

Air New Zealand takes out win on World's Top Ten Airlines

18 Dec 2014 Travel & Tourism
AirlineRatings.com has announced along with its Airline Excellence Awards its Top Ten airlines for 2015. Heading the list is... more

Tourism Holdings lifts annual profit forecast to $17 million

18 Dec 2014 Travel & Tourism
By Suze Metherell Dec. 18 (BusinessDesk) - Tourism Holdings, the biggest campervan rental company in Australia and New Zealand, has... more

Sport

Top local athletes to compete at Colgate Games in Wellington

19 Dec 2014 Sport
The Colgate Games, New Zealand’s biggest annual children’s track and field athletics event, will be held in... more

Badminton Names Bulk of Junior Team for Oceania Champs

19 Dec 2014 Sport
For a number of New Zealand’s brightest young Badminton prospects Christmas and the New Year holiday period just got a little... more

Columns

Gordon Campbell on the Pakistan schoolchildren killings

18 Dec 2014 Column
by Gordon Campbell The slaughter of the children in Pakistan is incomprehensibly awful. On the side, it has thrown a spotlight onto... more

Gordon Campbell on income inequality, and Christmas songs

12 Dec 2014 Column
Article - Gordon Campbell   Gordon Campbell on income inequality, and yo ho ho Christmas songs by Gordon Campbell As 2014... more

Kiwi Success

DreamCatchers launched in UK

18 Dec 2014 People
In association with Kea, The New Zealand High Commission and The New Zealand Society, Dream Catchers was launched at New Zealand House... more

Inspiring Stories :Young Kiwis Making a Difference

8 Dec 2014 People
Wellington, December 8th – At only 15 years old, Auckland student Hunter Williams is the youngest winner of the Inspiring... more

Recruitment

Job ads trending down, says ANZ survey

19 Dec 2014 Recruitment
By Fiona Rotherham Total job advertising has taken an end-of-year dip, falling 0.1 per cent in November after seasonal adjustments,... more

Scheme to fill hard-to-staff health jobs working

18 Dec 2014 Recruitment
Health Minister Jonathan Coleman says a scheme to fill hard-to-staff health roles is making a real difference to the career choices... more