Agriculture forecast to underpin New Zealand’s long term prosperity

New Zealanders involved in food production have a buoyant long term future once the current economic squeeze on the rural sector eases up, according to Agriculture Minister David Carter. Speaking in the latest edition of Bayleys Real Estate’s Country magazine, Mr Cater said that with primary sectors generating around two-thirds of New Zealand’s merchandise export […]

Bumping along the bottom

The latest New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) Survey of Business Conditions completed during February 2010, shows total sales in January 2010 decreased 3% (export sales decreased by 32% with domestic sales increasing 15%) on January 2009. The NZMEA survey sample this month covered NZ$452m in annualised sales, with an export content of 28%. […]

Manufacturing shows the way at EMEX 2010

EMEX 2010 is the show piece for the latest manufacturing equipment and technology for New Zealand businesses. Companies have taken the opportunity to display to decisionmakers some of the “goods” available to assist them maintain their competitiveness and move ahead in local and overseas markets. There is a belief that  manufacturing is starting to hold […]

PlanetSolar Superyacht Designed by Kiwi Firm

When a German businessman set his sights on building a solar-powered boat to circumnavigate the globe, he called on Kiwi design company LOMOcean to make it happen. PlanetSolar Auckland-based LOMOcean naval architects and yacht designers drew up plans for the radical $NZ36 million PlanetSolar superyacht, which is due to set off on a world-first, solar-powered, […]

The Snowball: Warren Buffett and the Business of Life

When I first heard that Alice Schroeder was writing a biography of Warren Buffett, I was excited. Buffett knows Ms. Schroeder well, and had given her extensive interviews and unprecedented access to his records — this was sure to be the definitive tome on one of the richest and most ethical people in the world. […]

Opportunities exist everywhere

With the recent disruption to the world’s aviation industry caused by the Norwegian volcanic eruptions, we known that anything is possible to cripple the world economy and our freedom of movement. Let’s face it the last 18 months have been a devil of a time for peace of mind and financial security. About the only […]