$36 million for what?

-Doug Green We sure have had some decent issues to deal with lately – two Christchurch earthquakes, Pike River, collapsed finance companies, the resurgence of Don Brash and  wait for it, money needed for ‘the boats’ (tourism)again. My oh my, what  can we do with $36 million right now? Let’s start with business investment into a […]

Bent but not broken!

A post earthquake survey conducted by the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) shows that most manufacturers are filling their orders. The survey, conducted between the 30th of March and the 8th of April, also found that Canterbury manufacturers were generally pleased with the response of Civil Defence and the Christchurch City Council. NZMEA […]

Earthquakes and dollar fail to rattle PharmaZen

Despite the on-going drag of a stubbornly high New Zealand dollar and the September earthquake, biotechnology company PharmaZen is pleased to report both an increase in volume and profit as well as a lift in confidence for the future. For the 12 months ending December 31, 2010, PharmaZen reported a surplus before tax of $482,338 […]

Tale of two islands for service sector activity

The recent Christchurch earthquake has led to a clear divide in the level of activity between the two main islands, according to the BNZ – BusinessNZ Performance of Services Index (PSI). The PSI for March was 50.8. This was down 0.2 points from February, and the same as the January 2011 result.Ê A PSI reading […]

IMF supports capital controls

 A year ago, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) pointed to the lacklustre performance of those smaller economies fixated on the one lever (interest rates) one target (inflation) approach to monetary policy, now IMF advice is moving towards regulation of capital movements. New Zealand cannot afford to ignore this advice and persist with the failed purist […]

ExportNZ welcomes combined international education agency

ExportNZ says New Zealand’s educational institutions offer a valuable export commodity with great potential for growth. The news that there is to be a dedicated Government agency focussed on maximising its potential is a welcome economic growth initiative. ExportNZ executive director, Catherine Beard says a sector based approach through increased collaboration seems sensible. “As a […]

LanzaTech and LCY to Target Bio-based Chemicals Market

Clean energy technology company LanzaTech is partnering with LCY Chemical Corporation (LCY), one the world’s leading chemical companies, to identify key bio-based chemicals to produce for global fuels and chemicals markets. Dr Jennifer Holmgren, LanzaTech’s chief executive, says the implication from the heads of agreement is LanzaTech’s technology will be able to deliver economic benefit […]

Let’s be realistic

Owen Glenn said what we already know in today’s NZ Herald. NZ doesn’t have the programs in place for economic growth and believes the National government is playing with the economy. He also challenged Don Brash to show how this country is going to catch Australia by 2050. I’d like to know myself, actually. Last […]

“Driving Productivity and Innovation”

We are pleased to invite you to the 2011 Metals New Zealand Industry Conference to be held on the 14th and 15th of April at the Duxton Hotel in Wellington. This event comes as a result of the fantastic success of four previous Metals Industry Conferences with each event attended by well over 300 key […]

The boardroom under scrutiny

Kerry McDonald, chairman of Grant Thornton New Zealand Ltd, looks at the performance, or lack of performance, of company directors. New Zealand company directors – in both the private and public sectors – need to have a much more rigorous and focussed approach to performance if they are to add value, live up to their potential, restore […]