Digital learning essential for jobs and the economy

Young New Zealanders must not be left behind in acquiring digital literacy skills, says BusinessNZ. Commenting on the Education & Science Select Committee’s Inquiry into 21st century learning environments and digital literacy, BusinessNZ Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly said digital capability is a key issue for jobs and the economy.  “Recognising that the school system has […]

Petrol tax increase backed

The Employers and Manufacturers Association is backing the increase in the fuel excise tax over the next three years, as an important and efficient source of revenue for growing the economy. “Raising the excise tax on fuel again is an important investment needed to fund New Zealand’s infrastructure deficit,” said Kim Campbell, EMA’s chief executive. […]

Auckland’s central rail loop must be fast tracked

The argy bargy between Auckland and Wellington over who should decide whether Auckland should complete Auckland’s inner city rail link, or when, is classic comedy, and besides it largely misses the point, says the Employers and Manufacturers Association. EMA’s chief executive Kim Campbell said Transport Minister Gerry Brownlee will win no friends in Auckland with […]

Solid but not spectacular

The service sector remains in expansion mode, but not at the level as last month, according to the BNZ – BusinessNZ Performance of Services Index (PSI). The PSI for November was 54.1. This was down 4.0 points from October, although still higher than results from June to September (A PSI reading above 50.0 indicates that […]

Productivity Commission report fails to fire

A joint study by the Australian and New Zealand Productivity Commissions has failed to respond to the challenge of moving the trans-Tasman relationship to a new level. That is the view of the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum (ANZLF). Strengthening Trans-Tasman Economic Relations has made detailed and in most cases useful recommendations in a range […]

Trans Tasman double taxing of dividends ‘economic colonialism’

  The failure to make a firm recommendation on the mutual recognition of imputation tax credits clouds the value elsewhere in the joint report, Strengthening Trans-Tasman Economic Relations, just released by the Productivity Commissions of New Zealand and Australia. The Employers and Manufacturers Association says the failure not to come out strongly in favour of […]

CER would benefit from tax change

Businesses in New Zealand and Australia want tax changes to get closer to a single economic market, says BusinessNZ.  A joint report released today by the Productivity Commissions of New Zealand and Australia: Strengthening Trans-Tasman Economic Relations recommends many steps to help align the business environments of the two countries. BusinessNZ Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly […]

More of the same

New Zealand’s manufacturing sector continues to meander along in a tight band as we head towards the end of 2012, according to the latest BNZ – BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI). The seasonally adjusted PMI for November was 48.8 (a PMI reading above 50.0 indicates that manufacturing is generally expanding; below 50.0 that it […]

Engineers produce fuel – from the air

It sounded like a dream that could not come true – a price-stable, carbon neutral, almost infinitely available replacement for aviation and motor fuel. And then a small company announced that its engineers had made it happen Ð and had succeeded in creating petrol using just water, electricity and air. AFS readily admits that for […]

Companies leading the way in sustainability

The winners of the Sustainable 60 awards are showing the way for all New Zealand companies, says Penny Nelson, Executive Director of the Sustainable Business Council (SBC).  “The range of innovation was enormous, from Powersmart Solar that has supported Tokelau to become 100% solar powered, to Aohanga Incorporated – a sheep, beef and forestry agribusiness […]