• 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...

    • Posted December 19, 2012
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  • 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...

    • Posted December 19, 2012
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  • 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...

    • Posted December 19, 2012
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  • 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...

    • Posted December 17, 2012
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  • 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...

    • Posted December 13, 2012
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  • 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...

    • Posted December 13, 2012
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  • 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...

    • Posted December 13, 2012
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  • 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...

    • Posted December 13, 2012
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  • 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...

    • Posted December 12, 2012
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  • 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...

    • Posted December 11, 2012
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