• Manufacturers and Exporters welcome changes to apprenticeship scheme

    The New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA) welcome the announced changes to the apprenticeship scheme, particularly the merging of the Modern Apprenticeship fund into one scheme and the increase in funding. “It’s simple, easy to understand,...

    • Posted January 31, 2013
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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 and...

    • Posted January 28, 2013
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  • Holding pattern

    The service sector continues to see its level of expansion slip lower, according to the BNZ – BusinessNZ Performance of Services Index (PSI). The PSI for December was 51.5. This was down 2.7 points from November, following...

    • Posted January 28, 2013
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  • Govt focus right on the money, but…

    Prime Minister Key’s aspirational speech today focuses on what it needs to – the economy, and business applauds that, as far it goes. “Without a doubt the PM’s speech is right in principle to focus on investment,”...

    • Posted January 25, 2013
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  • New Zealand Apprenticeships right approach

    More funding and focus on apprenticeships is the right approach, says BusinessNZ. BusinessNZ Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly says the revamped New Zealand Apprenticeships scheme announced today will help get more people into needed skill areas. “More overall...

    • Posted January 25, 2013
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  • Strong agenda to encourage investment, jobs

    The Government is pressing ahead with a wide range of measures to build a more productive and competitive economy, Prime Minister John Key says. “New Zealand has to be a magnet for investment,” he said in a...

    • Posted January 25, 2013
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  • Deflation spectre portends cut to OCR needed

    In light of the latest CPI result today the Reserve Bank should review how it assesses inflation and cut the official cash rate, the Employers and Manufacturers Association says. “With inflation below the Reserve Bank’s mandated target...

    • Posted January 18, 2013
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  • China begins to lose edge as world’s factory floor

    BEIJING—China is losing its competitive edge as a low-cost manufacturing base, new data suggest, with makers of everything from handbags to shirts to basic electronic components relocating to cheaper locales like Southeast Asia. The shift—illustrated in weakened...

    • Posted January 18, 2013
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  • NZ builders snubbed in construction job ad

    NZ First is outraged an Australian company is looking to import foreign construction workers to New Zealand with the promise of high pay and free food and accommodation, in what looks like a snub to Kiwi builders....

    • Posted January 17, 2013
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  • High interest, high business tax rates penalising investment

    While we do not agree companies operating in New Zealand should aggressively seek to pay the minimum tax possible in New Zealand, this is no time to be signaling we are about to tighten our company tax...

    • Posted January 16, 2013
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