Expansion of education to work schemes encouraging

The Youth Guarantee and other skills training schemes are clearly getting traction so it’s great they’re being expanded and added to, says Kim Campbell, chief executive of the Employers and Manufacturers Association, commenting on the training package announced today.  “We’re much encouraged by the government focus on getting younger people either into skills training or […]

NZ economy – onwards and upwards

The BusinessNZ Planning Forecast shows nearly all key indicators for the economy are positive.  The manufacturing and services sectors continue to show solid growth, international commodity prices remain firm, and business and consumer confidence are high. The construction sector is growing strongly, led by the Christchurch reconstruction and the flow-on effects of building seismic strengthening. […]

Beacon lamps set new benchmark

Hi-Optics Rotating Beacons are described as the new benchmark in emergency/warning lighting. Combining exceptional engineering with the latest in L.E.D technology the warning lamps are as powerful as they are reliable and they are now available in New Zealand. The lamps deliver all the performance attributes of traditional rotating beacons with lighting brilliance and the […]

NZ technology gives better warnings of disasters

An innovative New Zealand-made product is set to give people improved alerts and information about emergencies. When a disaster such as a tsunami or volcanic eruption happens, the Tsunado, a compact plug-in alert radio unit, sounds a loud alarm before tuning into a Civil Defence radio broadcast.Ê It will soon be available for use in […]

Waikato electric car to race the length of Australia

PIC CAP: Waikato engineering students and their supervisor following the big reveal of their electric car: Clockwise from back left, Sam Berkers, Dr Mike Duke Luke Overton (in car), Sam Waetford and Kyle van de Pas.   A group of University of Waikato mechanical engineering students have unveiled their masterpiece – an electric car they […]

Employment law changes

The employment law changes currently before Parliament are part of the catch up process needed to reflect common practices already in place in today’s workplaces, David Lowe, Employment Services Manager for the Employers and Manufacturers Association told Parliament’s Transport Industrial Relations Select Committee. “The present law limiting a worker’s right to discuss flexible working arrangements […]

Lower ACC levies welcome

BusinessNZ has welcomed the prospect of lower ACC levies.  ACC consultation documents show employer, employee and motor vehicle levies are set for reductions of 15 – 17 percent next year.  BusinessNZ Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly says better management of the ACC scheme, based on sound insurance principles, is starting to deliver lower premiums. Experience rating, […]

Tail wind continues

Manufacturing activity continues to push forward with another healthy month of expansion for August, according to the latest BNZ – BusinessNZ Performance of Manufacturing Index (PMI).  The seasonally adjusted PMI for August was 57.5 (a PMI reading above 50.0 indicates that manufacturing is generally expanding; below 50.0 that it is declining). While this was 2.0 […]

Proposed changes to Resource Management Act misunderstood

Chief Executive, Business NZ, Phil O’Reilly, says the proposed reforms are sensible and address a key problem: the RMA is doing a poor job of delivering good decisions that appropriately consider both environmental and development factors. “We need a better decision-making framework so the environment can be protected and development can also occur. “The RMA […]

Employment law changes aim to reflect present workplace practice

 The employment law changes currently before Parliament are part of the catch up process needed to reflect common practices already in place in today’s workplaces, David Lowe, Employment Services Manager for the Employers and Manufacturers Association told Parliament’s Transport Industrial Relations Select Committee today.  “The present law limiting a worker’s right to discuss flexible working […]