Engineering a new career for young women

Engineering a new career for young women

Welding, polishing and sand blasting were among the daily activities for a group of young women during a recent work placement at Hamilton-based manufacturer, Longveld. The placement is part of a unique training course offered by Wintec and Longveld, aimed at getting more women into engineering. Sixteen young women from Waikato secondary schools are enrolled […]

Better regulation for economic growth

Better regulation for economic growth

Plans to improve New Zealand’s laws and regulations have been welcomed by BusinessNZ. Regulatory Reform Minister Steven Joyce today announced plans to require higher performance from regulators, better processes for reviewing laws and regulations, and removal of redundant laws. New approaches would also be used, including more use of exposure drafts to allow the public […]

Immigration changes a good step, but regional growth strategy needed

Immigration changes a good step, but regional growth strategy needed

The Government’s immigration changes to encourage more skills and entrepreneurs to the regions is a good step forward and will help address regional skill shortages. However, a wider regional growth strategy is needed to bring new life and sustainable growth and opportunities to the regions, say the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA). NZMEA […]

New safety bill more practical

New safety bill more practical

New legislation for health and safety is being made more practical, says BusinessNZ. Changes to the Health and Safety Reform Bill announced today will help small businesses, farmers and others provide safer workplaces, BusinessNZ Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly said. The Bill had been delayed over concerns including the workability of the law in workplaces where […]

EMA welcomes small business tax focus

EMA welcomes small business tax focus

The Employment and Manufacturers Association (EMA) is welcoming a cross-party political focus on issues affecting small business. EMA CEO Kim Campbell says with three separate parties issuing similar small business tax policies in recent weeks, small business is finally getting some of the attention it needs. “The IRD issued a Green Paper a few weeks […]

NZ manufacturing activity up in June

NZ manufacturing activity up in June

New Zealand manufacturing activity increased in June, snapping three months of decline, as a weaker dollar supported exporters in the sector. The BNZ BusinessNZ performance of manufacturing index rose to a seasonally adjusted 55.2, the highest level since February, and up from 52 in May. All components were in expansion, with readings above 50. The performance […]

Keep the interest rate cuts coming

Today’s inflation release by Statistics New Zealand showed a Consumer Price Index (CPI) increase of 0.3% annually and 0.4% on last quarter; inflation continues to come in at well below the Reserve Bank of New Zealand’s (RBNZ) target band of 1% to 3% over the medium term – more cuts are justified and helpful to […]

Outsourced work coming back from AsiaF

Outsourced work coming back from AsiaF

By Doug Green, Publisher, NZ Manufacturer Sam Fulton, Sales and Marketing Director for wire loom manufacturer Fero sees specialist high-tech manufacturers benefiting from New Zealand businesses bringing their outsourced work back from Asia. “It is easy to be beguiled by what on the surface appears to be a low price, but buying at the cheapest […]

GMP Dairy to develop Chinese market further

GMP Dairy to develop Chinese market further

In the picture -From left to right: MP Jami-Lee Ross, Evergrande Dairy Chairman Mr Xu Wen, Economic Development Minister Hon Steven Joyce, Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in NZ Mr Zhang Fan and Korea Trade Commission Business Manager Ms Kim Kelly. The current dairy business climate is both challenging and promising, because […]

Defining High-Tech Manufacturing- Does it Matter?

Defining High-Tech Manufacturing- Does it Matter?

By Dieter Adam, Chief Executive, New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association. I recently spent time in Wellington, meeting members and officials from the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment (MBIE) and Callaghan Innovation. It was interesting to discuss MBIE’s recent Sector Reports, and to see how government defines and views manufacturing, in particular high-tech manufacturing. […]