• 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...

    • Posted July 30, 2015
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  • 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...

    • Posted July 28, 2015
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  • 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...

    • Posted July 27, 2015
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  • 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...

    • Posted July 24, 2015
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  • 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...

    • Posted July 17, 2015
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  • 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...

    • Posted July 17, 2015
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  • 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)...

    • Posted July 16, 2015
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  • 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...

    • Posted July 14, 2015
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  • 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...

    • Posted July 14, 2015
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  • 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...

    • Posted July 14, 2015
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