Business as usual?

In the end, it was the predictability which became the reality with National winning another term in office. Now that the election is done and dusted I look forward to seeing how business fares and what – if anything – will change. Consider this: *Jobs need to be created. *The minimum wage urgently needs to […]

Same old same old won’t fix the economy

A real change in economic policy is needed from whoever forms the next government say the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA). It is clear that our policy framework has encouraged consumption fuelled by debt rather than savings and export investment; this must change if our economic decline is to be reversed. NZMEA Chief […]

Kiwis want urgent action to secure $6 trillion trade opportunity

Pure Advantage, the organisation championing a move to a green growth economy, says the latest polling by independent research company Horizon shows there is widespread public support for New Zealand to secure its share of the $6 trillion global opportunity that green growth promises by 2050. The poll of more than a 1,000 respondents, weighted […]

Electric vehicles gathering support

Pure Advantage, the organisation championing a green growth paradigm shift for New Zealand says the launch of the Association for the Promotion of Electric Vehicles (APEV) is evidence of strong growing support for green business in New Zealand. APEV, advised by Soichiro Fukutake one of Japan’s most influential businessmen and now living in New Zealand, […]

Kiwi Rail really does have its hands full

By Doug Green We all have followed the story of how Hillside Engineering in Dunedin, a division of Kiwi Rail, were not considered skilled enough to renovate and build rolling stock in New Zealand, to see manufacturing sent overseas to China. Recently rail workers from Lower Hutt presented a partition because their jobs are at […]

Professor supports raising minimum wage

A Waikato University professor of strategy and human resource management Mark Harcourt says that raising the minimum wage, as Labour is proposing, would likely have little or no impact on either employment or prices, while giving low-wage workers a lot more income. Professor Harcourt says all employers pay it.”The minimum wage takes wages at the […]

LanzaTech wins ICIS and Global Cleantech honours

In the first, the clean energy technology firm has not only retained its spot in the prestigious Global Cleantech Top 100, but also been named ‘Company of the Year Asia Pacific’ for 2011. In the second, LanzaTech has been judged to have shown the ‘Best Innovation by an SME’ in the global ICIS Innovations Awards […]

Apprentice of the Year named

New Zealand’s construction industry can be certain that its future is in safe hands judging by the talent celebrated at an awards evening held in Wellington . Dunedin apprentice Ryan Keogh 22 (left) , was named the Registered Master Builders Carters 2011 Apprentice of the Year after competing alongside 10 national finalists from up and […]

Primero Profiles cuts and folds it with the best

    Vaughn Clark, owner manager, Primero Profiles Ltd. By Kevin Kevany Primero Profiles Ltd positions itself as New Zealand’s newest and most dynamic plate processing company, selling cut-to-size and folded steel shapes, and specialising in high-quality plate-cutting from 2-150mm thick; quick turnarounds; and high-speed production press braking. “If it’s solid advice you’re after, and […]

NZ Dollar costs exporters $6.6 billion

Rises in the New Zealand dollar have cost exporters approximately $6.6 billion over two and a half years according to the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA). In February 2009 the NZ Dollar bottomed out at 52.3 on the Trade Weighted Index (TWI), but since then currency manipulation overseas and inaction in New Zealand […]