Greater effort needed by NZ businesses to strengthen Asian ties

New Zealand businesses still have a lot to learn if they want to succeed in lucrative Asian markets, according to Crowe Horwarth Managing Principal and current President of the Hong Kong New Zealand Business Association Andrew Sayers. Sayers, who leads the firm’s Asia Business team in New Zealand, said New Zealand companies have made big […]

Leaders seek deeper trans-Tasman links

The 10th anniversary meeting of the Australia New Zealand Leadership Forum takes place in Auckland tomorrow. The Leadership Forum is an annual meeting of business, political and community leaders from Australia and New Zealand sharing a goal of closer trans-Tasman relations. Past work of the Forum has included helping accelerate the Single Economic Market (SEM), […]

New Zealand falling behind in sustainable business practices

There is a growing demand by New Zealand businesses for a return to government intervention in sustainable development issues, said one of the keynote speakers at the recent Sustainability Symposium at the University of Waikato. Professor of Management Communication Juliet Roper says the New Zealand government has taken a hands-off approach to the environment and […]

NZ manufacturers suffer, Australian assets look cheaper as dollar parity looms

New Zealand manufacturing exporters are facing record headwinds from the kiwi’s strength against the Australian dollar, with foreign exchange traders and strategists almost evenly split on whether the currencies will reach parity. The New Zealand dollar touched a post-float record of 96.77 Australian cents overnight and recently traded at 96.53 cents. Six of 13 strategists […]

Controlling car pollution at the quantum level

Toyota Central R&D Labs. Inc. in Japan have reviewed research that might be leading the way towards a new generation of automotive catalytic converters. Catalytic converters that change the toxic fumes of automobile exhaust to less toxic pollutants only reached the market in the mid-1970s. They are formed of a catalyst – usually in the […]

NZ construction activity seen rebounding after slump

New Zealand construction activity is rebounding from a slump during the recession as private sector work picks ups, according to a property consultancy. “Building construction activity is recovering strongly,” Rider Levett Bucknall said in its 2015 first quarter report on trends in property and construction. “After a deep slump during the recession, activity has rebounded […]

Labour’s new tilt for growth

The devil of the detail is still to come.   By Bruce Goldsworthy Many commentators didn’t score Andrew Little’s State of the Nation speech on January 28th very highly. But its very early days for the new Labour leader, and his speech was all about scene setting for the party’s future. However, some things left […]

State of the Nation and Housing

John Walley, Chief Executive, New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association. The political year was back in full swing when National and Labour leaders delivered their state of the nation addresses – both different in their content and stated purpose. Andrew Little’s speech aimed to set the direction of the party going forward, while staying away […]

FeatureCAM includes Vortex milling calculator

          FeatureCAM 2015 R2 includes the Vortex milling calculator to help users obtain the maximum benefit from the high-efficiency area-clearance strategy.   The 2015 R2 release of Delcam’s FeatureCAM feature-based CAM software incorporates a milling calculator to help users obtain the maximum benefit from the Vortex high-efficiency area-clearance strategy. Other enhancements, […]

Resource development framework has serious problems

New Zealand’s resource development framework has serious problems and needs urgent reform, says BusinessNZ. The Environmental Protection Authority today declined consent for Chatham Rock Phosphate to mine offshore for rock phosphate. The company had invested $33 million in its bid to meet EPA requirements for the enterprise, and now suggests it may in fact be […]