Negotiations gathering pace as Cancun conference

By John Carnegie, Business NZ For the first few days the two negotiating tracks were conducted in open sessions, but now negotiators have moved behind closed doors to work on some of the detail. Progress is painfully slow. Each meeting is like a pit stop – the race car pulls in, but unless the pit […]

NZ economy – two steps forward, one step back

New Zealand’s economic prospects are improving despite some risks, according to the BusinessNZ Planning Forecast for the December quarter 2010. While international markets are still volatile, underpinned by concern about sovereign debt levels, New Zealand’s major trading partners continue to show solid growth prospects – good news for New Zealand commodity producers. Recent adverse events […]

NZ Institute lists its top 10 issues for nation to overcome

The NZ Institute has issued a list  of the top 10 issues it believes are confronting New Zealand’s long-term success. The list: * Can New Zealand implement stable policies that will improve long-term outcomes? * Can New Zealand develop & retain a capable, resilient population that works together? * Can New Zealand reduce the disadvantages […]

Businesses to benefit from new Institute for Business Research

Businesses and industry groups will be able to access the latest management thinking and research expertise with the launch of the Institute for Business Research at the University of Waikato. The new institute, to be launched at separate functions in Hamilton and Tauranga, draws on the expertise of researchers at Waikato Management School, ranked the […]

Engineering Excellence Award winners announced

The winners of the 2010 New Zealand Engineering Excellence Awards were announced in Wellington on Thursday 24 November at a gala dinner hosted by MC Linda Clark and attended by more than 350 people which was held at the Duxton Hotel. The Winner of the 2010 Supreme Award for Engineering Excellence is the Coronet Peak […]

There will be answers

The tragedy at Pike River Coal mine is being felt by the whole country and around the world.  It is rare that New Zealand has an industrial mishap of this magnitude. The mining industry in New Zealand contributes much to the economy. And its close and supportive communities are a lesson to us all. Soon […]

NZ’s liquidity depends on overseas perceptions

Policy changes are needed to cure a declining foreign debt position say the New Zealand Manufacturers and Exporters Association (NZMEA). Standard and Poor’s has put New Zealand’s credit rating on negative outlook. Treasury Secretary John Whitehead has already commented that the Government needs to move into surplus faster than is currently forecast and this advice […]

Comment: Are our trades dying?

The New Zealand Herald has picked up on our Acton Tools article from October issue of NZ MANUFACTURER which shows the level of concern for the future of the manufacturing sector. Peter Rocque is a toolmaker who believes that in devaluing the toolmaking trade New Zealand is in danger of being a manufacturer  of only […]

Craftsmanship critical for success

I like the attitude of Peter Rocque, the boss of Acton Tools who believes in the value of skills and craftsmanship to resurrect the global economy. He also believes it is time to bring in the redundant, the newly arrived immigrants, the graduates and give them a chance, reinforced by industry knowledge. Help train them, […]

Rebalancing Economy required to catch Australia

Implementing the 2025 Taskforce report would require rebalancing the economy says BusinessNZ. Chief Executive Phil O’Reilly says a key recommendation is for slimmer but higher quality public spending. “The Taskforce points out that for decades New Zealand governments have spent a larger share of GDP than their Australian counterparts, and much of that spending has […]