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Fonterra wanted visible penalty for suppliers

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 19:15:06 +1200 | BusinessDesk

July 27 (BusinessDesk) - Fonterra Cooperative Group penalised South Canterbury farmers who had been supplying a failed dairy company it took over to avoid bad optics with its existing suppliers and to show there would be consequences for leaving, the farmers' ...More >>

Pay equity decision adds complexity, compliance, and costs

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 17:17:12 +1200 | Employsure

The announcement that the female-dominated aged care workforce would have its pay equalised with similar male-dominated industries seemed like a huge cause for celebration. More >>

Fonterra had 'contractual arrangement' with former suppliers

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:53:44 +1200 | BusinessDesk

July 27 (BusinessDesk) - Fonterra Cooperative Group told the Supreme Court it had only a "contractual arrangement" with former suppliers of the failed New Zealand Dairies in South Canterbury, meaning it didn't have to treat them the same as its ...More >>

Fishing company to pay $122,252 for breaches in NZ Waters

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 15:09:56 +1200 | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

A Japanese fishing company must pay $122,252 for breaching employment law while in New Zealand’s exclusive economic zone (EEZ), following a Labour Inspectorate investigation.More >>

Action against two builders’ breaches

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 13:35:30 +1200 | Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment

Two significant decisions have been handed down by the Building Practitioners Board to two carpentry licensed building practitioners (LBPs) for serious breaches of their trade. Their negligent and incompetent practice saw one builder’s licence cancelled, ...More >>

Final Sentence for Paul Max in Gambling Sector Fraud

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 10:53:38 +1200 | Serious Fraud Office

Paul Max, the final defendant in a joint investigation between the Department of Internal Affairs, the Organised and Financial Crime Agency of New Zealand and the Serious Fraud Office (SFO), was sentenced in the Wellington High Court today.More >>

The True Story About Synthetic Cannabis and Drugs

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 09:14:28 +1200 | Conservative Party

“My husband and I see the damage done to youth from synthetic cannabis and drugs first hand. We don’t read about it, we don’t hear about it, we’ve lived with it for over 15 years”, says Conservative Party Candidate for Northland - Mel Taylor.More >>

The Predictable Return of Psychoactive Substances

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:39:36 +1200 | Peter Dunne

The recent deaths of eight people in Auckland from using new psychoactive substances are appalling. More >>

Kiwis with Intellectual Disabilities Faced Systemic Abuse

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 08:27:09 +1200 | Human Rights Commission

The release of a new report into state abuse shows the mistreatment was systemic, enduring and an everyday reality for New Zealanders with intellectual disabilities who lived in institutions and special schools.More >>

Urgent response to drug deaths: accurate information is vital

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:21:15 +1200 | NZ Drug Foundation

The spike in hospital admissions and reported deaths in Auckland as a result of people taking unknown substances is¬ being helped by an information vacuum.More >>

Gordon Campbell on the real truth deficit in welfare

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 13:19:57 +1200 | Gordon Campbell

I t has been astonishing to see the amount of time and energy being spent on what Greens co-leader Metiria Turei did or didn’t do properly as a beneficiary back in the early 1990s - as compared to how little time and energy is being put into ...More >>

Animal Testing Would Not Prevent Synthetic Cannabis Deaths

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:52:15 +1200 | NZ Anti-Vivisection Society

In relation to the recent deaths in Auckland caused by synthetic cannabis use, Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has stated that ‘…the testing regime is now in place, but it is not functional because the Government banned the use of animal testing ...More >>

SkyCity takes A$95M charge against Darwin casino

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 12:28:31 +1200 | BusinessDesk

July 26 (BusinessDesk) - SkyCity Entertainment Group will write off all the goodwill in its Darwin casino complex with an A$95 million impairment, saying increased competition for gaming machines in the Northern Territory hurt revenue and earnings.More >>

RSA ‘Sting’ Does Police Reputation More Harm than Good

Mon, 24 Jul 2017 11:37:28 +1200 | New Zealand First Party

New Zealand First says puritanical police bosses are putting the reputation of our police officers in jeopardy, with a liquor licensing sting against the Titahi Bay RSA speaking volumes.More >>

It’s Not All Gold for Some Kiwifruit Growers

Sun, 23 Jul 2017 12:44:59 +1200 | The Kiwifruit Claim

It’s Not All Gold for Some Kiwifruit Growers Despite what people might believe, some kiwifruit growers are a long way from recovering from the 2010 Psa-V outbreak which devastated the kiwifruit industry in New Zealand, Te Puke kiwifruit grower ...More >>

Synthetic cannabis - Expert reaction

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 16:23:49 +1200 | Science Media Centre

The Chief Coroner and NZ Police have issued a warning following at least seven recent deaths in Auckland that they say appears to be linked to the use of synthetic cannabis. More >>

New Information on the Joanne Harrison Affair

Fri, 21 Jul 2017 09:40:54 +1200 | New Zealand First Party

New Official Information Act answers raise fresh questions about Joanne Harrison affair, says New Zealand First. More >>

Judge orders Love and Skiffington's Plimmerton house sold

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 20:42:51 +1200 | BusinessDesk

July 20 (BusinessDesk) - The Plimmerton house at the centre of Ngatata Love's fraud case must be sold, as it is tainted by the proceeds of crime and its value is eroding as the mortgage is nearly $100,000 in arrears, a judge has ruled.More >>

Whistleblowers Deserve Compensation

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 17:20:53 +1200 | New Zealand First Party

Public servants who blew the whistle on fraud in the Ministry of Transport should never have lost their jobs – they deserve compensation as the State Services Commission has found, says New Zealand First.More >>

New revelations in Joanne Harrison report

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 15:13:20 +1200 | New Zealand Labour Party

The State Services Commission’s report into the treatment of whistle-blowers by Joanne Harrison has revealed new accusations against the convicted fraudster, says Labour MP Sue Moroney.More >>


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