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By May 2018: Wider, Earlier Microbead Ban

The sale and manufacture of wash-off products containing plastic microbeads will be banned in New Zealand earlier than previously expected, Associate Environment Minister Scott Simpson announced today. More>>

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Snail-ier Mail: NZ Post To Ditch FastPost

New Zealand Post customers will see a change to how they can send priority mail from 1 January 2018. The FastPost service will no longer be available from this date. More>>

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Property Institute: English Backs Of Debt To Income Plan

Property Institute of New Zealand Chief Executive Ashley Church is applauding today’s decision, by Prime Minister Bill English, to take Debt-to-income ratios off the table as a tool available to the Reserve Bank. More>>

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Divesting: NZ Super Fund Shifts Passive Equities To Low-Carbon

The NZ$35 billion NZ Super Fund’s NZ$14 billion global passive equity portfolio, 40% of the overall Fund, is now low-carbon, the Guardians of New Zealand Superannuation announced today. More>>

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Split Decision - Appeal Planned: EPA Allows Taranaki Bight Seabed Mine

The Decision-making Committee, appointed by the Board of the Environmental Protection Authority to decide a marine consent application by Trans-Tasman Resources Ltd, has granted consent, subject to conditions, for the company to mine iron sands off the South Taranaki Bight. More>>

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New Report: Waitākere Kauri - Look After It, Or Lose It
With no cure for kauri dieback disease and treatment options still being trialled, the Auckland region faces a very real threat – take urgent action in the Waitākere Ranges or risk losing kauri from our forests altogether. More>>

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Interest Rates: RBNZ's Wheeler Keeps OCR At 1.75% And Rate Track Intact
Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler kept the official cash rate at 1.75 percent with future projections unchanged, disappointing some analysts who had been tipping an even later start to a tightening cycle. More>>

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Customs: Pacific Aerospace Charged For Breach Of Sanctions Against DPRK
The charges are in relation to the export of aircraft parts, and for making an erroneous declaration about parts exported inside the aircraft but not declared. More>>

Issues Paper: Transitioning To A Low Emissions Economy?
The Productivity Commission today published an issues paper for its inquiry into New Zealand’s transition to a low emissions economy. “Moving towards a low-emissions economy will require significant changes for New Zealand businesses and households.” More>>

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Hold The Phone: Bill To Modernise Telco Act To Be Introduced
Communications Minister Simon Bridges will introduce a Bill to Parliament today that brings New Zealand’s telecommunications regulatory framework into the 21st century. More>>

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Labour v National: Auckland Transport
Generation Zero: "It’s relieving to see so much attention on the transport crisis from National and Labour... It deserves to be an election issue. We need investment in public transport." More>>

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Real Estate: Auckland House Prices Ease And Number Of Sales Declines
Auckland's average house price eased in July from June and the number of sales also declined... A combination of winter blues, school holidays, and the impending election has resulted in fewer sales and new listings throughout Auckland during July, it said. More>>

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Taxing Multinationals: Government Announces Profit Shifting Decisions
“These changes will result in an estimated $200 million a year in additional tax being paid by multi-national companies,” Mr Joyce says. More>>

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Congestion Report: It Would Be Easier To Drive If It Wasn't For All The Cars
Economic boost of $1.3 billion if Auckland roads decongested Productivity in Auckland could be boosted by at least $1.3 billion per annum if use of the roading network could be optimised. More>>

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Uninsured Development: Govt 'Red Zone' Offer Unlawful, Appeal Court Rules
The government's second offer to owners of uninsured property and bare land in Christchurch's 'red zone' was also unlawful, the Court of Appeal has ruled, although it wants to chew over more information before determining how to remedy the situation. More>>

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Statistics: Unemployment Rate Falls To 4.8 Percent
The unemployment rate fell to 4.8 percent in the June 2017 quarter... This is the lowest unemployment rate since December 2008, after the start of the global financial crisis, when it was 4.4 percent. More>>

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'Irregular Accounting': Voluntary Suspension Of Fuji Xerox Govt Contracting
This suspension gives the Ministry of Business, Innovation, and Employment time to understand the full implications of the report from FUJIFILM Holdings into irregular accounting practices at FXNZ. More>>

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MPI: Cow Disease Detected In NZ For First Time
MPI is responding to the detection of the cattle disease Mycoplasma bovis in a dairy herd in South Canterbury... The disease is commonly found in cattle globally, including in Australia, but it’s the first detection of it in New Zealand. More>>

Superu Report: Land Regulation Drives Auckland House Prices
Land use regulation is responsible for up to 56 per cent of the cost of an average house in Auckland according to a new research report quantifying the impact of land use regulations, Finance Minister Steven Joyce says. More>>

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Fletcher Whittled: Fletcher Dumps Adamson In Face Of Dissatisfaction
Fletcher Building has taken the unusual step of dumping its chief executive, Mark Adamson, as the company slashed its full-year earnings guidance and flagged an impairment against Australian assets. More>>

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No More Dog Docking: New Animal Welfare Regulations Progressed
“These 46 regulations include stock transport, farm husbandry, companion and working animals, pigs, layer hens and the way animals are accounted for in research, testing and teaching.” More>>

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Employment: Most Kiwifruit Contractors Breaking Law
A Labour Inspectorate operation targeting the kiwifruit industry in Bay of Plenty has found the majority of labour hire contractors are breaching their obligations as employers. More>>

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'Work Experience': Welfare Group Opposes The Warehouse Workfare
“This programme is about exploiting unemployed youth, not teaching them skills. The government are subsidising the Warehouse in the name of reducing benefit dependency,” says Vanessa Cole, spokesperson for Auckland Action Against Poverty. More>>

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