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Maritime: Navigation Safety Review Raises Big Issues For The Govt

Shipping Federation: "The reports makes it clear that the ratification of the Maritime Labour convention (MLC) is long overdue. Only when the MLC is ratified will Maritime NZ be able to inspect and enforce the labour conditions on international ships visiting our ports." More>>

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100 Years After Einstein Prediction: Gravitational Waves Found

For the first time, scientists have observed ripples in the fabric of spacetime called gravitational waves, arriving at the earth from a cataclysmic event in the distant universe. This confirms a major prediction of Albert Einstein’s 1915 general theory of relativity and opens an unprecedented new window onto the cosmos. More>>

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Farming: Alliance Plans To Start Docking Farmer Payments

Alliance Group, New Zealand's second-largest meat cooperative, plans to start withholding some stock payments to its farmers from next week to bolster its balance sheet and force suppliers to meet their share requirements. More>>

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Gambling: SkyCity First Half Profit Rises 30%, Helped By High Rollers

SkyCity anticipates the Auckland business will benefit from government gaming concessions which were triggered on Nov. 11 in recognition of SkyCity’s $470 million Convention Centre development. Morrison said the concessions would allow the Auckland business to lift its activity during peak period, noting it had a record revenue week over the Christmas and New Year period. More>>

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Money For Light: Kiwi Scientists Secure Preferential Access To Synchrotron

Science and Innovation Minister Steven Joyce today announced a three-year investment of $2.8 million in the Australian Synchrotron, the largest piece of scientific infrastructure in the Southern Hemisphere, to secure preferential access for Kiwi scientists. More>>

Telco Industry Report: Investment Hits $1.7 Bln A Year

Investment in the telecommunications sector is $1.7 billion a year, proportionately one of the highest levels in the OECD, according to a report released today on the status of the New Zealand sector. More>>

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PGPs: New Programme Sets Sights On Strong Wool

A new collaboration between The New Zealand Merino Company (NZM) and the Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI), announced today, aims to deliver premiums for New Zealand's strong wool sector... More>>

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Meat Workers Union: Waitangi Mondayisation Flaunted By Large Employer Of Maori
At the AFFCO Talley owned meat plant in Rangiuru, the company has resorted to bullying and threats... saying they could be disciplined and their union sued for an unlawful strike if workers exercise their rights to a paid day off tomorrow. More>>

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ETS Review: Modelling Documents Released
Three technical documents are being released to help New Zealanders engage with the Emissions Trading Scheme (ETS) review, Climate Change Minister Paula Bennett says. More>>

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Northland: Govt Plan Targets Transport, Web, Maori Assets
The government has released a 10-year plan to attract investors and lift economic growth in Northland, a region that perennially underperforms the rest of the country even while being endowed with natural beauty, productive land, minerals, a potential workforce, scope for manufacturing, forestry and aquaculture, and proximity to Auckland. More>>

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Three Kings: Govt To Oppose Appeal Blocking $1.2B Auckland Housing Plan
Environment Minister Nick Smith and Housing New Zealand have joined legal proceedings in support of Auckland Council and Fletcher Building opposing a bid by community groups to only allow low-rise housing in a $1.2 billion housing redevelopment on the disused site of the Three Kings quarry. More>>

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Transport: Jetstar Expands Regional Network With Three New Routes
More New Zealanders than ever before will have access to Jetstar’s affordable flights when new services take off today from Auckland to New Plymouth and Palmerston North, and Nelson to Wellington. More>>

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Over The Counter: Guild Welcomes Oral Contraceptive Recommendation
The Pharmacy Guild of New Zealand (the Guild) welcomes the recommendation to reclassify selected oral contraceptives as restricted medicines, allowing trained pharmacists to dispense repeat supplies of oral contraceptives ... More>>

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Pacific: Zika Virus Outbreak - Expert Reaction
Concern over the current outbreak of the mosquito-spread Zika virus in the Americas is growing... The US Centres for Disease Control currently lists 22 countries with active transmission of the virus, including Samoa. More>>

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$4.60 To $4.15/kgMS: Fonterra Cuts Forecast Payout
Fonterra Cooperative Group cut its forecast milk payout for this season as global milk supplies continue to outweigh demand, pushing out the timeframe for prices to recover for New Zealand's largest export commodity... More>>

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OCR Unchanged: RBNZ's Wheeler Opens Door For More Cuts
Reserve Bank governor Graeme Wheeler has opened the door for further interest rate cuts as a worldwide oil glut depresses petrol prices and looks set to keep inflation outside the bank's target band for longer than expected. The kiwi dollar fell. More>>

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MPI: Tau Fly Find Under Investigation
The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) is investigating a find of a single Tau fly in a surveillance trap in the Auckland suburb of Manurewa. The fly was collected from a trap in the afternoon of Thursday 21 January and it was formally identified later that day. More>>

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Consolidation: Newshub Launches Monday 1 February
MediaWorks' multi-platform TV, radio and digital news service, Newshub will launch on Monday 1 February. The service will provide the latest news and in-depth analysis, with a dedicated, state-of-the-art app and website and TV and radio news bulletins across MediaWorks’ channels... More>>

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2015 Hottest On Record: NASA, NOAA Find Record-Shattering Global Temperatures
Earth’s 2015 surface temperatures were the warmest since modern record keeping began in 1880, according to independent analyses by NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). More>>

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Employment: 60 Sealord Jobs To Go At Nelson Plant
After a 12 month review, Sealord informed staff yesterday that their Kirimi Line (crumbed fish bites) operation was no longer commercially viable due to offshore competition. More>>

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Travel: Singapore Airlines Announces Wgtn-Canberra-Singapore Route
Singapore Airlines has announced its 'Capital Express' route, which will make the first direct flight from Wellington to Canberra and then on to Singapore four days per week on a Boeing 777. More>>

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Inflation: NZ Consumer Prices Rise At Slowest Annual Pace Since 1999
New Zealand consumer prices rose at their slowest annual pace since 1999 in the December quarter as cheap petrol pushed inflation below the Reserve Bank's expectations, and opens the door for more interest rate cuts this year. The New Zealand dollar dropped half a cent. More>>

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Dairy: Prices Decline For Second Auction In 2016
Dairy product prices fell in the latest GlobalDairyTrade auction, declining for the second time this year, amid expectations that worldwide supply will outstrip demand.... More>>

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Dry Gets Bigger: Drought In South Island Enters Second Year
Widespread drought conditions in the South Island mean the medium-scale event classification will be extended until the end of June, Primary Industries Minister Nathan Guy has announced today. More>>

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Birds: Nationally Vulnerable Albatross Returns To The Wild
A nationally vulnerable Toroa Northern Royal Albatross that was receiving care at Wellington Zoo has been released back to the wild with help from the Maritime Unit of the Wellington District Police. More>>

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Global Business Risks: More Walls, More Warming, Less Water
An increased likelihood for all risks, from the environmental to society, the economy, geopolitics and technology, looks set to shape the global agenda in the coming year, the World Economic Forum’s Global Risks Report 2016 has found. More>>

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World Week Ahead: Global Outlook Doubts
The second week of 2016 fared not much better than the first for global equities and downside risks remain high as oil’s continuing rout hammered Wall Street on Friday, mirroring losses in China and then Europe. More>>

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