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Manawatu-Whanganui Projects: PGF Top-Up To Rural Broadband Roll-Out

The government has effectively raided the $3 billion Provincial Growth Fund to top up the budget for the second phase of its rural broadband initiative, filling in mobile 'black spots' and ensuring broadband is available to marae that don't have access now. More>>

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Other Windy Cities: Auckland-Chicago Named A Top 10 ‘Most Exciting’ New Route

The inclusion of Auckland-Chicago on Lonely Planet’s Where to fly in 2019? The 10 most exciting new flight routes list comes just two weeks before Air New Zealand prepares to celebrate its inaugural flight to Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport on 30 November. More>>

Deadly Strain: ESR Ups Its Reporting On Meningococcal Disease

The increasing number of cases of Group W Meningococcal disease (MenW) has prompted ESR to increase its reporting on the disease to the Ministry of Health. ESR has upped its reporting to weekly. More>>

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Very Small Things: "Game-Changing" 3D Printing Technology Launched

New Zealand microfabrication researchers Andrea Bubendorfer and Andrew Best, the co-inventors of a new way of fabricating very small things with Laminated Resin Printing (LRP), are part of Callaghan Innovation’s MicroMaker3D team launching the new patent pending technology in the US this week. More>>

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Wainui: Major Infrastructure Partnership For North Auckland
Minister of Housing and Urban Development Phil Twyford and Auckland Mayor Phil Goff today announced a partnership that will fund $91 million of roading and wastewater infrastructure to support the building of 9000 homes... More>>

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NZ's Space Programme: Rocket Lab Reaches Orbit Again
Rocket Lab has continued the success of its 2018 orbital launch program with the launch of seven payloads to orbit. The mission marks Rocket Lab’s second successful orbital launch and deployment of customer satellites. More>>

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Supreme Court: Labelling Swamp Kauri Slab A Tabletop Doesn't Make It One
New Zealand's highest court has ruled that exporting slabs of swamp kauri as "tabletops" or swamp kauri logs as "totem or temple poles" is illegal under the Forests Act. More>>

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Starting Ending Offshore Drilling: Green Party Celebrate Passing Of Oil And Gas Bill
“This Bill is an essential first step in winding down offshore exploration for new sources of fossil fuels. We are in Government together to do this work, to create the change our people and our planet need to flourish." More>>

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Reserve Bank: Official Cash Rate Unchanged
The Official Cash Rate (OCR) remains at 1.75 percent. We expect to keep the OCR at this level through 2019 and into 2020. More>>

Image credit: Dave Allen/NIWANot For Bitcoin Mining: NIWA’s New $23m Supercomputer Facility
The High Performance Computing Facility comprises three new interconnected supercomputers – two based in Wellington and one in Auckland – that will meet the needs of New Zealand researchers to investigate scientific issues of national significance. Image credit: Dave Allen/NIWA More>>

Deadly Strain Appears: Vigilance Needed For Meningococcal Disease
GPs and emergency departments nationwide have been asked to boost their vigilance for people seeking medical help with possible symptoms of meningococcal disease. More>>

M Bovis: 'Encouraging' Results From Bulk Milk Testing
Results from the current nationwide bulk milk testing for Mycoplasma bovis are encouraging with around three quarters of testing having been completed... “So far, only three farms have been confirmed with Mycoplasma bovis through the milk testing.” More>>

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Patient Safety Week: Wash Your Hands, Say Cartoon Germs
Having clean hands is the easiest and best way to prevent the spread of germs that can make you and others sick. By helping prevent sickness, hand hygiene also helps to reduce the use of antibiotics. More>>

And More On Levy: Draft Tourism Strategy Released
“This strategy proposes a more co-ordinated and active role for government in tourism, to make sure growth is productive, sustainable and inclusive - improving New Zealanders’ lives and supporting thriving and sustainable regions." More>>

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'Biggest Tax Changes In A Generation': Inland Revenue Kicks Off Information Campaign
“For the first time, automated tax assessments will see around 1.67 million New Zealanders get a tax refund paid straight into their bank account. About 720,000 of those people will not have had any recent contact with IR, some not for 20-years or more, so it may come as a surprise." More>>

Ease Of Doing Business: NZ Keeps Top Spot
The report compares regulations affecting businesses in 190 countries, including settings for starting a business, dealing with construction permits, access to credit, trade, and protection of minority investors. More>>

Commerce Commission: Report Queries Auckland Airport Profit Targets
Deputy Chair Sue Begg said the Commission’s view remains that the returns targeted by Christchurch Airport are generally acceptable, but that Auckland’s targeted returns are not fully justified. More>>

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Policy Paper: Phase 2 Of The Reserve Bank Act Review
The joint Treasury and Reserve Bank team undertaking Phase 2 of the Government’s Review of the Reserve Bank Act has released its first consultation paper. Phase 2 of the Review focuses on the Reserve Bank’s financial policy framework. More>>

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Small Initial Deficit: Crown Accounts In Line With Budget Forecasts
OBEGAL, revenue, expenses close to Budget forecasts in first 3 months of 2018/19 · Corporate tax receipts in line with forecast, up 8.2% from last year · Net debt below forecast at 30 September 2018 More>>

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Tariff Cuts From December 30: CPTPP Trade Deal Kicks In
New Zealanders will start to see the benefits of the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) from December 30 after confirmation today the required six nations have now ratified the trade pact. More>>

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Drop, Cover, Hold In Aftershocks: Strong 6.2 Quake Felt Across Central NZ
A strong, deep 6.2-magnitude earthquake that hit 20 km south of Taumarunui has been felt around the country. GeoNet has reported the quake was a magnitude 6.2, although it was centered at a depth of 207km... Fire and Emergency said there were no reports of damage. More>>

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New Airbus Agreement: Plans For UAV, Space Data Tech In NZ
Research, Science and Innovation Minister Megan Woods has welcomed a new agreement with Europe’s largest aeronautics and space company, Airbus, committing to work together to develop capability in New Zealand’s emerging Unmanned Aircraft (UA) and space data technology sectors. More>>

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Transport: Electric Trains Remain
The Government is keeping electric locomotives on the North Island Main Trunk Line running to help meet its long term emissions goals and boost the economy. The 15 electric trains will be refurbished by KiwiRail and will continue to run between Hamilton and Palmerston North. More>>

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Stats: Work-Related Serious Non-Fatal Injuries Increase
Work-related serious non-fatal injury rates rose in 2017 after four years of declining rates... “This increase was largely driven by a rise in serious non-fatal injuries in the construction sector." More>>

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Leadership: Woeful Lack Of Board Diversity
New Zealand Census of Women on Boards 2018, showing that only 24.1% of board members of New Zealand’s top 100 NZX companies by market capitalisation are female. More>>

Impatiens: Plant Growers Respond To Arrival Of Disease
“At the height of the season, as a matter of caution, our growers destroyed stock and stopped supplying. Advice went out to all nurseries, for them to inform their customers with orders already in progress and, for them to communicate to their retail customers that these plants may contract the disease and not survive.” More>>

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Another Fine Mesh: Steel & Tube Record Fine Over Mesh Representations
Steel & Tube Holdings has been ordered to pay a record fine for making misleading representations about steel mesh products that fell short of testing standards. More>>

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Disasters And Insurance: NZ Ranked 2nd Riskiest Country
New Zealand is ranked as the second riskiest country in the world in a major international study released by Lloyd’s of London. The report looks at non-life underinsurance and insurance penetration data for 43 countries. More>>

Forest And Bird: Landmark Court Decision Protects Reserves From Mining
The Court of Appeal found that the Council cannot enter into an access arrangement that is incompatible with the primary purpose of the reserve and had to protect the natural and biological features of the reserve. More>>

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Retail: International Websites To Pay GST
New rules would be aimed at imported goods valued at or below $1,000. Customs would retain responsibility for collecting GST on imported parcels valued more than $1,000. More>>

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High-Level Advice: PM’s Business Advisory Council Membership Announced
The Prime Minister’s Business Advisory Council brings together a mix of experts, six women and seven men with small to large business experience, from across New Zealand, to provide advice. More>>

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Improving: Report Shows New Zealand Air Quality 'Good'
Our air 2018, produced by the Ministry for the Environment and Stats NZ, shows that while some previously known issues persist, progress has been made and levels of some pollutants are declining. More>>

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