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Law Commission: Resist Rushing To New “Deepfake” Law

Artificial intelligence techniques can create massive volumes of fake audio, images and video that is incredibly convincing and near-impossible to detect... While it is tempting to respond with new law, the study finds that the long list of current legislation covering the issues may be sufficient. More>>

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'Contrary To US Interests': US Lockout Sees Android Ditch Huawei

Effective May 16, 2019, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) amended the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) by adding Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. (Huawei) to the Entity List. More>>

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Real Estate: Auckland House Price Deflation Accelerates

The decline in Auckland house prices is starting to accelerate as the number of house sales plummet, not just in Auckland but in most parts of the country. More>>

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'Wellbeing Budget': Grant Robertson Pre-Budget Speech

There has been a fair amount of attention in the media here and internationally on this year’s budget – our country’s first Wellbeing Budget. Enough for me to be invited to the recent Spring Meetings of the World Bank and International Monetary Fund, to talk about our approach... More>>

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New Vodafowners: Vodafone Sale To Infratil Consortium
Vodafone Group Plc has today announced the conditional sale of 100% of Vodafone New Zealand Limited to a consortium of long-term investors, New Zealand-based Infratil, and Canada-based Brookfield Asset Management. More>>

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Ice Cream: Global Giant Buys Tip Top From Fonterra
Froneri has today agreed to acquire the iconic New Zealand ice cream business Tip Top from global dairy co-operative Fonterra with completion expected by the end of the month. More>>

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Waste And Packaging: Govt's Plans To Recharge Recycling
"I’m pleased to announce the next steps we’re taking to improve kerbside and commercial recycling, reduce contamination of recyclables so more materials can be recovered, and increase onshore processing of plastics and other materials." More>>

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Planning: Infrastructure Pipeline Launched
The Government has published a prototype Infrastructure Pipeline, to show what projects will be delivered by major central government agencies over the next five years... More>>

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Inter­governmental Report: Nature’s Decline ‘Unprecedented’; Extinctions ‘Accelerating’
Nature is declining globally at rates unprecedented in human history — and the rate of species extinctions is accelerating, with grave impacts on people around the world now likely, warns a landmark new report from the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. More>>

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415ppm: Global CO2 Levels Reach New Record Highs
The atmospheric observatory at Hawaii's Mauna Loa last week recorded a CO2 concentration of 415 parts per million, a new high. In 2013, concentrations exceeded 400 parts per million for the first time. More>>

Employment Changes Kick In: Rights Restored For Working New Zealanders
• reinstating prescribed meal and rest breaks • strengthening collective bargaining and union rights • restoring protections for vulnerable workers • limiting 90-day trials to businesses with fewer than 20 employees More>>

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Big Govt IT Thing Works? IRD Changeover Complete
One of the biggest IT projects ever undertaken in the state sector has successfully passed its latest hurdle with the transition of more than 19.7 million taxpayer accounts from one Inland Revenue computer system to another. More>>

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Report On Capturing The Benefits Of Automation: Businesses Pledge To Double Upskilling
The Aotearoa New Zealand Skills Pledge launched today by the PM’s Business Advisory Council (BAC) commits organisations that sign up to doubling investment in employee re-skilling and training hours by 2025, and to report annually on that investment. More>>

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New Restrictions: Govt Seeks Exploration Proposals For Onshore Taranaki
The acreage – restricted to onshore Taranaki by the government’s decision last year to ban drilling outside Taranaki and any new offshore exploration – is just over twice what was offered in the region in the 2017 offer. More>>

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Labour Force Also Shrinks: Unemployment Rate Edges Down To 4.2 Percent
The number of people unemployed declined at a faster rate than the number of people in the labour force. This resulted in the unemployment rate falling close to its 10-year low. More>>

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'Supports Current Direction': Passenger And Mail Biosecurity Review Released
A central finding of the review was the need to adopt new technology to ensure MPI’s border systems kept up with rapid changes in travel and trade... More>>

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RMA Guilty Plea: Forestry Company Failures Result In Prosecution
Forestry management company, Laurie Forestry Services Limited, has been convicted and fined $71,000 after their actions and practices led to significant sediment pollution in South East Bay of Pelorus Sound/Te Hoiere, in the Marlborough Sounds. More>>

Insurance Companies Fear Quake: Wellington Mayor Calls For Forum
Wellington Mayor Justin Lester is calling for a forum with the Government’s Earthquake Commission Minister, insurance companies, and affected stakeholders to discuss rising insurance premiums. More>>

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Environment Aotearoa 2019: Report Warns Environment In Serious Trouble
The report says the way New Zealanders live and make a living is having a serious impact on the environment, and the benefits New Zealanders get from being in nature, though not measured or quantified, could be lost. More>>

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Provincial Growth Fund: Backing Growth In Gore
“Today’s announcements are a $1.6 million investment towards the Maruawai precinct project, which involves the redevelopment of the Hokonui Moonshine Museum and creation of the Maruawai Heritage Centre...” More>>

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Inflation: Cigarette Price Rise Offsets Cheaper Petrol
The consumers price index (CPI) rose 0.1 percent in the March 2019 quarter, due to higher prices for cigarettes, Stats NZ said today... In the year to March 2019, the inflation rate was 1.5 percent, down from 1.9 percent in the December 2018 year. More>>

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Government Suppliers: MBIE Reinstates Fuji Xerox As A
The government has reinstated Fuji Xerox as a supplier despite an ongoing Serious Fraud Office investigation into accounting irregularities that led to losses of more than $300 million. More>>

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PSI: Service Sector Growth At Lowest Level Since 2012
April 15 (BusinessDesk) - New Zealand’s services sector activity grew at its slowest pace in more than six years in March, potentially signalling a slowdown in the domestic economy. More>>

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Supermassive Deal: Astronomers Capture First Image Of A Black Hole
The Event Horizon Telescope (EHT) — a planet-scale array of eight ground-based radio telescopes — was designed to capture images of a black hole. Today EHT researchers unveiled the first direct visual evidence of a supermassive black hole and its shadow. More>>

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Mainzeal: Liquidators Seek Compensation In Cross-Appeal
Mainzeal Property and Construction's liquidators want to double the amount of compensation the failed firm's directors, in particular chair Jenny Shipley, were ordered to pay, in cross-appealing a High Court ruling. More>>

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Pest Threat: Mega Mast Confirmed For New Zealand Forests
Monitoring by the Department of Conservation has confirmed the predicted mega mast or heavy seeding in New Zealand’s forests this autumn, Conservation Minister Eugenie Sage said. More>>

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Stores Found Across NZ: EPA Investigation Into Toxic Firefighting Foams
At all sites where the banned foam was identified, including those which are not yet fully compliant, the foam has been secured within equipment, and secured against use. More>>

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NIWA: March Temperatures More Evidence Of A Warming Climate
If you thought summer lasted until the very last day of March, you’d be right. NIWA today released its March Climate Summary which confirms temperatures during the first month of autumn were at record highs in many places. More>>

Moutter To Leave: Spark Announces Chief Executive Transition
Spark New Zealand announced today Simon Moutter has resigned from his positions as Managing Director and as a Director of the Company, effective 30 June 2019. More>>

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